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September 11, 2001
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Culpability or Incompetence?
9/11 INTELLIGENCE-Cartoon by Ann Telnaes
Apparently the only way we could have avoided 9-11
Pre-9-11 Warning-Cartoon by Benson
In One Ear & Out The Other
September 11: Who Knew What When
Time line slide show
Sept. 11 widow says "I'm 100% sure that they knew"
She believes President George W. Bush "intentionally allowed 9/11 to happen to gather public support for a war on terrorism,"
"Bush Let 9/11 Happen"-Says Gulf War Veteran-by Mike Hersh
Butler, a Gulf War veteran with 24-years of Air Force service added: "His presidency was going nowhere. He wasn't elected by the American people, but placed into the Oval Office by the conservative Supreme Court...the economy was sliding into the usual Republican pits and he needed something to hang his presidency on."
"They wanted it to happen."-By John Buchanan
They being the neocon members and associates of PNAC, the Project for a New American Century, an ultra-rightwing think tank and mouthpiece for Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and most Bush's handlers these days. Cheney, Wolfowitz and their PNAC fellows had been campaigning publicly for Mideast oil wars since 2000, but also said publicly that the American people were not likely to buy these plans without a "catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor."
Call it 9-11Gate-By Mike Hersh
Millions of Saudi dollars compromised the patriotism of top current and former Bush officials, including George W. Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, James A. Baker III, and many others who work or worked in both Bush administrations. Ties between the Bush and bin Laden families, the Carlyle Group and top Saudi officials let the Oil Royals beat the US like a rented camel.
Here's the smoking gun that links Bush family financial interests to the breakdown in national security on September 11th: Palast reports, "I received a phone call from a high-placed member of a US intelligence agency [who said] under George Bush...the agencies were told to 'back off' investigating the Bin Ladens and Saudi royals, and that angered agents."
"Oh Lucy! - You Gotta Lotta 'Splainin To Do"
Bipartisan Committee's recommendations on terror were disregarded by Bush Administration
White House officials failed to embrace any of the recommendations to prevent acts of domestic terrorism delivered earlier this year. Bush administration officials told former Sens. Gary Hart, D-Colo., and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., that they preferred instead to put aside the recommendations issued in the January report by the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century.
They Tried To Warn Us
The Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9-11 is now finished, but the findings that have been released fail to mention any warnings from foreign governments. The US mainstream media also has paid little attention to warnings from foreign governments. Yet there were so many warnings - from both our friends and enemies alike - often specifically suggesting the targets or method of attack.
Time Magazine-Before Sept..11--The Secret History-By Michael Elliott
Long before 9/11, the White House debated taking the fight to al-Qaeda. By the time they decided, it was too late. The saga of a lost chance.
Arrogance, or something darker?
If you want to know why 9/11 was allowed to happen you may not have to look any further than the Oval Office.
After 2 ½ years asleep, Wall Street Journal notices a few oddities about Sept. 11
Many discrepencies concerning the actions of Bush
Was 9/11 Allowed to Happen?
America’s top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in US cities to trick the public into supporting a war against Cuba in the early 1960s. Approved in writing by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs, Operation Northwoods even proposed blowing up a US ship and hijacking planes as a false pretext for war. [ABC, 5/1/01]
Having It Their Way-How the Bush Gang Exploited 9/11
In the days that followed September 11, 2001, the US rulers immediately recognised that those awful acts of mass murder had provided them with a golden opportunity to achieve the US capitalist ruling class' long-held objective of unchallenged world domination -- the ``American century'' it predicted was at hand at the end of World War II.
America Betrayed - Bush Administration, FBI Complicity In 911
The September 11 attack on America was planned, coordinated, and carried out under the watchful eyes and with the helpful assistance of top officials in the FBI, CIA, and Bush Administration--officials who did everything in their power to insure that the operation would be a spectacular triumph unequaled in the world of terrorism and political opportunism.
