What really happened today is we learned about “the memo.” You’re going to be hearing a lot about this memo.
“Two and a half years after 9/11, the American public learned today that President Bush received explicit warnings that Osama bin Laden was planning to attack the United States — including activities ‘consistent with preparations for hijacking.’ Yet, there was no domestic follow-up by the Bush administration. No high level meetings. No sense of urgency. No warnings to FBI agents across the country.
- We now know why the Bush administration has been hiding the Aug. 6, 2001, intelligence briefing for the president, called ‘Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.’ All of the 9/11 Commission members — Republicans and Democrats — have asked the Bush administration to declassify this document. There are precedents for releasing presidential daily briefings and the American public deserves to know what President Bush knew and when.”
OK, on August 6, 2001, Bush gets a CIA briefing memo titled ‘Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States’. It says they’re going to hijack airplanes. The next day Bush left on the longest vacation any President had taken and the administration ignores the warning. (Read this one for a real kick – but look at the date first.)
I think this is going to sink in. The title of the memo makes it too easy to see that they just blew it off. And the things they have been saying – that they were never warned, even that the only things in this memo were in obscure footnotes… AND that they have been doing everything in their power to block the public from learning about this memo. Now we know why.
Meanwhile, Bush is on vacation again, while Iraq falls apart. As of the last time I turned on the news (a few hours ago) at least 41 American soldiers dead in combat so far this week.
Today may have been it for Bush.