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    Looking the other way is not the same as actively planning. Maybe it was sheer incompetance, but much of it seems quite willful. But we make the distinction between negligent homicide, second-degree murder, and first-degree murder all the time. Why are you stuck on insisting that since Bush didn't personally fly one of the planes, he didn't have anything to do with it. Shades of gray: coming soon to a world near you.

    Also, on your claim that the expectation was 10,000 dead: source please? I seem to recall that during the 9/11 hearings there was talk of testimony from an Al Qaeda captive that the reason they used four planes was because they expected only one to get through. Hard to get to 10K with one plane.

    The collapse of the towers was wholly unexpected. I know Osama comes from a construction background, but I doubt his structural engineers were able to predict the true results of a plane strike. And without a collapse, it's hard to get 10K. (Unfortunately, with what we now know, if the planes had aimed lower, and arrived an hour later, it might have been possible to reach 30-50K.)

    I don't think Bush planned 9/11. I don't give him credit with enough intelligence for that. But he sure seemed to be intentionally looking the other way while the people pulling his strings were busy letting things move along their merry way. We'll call it negligent homicide, but maybe let him plead it down to willful indifference. Times 3000.

    "What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite." - Bertrand Russell

    by Mad Dog Rackham on Fri Feb 11, 2005 at 08:59:03 AM PST

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