March 26, 2004

It All Depends On What The Definition Of "Prior Knowledge" Is. "Condoleezza Rice had asked, in her private meetings with the commission, to revise a statement she made publicly that 'I don't think anybody could have predicted that those people could have taken an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center ... that they would try to use an airplane as a missile.' Rice told the commission that she misspoke; the commission has received information that prior to Sept. 11, US intelligence agencies and Clarke had talked about terrorists using airplanes as missiles."

But it looks like Bush is out of the loop: "On a visit to New Hampshire [March 25], the president said if he knew terrorists would use airplanes to attack America, he would have used 'every resource, every asset, every power' of the government to protect the American people."

Three items that prove Rice is lying:

1. On the morning of September 11th 2001, Mr. Fulton and his team at the CIA were running a pre-planned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike a building.

2. November 3, 2000: "The fire and smoke from the downed passenger aircraft billows from the Pentagon courtyard. Defense Protective Services Police seal the crash sight. Army medics, nurses and doctors scramble to organize aid. An Arlington Fire Department chief dispatches his equipment to the affected areas. Don Abbott, of Command Emergency Response Training, walks over to the Pentagon and extinguishes the flames. The Pentagon was a model and the 'plane crash' was a simulated one. The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise, as the crash was called, was just one of several scenarios that emergency response teams were exposed to Oct. 24-26 in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference room." Check out these three military photos.

"A plane crash is simulated inside the cardboard courtyard of a surprisingly realistic-looking model Pentagon. This 'tabletop' exercise was designed to help emergency relief personnel better prepare for disasters when they occur."

3. "The single best refutation of Bush Administration assertions that no one could have known about an al-Qaeda attack by crashed airplane is Bush's attendance at the G8 summit in Genoa in July 2001, where the Italian government installed surface-to-air missiles at strategic locations around the city to protect Bush and the other leaders from just such an al Qaeda attack. This caution was based on information received by American and other intelligence agencies. Weeks later, in early August in Crawford, Bush received a report from George Tenet on the al Qaeda threat." Bush slept on an offshore military ship during the summit.

The second paragraph of a New York Times about Condoleezza Rice's refusal to testify under oath before the 9/11 Commission begins: "As she prepares to leave her job at the end of the year, Ms. Rice ... " WTF?

John Dean: "The [2003] 9/11 Report Raises More Serious Questions About The White House Statements On Intelligence" ... "Testimony from the former Bush administration counterterrorism czar and a new book have a 2-year-old story from The Tampa Tribune back in the news - secret flights of Saudi nationals out of the country in the aftermath of Sept. 11."

John Kerry on Bush's WMD jokes: "585 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq in the last year, 3,354 have been wounded and there's no end in sight. George Bush sold us on going to war with Iraq based on the threat of weapons of mass destruction. But we still haven't found them, and now he thinks that's funny?"

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