"There were signs that problems intensified under the Bush administration. When O'Neill retired, someone leaked the story to the New York Times, together with details of an incident when he had lost a briefcase carrying sensitive documents. O'Neill blamed the incoming FBI director Tom Pickard for the disclosure.John O'Neill was basically forced into retirement, and his first job? Head of security at the WTC. He died doing his job on 9/11, but if he'd have been allowed to do his job from the beginning...
The most serious allegation against the Bush administration came in the controversial French book Bin Laden, la verite interdite (Bin Laden, the forbidden truth), released shortly after September 11.
Authors Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie claimed to have been told by O'Neill that 'the main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were US oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it'.
Brisard and Dasquie drew attention to the strong business links between members of the Bush administration and Saudi Arabia through the oil industry, and even through defense company the Carlyle Group, between the Bush and Bin Laden families.
Richard Clarke's latest statements do not provide outright support to the thesis that these links led the Bush administration to obstruct O'Neill. Nevertheless, in a CBS interview last weekend, Clarke portrayed an administration that was remarkably reluctant to get to grips with al-Qaeda."