on the day before 911 he was in a pakistani military hospital in rawalpindi.
is it conceivable that the US or pakistan authorities could not apprehend him within hours of 911?
The gist is that the ISI are aware of many Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan but have been providing them protection and on more than one occasion ensuring their escape. The individuals the ISI have detained and handed over to the U.S. were mostly lower-level targets designed to make it appear that Pakistan was taking action and to give political leverage.
I am certain that the ISI would not have missed the biggest target: Osama bin Laden.
One of those interviewed was an Afghan commander, I don’t remember if he was a Northern Alliance guy. He had assisted the limited U.S. forces at Tora Bora in December 2001, where they had bin Laden pinned down in the mountains. He stated his belief that another commander who negotiated a ceasefire between the Al Qaeda militants there and U.S. led mission was in fact an ISI agent and this was done with the intention of allowing bin Laden and his escort to escape safely into Pakistan.
The thing is, there have long been ISI-CIA-Al Qaeda connections and it is unbelievable that no one or element within each of those groups knew what the other was doing. And it was U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld who turned down the request to send further forces to the region. Had he done so, bin Laden would have been captured or killed ten years ago.
Anyway, the second part of “Secret Pakistan” is on Wednesday.