Larry Eagleburger said something revealing about former FBI deputy director Mark Felt, newly unmasked to be Watergate informant "Deep Throat":
"You know, President Nixon once suspected him. I'm surprised he didn't end up dead somewhere because of that."
It makes you wonder what happened to former FBI deputy director John O'Neill. Just before 9-11, French intelligence analysts Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie claimed to have met O'Neill several times. They say he complained bitterly that the US State Department, backed by Bush's oil lobby entourage, blocked his attempts to prove bin Laden's guilt in the bombing of the USS Cole. In their book, "bin Laden: Hidden Truth" they quote him as saying, "The main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were US oil corporate interests, and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it." They also charge that shortly after assuming office the Bush administration slowed down FBI investigations of Al Qaeda and terrorism in Afghanistan in order to do a deal with the Taliban for an oil pipeline across Afghanistan. (source: http://archive.democrats.com/view.cfm?id=7352 )
I don't know what the deal here is, but the facts are that nobody in the FBI knew more about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida than Mr. O'Neill. He was head of counterterrorism and had investigated the bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993, a US base in Saudi Arabia in 1996, the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-Es-Salaam in 1998, as well as the USS Cole. He resigned from the FBI in July 2001. Brisard and Dasquie say this was to protest Bush's obstruction of a Taliban terrorist investigation. I'm not sure I believe this, but, well, here's the kicker:
In September 2001, O'Neill started his new job as head of security at the World Trade Center. Almost immediately afterward, a building fell on top of him. I remember reading the article reporting they'd found his body in the rubble.
Now, I'm sure there's more to this story than meets the eye, just as I'm sure there was more to Mark Felt's story than meets the eye. But what a story! I think there's a rich avenue of investigation here, don't you think?