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CIA censors ex-FBI agent’s 9/11 book

Press TV – August 27, 2011

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has expurgated extensive parts of a book by a former FBI agent on September 11, 2001 events in a bid to rewrite the history of post-9/11 America, a report says.

The CIA will not allow the full publication of a memoir by Ali H. Soufan, the former FBI agent that spent years near the center of the battle against al-Qaeda, The New York Times reported on August 25.

Soufan argues in the book that the CIA missed a chance to derail the 2001 incident by withholding from the FBI information about two 9/11 hijackers living in San Diego, the report says.

He also gives a detailed, firsthand account of the US spy agency’s move toward brutal treatment of detainees in its interrogations, saying the harsh methods were unnecessary and counterproductive.

Soufan, a counterterrorism agent that played a central role in many major terrorism investigations between 1997 and 2005, has told colleagues he believes the censored portions of his book are intended not to protect national security, but to prevent him from recounting episodes that reflect badly on the CIA.

In a letter sent on August 19 to the FBI’s general counsel, Valerie E. Caproni, a lawyer for Soufan, David N. Kelley, wrote that “credible sources have told Mr. Soufan that the agency has made a decision that this book should not be published because it will prove embarrassing to the agency.”

Soufan has called the CIA’s cuts to and editing of his book “ridiculous,” but said he thought he would prevail in getting them restored for a later edition.

He said he believed that counterterrorism officers have an obligation to face squarely “where we made mistakes and let the American people down.”

The book, entitled The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al Qaeda has been written with the assistance of Daniel Freedman, a colleague at Soufan’s New York security company, and is scheduled to go on sale on September 12.

US government employees who hold security clearances are required to have their books vetted for classified information before publication. However, since decisions on what should be classified can be highly subjective, the prepublication review process often becomes a battle.

Several former US spies have gone to court to fight redactions to their books, and the Defense Department spent nearly $50,000 last year to buy and destroy the entire first printing of an intelligence officer’s book, which it said contained secrets, the report adds.

August 27, 2011 - Posted by | Deception, False Flag Terrorism

1 Comment

  1. What we have here is the repackaging of the ‘Big-Lie’ that the aircraft that hit WTC 1 & 2 and preposterously hitting the pentagon at ground level flying at 530 MPH, an impossibility with a large wing area on a commercial airliner; because the under-pressure would have forced it higher by another hard fact of physics that does not disobey the laws of physics even when those in the US Armed Forces, Pentagon, White House and Tel Aviv order them too. Which means a missile hit the pentagon.:

    And this red ball of fire is consistent with a Cruise Missile, not a 757 airliner, and explains why only small amounts fragments were found on the lawn.:

    So this article presupposes we buy into their ‘The Big Lie’ by pretending to play off one agency of repression with another; as a form of disinformation to be parroted by those worried about containing the 9/11 movement to protect the Mossad and its “sleeper” Zionist agents in the Pentagon, White House, Congress, and the mass media mind control matrix.

    Who benefits from this excerpted from above.: ‘……the CIA missed a chance to derail the 2001 incident by withholding from the FBI information about two 9/11 hijackers living in San Diego……’

    The FBI knew who the Mossad agents were in the US, but they are dutiful dupes when told to be, and those orders would have clearly come for the Deputy Attorney General Michael Chertoff.


    Comment by Bill Mitchell | August 27, 2011

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