Rush Limbaugh

Radio talk-show giant Rush Limbaugh calls the 9-11 commission an “absolute joke” for ignoring and suppressing evidence that terrorists were identified in the U.S. long before the Sept. 11 attacks, and he’s blasting the mainstream media for its lack of coverage on the matter.

“They blew it sky high. They didn’t get what was really going on. They didn’t get in their report the fact that there were terror cells already here, and that the ringleader of 9-11 was in the country for a year, and it was known,” said Limbaugh of the panel which probed the 2001 onslaught. “If you ask me, the 9-11 commission ought to be profoundly embarrassed.”

His comments come on the heels of revelations the commission failed to include in its report that intelligence officials reportedly identified hijack ringleader Mohamed Atta as part of an al-Qaida cell in the U.S. over a year before the September 11 tragedy.

“It didn’t fit with what they already had about Atta,” Limbaugh said on his nationally broadcast show.

The conservative icon issued a blistering criticism of the mainstream media for its lack of coverage on the matter today, pointing out the New York Times did not write its own story on the revelations, but instead ran a report by the Associated Press. And while the Washington Post did write its own account, Limbaugh observed the paper buried it on Page 9 of today’s edition.

“To me this is evidence that the people in the liberal media assume this could be a problem for the Clinton administration,” opined Limbaugh, who called the panel’s omission of the Atta evidence “an abomination of an error.”

“If they could pin this on George W. Bush, this would be front page everywhere and it would be pretty much all that we are seeing.”

He noted network news last night was more concerned with the case of Cindy Sheehan, the California woman staging a vigil outside of President Bush’s Texas ranch, hoping for a second meeting with him to discuss America’s ongoing war in Iraq, which claimed the life of her son, Casey.

As WorldNetDaily reported yesterday, members of the 9-11 commission are now calling for a review, saying they knew nothing about a classified military intelligence unit known as “Able Danger” identifying Atta and three of his accomplices in 1999. The information was shared publicly this week by Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa. vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

While Weldon says Able Danger personnel recommended Atta and the others be deported, the information was not shared with federal law enforcement agencies, another symptom of the Clinton-era wall of separation that had been erected between intelligence and law enforcement personnel.

“The Clinton Administration didn’t want to deal with the fact that there was a terrorist cell on American soil,” Limbaugh said. “They just didn’t want to do anything about it.”

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