White House Hid Key Information from 9/11 Commission

The wave of bad news for the White House and Republicans appears to have no end in sight. An article by Philip Shenon in tomorrow's issue of The New York Times indicates that the Bush administration hid information of a July 2001 meeting on the imminent terrorist threat between George Tenet and Condoleezza Rice from the 9/11 Commission.

Members of the Sept. 11 commission said today that they were alarmed that they were told nothing about a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, about an imminent Al Qaeda attack and failed to persuade her to take action.

Details of the previously undisclosed meeting on July 10, 2001, two months before the Sept. 11 terror attacks, were first reported last week in a new book by the journalist Bob Woodward.

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The book says that Mr. Tenet hurriedly organized the meeting -- calling ahead from his car as it traveled to the White House -- because he wanted to "shake Rice" into persuading the president to respond to dire intelligence warnings that summer about a terrorist strike. Mr. Woodward writes that Mr. Tenet left the meeting frustrated because "they were not getting through to Rice."

The disclosures took members of the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission by surprise last week. Some questioned whether information about the July 10 meeting was intentionally withheld from the panel. [emhpasis added]

Should this report prove true -- and even Philip Zelikow, now a top aide to Rice who previously served as executive director of the 9/11 commission, conceded that it was "entirely plausible" that such a meeting occurred and that it wasn't reported to any commissioners or commission staff -- a whole new round of questions about the administration's dereliction of duty during the summer of 2001 might and should emerge. At a time when the Bush White House has tried desperately to brandish its perceived strength on national security issues, a prolonged debate over whether they hid damning evidence of their failure to act when a the terrorist threat was known to be imminent will only serve to move Americans' attention away from their attacks on the Democrats' record, thus eviscerating the efficacy of their harsh rhetoric.

Tags: 9/11, 9/11 Commission, George W. Bush (all tags)

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Um isn't this illegal?

Wern't they under oath when they where testifiying?

by Liberal 2006-10-01 03:03PM | 0 recs
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I think the right wing is now very sorry they got ABC to show "Path to 9/11". Prior to that film, there seemed to be a Gentlemans Agreement to not assign blame. But they blew it. Now talking about those 8 months where the boy king went on vacation is fair game.
by prius04 2006-10-01 05:26PM | 0 recs
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Who will hold the Bush Regime accountable? DCDemocrats?

Yeah.Right.

by Sitkah 2006-10-01 05:50PM | 0 recs
This should be the focus

Other than picking up the House seat, I almost wish the Foley scandal never happened. Or happened three weeks from now. The Woodward book is 50 times more significant with national implication in terms of November yet we're burying it with "oh by the way" diaries here and there. Meanwhile, you get flooded with Foley threads and diaries on every site to the point I'm shaking my head in disbelief.

I'm a handicapper and I'll state flat out we are overplaying the Foley story. I'm amazed that isn't obvious. It has many of the same characteristics of the culture of corruption angle, the one I thought we figured out was idiotic unless it applies to a specific target. Similarly, there is no way the voters are going to conclude the GOP as a whole is a group of pedophiles or pedophile-concealers. Even if we think it attaches to someone else by way of coverup the voters are not going to accept that or put as much emphasis on it as we believe. Foley was the wrongdoer and he's gone. That's how the voters will view that story. If we want to believe otherwise our analytical ability is even more inept than I've always asserted.

I hope and trust the networks are superior handicappers to progressive blogs. And that we get a flood of Bob Woodward this week. This is huge news, hiding vital info from the 9/11 commission. Remember, Condi Rice was scheduled to give a major speech on 9/11 in which Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were not in the prepared text. Now here we've got evidence the head of the CIA was trying to '"shake Rice" into persuading the president to respond to dire intelligence warnings that summer about a terrorist strike." That is devastating, two months before the attack, and the entire book puts the GOP on the defensive throughout the rest of this election cycle if we play it correctly.

by jagakid 2006-10-01 06:13PM | 0 recs
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A Democratic-controlled Congress is going to have to work 300+ days a year to do the work of the country plus investigate all this crap.

It'll be quite a change for the GOP.  And for the Capitol Hill press corps.

by Bear83 2006-10-01 07:50PM | 0 recs
by estebban 2006-12-22 04:02AM | 0 recs

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