In March of 1999, Michael Hayden becomes head of the NSA. Nine months later, NSA has an astonishing “computer crash” that kept them locked out of their own systems for three days.
An NSA spokeswoman confirmed Saturday that computer systems at the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland, crashed last Monday and remained down for almost three days.
A source said the loss of the computer systems was “not insignificant.” And although the problem has been largely overcome, the source said Saturday it was still not 100 percent repaired.
Sources said the problem occurred because the computer system was overloaded and badly stressed. Indicating the scope of the crash, sources said NSA technicians had to reconstruct the entire system.
Rhetoric such as “overloaded and badly stressed” is more or less meaningless. But there exists some circumstantial evidence and surprising testimony that the 2000 “computer crash,” the new leadership of NSA by Michael Hayden, and the dismantling of an NSA program called ThinThread less than a month before 9/11 – which could have prevented the attacks – were all a part of a Deep State coup against NSA.
And it’s also rather obvious who was ultimately behind it.
On September 12, 2001, Bill Binney snuck back into work at the NSA dressed like cleaning staff so he could try to help understand who had attacked the United States. A top NSA mathematician, Binney had rolled out a sophisticated metadata analysis system called ThinThread, only to have it canceled less than a month before 9/11. Top executives at the agency had decided a clunky program called Trailblazer, contracted out to the intelligence contractor giant SAIC, would be NSA’s future, not the cheaper, more effective and privacy-protective ThinThread.
Just consider this astonishing sentence:
While NSA Director General Michael Hayden had sent most NSA staffers home on 9/11 and the day after —hence Binney’s disguise — the contractors were hard at work.
The day of 9/11, Hayden sent most NSA staffers home for two days while these outside “contractors” were actually in the facility.
As Binney describes in “A Good American” — a documentary about Binney due for wider release in September — some contractors working in his unit had gotten a warning. “While I was in there trying to look at the material on my computer, the president of the contracting group that I had working on ThinThread came over to me and said that he’d just been in a contractor meeting” with a former top SAIC official who moved back to NSA, supporting Trailblazer. The contractors, it turns out, were warned not to embarrass companies like SAIC, which (the implication is) had just failed to warn about the biggest attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor. “Do not embarrass large companies,” the former SAIC manager, according to Binney, said to the other contractor. “You do your part, you’ll get your share, there’s plenty for everybody.” Stay quiet about the failures that led to 9/11, and you’ll be financially rewarded.
It turns out there was plenty for SAIC and the NSA executives who had backed them to be embarrassed about. Binney and a bunch of close associates quit NSA when the Administration rolled out a new, illegal wiretap program called Stellar Wind in the weeks after 9/11. But another senior NSA official, Thomas Drake — an ally of Binney’s — decided to run the data already in NSA’s possession against ThinThread some months later to see whether ThinThread could reveal anything about the attack. Let’s “find out if there’s any information of the 9/11 attack that we should have known about but didn’t,” in Drake’s words.
As Drake describes in the film, “We discovered critical intelligence, al Qaeda and associated movement intelligence that had never been discovered by NSA. They didn’t even know that they had it in their databases.” There were details about people not otherwise identified fleeing after the attack, about subplots that hadn’t succeeded.
This story received rather wide publicity after the Edward Snowden leaks, but typically it’s played as a story about illegal surveillance, or government waste. But Hayden’s absolutely astonishing behavior before, during, and after the September 11th attacks – and his later career – point to something far more significant.
Hayden’s competing system appears to have had two purposes; one, to funnel tax money to various contractors, and two, to hide from NSA the exact information that could have prevented 9/11 and, in the aftermath, the complicity of various people involved in the terrorist attacks.
The IG completed his investigation in 2004 and largely confirmed the NSA whistleblowers’ complaints. Trailblazer got shut down as a tremendous waste.
So we see that TrailBlazer was merely a temporary measure – it blinded NSA before and after the 9/11 attacks, it made some “private contractors” a lot of money, then it was shut down.
As usual, Michael Hayden “failed up” – as did virtually everyone who could have, but did not, prevent the 9/11 attacks nor do any serious investigation of the perpetrators
As part of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the CIA chief no longer would run the intelligence community. Instead a new office was created for this purpose; the Director of National Intelligence. General Hayden became the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence from May 2005 to May 2006 under the first DNI, John Negroponte.
