February 12, 2005

 

Attention Bush Voters, Part 9/11

How much more information do you need to get you all to admit you've been sold a bill of goods (communication, written or spoken, that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable; "they tried to sell me a bill of goods about a secondhand car")?

Clarke Memo
A strategy document outlining proposals for eliminating the threat from Al Qaeda, given to Condoleezza Rice as she assumed the post of national security adviser in January 2001, warned that the terror network had cells in the United States and 40 other countries and sought unconventional weapons, according to a declassified version of the document.

The 13-page proposal presented to Dr. Rice by her top counterterrorism adviser, Richard A. Clarke, laid out ways to step up the fight against Al Qaeda, focusing on Osama bin Laden's headquarters in Afghanistan. The ideas included giving "massive support" to anti-Taliban groups "to keep Islamic extremist fighters tied down"; destroying terrorist training camps "while classes are in session" and then sending in teams to gather intelligence on terrorist cells; deploying armed drone aircraft against known terrorists; more aggressively tracking Qaeda money; and accelerating the F.B.I.'s translation and analysis of material from surveillance of terrorism suspects in American cities.
Add this memo to this report:
The Federal Aviation Administration received repeated warnings in the months prior to Sept. 11, 2001, about al-Qaida and its desire to attack airlines, according to a previously undisclosed report by the commission that investigated the terror attacks.
and you've got say to yourselves, "Hey, this Bush Administration not only has had it's head up it's ass, but it's also had absolutely no problem lying to us about it's irresponsible shortcomings and failures." Condoleeza Rice, testifying before the 9/11 commission:
"And I said, No one could have imagined them taking a plane, slamming it into the Pentagon - I'm paraphrasing now - into the World Trade Center, using planes as a missile. As I said to you in the private session, I probably should have said, I could not have imagined, because within two days, people started to come to me and say, Oh, but there were these reports in 1998 and 1999."
Yes, a report from the FAA that "considered the possibility of suicide hijackings in 1998 and a 1999 report prepared for the National Intelligence Council (which) warned of suicide hijackings..."

Remember how much you hated Bill Clinton for lying about his private affairs? I'm trying to think, how many people died because of his transgression?

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