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Condi Denies Woodward Claim

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Posted on Oct 1, 2006

The Secretary of State strongly denied Bob Woodward’s claim that she had been warned in July, 2001 of an imminent attack on the U.S.

Background:

Two months before 9/11, then-CIA Director George Tenet warned Condoleezza Rice of an imminent Al Qaeda attack, but the national security advisor brushed him off, according to Bob Woodward.

A witness to the private meeting related Tenet’s frustration over the exchange: “The only thing we didn’t do was pull the trigger to the gun we were holding to her head.”

Update: A 9/11 Commission lawyer suspects a coverup—wants to know why Condi and Tenet never disclosed this alleged meeting.


New York Times:

The book says that Mr. Tenet hurriedly organized the meeting—calling ahead from his car as it traveled to the White House—because he wanted to “shake Rice” into persuading the president to respond to dire intelligence warnings that summer about a terrorist strike. Mr. Woodward writes that Mr. Tenet left the meeting frustrated because “they were not getting through to Rice.”

The disclosures took members of the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission by surprise last week. Some questioned whether information about the July 10 meeting was intentionally withheld from the panel.

In interviews Saturday and today, commission members said they were never told about the meeting despite hours of public and private questioning with Ms. Rice, Mr. Tenet and Mr. Black, much of it focused specifically on how the White House had dealt with terrorist threats in the summer of 2001.

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By paul kibble, October 2, 2006 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment
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At the end of his short story “The Open Window,” the author Saki says of one of his characters: “Romance [meaning “fabrication” or “mendacity”] at short notice was her speciality.” That is female Stepen Fetchit Condi’s speciality, too, and clearly one she learned at the feet of her Massah Georgie.

Rice, Bush and the rest of the neocon mythomaniacs no longer bother to give their latest lies even a thin patina of credibility, or at least plausibility. Rice’s blatant falsehoods in her recent op-ed piece were obviously open to immediate refutation. Nothing in the record supported her statements. She didn’t care. She didn’t care because the dynamic of the Big Lie, as her mentor Herr Geobbels understood, is to keep narcotizing the masses with so much propaganda that eventually they quit caring whether what they’re hearing is true or not.

At this point, the increasingly desperate administration will toss out the most transparently self-serving bullshit and hope that at least a third of the electorate (many of them Christers with a need to obey any Higher Authority) will still buy it. Unfortunately, it’s a third that will most likely turn out on election day in droves.

That is, if Bush doesn’t have a complete meltdown first. As the collective psychosis of this administration becomes ever richer and stranger, the cracks in Dubya’s skull will grow correspondingly deeper. The lemmings will turn on one another before taking that final plunge over the cliff. Or maybe secret squeeze Condi will join the Dubster for that final exit in the bunker. On that not entirely irrelevant note:

Barking Mad
by Mike Whitney | Oct 2 2006 - 10:02am

“There’s nothing more disturbing than knowing that an alcohol-addled megalomaniac has his sweaty fingers on the Big Red Switch and that with one little tug he could ignite the world like a Roman candle.”

“It’s not a comforting thought, but it’s the truth.”

“As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate and the feckless congress concedes more power to the president; Bush’s grasp of reality seems to grow increasing threadbare. How much more pressure his fragile psyche can take?”

“Regrettably, there are signs that Bush is losing ground to an invasive form of delirium praecox; the steady erosion of his already circumscribed mental faculties.”

“This can’t be good for the country…or the planet.”

“Presently, the world is crashing in on our Crawford Regent. Truckloads of bodies keep pouring into the Baghdad Morgue and Afghanistan has exploded like a roadside bomb drowning Bush’s ‘budding democracy’ in blood and dust. The prognosis on both campaigns is doubtful at best.”

“On the homefront, scandals keep cropping up with greater regularity diverting attention from the war-effort. The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) exposed Bush’s blinkered war on terror as an utter fraud and the Washington Post’s heavy-hitting scribe, Bob Woodward, has just released a new book ‘State of Denial’ which excoriates everyone even remotely related to the floundering Iraqi occupation.”

“The administration is putting out one public relations brushfire after the next with no end in sight. All this has taken its toll on our weary president, pushing him to the very brink. Who knows when Bush will finally snap? Who can guess when he’ll strip naked on the White House lawn and go scuttling down Pennsylvania Ave shrieking at the passers-by?”

