Declassified CIA Report: Bill Clinton to Blame for Bankrupting Intelligence Community Before 9/11

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The U.S. has, in modern history, maintained a “hill and valley” reasoning to national security. Prior to World War II, during the reign of liberal Franklin Roosevelt, America maintained the 19th largest military in the world. We were smaller than both Portugal and Romania. Needless to say, we were remarkably ill-prepared for war against Japan and Germany.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Still, Democrats continue to believe that keeping America ill-prepared for violence will, somehow, prevent war.

A report from 2005 was recently declassified and the Central Intelligence Report (CIA) condemns the Clinton Administration for their role in stripping America of the ability to detect threats and attack if necessary.

In the report, former CIA Director George J. Tenet detailed how the Clinton Administration starved the intelligence community of funds for fielding threats in the years leading up to 9/11.

Tenet, the director at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has pushed-back against criticisms that he and his agency failed to detect the Al Qaeda threat. According to Tenet, he took Al Qaeda very seriously as far back as 1998, but was unable to mount an effort to penetrate the terrorist organization.

The Washington Times details the declassified report:

The document was a response to an inspector general’s draft report that had accused Mr. Tenet of failing to give al Qaeda enough attention in the months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks. But Mr. Tenet said he did take steps, amid all the other work CIA was also required to do.


“Your report does not adequately address the context of an intelligence community that had to respond to wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, the prospect of war between India and Pakistan, China’s military buildup and threat to Taiwan, the requirements of policy makers, particularly in Congress, to pursue narco-traffickers in Central and South America, and numerous other such requirements,” Mr. Tenet wrote. “Despite all of these stresses, despite the fact that we had effectively been in Chapter 11 as an intelligence community, we continued on a path to methodically increase both CIA and intelligence community resources and our personnel base devoted to terrorism.”


In addition to Mr. Tenet’s response document, which had originally been classified “top secret/codeword sensitive,” the CIA released more full versions Friday of several other documents that had been released earlier.


The documents came in a Friday afternoon dump — though according to the notations, they’d been approved for release as far back as March.


“The events of 9/11 will be forever seared into the memories of all Americans who bore witness to the single greatest tragedy to befall our homeland in recent history,” the CIA said in a memo accompanying the new documents. “The documents released today reflect differing views formed roughly a decade ago within CIA about the Agency’s performance prior to 9/11.”


The inspector general’s nearly 500-page report, issued in June 2005, found that agency employees “worked hard” to combat al Qaeda, and said Mr. Tenet himself was “actively and forcefully engaged” in counterterrorism. But the investigators said Mr. Tenet didn’t follow up enough on his own warnings and admonitions, and allowed the agency to get bogged down in tactical debates rather than setting an overarching strategy for getting bin Laden.


Mr. Tenet, though, details the follow-up efforts he made and lists the number of times he asked for more money for counterterrorism, and the nine occasions he said he sent memos to senior officials in both the executive branch and Congress warning of terrorist plots.


“Even though senior policy makers were intimately familiar with the threat posed by terrorism, particularly those in the previous administration who had responded to major attacks, they never provided us the luxury of either downgrading other high priority requirements we were expected to perform against, or the resource base to build counterterrorism programs with the consistency that we needed before September 11,” Mr. Tenet wrote.


However, the current debate surrounding the intelligence community has shifted to the issue of domestic surveillance. While nobody wishes for another attack on our soil, it’s clear, based on his actions, that the Obama Administration views domestic dissent as a far greater threat than the radical Muslims pillaging the Middle East to fill the void left after Obama yanked troops from the hard-won areas of Iraq and Afghanistan.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]With Hillary Clinton already having blood on her hands from her dereliction of duty as Secretary of State, it’s likely that as president, she would be likely as ill-equipped to deal with the security threats to our nation as her husband and her predecessor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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