Tag: PDB

Spymasters Warned the White House

“Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” The CIA’s famous Presidential Daily Brief, presented to George W. Bush on August 6, 2001, has always been Exhibit A in the case that his administration shrugged...

Rehearsing 9/11: How Training Exercises Foretold the Attacks of September 11

The idea of such an attack was well known had been wargamed as a possibility in exercises before September 11. —Professor John Arquilla of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California In the aftermath of the...

Impeachment (Including 9/11 crimes) being introduced in Congress Right Now!

Breaking: STILL on CSpan 1 (watch now at http://www.c-span.org/watch/cs_cspan_rm.asp?Cat=TV&Code=CS) ... 11:53pm CST--Live poll now at MSNBC: "Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment?" I'll blog live as fast as my fingers can type ... 10:30CST-- Impeachment Article #33: He's talking about 9/11! "Failure to prevent... personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, together with the Vice President, failed in his Constitutional duties to take proper steps to protect the nation prior to Sept 11, 2001..." Talking specifics here, referring to Clarke's DAILY briefing warnings still couldn't Bush to convene get cabinet level meeting. Tenet met with President 40 times yet he still convened no meetings... Ouch... "President spent August on vacation" in spite of famous 'Bin Laden determined to strike...' PDB. "...President has acted in a manner ... subversive of constitutional government, causing manifest injury to the people of the US, wherefore President Bush is guilty, by such conduct, of an impeachable offense, warranting removal from office." (Oh yeah...!) Article #34: Together with Vice President Cheney, Bush is guilty of OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE because they obstructed investigations into the attacks on the TC and Pentagon on Sept 11, 2001. Took strong steps to thwart any and all attempts... Article #35: Endangering health of first responders--recklessly endangered the health of first responders and residents at location of the former World Trade Center in NYC. Referring to damning EPA report from August, showing air was NOT "safe to breathe" in spite of assurances to the contrary. White House "convinced" EPA to add reassuring statements and to delete cautionary ones from press releases/statements issued immediately after 9/11 and in weeks following ... White House role in EPA public communications re. WTC conditions described in 9/12/01 email from Assistant Director of EPA to senior officials stating, "All statements to media should be cleared through the National Security Council before they are released." Giving statistics about how bad is the health of cleanup workers and residents because of the actions of Bush! approx 10:50 CST -- Explanation (some of which I missed): Rule 9, Resolution from floor as question of privileges of the house has immediate precedence only within a time designated by the chair (within two days?)... (note: for more info on privileged resolutions, see http://www.impeachbush.tv/impeach/privilege.html) form of Resolution will appear in the Record at this point. Chair will not determine whether it constitutions Resolution of Privilege. Kucinich: Requests unaninimous consent that following today's business, the following members address house for 5 minutes to discuss this issue and add remarks: Cummings (MD), Wolsey (CA), Defazio (OR), Captor (OH). Ordered. House adjourned until tomorrow morning. * * * * * * We will post much more tomorrow, from other sources. But for tonight, this is happy news! Clip: "Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, one of the groups pushing for impeachment congratulated Kucinich on his "historic leadership." "We've waited seven years to find one Member of Congress brave enough to stand up for our Constitution, for which generations of Americans have fought and died," Fertik said. "We are thrilled and honored that Dennis Kucinich has chosen to be that one genuine patriot."

Tenet-Bush Pre-9/11 ‘Small-Talk’

Consortium News' Robert Parry discusses some of the new 9/11 revelations in George Tenet's memoir, "At the Center of the Storm". We learn that Tenet went to Crawford, TX in late August 2001 and interrupted W's vacation because of the confidence he had in the intelligence pointing to an imminent terrorist attack. The president was apparently unmoved. This was Tenet's first visit to the ranch, and he reports that his conversation with the president descended into Tenet's "trying to make small talk about the flora and the fauna, none of which were native to Queens." This meeting took place about two weeks before Andrew Card whispers into Bush's ear at Booker Elementary School, and that strange look of recognition dawned on the president's face.

A Half-Dozen 9/11 Questions They Don’t Want You to Ask

The body of this Counterpunch.org article is quite good, and its appearance may portend a subtle but significant shift at a web site with very good leftish commentary but one that's been largely unreceptive to consideration of foreknowledge/complicity arguments.

I simply read past Werther's mild jab at the "cottage industry of amateur speculation" on 9/11. He seems to be referring specifically to 'physical evidence' arguments, and it has to be admitted than many of them are amateurish. His attitude seems sympathetic, if superior.

The superiority does rankle a bit, though. Here's a fellow with what may be charitably called an 'inflated view of himself'. It takes a large amount of self-regard to arrive so late to a party and talk like you're the guest of honor.

The leading lights of the 9/11 truth movement have made most of these arguments (and more probing ones) many times before. Contrary to Werther's claim, it's not that "we now know" enough to say the 9/11 Commission report was a cover-up. Please. It's been 'now' for a long time now. (Anyone who read the staff statements along the way could see which way the wind was blowing.)

Here's hoping that we see some more articles at Counterpunch.org on the "basic higher-order political factors surrounding 9/11", as well as the basic higher-order sociopolitical factors in the failure of the corporate press to both 1) identify the Commission Report as a cover-up, and 2) do its own independent investigation of 9/11.
Bryan Sacks, Ed.