FBI Director Mueller: NSA Programs ‘Could Have Derailed’ Sept 11, 2001 Plot – So What’s the Truth?

Mediaite – by Noah Rothman

During testimony before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, FBI DirectorRobert Mueller was asked why he thought the National Security Agency’s monitoring of all Americans communications were necessary programs. Mueller testified that these NSA programs, had they existed before the events of September 11, 2001, could have either disrupted or even prevented those attacks.   

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) said that many members of the Congress remain unconvinced that the NSA’s sweeping communications monitoring programs are performing a “legitimate legal protective service.”

Mueller said he had to go back to the events of September 11, 2001 to explain why the programs were critical.

“Before 9/11, there was an individual by the name of Khalid al- Mihdhar who came to be one of the principle hijackers,” Mueller began. “He was being tracked by the intelligence agencies in the Far East. They lost track of him.”

“At the same time, the intelligence agencies had identified an Al Qaeda safe house in Yemen,” he continued. “They understood that that Al Qaeda safe house had a telephone number, but they could not know who was calling into that particular – that particular safe house.”

Mueller noted that, after 9/11, they discovered that the person calling into that safe house was al- Mihdhar using a line in San Diego. “If we had had this program in place at the time, we would have been able to identify that particular telephone number in San Diego,” Mueller added.

The 9/11 Commission itself indicate that investigations or interrogations of al- Mihdhar once he was identified could have yielded evidence of connections to other participants in the 9/11 plot. The simple fact of their detention could have derailed the plan. In any case, the opportunity was not there.

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Here is the reality of what happened.

9/11 was not stopped because the same seditious traitors who orchestrated the NSA Spy Program orchestrated 9/11.

FBI Agent Says He Warned of 9/11 Hijackings

FBI Agent Slams Bosses at Moussaoui Trial
By Michael J. Sniffen
The Associated Press

Monday 20 March 2006

Alexandria, Va. – The FBI agent who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 testified Monday he spent almost four weeks trying to warn U.S. officials about the radical Islamic student pilot but “criminal negligence” by superiors in Washington thwarted a chance to stop the 9/11 attacks.

FBI agent Harry Samit of Minneapolis originally testified as a government witness, on March 9, but his daylong cross examination by defense attorney Edward MacMahon was the strongest moment so far for the court-appointed lawyers defending Moussaoui. The 37-year-old Frenchman of Moroccan descent is the only person charged in this country in connection with al-Qaida’s Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

MacMahon displayed a communication addressed to Samit and FBI headquarters agent Mike Maltbie from a bureau agent in Paris relaying word from French intelligence that Moussaoui was “very dangerous,” had been indoctrinated in radical Islamic Fundamentalism at London’s Finnsbury Park mosque, was “completely devoted” to a variety of radical fundamentalism that Osama bin Laden espoused, and had been to Afghanistan.

Based on what he already knew, Samit suspected that meant Moussaoui had been to training camps there, although the communication did not say that.

The communication arrived Aug. 30, 2001. The Sept. 11 Commission reported that British intelligence told U.S. officials on Sept 13, 2001, that Moussaoui had attended an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. “Had this information been available in late August 2001, the Moussaoui case would almost certainly have received intense, high-level attention,” the commission concluded.

But Samit told MacMahon he couldn’t persuade FBI headquarters or the Justice Department to take his fears seriously. No one from Washington called Samit to say this intelligence altered the picture the agent had been painting since Aug. 18 in a running battle with Maltbie and Maltbie’s boss, David Frasca, chief of the radical fundamentalist unit at headquarters.

They fought over Samit’s desire for a warrant to search Moussaoui’s computer and belongings. Maltbie and Frasca said Samit had not established a link between Moussaoui and terrorists.

Samit testified that on Aug. 22 he had learned from the French that Moussaoui had recruited someone to go to Chechnya in 2000 to fight with Islamic radicals under Emir Ibn al-Khattab. He said a CIA official told him on Aug. 22 or 23 that al-Khattab had fought alongside bin Laden in the past. This, too, failed to sway Maltbie or Frasca.

Under questioning from MacMahon, Samit acknowledged that he had told the Justice Department inspector general that “obstructionism, criminal negligence and careerism” on the part of FBI headquarters officials had prevented him from getting a warrant that would have revealed more about Moussaoui’s associates. He said that opposition blocked “a serious opportunity to stop the 9/11 attacks.”

The FBI’s actions between Moussaoui’s arrest, in Minnesota on immigration violations on Aug. 16, 2001, and Sept. 11, 2001, are crucial to his trial because prosecutors allege that Moussaoui’s lies prevented the FBI from discovering the identities of 9/11 hijackers and the Federal Aviation Administration from taking airport security steps.

