Early on in George W. Bush's interview about 9/11 which aired on the National Geographic channel last night, he states, "I went from a president that was primarily focused on domestic issues to a wartime president — something that I never anticipated, nor something I ever wanted to be."
As Madison Ruppert of Activist Post notes in his article "News Corp. owned National Geographic’s 9/11 documentary more interested in feelings than facts, "This is an outright lie and the fact that they are still peddling this thoroughly debunked deceit is nothing short of offensive."
Ruppert points to an MSNBC News report from May 16, 2002 entitled "U.S. sought attack on al-Qaida - White House given plan days before Sept. 11," in which it's written:
President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News.And as the Seattle Post reported on January 12, 2004:
The document, a formal National Security Presidential Directive, amounted to a “game plan to remove al-Qaida from the face of the earth,” one of the sources told NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski.
The plan dealt with all aspects of a war against al-Qaida, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to military operations in Afghanistan, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that he was mapping preparations to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as soon as he took office.Ruppert continues:
Bush's comments came in response to former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's contention in a new book that the chief executive was gunning for Saddam nine months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and two years before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
The documentary also continues to push the blatant lie that George W. Bush and his cronies in Washington were not aware of the possibility of the attack.David Edwards of RawStory reports:
This, like the outright lie that Bush was not seeking to go to war, has been thoroughly debunked as well, even by the mainstream media!
In an interview that aired Sunday night, President Bush told National Geographic Channel’s Peter Schnall that after 9/11, he didn’t want to blame intelligence agencies for failing to predict the attacks.Pat Curley of the Screw Loose Change blog has written of the Aug. 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief before, "Note in particular that the two paragraphs which do not appear historical in nature are also not very accurate in predicting 9-11; federal buildings in New York were not attacked and the attacks were not done with explosives."
“At some point in time in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, I thought about why didn’t we know this?” Bush recalled.
“I knew we needed to figure out what went wrong to prevent other attacks but I didn’t want start the finger pointing and say to our intelligence communities, ‘You fouled up. You should have caught this. Why didn’t you know?’”
On Aug. 6, 2001 — more than a month before the attacks — Bush received a presidential daily briefing entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”
“Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US,” the briefing said. “Bin Laden implied in U.S. television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and ‘bring the fighting to America.’”
“FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.”
The day after receiving the report while vacationing on his ranch, “Bush seemed carefree as he spoke about the books he was reading, the work he was doing on his nearby ranch, his love of hot-weather jogging, his golf game and his 55th birthday,” according to The Washington Post.
One commenter by the name of Brian Good on Pat's blog thanked him for his candor, "Thanks, Pat, for confirming that the 'Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US' memo actually did warn of new attacks, though Condi claimed under oath in the presence of the 9/11 widows that it did not."
Condi's bio on Wikipedia also contains this tidbit:
Rice characterized the August 6, 2001 President's Daily Brief Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US as historical information. Rice indicated "It was information based on old reporting." Sean Wilentz of Salon magazine suggested that the PDB contained current information based on continuing investigations, including that Bin Laden wanted to "bring the fighting to America."Yes, there was a section that mentions "bin Laden supporters in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives," and no, "the attacks were not done with explosives," meaning of course that it wasn't a bombing attack akin to the 1993 WTC bombing, but the memo also mentioned "suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks..." It then mentions that this included "recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York," to which Pat points out that the Towers were not federal buildings, but the "recent surveillance" would be in addition to the "most attractive terrorist target" at the WTC as detailed by several reports dating back to the 1980s.
