The CIA & the FBI want to re-write & control what you think you know about 9/11
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog
As a former CIA agent attempts to exercise his freedom of speech, his former co-workers are working hard to keep him quiet and to prevent you from learning what the CIA knew that could have prevented the tragic events that unfolded on September 11th, 2001.
Ali H. Soufan, the author of, “The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al Qaeda,” is trying to tell the world what he knows about the CIA and what they knew that could have stopped the attacks before they happened. The former CIA agent says the agency had advance knowledge of two of the hijackers 9/11 plot but withheld the information from the FBI allowing the attacks to take the lives of now over 3,000 Americans (not to mention the countless other innocent lives lost in the wake of the Bush reaction.)
Soufan says that the CIA had detailed information on 9/11 hijacker Abu Zubaydah as early as January 2000 but failed to act on it.
The former CIA agent turned tell all author also writes about his personal accounts of witnessing “enhanced interrogation” techniques which he believed to be unnecessary and counter productive, as most humans would. The information agency is seeking to censor the pronouns “I” and “me” from that chapter in an attempt to discredit his personal experiences of specific incidences.
As a result of the CIA’s power over information, Ali H. Soufan’s accounts of what he knows to be true may never reach the printers. The author says the CIA is forcing him to remove key parts of his accounts in an effort to protect the “good name” of the CIA. (Because we all love those guys/gals right?)
A report published in The New York Times points out that Soufan’s attorneys have received word that the CIA could end up “embarrassed” by the author’s allegations. Soufan says the actions to censor his knowledge is ridiculous and he will continue his efforts of telling the truth in future publications.
He said he believed that counter terrorism officers have an obligation to face squarely “where we made mistakes and let the American people down.” He added: “It saddens me that some are refusing to address past mistakes.”
A spokeswoman for the C.I.A., Jennifer Youngblood, said, “The suggestion that the Central Intelligence Agency has requested redactions on this publication because it doesn’t like the content is ridiculous. The C.I.A.’s pre-publication review process looks solely at the issue of whether information is classified.”
Even though much of the information written about in Soufan’s book has been made available to the public, the CIA says that doesn’t mean he can go ahead and talk about it. “Just because something is in the public domain doesn’t mean it’s been officially released or declassified by the U.S. government,” Youngblood said in a statement.
After sending the rough draft to the CIA, the author was challenged to prove that the many names listed were not classified. As a result of the governments censorship, the author chose to instead use aliases for most of the names talked about in the book. The CIA sent the FBI a copy for one more round of censorship, and the FBI wants almost 200 pages to be removed from the record, and the public to remain ignorant of the truth.
As “The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al Qaeda,” is set to hit the printers later this week, the first edition will be released with all of the FBI’s censors. So much for living in a free and open society.