Reprinted from Huffington Post
After the events of September 11, 2001, as a longtime FBI agent and division legal counsel, I blew the whistle on the FBI's failure to act on information provided by the Minneapolis field office that could have prevented the attacks.
On this sad 15th anniversary of 9/11, I am encouraged to see that Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein put out a statement calling for a new investigation not afflicted by all the limitations, partisan obstacles and other problems that adversely affected the 9/11 Commission.
But the biggest mistake, the launching of the ruinous, counter-productive "war on terror," had already broken out even before my testimony (and long before the 9/11 Commission was allowed to begin work), along with its attendant war crimes such as torture, which were secretly "legalized." Not only had truth again become the first casualty, but Cicero's adage was playing out: "in times of war, the law falls silent."
I debated, early on, with a former CIA legal counsel who claimed war was the answer as opposed to investigating/prosecuting terrorism as plain crime, and later tried to explain more fully why "The War on Terror (Is) A False Promise for National Security," published in the International Journal of Intelligence Ethics.
So much of the ease in perpetrating this type of deceit, described so well in David Swanson's book "War Is A Lie," comes back to Mark Twain's classic adage that "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." So it took a couple years after 9-11, after the first in the long series of Mideast wars had been launched, with US military occupations firmly installed for the duration (in what has now come to be called "perma-war") before the 9/11 Commission and other official and congressional inquiries could get out even the tiniest bit of truth, revealing that 9/11 was enabled by the lack of sharing of pertinent intelligence information inside and between agencies as well as with the public, not any lack of massive, non-relevant metadata collection on innocent people.
We also learned that the countries we had launched war on, or had judged culpable for the attacks, Iraq and Iran, were not at all involved in 9-11. It's jaw-dropping that it's taken nearly 15 years to get the "28 pages" in the Joint Intelligence Committee's Report finally released. The "28 pages" show no culpability on the part of either Iraq or Iran, just strong indications of Saudi funding and support of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Another retired intelligence officer who cares about integrity in intelligence, Elizabeth Murray, also agrees with Jill Stein's call: