[Tuesday, October 10th 2006] How did a berserker like North Korea’s Kim Jong Il get the bomb in the first place? Answer: He bought it from the Dr. Strangelove of Pakistan in 2001 — while all our President’s men ordered our intelligence agents to keep their eyes shut tight.
On November 9, 2001, BBC Television Centre in London received a call from a phone booth just outside Washington. The call to our Newsnight team was part of a complex prearranged dance coordinated with the National Security News Service, a conduit for unhappy spooks at the CIA and FBI to unburden themselves of disturbing information and documents. …more
Watch the BBC Report / Read the Transcript September 10, 2006- On November 9, 2001, when you could still choke on the dust in the air near Ground Zero, BBC Television received a call in London from a top-level US intelligence agent. He was not happy. Shortly after George W. Bush took office, he told us reluctantly, the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the FBI, â€œwere told to back off the Saudis.â€
We knew that. In the newsroom, we had a document already in hand, marked, â€œSECRETâ€ across the top and â€œâ€ – meaning this was a national security matter.
The secret memo released agents to hunt down two members of the bin Laden family operating a â€œsuspected terrorist organizationâ€ in the USA. It was dated September 13, 2001 â€” two days too late for too many. What the memo indicates, corroborated by other sources, was that the agents had long wanted to question these characters â€¦ but could not until after the attack. By that time, these bin Laden birds had flown their American nest.
Back to the high-level agent. I pressed him to tell me exactly which investigations were spiked. None of this interview dance was easy, requiring switching to untraceable …more
Greg Palast on His New Book â€œArmed Madhouse : Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ’08â€¦â€
Monday, May 15, 2006 — Investigative journalist Greg Palast joins us in the Firehouse Studio to discuss the follow-up to his best-selling book â€œThe Best Democracy Money Can Buy.â€ [includes rush transcript ]
Telecom giant Verizon has been sued for giving the National Security Agency the phone records of millions of Americans. …more