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Wednesday, August 17, 2005
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How terrorists started the war
Guest: Author & former CIA official Michael Scheuer

"Newly released classified documents paint a stark picture of how Al Qaeda was able to start the war on terror. Two memos written in 1996 warned the Clinton administration that Bin Laden 'can retain the capability to support individuals and groups who have the motive and wherewithal to attack US interests worldwide.' Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and you would assume President Clinton, knew that Osama Bin Laden was on the attack, yet the USA allowed him to operate in Afghanistan without sanction. Mr. Christopher has comment, but I believe Congress should compel the man to speak by issuing him a subpoena. On another front, it is now clear that Army intelligence had identified Mohammed Atta as a dangerous terrorist more than a year before the 9/11 attack, but did not pass the information along. Why? Because of a policy instituted by Attorney General Janet Reno and her deputy Jamie Gorelick. Long time Factor viewers will remember that I called Janet Reno the worst Attorney General in history. As for Ms. Gorelick, who also served on the 9/11 Commission, she obviously made an enormous mistake. The Clinton administration allowed Al Qaeda to grow in ferocity and did not confront an evil they knew existed. We can not allow that to happen again in this country."

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Former CIA officer Michael Scheuer joined The Factor with more on the early warnings about Bin Laden. Scheuer affirmed that the CIA knew Bin Laden was a threat, and informed the Clinton administration. "There was a consensus within the intelligence community that Osama Bin Laden was a much more dangerous man in Afghanistan than he had been in Sudan. It never occurred to us that the government would not take action against Bin Laden once we located him for them." Scheuer also claimed that the newly released information vindicates the intelligence community. "It's obvious there was no lack of intelligence for President Clinton to act against Osama Bin Laden. We delivered the goods many times on Osama Bin Laden." The Factor called on former Clinton administration officials to step up and speak the truth. "Richard Clarke has a lot of explaining to do. We need to hear from him, and Warren Christopher should be forced to testify and tell the American people what the heck happened."

"Inside 9/11" documentary to air
Guest: Michael Cascio, executive producer

A new documentary examines how Al Qaeda managed to orchestrate and execute the 9/11 attacks. Executive producer Michael Cascio described the program as a far-reaching investigation into the terrorists' motives and methods. "This event changed America unlike anything since the Civil War. We need to know more about what happened on that day, and how Osama Bin Laden came to power. We begin back in the 1980's and we follow his rise to power. One of the key points is that many of his followers were in American cities preaching a brand of radical jihad." The Factor asserted that investigations into 9/11 can help prevent future attacks. "I hope documentaries like yours bring the country together a little bit more. We have to fight these animals and we have to beat these people or it is going to happen again."

Unexpected support for Cindy Sheehan
Guest: Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley

Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley is about to travel to Texas to support to anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq. Rowley dismissed any suggestion that she will be tainted by associating with the far-left groups surrounding Ms. Sheehan. "I was called a traitor when I wrote a letter warning that the Iraq war would prove counterproductive. I do not run my life by political correctness - I try to do the right thing. I call myself an independent minded person, and I actually think Cindy Sheehan is in the same situation." The Factor reiterated that Cindy Sheehan has aligned herself with the most extreme forces in America. "I'm sure most people there are sincere people. But I have two full pages of radical groups that are funding and running this woman. These are the groups who say it is a war about oil, and everything is America's fault. And you do not want to be in with these groups."

Arizona declares state of emergency
Guest: Raul Hinojosa, Ph.D., UCLA

As reported previously on The Factor, New Mexico has declared a state of emergency in response to the flood of illegal immigrants crossing into the state. Arizona has now joined its neighbor, also declaring a state of emergency. Professor Raul Hinojosa claimed the answer is a more liberal immigration policy. "We have a President and Congress who will not deal with the root issue. We have a huge labor migration, and the only way these people can get to work is to cut through the desert. We obviously need these workers, and they should be allowed to come in an orderly fashion." The Factor countered that illegal immigration should be stopped by employing the National Guard. "It's not fair to these poor people trying to come in here that they die in the desert. They wouldn't even try if the US military was backing up the Border Patrol."

Bill Maher
Guest: Author Bill Maher

Comedian and social commentator Bill Maher joined The Factor with his take on politics and the war on terror. Challenged to explain precisely what he would do if he were named Terror Czar, Maher offered these suggestions: "The most important thing is to get the politics out of the war on terror. Also, we should have a cadre of 10,000 highly trained people who would guard all public events, train stations, and airports. What we need to do is 'get Israeli' about this. The Israelis are not afraid of profiling, they're not afraid to bury politics in the greater cause of protecting their nation." The Factor joked that Maher's endorsement of profiling could ruin his reputation in liberal Hollywood. "Your ACLU pals aren't going to like that. You're going to lose your membership card."

Latest in the Natalee Holloway case
Guests: Jug Twitty, stepfather

George Twitty, stepfather of missing teen Natalee Holloway, told The Factor that he and his wife Beth are still having trouble getting information from Aruba authorities, but will remain there for the foreseeable future. "We'll be here for the duration - until we get an answer. It's frustrating to now see the prosecutor and the police out digging around on the beach. And we have no idea why they're so concerned about this beach area." The Factor sympathized with Natalee's family members and loved ones. "We do want your daughter to be found and we do want justice to prevail. But at this juncture it's almost a stone wall."

Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you continue to send e-mails about Cindy Sheehan and her anti-war vigil. Some excerpts:

Sgt. Marcianne Barnes, Kirkuk, Iraq: "I run the finance office here and am very offended by Mrs. Sheehan's remarks. We need the support of the nation right now. We are doing a lot of good over here, I see it every day.

John Morrison, Toronto, Canada: "Bill, please stop whining about Iraq. We are winning, it just takes time."

Steve Koester, Ossining, NY: "Bill, your argument that Cindy Sheehan should stand outside of Hillary Clinton's home if she wants the troops out of Iraq doesn't hold up. The President is Commander-In-Chief, not Hillary."

Bill Firshein, Middletown, CT: "Mr. O'Reilly, why have you been overly cautious in not reporting Cindy Sheehan's blatant anti-Semitic statements?

Other viewers weighed in about the lesbian couple now engaged in a custody dispute over the 3-year old child born to one of them.

Dianna Bennett, Sheridan, WY: "Bill, your report on the lesbians fighting over custody of a baby made very clear the necessity of a Constitutional amendment regarding marriage."

Julie, Kentucky: "Mr. O'Reilly, thanks for pointing out that gay people can be Christians too. As a lesbian and devout Christian, it was sad to hear your guest insinuate otherwise."

Hervey Steiner, New Stanton, PA: "O'Reilly, God is the judge of who's a Christian, not you. You goofed when you said lesbians can be Christians."

Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer
by Bill Maher

Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror
by Michael Scheuer

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