By William Scott Malone and Rory O'Connor
Special to World Defense Review
"You know sometimes in journalism you regret the stories you do; but most of the time you regret the ones that you didn't do."
And there's also this genuine concern about how, if only the President shared the sense of panic and concern that they did, more would be done to try and protect the country.
[WSM, 2011: Judy's no-longer-quite-so-secret White House source who had tipped her off during the 2001 July 4th holiday in a rather desperate attempt to draw Presidential attention to what turned out to be two stunningly prophetic, top-level NSA-Al Qaeda 'chatter' intercepts--were 'ethos-culled' sat phone calls between Afghanistan and the key Al Qaeda 'operations switchboard' in Yemen.
It would later develop that the Yemeni out-sourced call center was run by the father-in-law of one of the 9/11 hijackers, whose own frequent long-distance calls had also been digitally captured, BUT NOT further REPORTED because a certain CIA official would not allow his FBI counter-terror-counter-part to convey this sensitive intelligence to the law enforcement side of the FBI CT operations.
TBAR is the NSA's internal, if unofficial, all-cap CRYPTONYM for the CIA--'Those Bastards Across the RIVER.']"And Washington being Washington and the CT world being the CT world, I was soon off pursuing other things. I simply couldn't nail it down with more specificity. I argued at that time that it was worth going with just what we had, even if it was vague, that the fact that the Al Qaeda was planning something that was so spectacular that we have to respond was worth getting into the paper in some way, shape or form. But I think Steve decided and I ultimately agreed that we needed more details. And I simply couldn't pry them loose.
"And I always wondered how the person who sent that [intercept] warning must have felt.*
[*- WSM, 2011: The very military intelligence official who in fact made sure that that intercept-intelligence was passed to the CIA and the WHITE HOUSE's Scooter LIBBY in the first place was the source who pointed Malone and O'Connor to interview Judy Miller on this precise question in the first place also.
MUCH MORE on this still untold CRIMINAL 9/11 OBSTRUCTION of JUSTICE SCANDAL to come NEXT Month on the BlackNET Intelligence Channel.And NAMES NAMED. Stay tuned...]
— William Scott Malone is a multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning investigative journalist who is currently the senior editor of NavySEALs.com and its counter-terrorism newsletter 'BlackNET Intelligence.' Rory O'Connor is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist whose 'Media Is A Plural' blog is accessible at www.roryoconnor.org.