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The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings

There are 101 comments on the www.nytimes.com story from Sep 11, 2012, titled The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings. In it, www.nytimes.com reports that:

Could the 9/11 attack have been stopped, had the Bush team reacted with urgency to the warnings contained in all of those daily briefs?

IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda.

That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at www.nytimes.com.

Romney Flip Flopper Rino

New York, NY

#45 Sep 11, 2012
Mr_Bill wrote:
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Although much of what you say is true, I cannot accept your seeming conclusion, that Bush knew, and allowed 9/11/01...
I had thought that the allowing of the attack was due to the absolute gross negligence of Condoleezza Rice.
I now think that, from the historical revelations above, that Wolfowitz was influencing Rice to the extent that she went along with Bush's dictum, that all terrorism investigations or leads pointing toward Saudi Arabia or the Saudi Royal Family be abandoned.
The footprints of Wolfowitz and Rice on the graves of the September 11 dead cannot be ignored or softpedaled.
Rice should have resigned then; but she stayed in place, and ignored the papers piling up on her NSA desk.
Rice was warned too, by Sandy Berger.
That these lying neo-conservvatives could allow their personal greed, and idiology, to overrule professionally gathered intelligence is the real lesson we must take from this chapter.
I cannot and will not axccept that a president of the United States, even George W Bush, deliberately allowed this terriblr tragety to happen.
I agree with you Bill.

They were all warned and nobody held accountable.

I blame negligence by the Bush administration but definitely NOT and inside job.

Same is true of Bill Clinton with all Republicans terminating Glass Steagall so Wall Street could steal, and NAFTA.

Obama swept that under the rug too, and corporate main stream media and corporate rightwing media does not talk about it.

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Did Ashcroft brush off terror warnings?
NBC exclusive: 9/11 commission interviews FBI officials who contradict Ashcroft testimony / June. 22, 2004 / http://tinyurl.com/5avy3
WASHINGTON - The 9/11 commission is busy writing its final report, but is still investigating critical facts, including the conduct of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. NBC News has learned that the commission has interviewed two FBI officials who contradict sworn testimony by Ashcroft, about whether he brushed off terrorism warnings in the summer of 2001.
In the critical months before Sept. 11, did Ashcroft dismiss threats of an al-Qaida attack in this country?
Yet, Pickard testified to the 9/11 commission that when he tried to brief Ashcroft just a week later, on July 12, about the terror threat inside the United States, he got the brush-off.
"Mr. Ashcroft told you that he did not want to hear about this anymore," Democratic commission member Richard Ben-Veniste asked on April 13. "Is that correct?"
"That is correct," Pickard replied.
However, another senior FBI official tells NBC News he vividly recalls Pickard returning from the meeting that day furious that Ashcroft had cut short the terrorism briefing. This official, now retired, has talked to the 9/11 commission.
NBC News has learned that commission investigators also tracked down another FBI witness at the meeting that day, Ruben Garcia, head of the Criminal Division at that time. Several sources familiar with the investigation say Garcia confirmed to the commission that Ashcroft did indeed dismiss Pickard's warnings about al-Qaida.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5271234/

Pickard 9/11 commission statement
Former acting FBI director's remarks,
as prepared for delivery to the 9/11 panel
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4733062/
Romney Flip Flopper Rino

New York, NY

#46 Sep 11, 2012
FBI John O’Neill The Man Who Knew
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows...
Robert

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#47 Sep 11, 2012
LOL, the same people who are now damning Bush for ignoring CIA info about a genuine Bin Laden threat are the same people who damned him for believing CIA info about Iraq's bogus WMD.

If you want to play that game, the FBI and I am sure all the other alphabet soup people, told Bill Clinton that there were terrorist desires to hijack planes and use them as weapons. The trade towers were a known terrorist target.

