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White House Releases August 6, 2001 PDB
White House Press Office | 2/10/2004 | Jeff Gannon, White House Correspondent

Posted on 04/10/2004 3:46:56 PM PDT by Jeff Gannon

Edited on 04/10/2004 4:31:37 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Here's a link to the PDB file http://www.jeffgannon.com/


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 911; 911commission; 911memo; bush; bushknew; pdb; rice; usamabinladen

1 posted on 04/10/2004 3:46:57 PM PDT by Jeff Gannon
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To: Jeff Gannon
Can you just give a link to it?
2 posted on 04/10/2004 3:48:03 PM PDT by tonyinv (There will be no "news at 11" only spin.)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Thank you for this info. We'll get the word out...
3 posted on 04/10/2004 3:48:38 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: Jeff Gannon
Provide the link and I'll add it to the header
thanks
4 posted on 04/10/2004 3:49:40 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: tonyinv
It's not on their website yet. because I am a White House reporter, it was emailed to me as a pdf file.

It clearly shows what frauds the Dems on the 9/11 Commission are.
5 posted on 04/10/2004 3:50:33 PM PDT by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: Jeff Gannon
The really, really scary thing is that this site could have probably given just as through a briefing as the one in question. Richard Clarke and the intelligence community had been working for decades and this was the sum of the threat intel that we had to work with the month prior to the strike.
6 posted on 04/10/2004 3:50:34 PM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: Jeff Gannon
just copy and paste the whole dang thing in the post box and we will reformat it
7 posted on 04/10/2004 3:51:40 PM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Can you serve it from your website..and place a link to it here?
8 posted on 04/10/2004 3:52:38 PM PDT by tonyinv (There will be no "news at 11" only spin.)
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To: All
Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.

Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate Bin Ladensince 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the U.S. Bin Laden implied in U.S. television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and "bringthe fighting to America."

After U.S. missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, Bin Ladentold followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a [deleted text] service.

An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told [deleted text] serviceat the same time that Bin Laden was planning to exploit the operative'saccess to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike.

The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of Bin Laden's first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the U.S. Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the FBI that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that BinLaden lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate theoperation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning hisown U.S. attack.

Ressam says Bin Laden was aware of the Los Angeles operation.

Although Bin Laden has not succeeded, his attacks against the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he preparesoperations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Laden associates surveilled our Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997.

AI Qaeda members — including same who are U.S. citizens — have resided in and traveled to the U.S. for years, and the group apparently maintains asupport structure that could aid attacks.

Two Al Qaeda members found guiltyin the conspiracy to bomb our embassies in East Africa were U.S. citizens, and a senior EIJ member lived in California in the mid-1990s.

A clandestine sourcesaid in 1998 that a Bin Laden cell in New Yorkwas recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.

We havenot been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a [deleted text] service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of "Blind Shaykh" 'Umar' Abd aI-Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.

Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns ofsuspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations forhijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance offederal buildings in New York.

The FBI is conducting approximately 70 investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers Bin Laden-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our embassy in the UAE in May sayingthat a group or Bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.

9 posted on 04/10/2004 3:52:48 PM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: Jeff Gannon
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1115244/posts
10 posted on 04/10/2004 3:53:42 PM PDT by lainie
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To: Jeff Gannon
Eagerly awaiting your link.
11 posted on 04/10/2004 3:54:24 PM PDT by k2blader (Some folks should worry less about how conservatives vote and more about how to advance conservatism)
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To: All
And the link is:
http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,116766,00.html
12 posted on 04/10/2004 3:56:22 PM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: Jeff Gannon
NOW POSTED AT http://www.jeffgannon.com
13 posted on 04/10/2004 3:57:28 PM PDT by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: Jeff Gannon
We now know what George Bush knew and when he knew it.

Now we need Cynthia McKinney and Sheila Jackson Lee to explain to us how this information and the timing of it would have prevented 9/11.(sarcasm/off)

14 posted on 04/10/2004 4:01:39 PM PDT by cincinnati65 (Rooting for the Panthers since 1995.......)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Let's see how long it takes for some DUmmy to declare that this was OBVIOUSLY falsified to downplay the Bush role in 9/11.
15 posted on 04/10/2004 4:03:00 PM PDT by cincinnati65 (Rooting for the Panthers since 1995.......)
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To: All
Further proof that the Clintoon administration had eight years to defeat terrorism and capture OBL and failed on both counts.

