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October 29, 2011

Disconnecting the Dots Review by Jeff Kaye

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 12:29 am
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Jeff Kaye of Truthout has reviewed Disconnecting the Dots at Amazon. Here is the full text:

If you are thinking that so much has been written on 9/11 and putative conspiracies surrounding the event, that it’s almost superfluous to add yet another, think again.

Kevin Fenton has honed in on one of the weakest, most vulnerable aspects of the mainstream narrative about 9/11, and with the tenacity of a pit bull does not let go. Disconnecting the Dots is a convincing, extraordinarily researched and footnoted examination of the circumstances surrounding the pre-9/11 activities of two of the nineteen hijackers. In January 2000, Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi attended an Al Qaeda planning meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and then flew via Thailand on to Los Angeles a few weeks later. It is not disputed that the National Security Agency knew that at least Al-Mihdhar had a visa that indicated he was to enter the U.S. after the Malaysia conference. The information was passed on to the CIA’s Alec Station, the special joint CIA-FBI task force organized to get Osama bin Laden.

What happened next is thoroughly examined by Fenton in his book. An FBI agent who sees the NSA cable asks to forward this information back to FBI HQ, but he is told to hold off by a female CIA officer known to us only as “Michael,” and Alec Station’s CIA Deputy Chief, Tom Wilshire. Later, “Michael” will draft a cable only days later claiming the Al-Mihdhar information was passed on to the FBI. But this was untrue.

These purported “mistakes” by the CIA’s CounterTerrorism component and Alec Station — at the behest of the CIA’s Tom Wilshire, an FBI agent on the scene was forestalled in warning FBI superiors of Al-Mihdhar’s U.S. itinerary — are compounded again and again over the next 18 months by other CIA personnel, by the FBI, by the NSA, by Wilshire himself yet again (this time tasked to the FBI in the spring/summer of 2001), that the idea that these two Al Qaeda operatives slipped into the U.S. due to “errors” or poor coordination between intelligence and police agencies is debunked once and for all. Fenton obliterates the argument, and leaves us asking “why”?

Fenton, a researcher with HistoryCommons.org, has written a book that will haunt you and keep you up at nights. Utilizing public source material only, he uses unassailable logic and irrefutable evidence to demonstrate his hypothesis that CIA and other intelligence personnel deliberately let the 9/11 terror act take place, for reasons that one can make reasonable assumptions, but which to date lack sufficient documentary evidence. The personnel include former DCI George Tenet, Richard Blee (the CIA manager in charge of Alec Station, and Wilshire’s boss), Tom Wilshire and others, who wittingly or not, contributed to the 9/11 outcome.

Whatever you think about such hypotheses, Fenton has made a major contribution to the examination of what really happened around the 9/11 terror attack, whose consequences have been so dire for the U.S. and the population of the world, who have experienced a major escalation in U.S. armed intervention, not to mention torture and assassinations, throughout Northern and Eastern Africa, and throughout the Middle East and West and Southwestern Asia.

Read this book, and then buy a copy for your friends.


  1. Jeff, terrific review. Thanks for contributing it. HC contributors and readers, if you’re not reading him, you should: Invictus

    Comment by Max — November 30, 2011 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  2. […] — Max @ 12:07 am Tags: Disconnecting the Dots Admin Kevin Fenton, the author of Disconnecting the Dots, is back from a well-deserved vacation. Just a quick shoutout to say we’re glad to have him […]

    Pingback by Welcome back, Kevin! « History Commons Groups — August 10, 2012 @ 12:08 am | Reply

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