9-11 Profiteering: A Framework for Building the "Cui Bono?" UnAnswered Questions
Much has transpired since September 11, 2001. We have learned that numerous heads of state and foreign intelligence agencies tried to warn us before 9-11; We have watched many deeply disturbing unanswered questions of 9-11 emerge through global Internet media.
Bush asks Daschle to limit Sept. 11 probes-CNN
President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of September 11, congressional and White House sources told CNN. The request was made at a private meeting with congressional leaders Tuesday morning. Sources said Bush initiated the conversation.
The Out-of-Towner-While Bush vacationed, 9/11 warnings went unheard.
Roemer then asked Tenet if he mentioned Moussaoui to President Bush at one of their frequent morning briefings. Tenet replied, "I was not in briefings at this time." Bush, he noted, "was on vacation." He added that he didn't see the president at all in August 2001. During the entire month, Bush was at his ranch in Texas. "You never talked with him?" Roemer asked. "No," Tenet replied. By the way, for much of August, Tenet too was, as he put it, "on leave."
A passive president
THE PRESIDENT'S Daily Brief for Aug. 6, 2001 declassified only under pressure shows that President Bush had an accurate warning from intelligence analysts of Osama bin Laden's intention to kill Americans in New York and Washington. Had Bush responded by calling a meeting of department heads concerned with the national security, crucial items in FBI and CIA files could have been perceived as what they were: part of a pattern foreshadowing an attack by terrorists using hijacked airplanes.
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 01-261-An odd Sept. 7, 2001, order giving Jeb Bush Broad powers over the Florida National Guard against a terror attack.
They knew that one plane had been flown deliberately into the World Trade Center's North Tower; a second plane was wildly off course and also heading toward Manhattan; and a third plane had abruptly turned around over Ohio and was flying back toward Washington, DC. So why, at 9:03 a.m. - fifteen minutes after it was clear the United States was under terrorist attack - did President Bush sit down with a classroom of second-graders and begin a 20-minute pre-planned photo op?
Text of Bush's Aug. 6, 2001, Intel Brief
The text of a declassified presidential daily intelligence briefing from Aug. 6, 2001 made public on Saturday by the White House.
Panel Says Bush Saw Repeated Warnings
By the time a CIA briefer gave President Bush the Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief headlined "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US," the president had seen a stream of alarming reports on al Qaeda's intentions. So had Vice President Cheney and Bush's top national security team.
Public Record: Bush Ignored Terrorism Before 9/11
According to the Washington Post, President Bush and Vice President Cheney never once convened the counterterrorism task force that was established in May 20013 -- despite repeated warnings that Al Qaida could be planning to hijack airplanes and use them as missiles. This negligence came at roughly the same time that the Vice President held at least 10 meetings of his Energy Task Force4 and attended at least six meetings with Enron executives.
Bush's 9-11 Secrets
Even though Bush has refused to make parts of the 9-11 report public, one thing is startlingly clear: The U.S. government had received repeated warnings of impending attacks—and attacks using planes directed at New York and Washington—for several years. The government never told us about what it knew was coming.
CIA director briefed Bush in August '01
CIA Director George Tenet met with President George W. Bush at least eight times in the 42 days before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a CIA spokesman said Thursday.
Was there enough intel to act?
Complicating the context of the Aug. 6 PDB, President Bush was on vacation in Crawford, Texas, during that month in 2001. The next day, he teed off at a private club on Lake Waco, jogged at the ranch, read a little, and went bass fishing.
9/11: Bush Knew
A collection of compelling articles, which refute, or, at the very least, call into question, the assertions that Bush and his administration had no prior knowledge of events that would lead to the 9-11 tragedy.
Bush at Booker Elementary
What damns the Bush administration is not what is in this video, but what SHOULD be in the video and is not. Ostensibly, Bush and Card are reacting to a surprise attack, but Bush does not act surprised, and Andy Card does not act like a man delivering an unexpected piece of news but instead is merely delivering a progress report to which he already knows Bush will not have an immediate response.
