A trove of documents that could hold the key to Al Qaeda’s future have been gathering dust, say critics who believe the Obama administration is ignoring them because they don’t say what the White House wants to hear.
In fact, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials quoted in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Thursday, the 1.5 million documents swept up in the Pakistan compound where Navy SEALs killed Usama bin Laden in May 2011 prove that bin Laden was still running Al Qaeda, and that the terror group was not in retreat, as the administration claimed just a year after the raid.
To date, the public has seen only two dozen of the 1.5 million documents. The haul included hard drives, cell phones, thumb drives, handwritten materials, tapes, magazines, data cards, video tapes, audio, newspapers and DVDs.
At the time, an interagency team led by the Central Intelligence Agency gave the cache a quick “scrub” looking for actionable intelligence, according to the op-ed, written by Weekly Standard senior writer and Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes, and Thomas Joscelyn of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. According to the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, that team produced 400 separate reports based on the documents.
But then, the article claims, the documents remained untouched “for months – perhaps as long as a year.”
In 2012, in comments based on what Hayes and Joscelyn said was an analysis of 17 “handpicked documents” that “reached the conclusion the Obama administration wanted,” Obama announced that the defeat of Al Qaeda “is now within our reach.”
But that wasn’t the situation at all, according to the intelligence officials who spoke with the two writers, as well as a sliver of the documents recently divulged in the ongoing trial of Abid Naseer, who is accused of plotting an attack on the New York subway system.
The unnamed sources in the Wall Street Journal op-ed said a small team of analysts were given brief access to the documents around the time the administration was saying Al Qaeda was on the run. They said the documents indicated that bin Laden was not only in control, but had expansion plans – he was giving direction to teams as far away as West Africa before he died.
The Iranian-Al Qaeda connection is also described.
“The DIA team began producing analyses reflecting what they were seeing in the documents,” wrote Hayes and Joscelyn. “That wasn’t what the Obama White House wanted to hear.” So the White House cut off access to the documents and put an end to any more analyses, according to their sources, they said.
We have so many gov’t workers.
Yet none of them seem capable of doing an honest days’ work.
@Nanny G: Embed some p0rn in the documents and watch them go.
Sorry. All the captured documents are classified. They are National Security classified, meaning they are not visible to ANYONE. Since the documents apparently call into question the Administration’s claims about the end of Al Quaeda, you can count on never seeing them.
Of course this is also true of Hillary’s file server. And Lois Lerner’s emails.
All that stuff is protected by Executive Privilege.
Congress has no business interfering in the legacy of the One.
They can go pound sand. He has the pen, he has the phone.
He is subject to no controlling legal authority.
Tyrants never are.
So just forget it and learn to love Big Brother.
We already know which side Obama is on. And, it’s not ours.