2,640. 9/15/2001

“As reported by Jason Vest in the Village Voice (November 27, 2001): ‘According to intelligence and diplomatic sources, [Secretary of State Colin] Powell–as well as [Director of Central Intelligence] George Tenet–was infuriated by a private intelligence endeavor arranged by [Deputy Defense Secretary Paul] Wolfowitz in September [2001]. Apparently obsessed with proving a convoluted theory put forth by American Enterprise Institute adjunct fellow Laurie Mylroie that tied Usama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Wolfowitz, according to a veteran intelligence officer, dispatched former Director of Central Intelligence and cabalist James Woolsey to the United Kingdom, tasking him with gathering additional ‘evidence’ to make the case. Woolsey was also asked to make contact with Iraqi exiles and others who might be able to beef up the case that hijacker Mohammed Atta was working with Iraqi intelligence to plan the September 11 attacks, as well as the subsequent anthrax mailings.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies, Page 95

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