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Thursday, April 15

Bush Knew?

Bush Knew

"PresidentBush was told more than a month before the attacks of Sept. 11,2001, that supporters of Osama bin Laden planned an attack within the United States with explosives and wanted to hijack airplanes, a government official said Friday." -- ("Bush Was Warned of Possible Attack in U.S., Official Says," The New York Times,April 10, 2004)

"By the time a CIA briefer gave President Bush the Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief headlined 'Bin Laden Determined To Strike inUS,' the president had seen a stream of alarming reports on al Qaeda's intentions. . . In April and May 2001, for example, the intelligence community headlined some of those reports 'Bin Laden planning multiple operations,' 'Bin Laden network's plans advancing' and 'Bin Laden threats are real.'" ("Panel Says Bush Saw Repeated Warnings: Reports Preceded August 2001 Memo," The Washington Post, April 13, 2004)

"U.S. Had a Steady Stream of Pre-9/11 Warnings." -- (PBS, Sept. 18, 2002)

"Even though Bush has refused to make parts of the 9-11 report public, one thing is startlingly clear: The U.S. government had receivedrepeated warnings of impending attacks -- and attacks using planes directed at New York and Washington -- for several years. The government never told us about what it knew was coming." -- James Ridgeway, ("Bush's 9-11 Secrets: The Government Received Warnings of Bin Laden's Plans to Attack New York and D.C.," The Village Voice, July 31, 2003)

"George Bush received specific warnings in the weeks before 11 Septemberthat an attack inside the United States was being planned by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, US government sources said yesterday. In a top-secret intelligence memo headlined 'Bin Laden determined to strike in the US', the President was told on 6 August that the Saudi-born terrorist hoped to 'bring the fight to America'. . ." -- ("Bush Knew of Terrorist Plot to Hijack US Planes," the Guardian, May 19,
2002)

"It seems very probable that those in the White House knew much more than they have admitted, and they are covering up their failure to take action. . . After pulling together the information in the 9/11 Report, it is understandable why Bush is stonewalling. It is not verydifficult to deduce what the president knew, and when he knew it. And the portrait that results is devastating." -- John Dean, ("The 9/11 Report Raises More Serious Questions about the White House StatementsOn Intelligence," Findlaw.com July, 29, 2003)

"President Bush and his top advisers were informed by the CIA early last August that terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden had discussed the possibility of hijacking airplanes." ("Bush was Told of Hijacking Dangers," The Washington Post, May 16, 2002)

"TheWhite House said tonight that President Bush had been warned by American intelligence agencies in early August that Osama bin Laden was seeking to hijack aircraft but that the warnings did not contemplate the possibility that the hijackers would turn the planes into guided missiles for a terrorist attack. (''Bush Was Warned bin Laden Wanted to Hijack Planes," The New York Times, May 15, 2002)

"I saw papers that show US knew al-Qaeda would attack cities with airplanes'" -- FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, ('I saw papers that show US knew al-Qaeda would attack cities with airplanes":Whistleblower the White House wants to silence speaks to Th Independent," The Independent, April 2, 2004)

"The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning."-- CIA Intelligence Report for President Bush, July, 2001 (60 Days Prior to 9/11)

"I spoke with Congressman Ike Skelton who said that just recently the director of the CIA warned that there could be an attack--an imminent attack--on the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected." -- NPR Congressional Correspondent David Welna (NPR's Morning Edition, Sept. 11, 2001)

"Israeli intelligence officials say that they warned their counterparts in the United States last month that large-scale terrorist attacks on highly visible targets on the American mainland were imminent." ("Israeli security issued urgent warning to CIA of large-scale terror attacks," The Telegraph, Sept. 16, 2001)

"Family members of victims of the terror attacks say the White House has smothered every attempt to get to the bottom of the outrageous intelligence failures that took place on its watch." ("Bush's 9/11 Cover-up?" Salon.com, June 18, 2003)

"I really think there's nothing more despicable "| for someone to insinuate that the president of the United States knew there was an attack on our country that was imminent and didn't do anything about it." -- Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (" Bush Was Warned of Hijackings Before 9/11; Lawmakers Want Public Inquiry," ABC News, May 16, 2002)


Thanks to Maureen Farrell

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