Friday, December 19, 2008

Rice: Bush didn't ignore any 9/11 'warning,' because there was no 'when, where, how'

This is absolute b.s.!

They were warned about hijacked planes being used to bomb places like, for example, the G-8 in Genoa in June of 2001. They took that warning, by Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, seriously enough to put Junior on a U.S. ship of the coast of Italy every night during the conference.

They were warned and warned and warned. The White House went deaf! They were warned about the possibility of hijackings. We know how to prevent hijackings. Did they even warn the FAA and airport security? How about simply warning the people to be more alert and telling them what to look for.

The Director of the CIA was running around with his hair on fire saying over and over that we were going to get hit.

The FBI was refusing to allow searches that may have prevented the attacks.

I do not believe that the people who could have stopped it wanted it stopped. After all, the Neocons needed their new Pearl Harbor and they got it. the way, now that the Bushites are on their way out of office and Washington, D.C., it is time for a new and independent commission on 9/11 and the anthrax attacks.

Bush loves to say that there have been no further attacks on U.S. soil, but he seems to forget the anthrax attacks which, like the attack on 9/11, happened on his watch, no matter who did it. It is quite remarkable to me that Bush nor Cheney talk about the anthrax attacks, not ever. Much like what happened to the British weapons inspector, David E. Kelly, a dead guy gets the blame and his colleagues come to his defense. Did Ivins really do the anthrax attacks. We will never really know the answer to that unless there is a truly independent commission to dig deeply into the attacks which led us to this disastrous place,

"Dark actors playing dangerous games," indeed!

12/18/2008 @ 9:00 am

Filed by David Edwards and Muriel Kane

Outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has acknowledged that she was responsible for the security failures that made possible the 9/11 attacks. However, she did so only fleetingly and in a backhanded manner before returning to justifications of her actions.

"I do take responsibility -- but this was a systemic failure," Rice told CNN's Zain Verjee during an exit interview on Wednesday.

Verjee had begun pressing Rice with a question about whether she had ignored warnings of the forthcoming al Qaeda attack.

"This is simply not true," Rice replied, saying that there had been only "a single item that said bin Ladin determined to attack – not when, where, how."

Rice insisted the real cause of the failure was that "we did not have the capacity in our systems to share information between law enforcement, the intelligence agencies, and to be able to act in a very quick and decisive way."

"The worst breach of national security in the history of the United States came under your watch," Verjee persisted.

"Absolutely," Rice agreed.

"Did you ever consider resigning?" asked Verjee. "Taking responsibility?"

"I do take responsibility," Rice finally acknowledged, "but this was a systemic failure. ... We, the administrations before us, had not thought of this as the kind of war against the terrorists that we were going to have to wage."

Verjee later brought up former Secretary of State Colin Powell's recent statement that "frankly, the National Security Council system didn’t function in a way that I thought it should have functioned. We didn’t always vet everything in front of the President."

Rice, who was head of the National Security Council at the time of September 11, insisted, "Any principal who ever wished to say something to the President, I facilitated it within hours – not within days, within hours. And the President sat with his National Security team, and everybody had an opportunity to speak their mind."

A full transcript of the interview is available here.

This video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast Dec. 18, 2008.

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