A conservative activist hopes his new book will set the record straight about how it was Bill Clinton, not George W. Bush, who could have headed off the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Author David Bossie is the president of Citizens United as well as a former congressional investigator for the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight. In his investigative capacity, he did extensive interviews with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and the information he uncovered led him to write "Intelligence Failure: How Clinton's National Security Policy Set the Stage for 9/11."
Bossie contends that Clinton's political correctness hindered agents from doing all they could to keep an eye on suspicious flight students and prevented them from profiling potential terrorists.
"If an FBI agent had opened a case file and said, 'Hey, we've got to watch a bunch of Muslim students taking flight lessons in Arizona,' that would have been the end of that guy's career," he says.
Under the liberal policies of the Clinton era, agents were trained to make sure they did not do things like that, Bossie says, and were always "scared to death to be seen as racially profiling someone."
And now, the author asserts, the same liberals who are trying to blame the Bush Administration for 9/11 are the very ones who were responsible for degrading the effectiveness of the FBI's intelligence-gathering operations during the Clinton years.
"Those are the types of things that are said today in hindsight – that we should have known, that we should have been watching these people," Bossie says. He adds, "The liberals for years, all throughout the '80s and 90s, were driving all this political correctness down our throats and really adversely affecting our intelligence capability."
The former congressional investigator points out that Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida network were waging war against the United States throughout the Clinton years, staging a deadly attack on the World Trade Center in February of 1993, as well as assaults on Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia (where American military and other personnel were being housed) in 1996, two U.S embassies in Africa in 1998, and on the USS Cole in 2000. Through exclusive research and never before documented details the investigator uncovered through congressional interviews and other sources, Bossie builds the case for his contention that it was Clinton's poor leadership and bad policy that left America vulnerable to terrorist violence.
According to the author, Clinton's eight years of degrading America's intelligence capabilities and military readiness could not have been undone between the time George W. Bush and his cabinet took office and the onslaught of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Even though these attacks took place on George W. Bush's watch, Bossie maintains that history will remember them as Bill Clinton's legacy.
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