Friday, September 29, 2006

We'll Get Back To You On That

Osama who? NYDaily News (09.29.06), via ThinkProgress:
"The CIA'S top counterterrorism officials felt they could have killed Osama Bin Laden in the months before 9/11, but got the 'brushoff' when they went to the Bush White House seeking the money and authorization. CIA Director George Tenet and his counterterrorism head Cofer Black sought an urgent meeting with then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice on July 10, 2001, writes Bob Woodward in his new book 'State of Denial.'" Chance at Osama pre 9/11, sez book
"They went over top-secret intelligence pointing to an impending attack and 'sounded the loudest warning' to the White House of a likely attack on the U.S. by Bin Laden." "Woodward writes that Rice was polite, but, 'They felt the brushoff.'" "The book claims that two weeks before the July meeting with Rice, Tenet told Richard Clarke, the National Security Council's counterterrorism director, of his gut feeling about a likely attack. "'It's my sixth sense, but I feel it coming. This is going to be the big one,' the book quotes Tenet as telling Clarke." "Tenet also claims that his alarm over Bin Laden was downplayed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who asked, 'Could all this be a grand deception?'"

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