Lehman Explains Why Obama's Wrong on Terror

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Jun 17, 2008 11:56 AM

Randy Scheunemann, foreign policy adviser to the McCain campaign said Obama was "delusional" to applaud the prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings in a conference call this morning and 9/11 Commission member and Former Navy Secretary John Lehman explained why.

"The investigations of the 9/11 bombing certainly made clear that the way the criminal justice system as applied to the perpetrators of the 1993 bombing, the way it operated it was a material cause of the greater tragedy of 9/11 because it was treated as a law enforcement issue,” Lehman explained. “Evidence gathered and intelligence used was put under a grand jury seal and kept specifically from the Director of Central Intelligence, who personally told me -- Jim's [Woosley] successor -- personally told me -- Director Tenet -- that he did not get to see the evidence which would have linked some of the perpetrators of the '93 bombing to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. In fact they were relatives. And would have enabled many of the dots to have been connected well before 9/11 and, in my belief, would have given a good chance to have prevented 9/11...What Senator Obama said, this was the right approach, that they way went about it in the '93 bombing was the correct approach, shows a very deep ignorance of the facts and a very, very dangerous policy."

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