According to McClatchy, the 9/11 Commission saw Condi's briefing, but it wasn't
in the report. Roger Cressey, on Keith's “Countdown”, said the Commission
simply “missed it”.
Richard Clarke was at the July 10, 2001 meeting.
It's confirmed now. Condi was warned. She ignored it.
Some people just have an instinct about danger, military matters and a need
to pull the trigger. Some don't. Condi doesn't, yet she was our national security
adviser, now secretary of state. Few people have been less qualified for such
exalted situations. Blood is on her hands, though that blood is splattered across
the Bush administration, with most of it resting on Bush himself.
The independent Sept. 11, 2001, commission was given the same “scary”
briefing about an imminent al Qaida attack on a U.S. target that was presented
to the White House two months before the attacks, but failed to disclose the
warning in its 428-page report.
Former CIA Director George Tenet presented the briefing to commission member
Richard Ben Veniste and executive director Philip Zelikow in secret testimony
at CIA headquarters on Jan. 28, 2004, said three former senior agency officials.
Tenet raised the matter himself, displayed slides from a Power Point presentation
that he and other officials had given to then-national security adviser Condoleezza
Rice on July 10, 2001, and offered to testify on the matter in public if the
commission asked him to, they said.
In the briefing, Tenet warned “in very strong terms” that intelligence
from a variety of sources indicated that Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization
was planning an attack on a U.S. target in the near future, but didn't provide
specifics about the exact timing or nature of a possible attack, or about
whether it would take place in the United States or overseas, said the former
senior intelligence officials, all of whom requested anonymity because Tenet’s
presentation was classified. .. … …
Richard Clarke, who was the National Security Council's top counter-terrorism
advisor, confirmed the former senior intelligence officials’ account.
Clarke was present when Tenet briefed Rice, along with deputy national security
adviser Steven Hadley, CIA counter-terrorism chief Cofer Black and another
CIA officer whose identity remains protected. …