Sunday, August 14, 2011
Just a month before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, is leveling stunning new charges against former CIA Director George Tenet and the CIA.
In an interview for a radio documentary to be aired next month, according to Clarke, former CIA Director George Tenet and the CIA engaged in a massive cover-up in 2000 and 2001 to hide intelligence from the Bush White House and the FBI that could have prevented the attacks. The charges were were made available to The Daily Beast by the producers of the documentary.
Clarke speculates but cannot prove, the CIA withheld the intel because the agency had been trying to recruit the terrorists, while they were living in Southern California under their own names, to work as CIA agents inside al-Qaeda. After the recruitment effort went sour, senior CIA officers continued to withhold the information from the Bush White House for fear they would be accused of “malfeasance and misfeasance,” according to Clarke.
Clarke’s theory would explain an enduring mystery about the 9/11 attacks: why the CIA failed for so long to tell the Bush White House and senior officials at the FBI that the agency knew two Al Qaeda terrorists had arrived in the United States in January 2000 after attending a terrorist summit meeting in Malaysia the CIA had been secretly monitoring.
Clarke says Tenet and others at the agency would never admit to the truth today “even if you waterboarded them.”