So Bill Clinton knew that terrorist wanted to use planes as missiles. In 1994 there were 3 failed attempts to fly planes into buildings. So it could be said that Bill Clinton had all the information needed to have the FAA to order hardening of the cockpits to prevent 911.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#48 Sep 11, 2012
frank wrote:
... in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it,
far above our poor power to add or detract.
~ Abraham Lincoln
On the other hand:
The absurdity of Washington's account is as follows: A few Saudi Arabians without any government's backing or that of any intelligence service outwitted not only the CIA and the FBI but all 16 US intelligence agencies, even the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, together with the intelligence agencies of all of Washington's NATO allies and Israel's Mossad, which has infiltrated every radical Muslim group. The Bush administration failed us on so many levels ... the Bush administration was def to 9/11 warnings!
America killed 132,000 civilians and created an estimated 1 million orphans in Iraq, while losing 6,462 of our own avenging the 9/11 attack that killed 3,000 Americans.
Frank, our intelligence organs were npot outwitted; they were short-circuited.

And, those 'few Saudis' actually had the backing of a huge network established by the Saudi Royal family, and protected by GW Bush; so that there was enough gold to create regular training camps, pay for schools, adventurism, and attack logistics.

The Bush adminitration truly were asleep at the switch, lulled by an ideology that identified as our worst enemies as those places they thought they could make the most personal profit. Think of it as BUSH INC.
Romney Flip Flopper Rino

New York, NY

#49 Sep 11, 2012
Plot to assassinate Bush - reports
July 9, 2001 / http://tinyurl.com/2mp757

MOSCOW, Russia -- Osama bin Laden has threatened to assassinate U.S. President George W. Bush at a G8 meeting in Italy, the head of Russia's Federal Bodyguard Service has said, according to reports.

The Associated Press said Yevgeny Murov was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying: "Bin Laden is threatening the American president, but we know what international terrorism is today and therefore all the bodyguard units concerned are preparing for this.

"We view the threats as totally serious, but hope that with joint efforts we can solve all the problems."
The Group of Eight summit is meeting between July 20-22 in Genoa, Italy. Leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States are expected to attend the summit.
http://archives.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/06/...
Romney Flip Flopper Rino

New York, NY

#50 Sep 11, 2012
Robert wrote:
LOL, the same people who are now damning Bush for ignoring CIA info about a genuine Bin Laden threat are the same people who damned him for believing CIA info about Iraq's bogus WMD.
If you want to play that game, the FBI and I am sure all the other alphabet soup people, told Bill Clinton that there were terrorist desires to hijack planes and use them as weapons. The trade towers were a known terrorist target.
So Bill Clinton knew that terrorist wanted to use planes as missiles. In 1994 there were 3 failed attempts to fly planes into buildings. So it could be said that Bill Clinton had all the information needed to have the FAA to order hardening of the cockpits to prevent 911.
September 11,2001 happened on the Bush/Cheney watch, and CIA warned Bush that there were NO WMDs in Iraq.

Proof:

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A Spy Speaks Out
Former Top CIA Official Tyler Drumheller On "Faulty" Intelligence Claims /
http://tinyurl.com/rle4x / April 23, 2006

"The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy."

Tyler Drumheller CIA Ret.

(CBS) When no weapons of mass destruction surfaced in Iraq, President Bush insisted that all those WMD claims before the war were the result of faulty intelligence. But a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller — a 26-year veteran of the agency — has decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: Speak out.

He tells correspondent Ed Bradley the real failure was not in the intelligence community but in the White House. He says he saw how the Bush administration, time and again, welcomed intelligence that fit the president's determination to go to war and turned a blind eye to intelligence that did not.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/21/60m...

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Ex-CIA Official Paul Pillar Faults Use of Data on Iraq
Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War, He Says
February 10, 2006 / http://tinyurl.com/azl6w

The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Paul R Pillar's critique is one of the most severe indictments of White House actions by a former Bush official since Richard C. Clarke, a former National Security Council staff member, went public with his criticism of the administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and its failure to deal with the terrorist threat beforehand.