One thing that liberals have never learned; when you are in a hole the first thing you should do is quit digging!
16 posted on 04/10/2004 4:03:15 PM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: cincinnati65; All
Don't forget:

Dems in Congress HAD THE SAME INFORMATION AT THE SAME TIME AS BUSH

They're lying when they act "shocked, shocked" at this data.

17 posted on 04/10/2004 4:04:45 PM PDT by Timeout (Down with Donks!)
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To: kellynla
One thing that liberals have never learned; when you are in a hole the first thing you should do is quit digging!

Shhh! It's so much fun to watch!

18 posted on 04/10/2004 4:04:51 PM PDT by Vermonter
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To: Jeff Gannon
It clearly shows what frauds the Dems on the 9/11 Commission are.

No, you miss the point. The Dem's strategy of an incessant stream of unprecedented demands for information is calculated to create through repetition over time the impression in the public's mind that Bush is footdragging and hiding something, regardless of the facts that ultimately come out which will receive far briefer coverage. And that way they can also generate a steady stream of anti-Bush conspiracy theories.
19 posted on 04/10/2004 4:06:12 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Rumble Thee Forth...)
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To: cincinnati65
You can get a better prediction of the 9/11 attack looking at tea leaves.
20 posted on 04/10/2004 4:06:53 PM PDT by Big Horn (A waist is a terrible thing to mind.)
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To: kellynla
Well, there we have the exact wording. But here is how CNN will report it:
CNN has learned the PDA specificly says:
"Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate Bin Laden...to conduct terrorist attacks in the U.S...would...World Trade Center..."bring the fighting to America"...Bin Laden told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington... that Bin Laden was planning to exploit the operative'saccess to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike. ...and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Laden associates surveilled our Embassies...AI Qaeda members ...have resided in and traveled to the U.S. for years, and the group apparently maintains asupport structure that could aid attacks...Bin Laden cell in New York...wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft...FBI information since that time indicates patterns ofsuspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings...including recent surveillance of ...buildings in New York."

The PDB concludes:
The FBI is conducting approximately 70 investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers Bin Laden-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group or Bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.

Of course jet fuel is explosive! How could Bush not know?

The leftists will lie about anything and I have no doubt that this is how they will parse it.

21 posted on 04/10/2004 4:08:49 PM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: Big Horn
I've always equated the scenario like this: "I'm going to hide a marble in a named county in the United States, for a period of one month. Your job is to find the marble." Can you even imagine how difficult that would be, no matter how many resources you had?

Here we have an unspecified attack, at an unspecified time, against the expanse of "U.S. interests" worldwide, exponentially more difficult than my marble scenario.

How anyone could expect anything to be done directly to prevent it, is beyond me.

22 posted on 04/10/2004 4:12:12 PM PDT by cincinnati65 (Rooting for the Panthers since 1995.......)
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To: cincinnati65
Sorry...I couldn't resist checking out "their" website! I think all of this was coming from what they were watching on CNN:


"Al Hunt first He thought it was bad. He said it wasn't exactly a "historical document" as Rice tried to imply in the hearings.

Novak went next - he pooh poohed it.

Charles Rangle wanted to know why warnings weren't given.

Kate O Brien says it is exhibit A on how political this committee is. Thinks Dems will be hurt, as they never expected it to be released. Public will see that it has been grossly exaggerated."


"The PDB redactions = drip, drip, drip Please, everyone, don't worry about the redactions - they will soon leak, and we will all know the contents.

For those of us old enough to remember, this pattern is so eerily similar to Watergate that it makes ones head spin. With each passing day, another piece will find its way to the puzzle. Nixon, Mitchell et al. tried as hard as this current bunch of thieves to thwart the truth, but were unsuccessful. That same pattern will hold here.

The redactions are the beginnings of Nixon's 18 1/2 gap - Condi is Haldeman- falling on the sword. The picture of DimSon hard at work is Nixon assuring the Silent Majority that the true work of America must go forward.

