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  •  The Memo (4.00)
    Note how Clarke underlined the word "urgently" in his memo to try to get Condi's attention.  The nascent Bush administration was too filled with Clinton-hatred to believe that any ideas from a Clinton holdover had any merit.  The other part of this story is the so-called task force on terrorism that they created instead - Cheney was picked to lead it and it never did any work.
    •  Good (4.00)

      Yes.... he's so clearly TRYING to get her attention!  Can you imagine how the 9/11 families will view this?  :(

      Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

      by SusanHu on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:50:47 PM PST

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      •  9/11 Families (4.00)
        It can only dispirit them further.  It also deprived them of more ammunition when, for example, the Jersey Girls campaigned for Kerry.  I saw Kristin Breitweiser interviewed tonight and she stated clearly that this makes her think even more that her husband's life could have been saved.  Then saw Kean and Hamilton attribute the delay in release to simple bureaucratic slog.  I don't buy it.
        •  I think it's time (none)
          for those Jersey Girls to band back together.  I wouldn't be a bit surprised if their numbers increased quite a bit either.

          Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. - Orwell

          by TracieLynn on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 09:22:54 PM PST

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      •  He mentioned that in his interviews (4.00)
        Here's what he said to Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes.
        But on January 24th of 2001, I wrote a memo to Condileezza Rice asking for, urgently -- underlined urgently -- a cabinet level meeting to deal with the impending al Qaeda attack and that urgent memo wasn't acted on.
        •  He goes way beyond urgently (none)
          In a concise three page memo he manages to use all of the following:

          "We urgently need..."
          "Pending time sensitive decisions"
          "this Spring" (note - spring of 2001)
          "a decision is needed now"
          "other issues awaiting addressal now"
          "proposing early strong messages"
          "proposing in the FY02 budget"  (note - this would mean early in 01?)
          "we can take some decisions now"
          "I recommend that you ... soon"
          "Immediate... Decisions"

          At what point does this become criminal negligence?

      •  While (3.66)
        I am not a 9/11 "family," a woman I used to work for lost a daughter on the plane that went down in PA.  There are no words that I can type or say that will express fully my outrage.

        These newest memo's only prove what I have felt all along, and to know that so many died because this adminstration was incapable of doing their job.

        All I can do is think of how the familes must feel right now, knowing that there were steps this administration could have taken to maybe prevent some of the carnage on that day.

        To those who are in this admnistration your souls will burn in hell for eternity.

        "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country." Judge Gerald Tjoflat

        by SanJoseLady on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 07:03:07 PM PST

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      •  The CIA also tried to get her attention (3.83)
        with a PDB titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US".  Every time I think back to her dancing around it at the 9/11 commission hearings I want to throw something.

        Apparently, when they said they would have moved heaven and earth to stop 9/11 if they had any warning, they meant they needed memo's to be put in pop up book form since nobody in this admin seems to be able to read.

        "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by sgilman on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 07:10:31 PM PST

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        •  That PDB is still a big problem (none)
          Oliver Schrom, the German intelligence expert, wrote a whole book on the Sept. 11 hijackers, based on the research he did during their time in Germany. The book, "Tödliche Fehler",
           was a #1 best seller in Germany, but has not been translated here. (I have a copy in German, which I cannot read, and have been looking for a willing translator for a year and a half. Any volunteers?)

          Schrom asserted in this article, "Deadly Mistakes", in the Oct.2, 2002. issue of Der Zeit, that the Aug. 6 2001 PDB was not 1 1/2, but 11 and 1/2 pages long.

          Crawford, Aug. 6, 2001. U.S. president George W. Bush is on vacation. He wants to spend the whole month at his ranch in Texas. Every morning, however, he still receives his Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB, wherein the CIA informs the president about the country's security situation. On this morning, the report is straight from the CIA director. His PDB runs 11 and one-half printed pages, instead of the usual two to three, and carries the title, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." Therein the CIA chief explains that al Qaeda has decided to carry out attacks within the United States, and that presumably members of the terrorist organization have been in the country for some time. It is unclear whether the CIA director informed the president about the statements of arrested al Qaeda members. According to their confessions, the terrorist organization for some time has been thinking about hijacking planes and using them as missiles.

