Friday, November 25, 2005

9/11 and errors of commission

James Ridgeway: Errors of Commission: The Hijacking of the Probe Into the 9/11 Hijackers,
Village Voice, August 23, 2005

"At 2:40 [on 9/11, after receiving intelligence implicating al-Qaida in the attacks], the notes report, Rumsfeld was beginning to take aim at the target close to his heart: He wants the 'best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] at same time. Not only UBL [Osama Bin Laden]. Go massive. Sweep it all up. Things related and not.' This was the first indication that Rumsfeld was disregarding specific intelligence clearly linking the attack to Al Qaeda and instead had begun to fantasize about getting Saddam Hussein. Hours later, White House terrorism adviser Richard Clarke went to the White House for meetings that Clarke believed would concern U.S. vulnerabilities, possible future attacks, and what might be done to prevent them. As he writes in one of the most famous passages from his book, Clarke 'instead walked into a series of discussions about Iraq'. ... Every day it looks as if the government's main probe of 9-11 has turned into a political fix."  (8/30)

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