Our only fear here is that the press will not act as they did back in '73, but with the rise of the Internet, AA, etc. I am gainly more confidence daily.

These bastards are 100 times worse than Nixon, so do not despair. Nixon was brilliant man, and * is a fool. He must speak, and soon. He must answer questions, and soon.

When he does, we win."
23 posted on 04/10/2004 4:13:52 PM PDT by Maria S (Assigned parking only...all violators will be towed)
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To: KC Burke
"Well, there we have the exact wording. But here is how CNN will report it:"

Thank goodness for the Internet, FOX, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal and for us on the left coast the Orange County Register and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
24 posted on 04/10/2004 4:14:11 PM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: kellynla
This is less even than a recapitulation of history. **Everything** in it is from the previous administration. Not a word dated in the six and a half months of Bush's term. And it's all stuff that could have been culled from newspapers. It's a high school level class report and an insult. If the CIA couldn't give anything more detailed and timely than this, what good is it?
25 posted on 04/10/2004 4:15:29 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Rumble Thee Forth...)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
I bet FR had better research on bin laden's moves pre-9/11 than this report. I'm pretty amazed that our intelligence services after 8 years of clinton were utterly useless.
26 posted on 04/10/2004 4:18:04 PM PDT by Monty22
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To: cincinnati65
Funny, I don't remember seeing much about how the kenya bombers were US citizens. Wonder why?

The Clinton administration knew all this and refused to act.
Disgraceful, but that is only what we expect from the sorry
excuse for a man.
27 posted on 04/10/2004 4:18:36 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: kellynla
"The FBI is conducting approximately 70 investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers Bin Laden-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our embassy in the UAE in May sayingthat a group or Bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives. "

To me that says it all. Something was being done but it was not enough and because the clintonoids were so asleepzzzzzzzzzzz at the wheel. The investigations were not enough and not SOON enough.

President Bush inherited a mess! And, I am not just talking about the filty trash all over the floor at the White House.

28 posted on 04/10/2004 4:19:25 PM PDT by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
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To: Jeff Gannon
TIME TO PACK UP THE 9-11 COMMISSION


29 posted on 04/10/2004 4:23:57 PM PDT by Smartass (God Bless America and Our Troops - Bush & Cheney in 2004)
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To: Lion in Winter
That is what is so sad. Bush inherited a mess.
30 posted on 04/10/2004 4:26:37 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: cincinnati65
Let's see how long it takes for some DUmmy to declare that this was OBVIOUSLY falsified to downplay the Bush role in 9/11.

One of the frustrating things about DU is how uninformed they are. I know they're ignorant, but for gosh sakes, don't they read ANYTHING anywhere else? Breaking news takes hours to reach them.

I like to go over there and watch the wailing, but it takes them FOREVER to find out what's going on in the world.

31 posted on 04/10/2004 4:34:08 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle
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To: Jeff Gannon
There are several important thread out there today that intrepid Freepers culled about what Clark said / or did in actuality about terrorism during the Clinton Administration. These are eye openers and taken in conjunction with the pdb release, highly informative.

In 1999, Richard Clarke cited gains against bin Laden; "We've made life difficult for him"
The Washington Post Archives | January 23, 1999 | Vernon Loeb http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1115213/posts?page=11

and this one: In 2000, Richard Clarke argued against WH based Interagency Coordination Office for Terrorism
The Washington Post Archives | October 9, 2000 | Vernon Loeb
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1115167/posts?page=64#77

Drudge has links to one or two of them.
32 posted on 04/10/2004 4:35:40 PM PDT by BlessedByLiberty (Respectfully submitted,)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
The Dem's strategy of an incessant stream of unprecedented demands for information ...

Exactly! And wasn't there a leaked RAT memo that said they planned to use the 9/11 Commission exactly this way? The memo got buried under the "outrage" over the leaking of the memo.

33 posted on 04/10/2004 4:38:33 PM PDT by Martin Tell (I will not be terrified or Kerrified.)
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To: Jeff Gannon
It clearly shows what frauds the Dems on the 9/11 Commission are.

