Bush was told. Bush knew. Bush did nothing about it
In the report just issued in the US by the Congressional Inquiry investigating the September 11 bombing of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon it is abundantly clear that Bush did know that something was about to happen but did nothing about it. Was it an event that Bush needed to launch his "war on terrorism" and to unleash wars of aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, North Korea and all other points north, south, east and west? The report lists 36 different summaries of warnings dating back to 1997. Among them:L "In September 1998, the [Intelligence Community] obtained information that Bin Laden's next operation might involve flying an explosive-laden aircraft into a US airport and detonating it." "In the fall of 1998, the [Intelligence Community] obtained information concerning a Bin Laden plot involving aircraft in the New York and Washington, DC areas." "In March 2000, the [Intelligence Community] obtained information regarding the types of targets that operatives of Bin Laden's network might strike. The Statute of Liberty was specifically mentioned, as were skyscrapers, ports, airports, and nuclear power plants." Condoleezza Rice, Bush's national security adviser, "stated in a May 16, 2002, press briefing that, on August 6, 2001, (over one month before Sept 11) the President's Daily Brief (PDB) included information that Bin Laden might hijack an airline and take hostages to gain release of one of their operatives. She said the warning was "generalised" — no date, place, or method. Knowing all this How could Rice, knowing all this, say that the administration had no idea "these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Centre, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon"? "In sum, the Report of the Congressional Inquiry indicates that the intelligence community was very aware that bin Laden might fly an airplane into an American skyscraper", says John Dean a White House counsel under Nixon. "Given the fact that there had already been an attempt to bring down the twin towers of the World Trade Centre with a bomb, how could Rice say what she did?" Bush has now invoked executive privilege to withhold from Congress this key briefing on August 6, 2001. We do know that despite years of warnings from the intelligence community, the Government apparently had taken no steps to protect the eastern seaboard or any other American border from attack. There were no fighter aircraft ready to respond immediately to a threat. The government undertook no measures to increase airport security. This entire affair has been forced into a discussion of what the CIA knew or didn't know, and what it told or didn't tell the White House. But the questioning needs to focus on what Bush knew or didn't know. And what he did or didn't do in response to what his intelligence advisers told him. What we said In January 2002, The Guardian published a booklet entitled Was the attack on Afghanistan planned prior to September 11? The introduction says: "There is compelling evidence that the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US were organised, at least in party, by US authorities as an excuse to start an already planned war in South Asia. It was also to be used as an excuse to begin the biggest attack on civil liberties in the West since the fascist era. "There is evidence that the normal interception of hijacked aircraft was not activated until AFTER the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon had taken place. "There is evidence of a close relationship between the Bush family, the bin Laden family and the CIA." The above booklet is available from SPA Books. 65 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010. Price $3 (p&p $1).
* * *Acknowledgement to James Ridgeway The Village Voice and to Information Clearing House http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/