Posted by bojangalz
Pretty sure I've seen this one already. He's the guy who had the centers doing emergency evacuation drills like twice a month right? Didn't he take the gig after the bombing in the basement/loading area of the trade centers. From what I remember this guy fought against complacency tooth and nail. A lesson that can be carried into every walk of life.
Lots of people died in those towers that day. But many, many more would have died were it not for him.
He was actually in charge of the Washington counterterrorism office. He had worked in white collar crimes before this, but was the principal agent in the arrests of some major terrorist figures. He just had a way with people, troops, and informants. When nobody else could crack them, he could. He actually was the agent responsible for identifying Ramzi Yousef, who was responsible for the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.
The problem was that he was as blunt of an individual you'd ever meet. He personally cussed out FBI Director Freeh on more than one occasion. The beginning of the end for him came when he got into a war of words with Barbara Bodine who was the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen.
O'Neill had tracked part of the mainframe of al-Qaeda to Yemen and believed that the majority of the information that al-Qaeda was passing along was through a back-channel located in Yemen. Bodine fought him tooth and nail and this ultimately led to a smear campaign against him and his dismissal from the FBI.
He took the job as head of security for the WTC and was in the building when the planes struck. He did not live. It wasn't until after that they found out that O'Neill was right. That back-channel was in Yemen, and it was right where he said it would be and they wouldn't let him go.
The whole smear campaign started over the bombing of the USS Cole and how to handle it. Turns out, O'Neill was right.