But MacMahon made clear the Moussaoui’s lies never fooled Samit. The agent sent a memo to FBI headquarters on Aug. 18 accusing Moussaoui of plotting international terrorism and air piracy over the United States, two of the six crimes he pleaded guilty to in 2005.

To obtain a death penalty, prosecutors must prove that Moussaoui’s actions led directly to the death of at least one person on 9/11.

Moussaoui pleaded guilty last April to conspiring with al-Qaida to fly planes into U.S. buildings. But he says he had nothing to do with 9/11 and was training to fly a 747 jetliner into the White House as part of a possible later attack.

Samit’s complaints echoed those raised in 2002 by Coleen Rowley, the bureau’s agent-lawyer in the Minneapolis office, who tried to help get a warrant. Rowley went public with her frustrations, was named a Time magazine person of the year for whistleblowing and is now running for Congress.

Samit revealed far more than Rowley of the details of the investigation.

MacMahon walked Samit through e-mails and letters the agent sent seeking help from the FBI’s London, Paris and Oklahoma City offices, FBI headquarters files, the CIA’s counterterrorism center, the Secret Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, an intelligence agency not identified publicly by name in court (possibly the National Security Agency), and the FBI’s Iran, Osama bin Laden, radical fundamentalist, and national security law units at headquarters.

Samit described useful information from French intelligence and the CIA before 9/11 but said he was not told that CIA Director George Tenet was briefed on the Moussaoui threat on Aug. 23 and never saw until after 9/11 a memo from an FBI agent in Phoenix about radical Islamists taking flight training there.

For each nugget of information, MacMahon asked Samit if Washington officials called to assess the implications. Time after time, Samit said no.

MacMahon introduced an Aug. 31 letter Samit drafted “to advise the FAA of a potential threat to security of commercial aircraft” from whomever Moussaoui was conspiring with.

But Maltbie barred him from sending it to FAA headquarters, saying he would handle that, Samit testified. The agent added that he did tell FAA officials in Minneapolis of his suspicions.


Associated Press Writer Matthew Barakat contributed to this report.


6 thoughts on “FBI Director Mueller: NSA Programs ‘Could Have Derailed’ Sept 11, 2001 Plot – So What’s the Truth?

  1. Only trying to justify their spying! Pull 9/11 out as the boogie man that could have been avoided, yeah right.

  2. The only thing that could have avoided 9/11 was for the President to not be a Traitor in service to Jews. Israel did the deed and we all know it. The authorization of Military Force Bill is Unconstitutional, for it cedes to the criminal POTUS the ability to wage war against non State people without any determination of guilt by a Judge or Legislator. The POTUS is officially a dictator now and not by right! The Acts MUST be declared Unconstitutional.

  3. I nearly sprayed the keyboard with my tea when I read the headline…….. The FBI had special agents assigned to make sure none of the 9/11 patsies were discovered by the regular, well-intentioned FBI agents who might stumble on them. The pattern of preventing meaningful investigation of the patsies prior to 9/11 is unmistakable and can only lead to one conclusion: The top FBI leadership was inside and on board with the 9/11 plot and tasked specific (some of their names are known) agents to make sure it was pulled off successfully. This is part of the FBI’s history now and cannot be made to go away with Mueller’s lies years after the fact.

  4. 9/11 was avoidable as much as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Both where needed to get into avoidable wars. PH got America into WW2, 9/11 the war on terror and some.

  5. Screw Robert Mueller…he is nothing but the Bush Family butt-boy and he doesn’t even know how to get off his knees in front of a Bush family member…he just keeps sucking and sluping off the Bush-penis…he knows that the government did 911 and he knows that himself…Bush, Cheney, Rumsfelf, etc are nothing but traitors who need to be convicted of treason and hung together..along with their convicted families…kids, wives…aunts, uncles…no generational or family treason allowed…hang all of them…screw you…you filthy.. fascist pig…Robert Mueller..we need to hang your ass slowly..choke you almost to death and bring your traitorous ass back again and again…make Robert Mueller’s execution the most painful possible…then douse him in oil-laced gasoline and lite his ass on fire in the last moments of his treasonous life…let him know what liberty really feels like…eff’ Robert Mueller and the traitorous FBI… the NSA…the CIA…. eff’ them all…run an effing bulldozer through all of their headquarters after Congress defunds the traitors…anyone that doesn’t get out of the building in time…bury them….


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  6. “Moussaoui pleaded guilty last April to conspiring with al-Qaida to fly planes into U.S. buildings. But he says he had nothing to do with 9/11 and was training to fly a 747 jetliner into the White House as part of a possible later attack.”

    What a total crock!

    Holograms don’t require pilots.

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