Sunday, October 1


George Tenet and Cofer Black went to Condi Rice with their hair on fire about an imminent attack by Al Qaeda upon the U.S. and she blew them off. So much for her defensive comments after Bill Clinton's interview with Chris Wallace that, "what we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years."

All three, Tenet, Black and Condi, clearly misled the 9/11 Commission. This warrants investigation and exposure to the American people.

"White House and State Department officials yesterday confirmed that the July 10 meeting took place, although they took issue with Woodward's portrayal of its results."

Later Saturday, writing at the site, Peter Rundlet, the former 9/11 Commission counsel, wrote of the meeting with Rice, "If true, it is shocking that the administration failed to heed such an overwhelming alert from the two officials in the best position to know. Many, many questions need to be asked and answered about this revelation — questions that the 9/11 Commission would have asked, had the Commission been told about this significant meeting. Suspiciously, the Commissioners and the staff investigating the administration’s actions prior to 9/11 were never informed of the meeting....
At a minimum, the withholding of information about this meeting is an outrage. Very possibly, someone committed a crime. And worst of all, they failed to stop the plot."

In her testimony to the 9/11 Commission, Rice not only did not mention the July 10 meeting, but insisted that all or nearly all warning about impending terrorist activity concerned attacks outside the country, not within our borders.

UPDATE: 911 Commissioners are furious about the omission. Roemer, Ben-Veniste and Jamie Gorelick have all spoken out. Where's the outrage of the Republican members? Condi says it's "incomprehensible" that she would have ignored such a warning, something akin to her "Nobody ever thought they would fly airplanes into buildings" remark, I suppose.

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