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Tomorrow marks the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In a press conference today, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Dana Perino about the administration’s ongoing efforts to find Osama bin Laden, calling him the “mastermind” of 9/11. Perino interrupted the reporter, claiming bin Laden was not the true “mastermind” of the attacks:
Q But Osama bin Laden is the one that — you keep talking about his lieutenants, and, yes, they are very important, but Osama bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11 –
PERINO: No, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the mastermind of 9/11, and he’s sitting in jail right now.
Perino seems to be attempting to justify the White House’s failure to catch bin Laden by suggesting he was not the “mastermind.” But in September 2006, former press secretary Tony Snow stated:
Osama bin Laden, mastermind of September 11th, the person that many people talk about and still have concerns about, calls this fight, the fight in Iraq, “the third world war.”
While Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has admitted to being the “architect” of 9/11, bin Laden was not inconsequential; he approved and executed the attacks. KSM in fact, brought the idea to bin Laden, who according to the 9/11 Commission, “wanted to hit the White House, Pentagon and U.S. Capitol,” not just the World Trade Center.
She added that the government has had success in disrupting the terror network, including the capture of the confessed Sept. 11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
As late as 1999, the four core members of the group had intended to wage jihad in Chechnya, where Islamic jihadists were then and are now rebelling against the parent country of Russia. The 9/11 Commission Report notes in Chapter 5 that "according to Binalshibh [who is now in U.S. custody], a chance meeting on a train in Germany caused the group to travel to Afghanistan instead. An individual named Khalid al Masri (or Khalid al-Masri) approached Binalshibh and Shehhi (because they were Arabs with beards, Binalshibh thinks) and struck up a conversation about jihad in Chechnya. When they later called Masri and expressed interest in going to Chechnya, he told them to contact Abu Musab in Duisburg, Germany. Abu Musab turned out to be Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a significant al-Qaeda operative who, even then, was well known to U.S. and German intelligence, though neither government apparently knew he was operating in Germany in late 1999."
They met with Osama bin Laden himself and swore their loyalty to him. Mohamed Atta al Sayed was chosen by Bin Laden as the leader of the group that would attack America; Atta would contact Bin Laden several more times before the attacks. The men then returned to Germany to enroll in flight training school, and later moved on to flight training schools in the United States at the recommendation of one of their German instructors.
Virginia Beach, Va.: A bounty of $25 million Dollars? That's it? Why not $100 million, a house in the Hamptons and a car with a driver? (Yes, I am being serious!) Does the U.S. government really think that someone is going to rat him out for that small amount of money, knowing how much bin Laden has and how much he "pays" his informants, who probably have a connection to the Pakistani government somehow?
Craig Whitlock: The U.S. government's rewards program for finding al-Qaeda terrorists hasn't worked well at all. The Congress has recommended that the State Department up the reward for bin Laden to $50 million, but the administration has decided that doing so might actually be counterproductive -- it would just give him more notoriety and there's no sign that it would actually work.
The Post wrote a long story about the failures of the Rewards for Justice program back in May.
Originally posted by johnsky
Tune in next week when we blame Ahmedinejad.
Next month, we'll start taking nominations from underprivileged people all across America to be the next winner on "Who wants to be a 911 mastermind?" ! You'll get a first hand look at the new contestant challenges, like the "Checkpoint avoidance challenge" and the "Escape the unwarranted home intrusion!"
Originally posted by jitombe
reply to post by DimensionalDetective
All I know is somewhere out there someone living in a cave is still hating me for my freedom. I continue to be amazed by how that idiotic concept of a sales pitch still works on millions of dumb ass Americans. Perhaps it will take going into debt for another nine trillion dollars to make retarded Americans feel safe, what do I know, nothing. Let's go shopping!!!
Originally posted by LiquidSun
It just baffles me how one man could go from being virtually unknown in western society to being the most evil, extravagant cult of personality that's existed in my lifetime, then finally end up being written off and forgotten about by the public at large.