Looking at the whole scenario objectively, IMO the whole d@mn investigation is a political charade.

It's simple to deduce what created the whole terrorist attack in the first place.

We had a complacent, self adsorbed sociopath for a POTUS for 8 years that didn't lift a finger to protect our country from terrorist attacks, Dubya became POTUS and 2 hundred and some days after taking office, the 8 years of complacency hit us.

When it hit us, we had a POTUS (thank God) that wasn't going to sit back and tolerate such actions against our nation.

Thus, now Al Quaeda terrorist are on the run, the people of Afghanistan are MUCH better off than ever before, a Tyrant has lost his position as leader of a nation and is behind bars, another leader who supported terrorism in the past has given up his evil ways and opened his country up for inspection and a shot at the free enterprise system, the war on terror has shifted to a location outside our borders, and the "creme de la creme", Tom Dasshole is deeply saddened!

34 posted on 04/10/2004 4:43:32 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: kellynla
One thing that liberals have never learned; when you are in a hole the first thing you should do is quit digging!

LoL's!

The digging however isn't to make the hole deeper, it's to keep them from being politically buried alive!!

35 posted on 04/10/2004 4:48:28 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Jeff Gannon
Much of this, INCLUDING THE TITLE, was report in the Washington Post nearly TWO YEARS ago:

Aug. Memo Focused On Attacks in U.S.
Lack of Fresh Information Frustrated Bush
By Bob Woodward and Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, May 19, 2002; Page A01



FR archive: above article thread in May 2002


current thread
36 posted on 04/10/2004 4:50:03 PM PDT by Quicksilver (WMD: absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.)
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To: EGPWS
Rope-a-dope city, folks. Matthews, Fineman, and all the stylistic walkers of the Pimp Media were all set to declare this a new "scandal". Now it's open and there's no there there. Ben-Veniste, Gorelick, and the media went through all that for nothing.

What a bunch of ....

...assweasles and f*#ktards.

Be Seeing You,

Chris

37 posted on 04/10/2004 4:54:29 PM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "John Kerry: all John F., no Kennedy..." Click on my pic!)
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To: section9
...assweasles and f*#ktards

S9, with all of your GREAT postings I've experienced in the past, I'm paralyzed by your sugar coating in this particular reply!

LoL's!

EG

38 posted on 04/10/2004 5:09:04 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Big Horn
You can get a better prediction of the 9/11 attack looking at tea leaves.

Absolutely agree. However, during bin Veniste's questioning of Condi, I predicted the headlines at compost/slimes would be "Bush warned of 9/11 plot beforehand--Does nothing". Well, it turns out I was wrong. The headlines were not the next day, but 2 days later.

These people are creating the impression among the inattentive masses that Bush knew beforehand. They know kerry is toast unless the voters vote against Bush on terror and foreign policy--his strongest issues. Understand that fact, and you will understand everything that happens (or actually is reported to have happened) between now and November.

This will be the dirtiest campaign in history.

39 posted on 04/10/2004 6:07:14 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: cincinnati65
Now we need Cynthia McKinney and Sheila Jackson Lee to explain to us how this information and the timing of it would have prevented 9/11.(sarcasm/off)

.

Just read the Limbaugh Letter -- FANTASTIC interview with John Podhoretz. I'm posting the clip here -- because like you when Cynthia McKinney first opened her mouth on the "Bush Knew" (actually it was far, far leftwing socialists who began the drumbeat, first) (and yes, I read and tracked all that they were "writing"); I wondered, and continue to wonder. Podhoretz brought up an outstanding point!:

Podhoretz: "If you went back in time and asked, "What was the most important thing that happened domestically in this Presidency?" It probably would have been the $300 tax rebate, which everybody got in August of 2001. Because it pumped $30 billion of liquidity into the economy two or three weeks before September 11th. So there was a spending spree that floated the economy for three months while the country was in shock. Now, he didn't do it because he knew a terrorist attack was coming... God only knows what would have been the case if the tax cut hadn't taken place, simply as a prophylactic measure."

The above hit me like a ton of bricks. Mr. Podhoretz is absolutely right. And what were dems proposing? Let's go back to the Algore "platform" -- it would have KILLED the economy if Algore had gotten elected; and 9-11 then happened. President Bush in doing the right thing, cutting taxes, did the right thing on a MUCH HUGER scale.

