Robert Wright

Robert G. Wright, FBI

"whopper of a tale to tell"

Agent Wright was never called as a witness by the 9/11 Commission.

Wright was not mentioned in the 9/11 Commission's
- "full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks".

Inexplicably Wright is also omitted from the Commission's separate 155-page Monograph on Terrorist Financing: Wrights speciality.

Robert G. Wright of the FBI
International Terrorism Unit, was a 17-year FBI veteran. The only FBI agent, prior to 9/11, to seize terrorist funds (over $1.4 million) from US - based Middle Eastern terrorists using federal civil forfeiture statutes.

Wright is on government orders to remain silent and by extension so are his attorneys when it comes to confidential information.

Wright has written a book, but the agency won't let him publish it or even give it to anyone. All of this is in distinct contrast to the free speech and whistle-blower protections offered to Colleen Rowley, general counsel in the FBI Minneapolis office, who got her story out before the agency could silence her.

Wright has followed proper channels, sending his book off for an internal review and asking for permission to respond to reporters' queries. Neither of those efforts were successful, and he has since sued the agency over this publication ban. The best he could do was a May 30 press conference in Washington, D.C., where he told curious reporters that he had a whopper of a tale to tell, if only he could.

Special Agent Wight
filed a lawsuit against the FBI in May 2002 for suppression of his legal rights to present evidence and that FBI management "intentionally and repeatedly thwarted and obstructed" his attempts to expand the investigation and arrest other terrorists and seize their assets.

Among the charges Robert Wright has brought, he accused the agency of shutting down his 1998 criminal probe into alleged terrorist-training camps in Chicago and Kansas City. The FBI continues illegally to refuse the release of Special Agent Wright’s 500 page manuscript, "Fatal Betrayals of the Intelligence Mission"

The largest obstacles to agent Wright's criminal investigation (into terrorism) were the management of the Chicago field office and the FBI HQ Counter-terrorism Division in Washington, D.C. That's Dale Watson's Division.

In a memorandum written 91 days before the Sept. 11th attacks, Wright warned that Americans would die as a result of the bureau's failure to adequately pursue investigations of terrorists living in the country.

Thanks to "Crossing the Rubicon" and media/research orgs below for various
redacted clips on Wright.

The Phoenix Memo and Related Investigations

Phoenix memo

NY Times report FBI had been seeking two of the alleged hijackers from Aug 2001


Extract from 911Timeline. Link above.
CIA Hiding Knowledge of Alhamzi and Almihdhar
December 11, 1999: Watch List Importance Is Stressed but Procedures Are Not Followed

The CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center sends a cable reminding all its personnel about various reporting obligations. The cable clearly states that it is important to share information so suspected members of US-designated terrorist groups can be placed on watch lists. The US keeps a number of watch lists; the most important one, TIPOFF, contains about 61,000 names of suspected terrorists by 9/11. [LOS ANGELES TIMES, 9/22/2002; KNIGHT RIDDER, 1/27/2004] The list is checked whenever someone enters or leaves the US “The threshold for adding a name to TIPOFF is low,” and even a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is connected with a US-designated terrorist group warrants being added to the database. [US CONGRESS, 9/20/2002] Within a month, two future hijackers, Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar, will be identified as al-Qaeda operatives (see December 29, 1999), but the cable’s instructions will not be followed for them. The CIA will initially tell the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry that no such guidelines existed, and CIA Director Tenet will fail to mention the cable in his testimony to the Inquiry. [NEW YORK TIMES, 5/15/2003; US CONGRESS, 7/24/2003, PP. 157 ]

John Vincent, Judicial Watch

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