          Go back and look at the pdf of the Aug. 6 briefing again.
          The page numbers at the bottom of the pages have been redacted. The famous "release" of the PDB following Rice's testimony was only a partial release, and Rice knew it. They all knew it. They have all been lying from the beginning.

          LIHOP, LIHOP, LIHOP.

        •  when they say warning (none)
          they mean explicit warnings. You know -- so and so is going to do such and such on this day, from here, going to there, and you need to do this to stop them.

          They can't connect the dots. Not even when they're numbered and somebody else hands them the sharpened pencil.

        •  What about the REST of the memos she got... (4.00)
          in addition to the now infamous August 6th PDB entitled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in the U.S."!

          I was poring over the 9/11 Commission Report one evening and got tired of flipping back and forth from the text to the endnotes.  To make it easier to reference the documents and timelines, I wrote out a list of the titles and dates for myself (yes, I have no life).  

          CONDI received all of these documents along with the famous August 6th one, and she ignored them all! The titles are scary enough, and get really intense in June/July, but what do you imagine the content of these documents revealed to her!?  Still think this is mere incompetence?

          They warned about Osama and/or Al Qaeda attacks and are found in Notes to Chapter 8, pp. 533-534, "The System Was Blinking Red".  They include memos, emails, reports and briefings from National Security Council, CIA, SEIB and FBI beginning January 2001:

          NSC Memo-1/25/01: Clarke to Rice "Al Qaeda Review" attaching Dec 2000 NSC Memo "Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadists Networks of al Qida:Status and Prospects"
          CIA SEIB-2/6/01: "Sunni Terrorist Threat Growing"
          NSC Email-3/23/01: Clarke to Rice "Briefing on Pennsylvania Avenue"
          NSC Email-3/30/01: Clark to Rice/Hadley, "Terrorism Update"
          CIA Cable-3/30/01: "Intelligence Community Terrorist Threat Advisory"
          NSC Email-4/10/01: Clarke to Rice "Terrorist Threat Warning"
          FBI Electronic Communication-4/13/01: "Heightened Threat Advisory"
          NSC Email-4/19/01: Cressey to Rice/Hadley "Threat Update"
          CIA SEIB-4/20/01: "Bin Ladin Planning Multiple Operations"
          NSC Memo-Apr 2001: Clarke to Hadley "Briefing Notes for Al Qaeda Meeting"
          CIA SEIB-5/3/01: "Bin Ladin Public Profile May Presage Attack"
          FBI Report-5/7/01: "Daily UBL/Radical Fundamentalist Threat Update", ITOS Threat Update Webpage
          CIA SEIB-5/23/01: "Terrorist Groups Said Cooperating on US Hostage Plot"
          NSC Email-5/24/01: Clark to Rice/Hadley "A Day in the Life of Terrorism Intelligence"
          CIA SEIB-5/26/01: "Bin Ladin Network's Plans Advancing"
          NSC Email-5/29/01: Clark to Rice/Hadley "Stopping Abu Zubaydah's Attacks"

