New York Times Goes After Bush On 11th Anniversary Of Attacks


bushIt was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” – the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies – featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief – and only that daily brief – in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack. Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack. While some critics considered that claim absurd, a close reading of the brief showed that the argument had some validity.

Read more – or better don’t – at THE NEW YORK TIMES.

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  1. This is not news, and has been known since 2004, maybe even earlier.
    In the mid-1990’s, Saudi Arabia offered Bin Laden to the Clinton administration, however they did not believe there was enough evidence to prosecute him, so Saudi Arabia send him and his family to Afganistan.