It is also the first time that such a senior intelligence officer has so directly and publicly condemned the administration's handling of intelligence.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

1948 Smith-Mundt Act The 1948 Smith-Mundt Act prohibited the domestic dissemination of United States government propaganda. The reasoning behind Smith-Mundt was that Congress wanted to be certain that a United States government agency could not brainwash our own citizens as Hitler had done in Germany.
Romney Flip Flopper Rino

New York, NY

#53 Sep 11, 2012
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice Tell The Truth About Iraq in Feb. July 2001 / Iraq was no threat to any country and contained
http://tinyurl.com/2fhgd8
&fe ature=related

Colin Powell Saying He Was Misled Before UN Speech on WMDs
http://tinyurl.com/6n9tg2
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Powell Says US Should Not Have Invaded Iraq
http://tinyurl.com/6zdvju
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Colin Powell: I would shut Guantanamo down this afternoon
http://tinyurl.com/5asdgd
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Gen. Colin Powell - "I Tried To Avoid This War."
http://tinyurl.com/6ju6f9
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Romney Flip Flopper Rino

New York, NY

#54 Sep 11, 2012
Paul Pillar served for 30 years as an analyst at the CIA, finishing his career as the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia.
Question: At least the way the story is told by [journalist] Bob Woodward, is that even then the president is asking Rumsfeld to begin war plans.[Counterterrorism expert] Richard Clarke reports that [there is] lots of conversation about "Let's get ready." That's the fall [of 2001]. You're the Middle East guy for the Central Intelligence Agency, and you're not receiving any formal requests, any requests for information, any intelligence requests?...
Pillar
I did not receive any requests from a policy-maker on Iraq until about a year into the war. Now, this is to be distinguished from our military, which was doing a lot of the planning work and making many, many requests, usually at other levels, but some of my colleagues in the National Intelligence Council were involved in supporting the military planning. But no, I did not.
Q
A year into the war meaning when?

Pillar
Meaning close to mid-2004.... Remember, things like the infamous National Intelligence Estimate [NIE] on weapons of mass destruction, which was published in the fall of 2002, that was not requested by the administration; that was requested by Congress.

Q
Wait a minute. The Bush administration, the vice president, president, did not ever ask the Central Intelligence Agency for an intelligence assessment?

Pillar
I want to be precise. From my seat on the National Intelligence Council,... not just the CIA but the entire intelligence community,... no, I did not receive any request on Iraq.... There were other requests being made, from DIA to CIA, particularly by the military as they faced their very awesome job of planning.

Q
But not the vice president?

Pillar
No, sir.

Q
Not the president? Not the national security adviser?

Pillar
The course had already been set.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/darks...
BO MediaSirens Screeching

Orange, CA

#55 Sep 11, 2012
Clinton was busy enticing/raping his female office workers thinking he was a JFK reincarnate with women to bother with serious issues like Al Quaeda.

He is similar to Barack in many ways, including sabotaging America by sneaking in long term and costly projects during the last few weeks of his reign. He could not allow the succeeding presidents to outdo him on the books. His narcissism required that America fail after his royal greatness left.

Clinton's DNC speech congratulated himself many times. He's basking in how great he was compared to Barack's speech. He tells Hillary how he hasn't loss the touch.

Clinton looks like that old comedian from Hollyweird these days
dumb people hater

United States

#56 Sep 11, 2012
9/11 terror attack was an inside job..Its all planned for years to make this happened.. Watch Loose Change video on you tube...youll be so dumbfounded..idiots
scooter

United States

#57 Sep 11, 2012
I see the tin-foil brigade is out in force.
xnutmegger

Phoenix, AZ

#58 Sep 11, 2012
How about the Chinese Wall instituted by the Clinton Admin. under the direction of DOJ official Jaime GORE-lick.

The rule was if a foreign CIA operative tipped off an American based CIA agent about a suspected terrorist traveling to the US they would loose their job. So 2-3 entered the country to attend aviation school and nobody could investigate.

Two CIA agents sitting next to each could commit a crime by discussing suspected terrorists travels.

Hooray for GORE-lick.

Good for GORE-lick. When Bush came in she got the usual $20M Dem benefactor job at Fannie-Mae and served on the 9-11 commisssion but had to sit out certain parts like her Chinese Wall review.

