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Bill Clinton's meltdown and deception on Fox News

By Jim Kouri
web posted September 25, 2006

Americans who watched Bill Clinton's performance Sunday morning on Fox News, got a heaping tablespoon of Clintion's meltdown for their breakfast. It was quite revealing that even in the heat of being defensive, a string of lies, half-truths and conspiracy theories proceeded from the mouth of America's former president. The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy was out to tarnish his reputation, as if he needed any help in achieving that goal. You know the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy -- ABC TV, Fox News Channel, Newsweek and others.

I'm not going to analyze Bill Clinton's entire interview on the Fox News Sunday talkfest. It would take a full-length book to analyze each and every canard that man uttered. I was, however, shocked to hear Clinton say that in 1993, no one ever heard of al-Qaida. Just that one tidbit of deception is worthy of a column.

Clinton responds to host Chris Wallace during a taping of an interview for 'Fox News Sunday'
Clinton responds to host Chris Wallace during a taping of an interview for Fox News Sunday

Former President Bill Clinton told Fox News' Chris Wallace that no one knew about al-Qaida in 1993? What about the FBI's chief of counterterrorism John O'Neill? Not only did he know about al-Qaida, but he warned the Clinton Administration, the FBI, the CIA and anyone else who would listen that the terrorist group was a danger to the security of the United States. So once again, President Clinton plays fast and loose with the truth on national television.

I knew O'Neill and respected his work up to and including his service as Director of Security for the World Trade Center, where he died on 9-11. I think I believe him more than Clinton. O'Neill continues to be praised by the membership of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and other police organizations. No man trained more police chiefs, commanders and officers in counterterrorism than Special Agent John O'Neill.

While the Clinton Administration slept during the terrorists' war against the United States, O'Neill did all he could to fight the radical Islamists who wished to place the American people in harm's way. After the first attack on the World Trade Center, O'Neill investigated the link between the Islamists who perpetrated the bombing and the terrorist group in the Middle East and North Africa know as al-Qaida.

The first WTC bombing was treated and prosecuted as a crime, while O'Neill wanted to followup with an extensive investigation of international terrorism. It didn't happen.

O’Neill served in a number of critical positions in the FBI prior to his retirement in August, 2001. He became an FBI agent in July, 1976. His first office was in Baltimore, where his investigative assignments included Foreign Counterintelligence, Organized Crime, and White-Collar crimes.

From 1987-1991, he served in several positions within the Criminal Investigative Division and Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1991, he was the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office. In 1994, Mr. O’Neill was designated Inspector in Charge of a multi-agency task force investigating domestic violence in the United States.

O’Neill was appointed Chief of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Section at FBI Headquarters where he was responsible for the direction and support of all of the FBI’s international and domestic counterterrorism investigations.

Of particular note during this time, was the capture and extradition of bombing suspect Ramzi Yousef for his role in the first attack on the World Trade Center, the investigation of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the investigations of the bombings of US facilities in Saudi Arabia. He also supervised investigations of numerous other terrorist incidents involving Americans and American interests around the world.

SAC O’Neill served as the FBI representative on the Interagency Counterterrorism Committee of the National Security Council. He was also a member of the Terrorism Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Terrorism Subcommittee of the American Society of Industrial Security.

O'Neill faced political opposition from members of the Clinton Administration, who ignored his reports and warnings. On many occasions he was denied funding for his frequent trips to the Middle East to investigate leads on terrorist groups. On several trips, he paid for his own expenses -- plane fare, hotel accommodations, etc. -- in order to wage his one man war against terrorism.

Turf wars and dislike of O'Neill members of the Clinton Administration and then the Bush Administration in Washington meant that the FBI's New York office was left out of the investigation, and later that O'Neill was left behind when other New York-based agents were sent to the region to pick up leads. O'Neill decided to continue fighting terrorism in the private sector.

After claiming ignorance of al-Qaida in 1993, Clintion takes a giant leap and says he came closest to capturing Osama bin Laden. Yes, close, but no cigar. Unless it was the famous cigar he shared with his intern Monica. Mr. Clinton, the road to perdition is paved with "almosts." ESR

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He's also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri's own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

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