Blood on Bush's Hands
We hear so much about foreign dictators. We know leaders cause problems to keep themselves employed. Why is it some questions about 9/11 are out-of-bounds? Americans ought to be asking all questions, even the seemingly silly ones. Assessing our own errors won't bring back the victims, but it won't trash their memory, either. Mistakes were made. We know this. But was it incompetence or corruption? Dean's comments were criticized, but his logic was spot-on: The fact is we don't know what happened. If the White House is on the up-and-up here -- if their want for regime change was as well-intentioned as it now seems ill-advised -- they should open up and show us, for their sake and ours.
Bush Administration
Why Nobody Saw 9/11 Coming
Did the Bush administration, before the 9/11 attacks, fail to take terrorism seriously enough? At first the contention seems unlikely. Isn't this the most hawkish administration in living memory? Wasn't it President Bush who coined the phrase "war on terror"?
Yet in the current hearings on the attacks — and in the controversy surrounding the new book by Richard A. Clarke, the administration's first counterterrorism chief — the words "neglect" and "failure" keep cropping up.
What We Learned and When We Learned It
In the summer of 2001 the director of central intelligence, George Tenet, was running around with his hair on fire. When told that Mr. Tenet's hair was on fire, President Bush replied, "I'm tired of swatting flies." The president added that the only thing worse than swatting flies was shaking trees. "You can swat all the flies and shake all the trees you want, but it still won't be a silver bullet," the president said.
Did al-Qaida trainee warn FBI before 9/11?
More than a year before 9/11, a Pakistani-British man told the FBI an incredible tale: that he had been trained by bin Laden’s followers to hijack airplanes and was now in America to carry out an attack. The FBI questioned him for weeks, but then let him go home, and never followed up.
Criminal Mastermind: Donald Rumsfeld
These are the standing orders to the military as to how to respond to hijackings over United States territory. The June 1 '01 document deliberately changed the existing policies.
The 9/11 Commission: Justice's Blind Spot
Asleep at the wheel? Attorney General John Ashcroft is fighting charges he was uninterested in terrorism before 9/11
Bremer criticized Bush on terrorism before attacks
L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said in a speech six months before the September 11, 2001 attacks that the Bush administration was "paying no attention" to terrorism.
International Citizens' Inquiry Into 9-11
With confidence sinking every day that the official U.S. government’s Kean Commission will ask any genuine truth-revealing questions about 9/11, the work of these independent citizen Inquiries has become even more important.
The 9/11 Investigation
In the report's first finding, the committees note that the intelligence community did not have information on the "time, place and specific nature" of the 9/11 attacks, but that it had "amassed a great deal of valuable intelligence regarding Osama bin Laden and his terrorist activities," and that this information could have been used to thwart the assault. "Within the huge volume of intelligence reporting that was available prior to September 11," the report says, "there were various threads and pieces of information that, at least in retrospect, are both relevant and significant.
The offense in Bush's 9/11 defense
When terrorists plan to strike America, should they call in advance and make reservations? If not - if they aren't specific about time and place - should President Bush and the rest of the federal government be held blameless for failing to stop them?
Ashcroft's Record of Lying to Congress About 9/11
With Attorney General John Ashcroft testifying before the 9/11 Commission today, a quick analysis of his previous statements shows he has repeatedly lied to Congress about the Bush Administration's counterterrorism record.
"Threat assessment" keeps Ashcroft off commercial air flights
In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
Bush Administration Resorts to Lies About 9/11
With President Bush's former top counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke issuing well-documented criticisms of the White House's failure to defend America, the Administration has resorted to outright lies and distortions about its record.
Unanswered Questions: Thinking For Ourselves
Unanswered Questions About 9-11
The pre-9/11 blunder you’ve probably never heard of
The real question for the 9/11 commission — and the American public — is not whether George W. Bush considered al Qaeda an urgent threat before 9/11, but this: How did the U.S. government let Khalid al-Mihdar and Nawaf al-Hazmi get away with it?
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