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Good summary of the level of panic among some in the intel community, including Clarke, in the Summer of 2001:

Questions:

  1. Why did Ashcroft stop flying on commercial planes?
  2. If Ashcroft needed to be protected, why wasn't the American public warned?
  3. If Clarke suggested that everyone cancel their vacation plans, why did Bush respond by embarking on the longest vacation in Presidential history?
  4. What did Clarke mean by "here" in the quote "something really spectacular is going to happen here, and it's going to happen soon"? Was he specifically warning of a domestic attack?
  5. Why wasn't the Freeh-Mueller transition delayed until the "Hiroshima"-level attack was averted?
  6. Clearly, Clarke wasn't the only Cassandra. Tenet was "nearly frantic". We are told that GWB met with Tenet daily. Why didn't the President do anything?

All questions we should be asking of the Administration in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Originally posted to sockeye on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 11:36 AM PST.

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  •  Answer to question 3 (none)
    Intelligence said that the attack would be in August, and Bush didn't want to be there when the White House was destroyed.
  •  broken link (none)
    Sorry, link above to the book Wedge is broken. Try this one instead...
  •  Outsourcing (none)
    Fucking intel wasn't worried about this when they recruited OBL to Afganistan in the first place.  

    We should fire their asses and outsource to the French CIA. Buncha paranoids on a riff of Gen. Jack. D. Ripper.  They think they're omniscient but they didn't predict nukes in Cuba, revolution of the Ayatollahs, fall of Berlin wall and about a million other things.

    •  In reality (none)
      They think they're omniscient but they didn't predict nukes in Cuba, revolution of the Ayatollahs, fall of Berlin wall and about a million other things.

      Fact is, they also missed the "fall" of the Soviet Union too.

      The CIA and US intelligence agencies get a lot of flak for their mistakes.  But they're actually quite good at some things.  Those things are using covert operations to further the commercial interests of the United States.

      Every "enemy" of the United States which the CIA et al have helped to smear, propagandize against, libel and overthrow were always those who put the corporate interests of the United States in jeopardy.  The beleaguered nation of Guatemala would be a perfect proof of this.

      They've never really been any good at protecting the safety, security and freedom of the "commoner" in this country.

      Increasing awareness is the path to peace - now on sale!

      by Soj on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:43:28 PM PST

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