I think everyone ought to get the Limbaugh letter, too. :) I've been thinking about how to help Rush in his battle against the Torquemada leviathan.. I thought of sending in money; but I think what might make Rush even happier is seeing more and more people subscribing to the Limbaugh Letter, or 24/7. (Sorry my rant is so long.. but that Podhoretz point.. just makes so much more of what the Looney Left is on about, pre-9/11 and post 9/11, apparent. IMHO, of course.

Liberal rant should have by now morphed from: "Bush Cheated".. to "Bush Knew".. to .. "Bush is SCARY". Um, that's right.. that's exactly where they are right now: Bush is Scary. Ergo, he is "evil". Tax cuts are always right; so is balancing the budget. But as Rushbo would say: Libs are never happy unless they are forcing control over others, spending other people's money, and spreading misery equally.

Dems have plotted their brains out on how to "destroy America"; and they can't even grasp good common sense, honor, and valor; and doing the right thing. They've got this real-hangup about "being in charge".

40 posted on 04/10/2004 6:27:49 PM PDT by Alia (California -- It's Groovy! Baby!)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Thank you, Mr. Gannon -- most kindly.
41 posted on 04/10/2004 6:37:52 PM PDT by Alia (California -- It's Groovy! Baby!)
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To: cincinnati65
Let's see how long it takes for some DUmmy to declare that this was OBVIOUSLY falsified to downplay the Bush role in 9/11.

They are just flat out stating that the memo proves Rice lied in her testimony.

42 posted on 04/10/2004 6:51:25 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Here is the current headline in the internet edition of the Washington Post (as of 10:19 p.m edt) : "Bush Warned of Al Qaeda Attacks Before Sept. 11". The clear implication is that the the President of the United States knew, days before the event (and with specificity) that terrorists were going to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings. In other words, if Bush had "reacted" to this directive, "9/11" would have been averted.

Of course, when one reads the briefing paper, it is obvious that no such intelligence was imparted. Importantly, that very same document could be written, today, and be just as relevant. This is a media creation specifically intended to impact the election, and the media is vile.
43 posted on 04/10/2004 7:34:59 PM PDT by ttdriver
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To: Jeff Gannon
The Lefties are jumping all over this as proof that somehow this could have been prevented. I just don't think so. Short of shutting the whole country down for an indefinite period of time, just what Bin Laden would have wanted, what do you do?
The President receives tons of threats every day, which ones are given credence over others.
The only possible way there may have been some kind of prevention, maybe, is if all the intelligence agencies and the FBI had been sharing information. There again though the shear volume of that information is more than all the agencies together can assimilate to analyze. Therefore the reliance on the super computers at the NSA, etc. to sift through this looking for preprogrammed words, etc. for something to be flagged for analysis.
Nothing is as simple as these idiot Democrats and Lefties think it is or more importantly want you to think it is.
This is where is might be time for Bush to contemplate giving a major speech to bring out these points and throwing it right back into the Rats.
44 posted on 04/10/2004 7:46:14 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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45 posted on 04/10/2004 7:48:57 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: ttdriver
"Bush Warned of Al Qaeda Attacks Before Sept. 11".

And this is as far as most people will go in reading the PDB. The Washington Post and the rest of the "Beijing-like state sponsored" journalists count on just that.
46 posted on 04/10/2004 7:59:59 PM PDT by Toespi (,)
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To: cincinnati65
In the midst of all this griping about preventing 9/11 I keep thinking of one nightmare scenario...

If GW had shot down the planes before they hit the buildings, would he have been applauded? (I always bless the passengers of Flight 93 that saved us from such a national dilemna.)

47 posted on 04/10/2004 8:27:51 PM PDT by foreshadowed at waco
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To: Jeff Gannon
BUMP!!
48 posted on 04/10/2004 8:36:06 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Captain Peter Blood
The Lefties are jumping all over this as proof that somehow this could have been prevented.

Ask Ted if he had his tires checked the day he murdered Mary Jo.

49 posted on 04/10/2004 9:15:00 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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