Thursday :: Apr 8, 2004

Comments on Rice's Testimony

by Steve

Although I havenít seen the testimony this morning, one of the major revelations is that Condi wasnít present at the now infamous August 6, 2001 Presidentís Daily Brief, and may not have even read the document. Remember that Rice had originally said the document summarized threats from Osama Bin Laden against the US overseas, yet Bob Woodward himself said as far back as 2002 that this is bunk, as the actual title of the briefing document was "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Within the U.S."

So letís get this straight: George Tenet begins warning Bush directly in earnest about imminent threats against the US in June 2001, Bush wants a more detailed briefing about threats against the homeland (good for him). He doesnít get one until August 6 at the ranch, which does provide such information based on foreign intelligence sources that the CIA was getting all during the summer. But as Woodward notes,

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people . . . would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile," Rice said Thursday.

But a 1999 report prepared for the National Intelligence Council, an affiliate of the CIA, warned that terrorists associated with bin Laden might hijack an airplane and crash it into the Pentagon, White House or CIA headquarters.

So Bush gets a briefing from Tenet at the ranch with the information about threats against the homeland, and Rice is absent and hasnít read the PDB. And there is no record of heightened security, either with local law enforcement or the FAA after August 6.

OK, go ahead and post your thoughts on what you saw and heard.

Steve :: 9:01 AM :: Comments (18) :: Digg It!