          Summer Threat Reporting and Actions:
          NSC Memo-6/20/01: "Clarke/Cressey agenda for June 22 CSG Meeting"
          NSC Memo-6/22/01: Clark to SCG re 6/22 meeting
          CIA Cable-6/22/01: "Threat UBL Attack Against US Interests, Next 24-48 Hours" (U.S. Ambassadors were briefed)
          FBI Report-6/22/01: "Daily UBL/Radical Fundamentalist Threat Update, ITOS Threat Update Webpage
          FAA Circular-6/22/01: "Possible Terrorist Threat Against American Citizens"
          CIA Cable-6/23/01: "Possible Threat of Imminent Attack from Sunni Extremists"
          CIA SEIB-6/23/01: "Bin Ladin Attacks May Be Imminent"
          NSC Email-6/25/01: "Terrorism Threat Update"
          NSC Email-6/25/01: Clarke to Rice/Hadley, "Possiblity of an Al Qaeda Attack"
          CIA SEIB-6/25/01: "Bin Ladin & Associates Making Near-Term Threats", "a severe blow against US & Israeli interests during next 2 weeks"
          CIA Cable-6/26/01: "Request additonal info on KSM" (Khalid Sheik Mohammed)
          NSC Email-6/28/01: Clark to Rice/Hadley, "Possibility of an Al Qaeda Attack"
          CIA Cable-6/29/01: "Continued Threat/Potential Attack by UBL"
          CIA SEIB-6/30/01: "Bin Ladin Threats Are Real"
          CIA SEIB-6/30/01: "Bin Ladin Planning High Profile Attacks"
          NSC Email-6/30/01: Clark to Rice/others  "Terrorist Alert"
          CIA SEIB-7/02/01: "Planning for BL Attacks Continues, Despite Delays"
          FBI Report-7/02/01: "National Threat Warning System-Potential Anti-US Terrorist Attacks
          NSC Memo-7/03/01: "Current US Terrorism Alert"
          CIA Materials 7/3/01: "DCI Update Terrorist Threat Review"
          CIA Memo-7/05/01: "CTC Briefing for the Attorney General on the Usama Bin Ladin Terrorist Threat"
          NSC Email-7/06/01: Clarke to Rice/Hadley "Threat Updates"
          CIA Cable-7/11/01: "Followup Source on KSM"
          CIA SEIB-7/13/01: "Bin Ladin Plans Delayed But Not Abandoned"
          FBI Report-7/20/01: "Daily UBL/Radical Fundamentalist Threat Update, ITOS Threat Update Webpage
          NSC Memo-7/23/01: Cressey to CSG, Threat SVTS
          CIA SEIB-7/25/01: "One Bin Ladin Operation Delayed, Others Ongoing"
          NSC Email-7/26/01: Clarke to Rice Hadley
          FAA Info Circ 7/31/01   "Continued Middle Eastern Threats to Civil Aviation"
          CIA Cable-8/3/01: "Threat of Impending Al Qaeda Attack to Continue Indefinitely"
          CIA SEIB-8/7/01: "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US"
          FAA Info Circ 8/16/01: "Disguised Weapons"
          Now, imagine you are Condi and you have just attended the G8 Summit with the President in July, where Italian officials took threats seriously enough to close the airspace over Genoa and positioned anti-aircraft guns at the city's airport. They had received warnings of an attack  against the U.S. President using an airliner, possibly by Osama bin Ladin.

          So you return to Washington to find all these warnings/documents crossing your desk daily, INCLUDING the August 6th PDB.  What would you do?  

          Advise the President to take a month off to go on vacation beginning August 3rd!  Oh yeah, that's just what I'd do too.  After all, as Dubya later said, there were no memos stating time, place or date of an assault!  If we had only known.....

    •  clarke (none)
      was not a clinton holdover. it wasn't clinton-hatred that distracted(?) them.

      "Will we be Coca-colonized?" - L'Humanite

      by jokeysmurf on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 07:29:00 PM PST

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      •  R u saying (none)
        they wanted this to happen?

        A moment of resistance; a lifetime of capitulation.

        by lapin on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 09:54:35 PM PST

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        •  definitely (none)
          just go look into the collapse of wtc7!!VIDEO vailable all over the net from three different angles. This building was across the street from thew two towers.

          May there be peace on earth and may it begun with me

          by lazbumm on Fri Feb 11, 2005 at 12:14:39 AM PST

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        •  not necessarily (none)
          they were iraq-obsessed from the very beginning. it is more likely that they just didn't think al quaeda was a priority. although, that would have been pretty stupid.

          "Will we be Coca-colonized?" - L'Humanite

          by jokeysmurf on Fri Feb 11, 2005 at 07:00:12 AM PST

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