Posted by willyloman on September 9, 2008
by Scott Creighton
In an article on the front page of MSNBC’s site and apparently aired on national NBC and MSNBC stations, Robert Windrem spins a harrowing tale of the terror to come at the hands of people like you and me; American “terrorists”. Terrorists with “an American face”. Quoted in his article is Roger Cressey, an interesting choice to say the least.
Think back to HR1955, Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, the bill that promises to crack down on meetings of peace groups and the internet activity of “dissidents” like myself (and most of you reading this now). That bill has been sitting in committee, just waiting for the right moment to spring on a terrified nation. Remember the resistance HR 1955 received when they first came out with it? Well, just like the Patriot Act, sometimes bad bills just need a little good timing to get passed in congress without much complaint. So what is Joe Lieberman waiting for?
Windrem’s article is filled with the usual “Global War on Terror” boogie-man, and a hodge-podge of imminent threats (that may or may not not be credible, according to this article) and unsupported claims from unnamed sources about the dark nether-world areas where even drones do not like to fly. That nebulous area between Afghanistan and Pakistan seems to be where all the problems now come from. That same area where US forces accidentally killed 90 Afghan citizens, 60 of which were kids, some 4 weeks ago, and where we just recently used drone airships to kill another 20 or so just this past week.
Windrem’s entire premise for his article seems to be the fact that “white people” have been seen in the area. And then he spins his tale from that.
“More than anything else, it’s what one counterterrorism official calls “the white men of Waziristan” that worries officials - the increasing possibility that the next attacks in Europe or North America will be carried out not by those with Arab or South Asian passports, but by young Caucasian men from Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Canada or even the United States.” Windrem.
That’s a strange admission coming from “counterterrorism officials”, seeing as how “white men” didn’t knock down the towers or kill nearly 3000 U.S. citizens on Sept. 11th 2001. Did they?
“There is no bigger worry for the U.S. counterterrorism community than young Caucasian men who have turned to al-Qaida,” said Roger Cressey.” Windrem.
In this article, Windrem draws extensively on his interview with Roger Cressey, former NationalSecurity Council official in the Clinton and Bush administrations and now an NBC News consultant.
A little more research shows that Roger Cressey has the experience to know when a threat may be right on the horizon. You see, he was the National Security Council Director for TransnationalThreats from November 1999 through November 2001, serving both Clinton and Bush in that capacity. His task at that time was that he was responsible for coordination and implementation of US counterterrorism policy. It was, in fact, his job to prevent the attacks of 9/11.
Let me say that again; Roger Cressey was directly tasked at that time, leading up to 9/11, with the prevention of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. And however you look at it, he failed miserably. Unless, of course, you happen to own oil companies or stock in the military sub-contractors who have turned massive profits since that horrible day. Then your opinion of Sept. 11th may be a little different than most.
Right after 9/11, in Nov. of 2001, was he reprimanded or demoted or punished in ANY way, by the well connected oil-people of this administration? No. In fact, he was promoted.
“He was Chief of Staff to the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board at the White House from November 2001 to September 2002.” Wiki.
So aside from picking up big paychecks from NBC, owned by General Electric (a huge military contractor) and the Rockefeller family (Exxon/Mobile), what does Roger Cressey do now? Well, he started his own corporate security company Good Harbor Consulting. They have offices in the U.S. as well as in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.
And what is that, front and center of their website? You guessed it, an oil refinery somewhere in the Middle East. It seems some of their biggest clients are… oil companies.
That’s right; Roger Cressey failed to protect America, and now he is paid, massive amounts of money, by companies that have reaped huge benefits from Sept. 11th and the “Global War on Terror”.
So that is who NBC is parading around today talking about “the white men of Waziristan” and the ongoing “war on terror”? Roger Cressey: A man who failed in his task to prevent 9/11, profited immensely from that failure, and a man who would be out of a job if there wasn’t a “war on terror” now.
Perhaps a disclaimer would be in order next time, Mr. Windrem.