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    In a commentary today in the Wall Street Journal, FBI Director Louis Freeh refers to Bill Clinton's failure to deal with terrorism.

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    Al Qaeda was at war with the U.S. even before Sept. 11, 2001. In August 1998, it attacked our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In December 1999, one of al Qaeda's soldiers, Ahmed Ressam, entered the U.S. to bomb Los Angeles airport. In October 2000, al Qaeda attacked the USS Cole in the port of Aden.

    The question before the 9/11 Commission is why our political leadership declared war back on al Qaeda only after Sept. 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden had been indicted years before for blowing up American soldiers and embassies and was known as a clear and present danger to the U.S. So what would have happened had the U.S. declared war on al Qaeda before Sept. 11? Endless and ultimately useless speculation about "various threads and pieces of information," which are certainly "relevant and significant," at least in retrospect, will not take us very far in answering this central question.

    On Jan. 26, 2001, at 8:45 a.m., I had my first meeting with President Bush and Vice President Cheney. They had been in office four days. We discussed terrorism, and in particular al Qaeda, the African embassy bombings, the Cole attack and the June 1996 Khobar bombing in Saudi Arabia.

    When I advised the president that Hezbollah and Iran were responsible for Khobar, he directed me to follow-up with Condoleezza Rice. I did so at 2:30 p.m. that day and she told me to pursue our investigation with the attorney general and to bring whatever charges possible. Within weeks, a new prosecutor was put in charge of the case and on June 21 an indictment was returned against 13 Hezbollah men who had been directed to bomb Khobar by senior officials of the Iranian government. I know that the families of the 19 murdered airmen were deeply grateful to President Bush and Ms. Rice for their prompt response and focus on terrorism.

    I believe that any president and Congress faced with the reality of Sept. 11 would have acted swiftly and overwhelmingly as did President Bush and the 107th Congress. They are to be commended.

    [b]However, those who came before President Bush can only be faulted if they had had the political means and the will of the nation to declare a war back then, but failed to do so. [/b]The fact that terrorism and the war being waged by al Qaeda was not even an issue in the 2000 presidential campaign strongly suggests that the political will to declare and fight this war didn't exist before Sept. 11. ...


    Freeh is scheduled to testify Tuesday before the 9/11 commission. Should be interesting.

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    Listen to his polite testimony.

    From 1993 to well into 1994 {before GOP control of congress}, Freeh asked for [b]and was denied [/b]increased funding to the FBI for counter terrorist programs.

    Do ya think Professor Kerry voted for those funds before he voted against them too?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Spirit of Weeb[/i]@Apr 13 2004, 11:08 AM
    [b] Listen to his polite testimony.

    From 1993 to well into 1994 {before GOP control of congress}, Freeh asked for [b]and was denied [/b]increased funding to the FBI for counter terrorist programs.

    Do ya think Professor Kerry voted for those funds before he voted against them too? [/b][/quote]
    When asked about the FBI's inability to stop terrorists in the mid-90's Freeh said in his testimony he asked the clinton admin for $300Mil and 200 people for counter-terrorism; he received $5-mil and 6 people

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Come Back to NY+Apr 13 2004, 02:37 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Come Back to NY @ Apr 13 2004, 02:37 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--Spirit of Weeb[/i]@Apr 13 2004, 11:08 AM
    [b] Listen to his polite testimony.

    From 1993 to well into 1994 {before GOP control of congress}, Freeh asked for [b]and was denied [/b]increased funding to the FBI for counter terrorist programs.

    Do ya think Professor Kerry voted for those funds before he voted against them too? [/b][/quote]
    When asked about the FBI&#39;s inability to stop terrorists in the mid-90&#39;s Freeh said in his testimony he asked the clinton admin for &#036;300Mil and 200 people for counter-terrorism; he received &#036;5-mil and 6 people [/b][/quote]
    Why do I doubt that we&#39;ll be hearing about his testimony on the news tonight?

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