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Dianne Feinstein 911 NSA Narrative Doesn't Cut It

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There's a subscription only article written by Dianne Feinstein right now on the WSJ called "The NSA's Watchfulness Protects America" with a sub headline that says, "If today's call-records program had been in place in before 9/11, the terrorist attacks likely would have been prevented." Unfortunately, I can't read it, however--


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According to www.historycommons.org, in 1997 the U.S. Military and NSA asked for access to Telecom networks. In documents filed in 2006 by Joe Nacchio concerning his trial on insider trading charges, a Lieutenant General "told Mr. (Dean) Wandry (a member of Qwest) that he ran the largest telecom operation in the world, he had looked at Qwest's network, and he wanted to use it for government purposes." [...] "By 1999, Qwest is working extensively with the NSA."

In February 2001, three different U.S. Telecom firms cooperate with the NSA surveillance program, but Qwest refuses. The three that cooperate are AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth. "Qwest officials are unsure that it is legal to hand over customer information to the government without court warrants." [...] "(Joe) Nacchio is so disturbed by the idea of the NSA wiretapping phones without warrants, and is so unsure of what information would be collected and how it might be used, that he decides the company will not cooperate. The NSA tells Qwest and other companies that not only would it compile and maintain data on U.S. Citizens' phone habits, but it may well share that information with other U.S. Government agencies, including the CIA, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI."

So you see, it seems that "today's call-records program" in some fashion "had been in place before 9/11" not to mention a program called Echelon (at the time of 9/11, protests against Echelon were taking place), and PROMIS.
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Putting aside all of that, the NSA and 9/11 is a murky subject to begin with. The 9/11 Commission barely investigated the NSA, and there are many, many, many (to name a few) things that need to be investigated.

So, whatever Dianne Feinstein and the Wall Street Journal. Stop lying to the American people.

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"The 9/11 Commission barely investigated the NSA,... by Alan 8 on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 1:41:13 PM
Nothing was going to stop their live war games and... by Lance Ciepiela on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 5:30:22 PM
Thanks, Lance. You have more than once widened my ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 6:20:09 PM
Daniel - thanking you. Your inspiring comments are... by Lance Ciepiela on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:43:37 AM
Diane doesn't need to do her homework.  She h... by Patricia Gray on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:47:58 PM
On Diane Feinstein we agree, but on your idea of a... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 3:59:33 PM
More NSA spying could have prevented the 9/11 atta... by Lance Ciepiela on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 6:12:04 PM
Right on.  And Feinstein is one of the main g... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:59:20 PM
Feinstein is the classic definition of an elitist ... by Textynn N on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 5:34:21 PM
Let's face it, the whole official narrative of 911... by Dave Winship on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 5:58:00 PM
I speak for myself.  Commenters are responsib... by Jon Gold on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 6:17:06 PM
You want DiFi to stop lying?Okay, well, it isn't r... by Walter J Smith on Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 7:37:46 PM
If The Truth Be Told she would have been exposing ... by Lance Ciepiela on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:58:07 PM
No. About half know the attack wasn't investigated... by Gary Williams on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:39:34 AM
But 9/11 was predicted and predictable from common... by Simon Leigh on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:38:38 AM
Simon is in the minority.  He believes the of... by Patricia Gray on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:52:03 PM
yes, and Oswald killed Kennedy, Tim McVeigh did th... by Philip Dennany on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:17:54 PM
There's at least a grain of truth in all those sta... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 9:23:27 AM
Feinstein's real message: NSA is not going to stop... by John Reynolds on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:39:30 AM
A true lizard queen wannabe. Prepare yourself for ... by Howard Lewis on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:00:15 PM