She was probably at Fannie when Rahm was collecting few million Dem benefactor sheckles also.
Brer Fox

Bowling Green, KY

#59 Sep 11, 2012
Romney Flip Flopper Rino wrote:
NORAD had drills of jets as weapons
4/19/2004 / http://tinyurl.com/2tdfu
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-...
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Report cites warnings before 9/11 http://tinyurl.com/yq882r September 19, 2002
http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/09/1...
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An Incomplete Investigation
Why did the 9/11 Commission ignore "Able Danger"?
November 17, 2005 / by FBI Director LOUIS FREEH / http://tinyurl.com/78xy9
http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/...
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F.A.A. Alerted on Qaeda in '98, 9/11 Panel Said
http://tinyurl.com/q5nzr / September 14, 2005
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/14/politics/14...
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9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon
Allegations Brought to Inspectors General
http://tinyurl.com/j8pbe / August 2, 2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...
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Report on 9/11 Suggests a Role By Saudi Spies
August 2, 2003 http://tinyurl.com/37xp9p
The classified part of a Congressional report on the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, says that two Saudi citizens who had at least indirect links with two hijackers were probably Saudi intelligence agents and may have reported to Saudi government officials, according to people who have seen the report.
These findings, according to several people who have read the report, help to explain why the classified part of the report has become so politically charged, causing strains between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Senior Saudi officials have denied any links between their government and the attacks and have asked that the section be declassified, but President Bush has refused.
People familiar with the report and who spoke on condition of not being named said that the two Saudi citizens, Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, operated in a complex web of financial relationships with officials of the Saudi government. The sections that focus on them draw connections between the two men, two hijackers, and Saudi officials.
The report urges further investigation of the two men and their contacts with the hijackers, because of unresolved questions about their relationship and whether they had any involvement in the 9/11 plot.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...
Hmmmm,it seems that most of your little blurbs are about sh1t that happened on Clinton's watch. All the investgative crap was reported about during Bush's term. AFTER the training for the attack was done and the speculation began. One important fact you DID overlook.... Clinton cigared klitty as terrorists target city.....

“Voters elect Big Bird”

Since: Jan 07

Dump American Eagle

#60 Sep 11, 2012
Looks like Bill is spreading the liberal lies again.... Usual,usual.
3OHA

San Jose, CA

#61 Sep 11, 2012
The dust hadn't settled in New York on 9/11, when the likes of Mr_Bill were looking for ways to blame the US, Israel and especially Bush. The Democrats had hampered Bush's ability to even seat a full cabinet well into his term, so these claims of Leftists are only a continuation of their assault on everything American.
E Pluribus Unum

Carol Stream, IL

#62 Sep 11, 2012
Eighthman wrote:
Mr. Bill thinks he is Joseph Goebbels.
God Bless Mr. Bill. Shalom (Democrats hate that)
Dr. Bill_mr! is getting funnie;) Bush TVhigh deafination;-00
E Pluribus Unum

Carol Stream, IL

#63 Sep 11, 2012
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
Read the article.
Dr. Bill_mr! 93 is under yo Add!! ;-0000
E Pluribus Unum

Carol Stream, IL

#64 Sep 11, 2012
Eighthman wrote:
<quoted text>Bite my left nut. The headline is all you fledgling propagandists need to get out. Everybody knows that. Innuendos should go in your end OH!
Now. Go play in a sandbox where you belong.
Oh...and God Bless You...Shalom (I know how you hate that..LOL)
U r brave 2ask Bill to bite yo L nut! it's wil bee unball-lance how can U walking strainght...U gettin to Love Billmore;-000h, ask him to shave B4 he mak U happeeee;-00
E Pluribus Unum

Carol Stream, IL

#65 Sep 11, 2012
Halito wrote:
Are we better off and ON..?
dat A is mak U happppe;)
E Pluribus Unum

Carol Stream, IL

#66 Sep 11, 2012
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
Hopefully, in a hog pen.
hey Dr. Bill_mr! U blame on Bush High Deafination TV and which branch is dat? Sharp or Philps ;-000

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