Former High-Ranking Intelligence Officer: Cheney Responsible for 9/11 David Steele is a former 20-year Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer, the second-ranking civilian in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence, and former CIA clandestine services case officer. Steele has previously written that "9/11 was at a minimum allowed to happen as a pretext for war". This month, Steele went further, writing: Pakistan briefed Cheney [about the plans for the terrorist attacks ahead of time] â€¦nations also got wind of this and warned the CIA. We also had two walk-ins to the FBI, one in Orlando, one in Newark, that were dismissed by the FBI because the names were all virgins and not in the FBI data baseâ€”the arrogance of stupid bureaucracy. Cheney saw an opportunity for what Bush called his trifecta, and gave it to him by giving the go-ahead to ISI and Al Qaeda, and ordering up a terrorism exercise that allowed him to send all relevant close-in air defense strip alert craft away from the target areas, and to disable the NORTHCOM normal response to flight path diversion. While the details might be open to debate, many other very high-level intelligence officers have said the "official" explanation for 9/11 makes no sense. And see this and this.