I agree with you Bill.<quoted text>
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.
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.
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.
Pickard 9/11 commission statement
Former acting FBI director's remarks,
as prepared for delivery to the 9/11 panel