MSNBC: Leaked memos show Giuliani's ignorance of terrorism before 9/11
10/26/2007 @ 8:19 amFiled by Mike Aivaz and Muriel Kane
David Shuster, substituting for Keith Olbermann as host of Countdown, reported on Thursday that Rudy Giuliani's description of himself as the only candidate who foresaw the danger posed by al Qaeda before 9/11 has now been refuted by a leaked document.
I suppose that' why he put the city's disaster command center in WTC 7, knowing full well that the world trade center was a huge target, as it had been hit before and was right in the middle of the financial center
Typical of Giuliani's claims on the campaign trail is a speech he gave last summer in which he said of the pre-9/11 period, "Bin Laden declared war on us. We didn't hear it. ... I thought it was pretty clear at the time -- but a lot of people didn't see it, couldn't see it."
No one knew about bin Laden's declaration of war because it, maybe, got one mention on the news, which was, at the time, focused on something they considered far more important: The presidential penis. But, Bush knew and so did Cheney. They all knew because they had been told, dozens of times by everyone from Putin to Mubarak to some guy in a phone booth in Jamaica. They knew. Are you saying that they didn't bother to tell you?
Wayne Barrett, a reporter for New York's Village Voice and author of Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11, has now obtained leaked memos describing Giuliani's testimony before the 9/11 Commission which directly contradict that claim.
Barrett told Shuster that taken as a whole, Giuliani's testimony "was a confession of ignorance. He basically said, 'I knew nothing about al Qaeda.'"
For example, Giuliani acknowledged that even though he had received information on threats between 1998 and 2001, "At the time I had no idea it was al Qaeda." He further told the commission that after 9/11, "we brought in people to brief us on al Qaeda. ... We had nothing like this pre 9/11, which was a mistake."
Does it really matter what they call themselves? What seems obvious is that you were warned, mainly by the Clinton administration, which did manage to thwart the plot for new years 2000.
Giuliani's testimony, like that of other witnesses describing New York City's response on 9/11, was supposed to remain secret until after the 2008 presidential election.
This is the kind of thing that makes my head explode. Why should anyone's testimony be kept secret, allowing the American electorate to remain ignorant about the very people who either are there leaders or wish to be. Who gets to decide that testimony will BE kept secret from the people? The fact that the people are kept in the dark and lied to left and right about who these people are who want to be leaders in this country is exactly what got us in the mess in which we find ourselves.
Barrett also emphasized Giuliani's continuing ignorance of technological systems involved in the fight against terrorism. As late as April 2004, when he testified before the commission, Giuliani admitted that he didn't know much about a New York Police Department system called ComStat -- which he's now saying he'd like to see extended nationwide. He was also unable to answer questions about the malfunctioning radios which caused many deaths among firefighters or about a repeater installed in the World Trade Center after the 1993 bombing to amplify radio communications.
"He still wasn't studying the response issues," Barrett said.
He didn't give a crap, until it was clear that he had managed to cover up enough to be able too run for president in 2008.
Poor Rudy G. What he apparently didn't count on is that we would keep our mouths shut about what we know and are still uncovering until the GOP selects him as their standard bearer.
My God, is he in for a surprise.
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