“It’s only a matter of time.”

“. . .Bush delivered a feverish response to the mounting criticism of his administration’s incompetence. He called for a new crusade to ‘fight America’s enemies across the world’; a strident plea to spread the war across the globe.”

“Great; just what we needed, another war.”

“Once again, it reveals how disconnected Bush is from the mood of the country. A recent CNN poll showed that 61% of Americans now believe the war is either going ‘very badly’ or ‘moderately badly’. A similar poll taken by FOX News was even more damning; it showed that only 19% of Americans ‘support the war and the current strategy.’”

“19%! There’s probably more support for restarting the Vietnam War than continuing in Mess-in-potania.”

“Bush brushed aside these demoralizing facts in his radio address saying that those who believed the findings of the NIE were ‘buying into the enemy’s propaganda.’”

“So, now the 16 preeminent American intelligence agencies are ‘the enemy’”?!?

“Bush’s increasingly bizarre assertions are another indication that he has slipped his mental-moorings and is drifting in a sea of make-believe.”

“‘The only way to protect our citizens at home is to go on the offense against the enemy across the world,’ Bush boomed.”

“The man is barking mad. It’s time to find Bush a nice, comfy rocking chair on the front porch of a community Nut-house and let him chase the neighborhood kids off the lawn. He has no place in the White House.”

“He has finally lost it.”

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By adipper, October 2, 2006 at 10:10 am Link to this comment
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Was Mohammed Atta a double agent? Perhaps this and the possibility that he was taken off a flight to LA by air marshalls one week prior to 911 may suggest that a more complex plan went badly wrong. This article published recently in India may throw light on the matter.

“Also noticeably missing from the Report is Richard Armitage’s close relationship to the Pakistani funders of 9/11. The Report incredibly states that discovering the funding for 9/11 is “of little practical significance.” However, the FBI, the Wall Street Journal, and the Times of India have all acknowledged that Pakistani ISI Chief Mahmood Ahmad wired $100,000 to Mohamed Atta on Sept. 10, 2001. Ahmad had met extensively that May with the State Department’s Richard Armitage, and CIA Director George Tenet, in Pakistan. On the morning of 9/11, Ahmad was in D.C., meeting with Representative (and later CIA director) Porter Goss and Senator Bob Graham. When news of Mahmood Ahmad’s wire transfer reached his home country, he was let go, a month after 9/11. The Pakistani ISI works very closely with the U.S. State Department, and handlers like Armitage. Ahmad was fired quietly, when he should have been arrested, extradited, and served up to the American public as a culprit for the attacks. Remember how high the passions flared in October, 2001? Instead, the whole incident was buried. Ahmad walked.

Asia Times called the Ahmad scandal 9/11’s “real smoking gun.” There’s been zero coverage in the U.S. media. The White House edited Ahmad’s name out of the official transcript, the one time Condi Rice was asked about the scandal at a press conference. Instead of prosecuting Ahmad, the U.S. gave Pakistan an aid package of $3 billion over five years, right after 9/11”.

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By shawn, October 2, 2006 at 2:05 am Link to this comment
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9/11 was an inside job. tower 7 fell at the rate of free fall (7 seconds) and symetrically with all corners coming down at the same time.

check out the video at http://www.wtc7.net

spread the word…

peace
Shawn

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By Mad as Hell, October 1, 2006 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment
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All you conspiracy theorists going nuts about the 9/11 Commission’s supposed ommissions:

Here’s the REAL conspiracy going on in Mad King George’s and his Merrie Fascists’ White House.  Prior to 9/11 there was to be NO focus and NO interest in terrorism—after all that was Clinton’s tail wagging the dog.

After 9/11, the conspiracy was to hide the total incompetence of MKG and the MFs to take REASONABLE precautions and actions against terrorists.

The MFs did NOTHING before, and re-wrote history after.  And guys like my pal Hondo believe EVERY WORD of the lies and re-writes.

THAT is the conspiracy—to re-write history to hide their faults and errors while they used this tragedy and attack to forward their agenda to get Iraq.

(and Mad King George’s daddy was HORRIFIED by the invasion, and the results, according to Woodward)

Bob’s been SO nice to MKG that his credibility was in jeopardy.  But now they cannot accuse him of bias.  Well, they do anyway, but that’s what Mad King George does, and that’s what his MFs do.  Hypocracy is the watch word in pursuit of more power!

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