Bassem Youssef (operative handle, Adam Shoukry), an Egyptian Coptic Christian, and former, “highly-decorated” FBI agent is mentioned in a report today that says the U.S. had a “human source,” “in direct contact with Osama bin Laden,” “right in al Qaeda,” in 1993. Someone from the 9/11/01 Commission has said they are “floored” about this news. The Commission did not know about this “human source” which gained info on financing terrorist attacks in the U.S. If that source was Youssef, his intel prevented an attack on a Los Angeles Masonic lodge. As you’ll read below, Bassem Youssef filed a discrimination lawsuit against the FBI as his star-agent fell after 9/11/01 when he was taken from the field and put in a “low-level” desk job. He called his Congressman, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA). Wolf arranged a meeting in his office with FBI director Robert Mueller and Youssef. Nothing came of that meeting, but Mueller reportedly told Youssef that there would be no retaliation against him. See, if you are the Big Daddy of an important federal agency, you are not to be bothered by mortal humans, especially when you’ve been derelict in a matter you already knew about and when a congressman ‘calls you in.’
UPDATE: Moral of this story may be, we sure don’t want those Coptic Christians investigating Islamic terrorism.
As it turned out, the meeting with Mueller had sealed his fate. Unbeknownst to Youssef, two days earlier Mueller had signed off on his request for a transfer to the International Terrorism Operations Section, the FBI’s lead unit in the fight against Al Qaeda. But the director seemed to have had a change of heart. The transfer never came through, and Youssef didn’t learn of Mueller’s move until years later. Source: Mother Jones
As a whistleblower, Youssef provided information about deficiencies inside the agency: they didn’t know the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, nor Osama bin Laden’s “spiritual leader,” and other stunning claims. A June 2005 deposition was given to Senators Specter, Leahy and Grassley.
The CIA also awarded him the National Distinguished Service Medal in 1994. Regarding the whistleblower case, the DOJ “concluded that the FBI illegally retaliated against Youssef for making whistleblower disclosures.
Youssef was credited with infiltrating the group who’s leader “masterminded the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.” The “mastermind” could be Ramzi Yousef, his uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, or Osama bin Laden or all of the above. The first three are incarcerated in the U.S
I can only speculate that the person the 9/11/01 Commission did not know of was Youssef, perhaps because of the hostile environment between him and the FBI which began with an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportuity Commission) complaint in 2002. Knowing that we had bin Laden contact and intel in 1993 should have been pertinent. The Commission was formed on November 27, 2002 and their final report was not issued until July 2004.
“It was the only source I know in the bureau where we had a source right in al Qaeda, directly involved,” Edward J. Curran, a former top official in the FBI’s Los Angeles office, told the court in support of a discrimination lawsuit filed against the bureau by his former agent Bassem Youssef.
Mr. Curran gave the testimony in 2010 to an essentially empty courtroom, and thus it escaped notice from the media or terrorism specialists. The Times was recently alerted to the existence of the testimony while working on a broader report about al Qaeda’s origins.
Members of the Sept. 11 commission, congressional intelligence committees and terrorism analysts told The Times they are floored that the information is just now emerging publicly and that it raises questions about what else Americans might not have been told about the origins of al Qaeda and its early interest in attacking the United States.
“I think it raises a lot of questions about why that information didn’t become public and why the 9/11 Commission or the congressional intelligence committees weren’t told about it,” said former Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican, who chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2004 through 2007 when lawmakers dealt with the fallout from the 9/11 Commission’s official report. Source: Washington Time
Wouldn’t you like to know what part Jamie Gorlick played in this? She built the pre-Patriot Act intelligence wall, also known as the “wall of separation,” — you know the one: we pay many intelligence wings within our government and Gorlick made it legally impossible for them to share information. Worse, she sat on the 9/11/01 Commission.
The 2004 disclosure that Gorelick’s service as a 9/11 Commissioner was the archetypical conflict-of-interest should have triggered a cacophony of complaints and demands for a new investigation. Instead, the mainstream media turned deaf and dumb and the controversy faded into the background. Source: Doug Ross
The FBI says they don’t know if the information was purposefully kept from the Commission or if a staffer accidentally missed it. Considering that we are talking about 9/11/01, I think the “human source” probably mentioned his work to someone and someone decided we didn’t need to know. By the way, our intel agencies still are not sharing information in the way you and I think might make sense. The Underpants Bomber is one example, the Boston Bombers another.
According to the report [Senate Intelligence Committee], “no one agency saw itself as being responsible” for identifying threats despite the creation of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) following 9-11 to do just that.
Youssef moved with his parents to the U.S. when he was 13 years old after studying at an English-language prep school in Cairo.
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