Over a year ago, when it first came out that 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick (appointed by Democrats) was a former Clinton Administration Justice Department lawyer who had helped formulate the policies that controlled just how we gathered intelligence against terrorists — and how that information could and could not be shared. I wrote about it at the time, but never really followed up on it.
It turns out that what had me so outraged about Ms. Gorelick’s participation in the 9/11 Commission’s investigation was merely the tip of the iceberg. Daffyd ab Hugh of Captain’s Quarters has been doing some more digging, and it’s not pretty.
Many have defended Ms. Gorelick, by saying that her memo establishing a “wall” separating the FBI from other intelligence services only applied to the Justice Department, and didn’t cover other branches. After all, she worked for the Justice Department, not the government as a whole.
Well, no. It turns out that Ms. Gorelick had been general counsel to the Defense Department before she moved on to Justice.
Daffyd carefully labels established facts and separates out his speculation, but damn, he makes a compelling case. It’s starting to look more and more like the Democrats (at least, those who were part of or close to the Clinton administration, and those who appointed the Democratic members of the 9/11 commission), knew (or strongly suspected) that a huge chunk of blame for the intelligence failures that allowed the 9/11 attacks to succeed ought to be laid at the feet of the Clinton administration.
And now it’s finally starting to unravel.