Image via WikipediaAccording to a new book released recently, The NSA (National Security Agency of The United States. was listening to conversations between Osama Bin Ladin's headquarters and at least two of the 9/11 Hijackers while they were in The United States. The book sites Secret Intelligence sources. The sources said that The NSA not only were listening to Osama Bin Laden's headquarters, but that they knew the two terrorist were in The United States. The listened for what was, reportedly, months leading up to 9/11 and had detailed transcripts of conversations between Bin Laden's headquarters and the hijackers. Not only were they aware of the terrorists presence in this country, but when the CIA requested transcripts of the conversations, The NSA refused to share them or allow the CIA to listen to the conversations while the were occurring.
Eventually The CIA managed to tap Osama Bin Laden's headquarters also, but were only able to hear the conversation on Bin Laden's end of the line.They once again approached The NSA and they refused to allow the CIA to hear what the terrorist were saying or what had been said earlier.
As we know the attack took place and thousands were killed, but what still has not been revealed is whether The NSA had the details of that attack on tape or in transcripts, Days or even months before it occurred. One would think that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the answer to that question, but we will leave that to you to decide. As to the reason The NSA would not release the information to The CIA, sources say inter agency rivalry played a great role in their decision.
It is now clear why The government created The Office Of Homeland Security. It is not clear however, why there was a need to tighten security at airports to the extent they have tightened it, given they new about the terrorists before hand. Clearly one could see political reasons for many of the measures that Bush has taken unilaterally and in cooperation with Congress.
These facts could make one wonder if the government wanted to wire tap all Americans without the restraint of the law or due process. You take a guess.