“At his press conference yesterday, President Bush was asked about charges that he had received warnings prior to the September 11th attacks that a terrorist incident was imminent. He answered that even asking such a question was ‘an absurd insinuation.’1 It was the same sentiment expressed by Bush’s National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who said in May of 2002 that ‘[no one predicted] that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane.’2
The problem for the president and the administration is that the White House has previously admitted that the president had personally received such specific warnings. As ABC News reported in May of 2002, ‘White House officials acknowledge that U.S. intelligence officials informed President Bush weeks before the September 11th attacks that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network might try to hijack American planes.’3 As Condoleezza Rice said at a hastily called press conference to spin these revelations, the President specifically received an ‘analytic report’ on August 6th, 2001 at his Crawford mansion that ‘talked about Osama bin Laden’s methods of operation’ and ‘mentioned hijacking.’4 According to Reuters, that report was congruent with ‘intelligence since 1998 that said followers of bin Laden were planning to strike U.S. targets, hijack U.S. planes.’5.”
And why is the Bush administration continuing to block efforts to find out what they knew?