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Actually, Tenet DID Warn Rice of Al Qaeda

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Posted on Oct 2, 2006

N.Y. Times:

A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001, about the looming threat from Al Qaeda, a State Department spokesman said Monday.

The account by Sean McCormack came hours after Ms. Rice, the secretary of state, told reporters aboard her airplane that she did not recall the specific meeting on July 10, 2001, noting that she had met repeatedly with Mr. Tenet that summer about terrorist threats. Ms. Rice, the national security adviser at the time, said it was “incomprehensible” she ignored dire terrorist threats two months before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mr. McCormack also said records show that the Sept. 11 commission was informed about the meeting, a fact that former intelligence officials and members of the commission confirmed on Monday.

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By TruthPlease, October 3, 2006 at 10:24 pm Link to this comment
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Can you believe it?  The whole elaborate mirage that the Bush Administration/Republican Party had built up is falling down around their ankles like Aunt Gertie’s old petticoat - The party of ethics, my foot!  So much for “bringing honor back to the White House”! Gay Internet child predators, Lies about WMDs, Coverups galore everywhere you look, Absolutely (even by modern standards) disgusting greed in the form of buddy “no-bid” contracts in a wrong war killing our children for all the wrong reasons, Slimy lobbying, and more and more and more…...when will it stop?  And don’t forget about all that lovely election fraud and those ‘oh so easy’ hackable electronic voting machines - Is there any way to fix this mess?  If the Republicans win, especially by a “mandate” in this upcoming election, what with all this awful stuff appearing nearly every day - we’d better just forget wasting any time and have a paper ballot re-vote immediately - and see if we can find any way out of this hole they’ve dug us into.

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By rex, October 3, 2006 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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I read your story on the briefings given to Condi Rice in July 2001 of an impending Al Qaeda attack but I am still puzzled
by the continuing disclaimer that the “nature of the
attack” was not known.
We knew that Clinton had been warned of a possible
hijacking at a Northeastern airport in December of
1998. We know that the Joint Chiefs of Staff
“Aircraft Piracy
Order” was updated on June 1, 2001 specifically
ordering use of extreme force to prevent “terrorist
hijackings” inside
United States airspace and we know copies of this
order went to every official of the Bush
administration so the subject should have been
foremost in the minds of anyone fearing an impending
terrorist event
only five weeks later.
This order even warned of attempts by terrorists to hijack military planes with nuclear weapons onboard and was extremely dire in it’s warning “do not let hostage taking prevent use of deadly force to positively prevent hijacking or removal of nuclear weapons”.
We also know that the last of three mock attacks on US
cities by
simulated “terrorist aircraft/cruise missiles”, as
part of General Richard Myers 1997 JCMD program, 
had occured on June 1 and 2 of 2001 specifically
anticipating a very sophisticated terrorist operation
involving twelve attack aircraft. Many US military
assets were involved at great cost to taxpayers such
as an Aegis Cruiser,  the Minnesota Air National Guard
and 1,000 US military personnel.
Then we had the widely reported anti-aircraft missile
defense of the Genoa summit against a threat by Osama bin Laden to crash a plane into the G8 meeting.
With all this focus on the “specific threat” of
terrorist air attacks how can these briefings have
failed to consider exactly that obvious scenario
and how could the adminstration been unaware of the
amount concern in the Air Force and Joint Chiefs
of Staff about exactly this type of attack against US cities?

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By GW=MCHammered, October 3, 2006 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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The thing about Bush and his Chosen Ones is that they are NEVER responsible for any wrongdoing… ESPECIALLY when they actually did it!

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By tdeer3, October 3, 2006 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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I used to have respect for Dr.Rice but recenttly I have lost respect for her irresponslble comment about Clinton’s record vs Bush’s about fighting terrorism prior to 9/11.

Also, as Bush and all repuplicans refuse to admit their mistakes, she denied that she has any meeting with CIA chief Tenet on July 10, 2001, contradicted to the statement from Sean McCormack,spokenman for State Deparment. Also we see again how Bush administration try to downplay their mistake about ignoring Tenet’s report as they always lie to us before: McCormick said, “the information presented in this meeting was not new, rather it was a good summary from the threat reporting from previous weeks”

Come on, when the chief of CIA requested a meeting with urgent matter, he would not take the purpose of that meeting lightly, especially for the national security, HOW WOULD DR.RICE THINK THAT IT’S NOT WORTH IT TO TAKE A LOOK AND DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY?

Also, we would not know WHAT is in those summary anyway because the Departement of State would not include it in McCormick’s damage control statement because of ” NATIONAL SECURITY REASON”.

We’ve heard lies in all forms. Lies direct to ordinary americans, lies direct to intellectuals, lies direct to congress and senate, lies direct to the united nations, lies direct to their friend like Collin Powell to get him agree with them with the war in Iraq, but the worst of all, lies to themselve so they won’t feel bad or look bad to the nation, so they can shrug off the responsibity in the costly war for americans in term of human and $ values.

We should stop their lies by analyzing every statement this admisnistration make and stop watching Fox News and other networks BLINDLY.

That would be the only way to have a clear view and clear conscience to protect our values, our constitution and liberty that our predessors have fought and built for generations.

Don’t let this administration ruin our lives.

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By tdeer3, October 3, 2006 at 8:35 am Link to this comment
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I used to have respect for Dr.Rice but recenttly I have lost respect for her irresponslble comment about Clinton’s record vs Bush’s about fighting terrorism prior to 9/11.

Also, as Bush and all repuplicans refuse to admit their mistakes, she denied that she has any meeting with CIA chief Tenet on July 10, 2001, contradicted to the statement from Sean McCormack,spokenman for State Deparment. Also we see again how Bush administration try to downplay their mistake about ignoring Tenet’s report as they always lie to us before: McCormick said, “the information presented in this meeting was not new, rather it was a good summary from the threat reporting from previous weeks”

Come on, when the chief of CIA requested a meeting with urgent matter, he would not take the purpose of that meeting lightly, especially for the national security, HOW WOULD DR.RICE THINK THAT IT’S NOT WORTH IT TO TAKE A LOOK AND DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY?

Also, we would not know WHAT is in those summary anyway because the Departement of State would not include it in McCormick’s damage control statement because of ” NATIONAL SECURITY REASON”.

We’ve heard lies in all forms. Lies direct to ordinary americans, lies direct to intellectuals, lies direct to congress and senate, lies direct to the united nations, lies direct to their friend like Collin Powell to get him agree with them with the word in Iraq, but the worst of all, lies to themselve so they won’t feel bad or look bad to the nation, so they can shrug off the responsibity in the costly war for americans in term of human and $ values.

We should stop their lies by analyzing every statement this admisnistration make and stop watching Fox News and other networks BLINDLY.

That would be the only way to have a clear view and clear conscience to protect our values, our constitution and liberty that our predessors have fought and built for generations.

Don’t let this administration ruin our lives.

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