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The two-year long investigation into Mohamed Atta & his contacts and associates in Florida. 

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February 5-- Venice, Florida.
by Daniel Hopsicker

software company called Ptech, founded by a Saudi financier placed on  America’s Terrorist List in October 2001, had access to the FAA’s entire computer system for two years before the 9/11 attack.

Last week, when the National 9/11 Commission held hearings on The Aviation Security System and the 9/11 Attack, government and aviation officials described a system unprepared for the events that unfolded on September 11. None of them, however, mentioned security breaches involving  “Saudi terrorists in the basement of the FAA.” 

Yet that's what happened, according to a high-level risk analyst who had troubling dealings with the firm.

"Ptech had a couple of very troubling client relationships," states risk architect and whistleblower Indira Singh, "one of which was with the FAA. One of the 'persons of interest' in the investigation had a team in the basement of the FAA for two years."

"P-tech worked on a project that revealed all information processes and issues that the FAA had with the National Airspace Systems Agency, NAS," Singh said.




Before anyone breaks out the tin foil hats, our source for this ‘wild conspiracy theory’ is America’s paper of record: the very un-wacky NY Times.

A front page article in the New York Times reported that people who were on the ground in Afghanistan during the siege of Tora Bora believe that American commanders did not act with anything like the zeal you'd expect from people whose mission was hunting down America's Most Wanted Man.

American forces in Afghanistan, the Times reported, "have not been helped by the suspicion here at Tora Bora, where bin Laden was all but trapped, that Indecisiveness on the part of American commanders, or perhaps reluctance to risk casualties, may have helped him (bin Laden) escape."

"If (bin Laden) fled to Pakistan he did so over snow-choked mountain trails that were not blocked by American or other allied troops until after the bombing—an oversight that some of the allies point to as having squandered the best opportunity of the war to snare America's most wanted man."

"Within weeks high-ranking British officers were saying privately that American commanders had vetoed a proposal to guard the high-altitude trails, arguing that the risks of a firefight, in deep snow, gusting winds and low-slung clouds, were too high," said the article.

Low-slung clouds? The snow was too deep?

"Similar accounts abound among Afghan commanders who provided the troops stationed on the Tora Bora foothills—on the north side of the mountains, facing the Afghan city of Jalalabad," continued the Times. One Afghan commander told of pleading with Special Forces officers to block the trails to Pakistan. "Their attitude was, 'we must kill the enemy, but we must remain absolutely safe," said warlord Hajji Zaher. "This is crazy."

In a fight to capture the leader of the forces that attacked America on Sept 11 and took 3000 innocent lives, it is inconceivable that American Special Forces would back down or insist on remaining absolutely safe.

So an order to 'stand down,' if one was given, must have come from above.

Way above.

Bringing Osama bin Laden to justice, we thought, had been the U.S. objective in Afghanistan.

Apparently, we were mistaken.













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Fixin' to get sued again down on the MadCowFarm 

Barry Seal's long-time associate and attorney has just sent us a letter, concerning our coverage of him in "Barry& the boys: The CIA, the Mob, and America's Secret History."

This, despite the fact that an Iran Contra figure of some note recently referred to us as the author of "the definitive account of Barry Seal and Mena."

So we don't imagine we'll be able to "dazzle 'em with the truth."

So now is a good time to bring up a point that's been on our minds lately: we won't be able to continue doing hard-hitting real investigative journalism unless we have access to the resources necessary to avoid  being pecked to death by woodpeckers hired by people who've got woodpeckers on staff. 

We need a lawyer in Massachusetts.

Does the MadCowMorningNews have any barrister fans in Boston?   We doubt the ACLU will help. They appear no more eager to help us than the Republican Nat'l Committee would be.

Call the main MadCow Switchboard if you can help. 

   Muckraker George Seldes had it right:
"Tell the Truth, Then Run Like Hell."


You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of American journalists who have investigated the 9/11 terrorists activities... Time for a change
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