Hayden’s tenure at NSA can be seen as a predecessor to the shakeups at CIA after 9/11. John Negroponte is an old George H. W. Bush hand, intimately involved in the Iran-Contra affair, can be seen as a part of the anti-neoconservative faction in the Bush Jr. administration – the faction responsible for the anti-neo Iraq War Study Group.
Hayden, on the other hand, went in the opposite direction. Upon the mysterious resignation of Porter Goss as CIA director after a mere two years. The neo-conservatives at The Weekly Standard put it this way:
We are concerned that Goss left, or was eased out, for reasons of greater policy significance. And if this is the case, Goss’s leaving is not a good sign. Goss is a political conservative and an institutional reformer. He is pro-Bush Doctrine and pro-shaking-up-the-CIA. John Negroponte, so far as we can tell, shares none of these sympathies. Negroponte is, therefore, more in tune with large swaths of the intelligence community and the State Department. If Negroponte forced Goss out and is allowed to pick Goss’s successor—if Goss isn’t replaced with a reformer committed to fighting and winning the war on terror, broadly and rightly understood—then Goss’s departure will prove to have been a weakening moment in an administration increasingly susceptible to moments of weakness.
The neo-conservatives lost Goss – but they gained Michael Hayden. To put this into perspective, here is what Goss was doing immediately before 9/11.
In August 2001, Goss, Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), and Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) visited Islamabad, Pakistan. Meetings were held with President Pervez Musharraf and with Pakistan’s military and intelligence officials including the head of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) General Mahmud Ahmed, as well as with the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Goss and Graham were having breakfast with General Ahmad. Ahmad’s network had ties to Osama bin Laden and directly funded, supported, and trained the Taliban.
Goss and Graham were also very interested in not investigating 9/11.
After growing pressure, Congress established the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, a joint inquiry of the two intelligence committees, led by Graham and Goss. Goss and Graham made it clear that their goal was not to identify specific wrongdoing: Graham said the inquiry would not play “the blame game about what went wrong from an intelligence perspective”, and Goss said, “This is not a who-shall-we-hang type of investigation. It is about where are the gaps in America’s defense and what do we do about it type of investigation.”
Indeed, they didn’t want to play “the blame game” – or hold anyone responsible. They did not want to identify “specific wrongdoing.” In other words, a cover up – a white wash. Because any actual investigation would lead to them and their associates.
In 2009, Michael Hayden stepped down from his position as Director of the CIA and joined the Chertoff Group, founded by Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. This company, of which Hayden is now the Principal, aims to provide their clients with advise regarding security and risk management, involving cyber security as well as natural or man-made disasters.
So, Hayden cashes out by joining with Michael Chertoff.
When the Israeli national Michael Chertoff, became the new head of the Department of Homeland Security in February 2005, I wrote an article in which criticized the U.S. Senate and controlled press for not addressing the fact that he is an Israeli national.
Michael Chertoff, an Israeli national through his mother – the first El Al hostess and Mossad agent, is Secretary of Homeland Security and was the Asst. Attorney General responsible for the Criminal Division of the Dept. of Justice from 2001 to 2003.
Indeed, astonishing. A foreign national, the son of a Mossad operative, who grew up in a foreign state, is made the head of Homeland Security, at the time the top intelligence official in the country.
If that isn’t a coup – what is? The head of your Secret Police and Intelligence Community, the child of a foreign spy.
And his partner, Michael Hayden, is now working with an outfit to decide what is “real news” versus what is “fake news.”
Michael Hayden is also an advisory board member of the “news rating agency” NewsGuard, which was formed by the journalists Steven Brill and Louis Gordon Crovitz. NewsGuard claims to protect people from fake news by using a color-coded rating system to indicate a site’s credibility. However, many question this agency’s ability to function without bias due to its deep connections with the U.S. government, neoconservatives, and other powerful moneyed interests.
Let’s think of it as a triple cross. CIA was doing something with the Saudis, Osama Bin Laden, and Pakistan’s ISI. Then came 9/11. The old Bush hands, the anti-neo cons, took the heat.
Richard Clarke, National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the United States between 1998 and 2003, speculated that Porter Goss was trying to flip the Saudi highjackers who were residing in the US, using their real names, tailed at all times by Israeli Mossad.
Of course, that could very well be him covering his own ass. But it also shows a three-way deal going here. You have two factions in the Deep State jostling for power, and ultimately, the ones most closely connected to Israel seems to have won.