New 9/11 Bombshell | There Had Been Major Warnings
What many of us suspected Bushco had been warned and knew something BIG may be coming at the United States in the Summer of 2001. Atrios thinks that may be the reason for Bush's "My Pet Goat" moment in that Florida classroom when he sat there for minute after minute with that book in his hand. It's a good theory and at least would explain his sitting there doing nothing for those LONG minutes while citizens were dying.
"I've long believed that the My Pet Goat moment had a simple explanation. For perhaps the first time in his life George Bush, just for a moment, felt a tiny bit of personal responsibility for something that went horribly wrong under his watch. It was not a nice feeling. They were warned, strongly, and they did nothing. Absolutely nothing."
For historical purposes(of course) I've linked that moment through Youtube:
Editor & Publisher
Woodward Excerpt Appears in 'Post' With New
...Far more startling, is a separate sidebar/excerpt on a pre-9/11 warning, also mentioned briefly in the early "scoops" but not in this depth.
The Post also reveals today that the 9/11 Commission was not told about this meeting.
The Woodward excerpt describes how, on July 10, 2001, CIA Director George J. Tenet met with his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, at CIA headquarters "to review the latest on Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Black laid out the case, consisting of communications intercepts and other top-secret intelligence showing the increasing likelihood that al-Qaeda would soon attack the United States. The mass of fragments made a compelling case, so compelling to Tenet that he decided he and Black should go to the White House immediately."
Tenet called Condoleezza Rice, then national security adviser. "For months," Woodward writes, "Tenet had been pressing Rice to set a clear counterterrorism policy... that would give the CIA stronger authority to conduct covert action against bin Laden.... Tenet and Black hoped to convey the depth of their anxiety and get Rice to kick-start the government into immediate action.
"Tenet had been losing sleep over the recent intelligence. There was no conclusive, smoking-gun intelligence, but there was such a huge volume of data that an intelligence officer's instinct strongly suggested that something was coming....
"But Tenet had been having difficulty getting traction on an immediate bin Laden action plan, in part because Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had questioned all the intelligence, asking: Could it all be a grand deception?
"Woodward describes the meeting, and the two officials' plea that the U.S. "needed to take action that moment -- covert, military, whatever -- to thwart bin Laden."
The result? "Tenet and Black felt they were not getting through to Rice. She was polite, but they felt the brush-off. President Bush had said he didn't want to swat at flies.
"Tenet left the meeting feeling frustrated.
Though Rice had given them a fair hearing, no immediate action meant great risk.
Black felt the decision to just keep planning was a sustained policy failure.
Rice and the Bush team had been in hibernation too long....
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