Bottom line is, bin Laden, NYC, and hijackings are mentioned. And as OilEmpire.us points out:
In 1995, the US stopped plans for "Project Bojinka," a planned terror attack on commercial airliners (12 planes were to be hijacked simultaneously, and the plotters also envisioned driving a jet into CIA headquarters in Virginia). Bojinka was thwarted when a group of Islamic terrorists were apprehended in the Philippines. This proves that the Cheney administration lied after 9/11 when they claimed they didn't forsee the possibility of hijacked planes being used as weapons.Blog contributor James Dorman notes:
I just watched the NG Bush interview. Truly pathetic. If watched carefully, even though both towers were hit with planes-no shoot down order---the pentagon gets hit-and he pretends to give a shoot down order before flight 93 went down--he didn't.page 6
“Fleischer’s 10:20 note is the first mention of shootdown authority." – 9-11 Commission
“At 10:10, the pilots over Washington were emphatically told “negative clearance to shoot.” Shootdown authority was first communicated to NEADS at 10:31.”
And why wasn't one given before the pentagon was hit? He also does what he and condi rice do in every interview---downplay that he was told it was a commercial airliner that hit the wtc --told that before he went into the classroom.
Released notes from 9-11 commission.....
First plane hits; Rice calls POTUS - tells him at end of convo that it's a commercial plane. ---page 1
Called POTUS after first hit; said at first it's a twin engine and then a few minutes later said no, it's a commercial plane (so POTUS knew when he hung up it was a commercial plane??) page 4
Call to POTUS after WTC 1 hit: in the first interview w/Woodward (10/24/01) she mentions that at the end of this call "Tony" said they think it's a commercial plane, and she passes this along to POTUS. This description drops off in subsequent interviews.
"He said a commercial plane has hit the World Trade Center, and we're going to go ahead and go on, we're going on to do the reading thing anyway," Tose'-Rigell recalls.
They always do these things in every interview. Also he was not upset at all about this giant massive "intelligence failure". Rumsfeld never ever talks about what he was doing between 9:00 and 9:38 when the pentagon was hit.
Rumsfeld and Bush both deserted their posts on 9-11 and left Cheney in charge. The VP has no authority and is not in the military chain of command, and exercise after exercise made all the Generals fully aware of that.
“Prior to 9/11, it was understood that an order to shoot down a commercial aircraft would have to be issued by the National Command Authority (a phrase used to describe the president and secretary of defense).” - 911 commission
Only the President and Sec Def Rumsfeld has this authority. The VP only assumes the responsibilities of the President when the Pres is dead or incapacitated. Pres Bush was in excellent health and had access to phones as well as Cheney and in fact had better communications even after he got on board Air Force one.
"The generals understood that. In an earlier exercise, one that postulated a suicide mission involving a jet aimed at Washington, they had said shooting it down would require an "executive" order. The defense secretary's authority, General Arnold told the Commission, was necessary to shoot down even a "derelict balloon." Only the President, he thought, had the authority to shoot down a civilian airliner." Page 136
Now watch as Rumsfeld lies and says he was involved in making the Shoot down order. This shows they are not incompetent on this matter but know it very well, and that's why they lie about it.....
"Goldberg: What about authorization to shoot down United #93? Did that come from the Vice President?
Rumsfeld: Technically, it couldn't, because the Vice President is not in the chain of command. The President and he were talking and the President and I were talking, and the Vice President and I were talking. Clearly he was involved in the process.
Cameron: It was reported that the decision came from the Vice President.
Rumsfeld: He might have recommended that.
Cameron: But the rules of engagement came out of your office.
Rumsfeld: Sure." page 9/13
Rumsfeld: The President and he were talking and the President and I were talking, and the Vice President and I were talking page 9/13
9-11 Commission bust him on this lie......
“The President apparently spoke to Secretary Rumsfeld for the first time that morning shortly after 10:00. No one can recall the content of this conversation, but it was a brief call in which the subject of shootdown authority was NOT discussed.” – 9-11 Commission
Even Rice knows what the procedures are and so she has to lie as well.......
"DR. RICE: The President did give the order to shoot down a civilian plane if it was not responding properly. And it was authority requested through channels by Secretary Rumsfeld"
Lie busted by 9-11 Commission counsel John Farmer:
Secretary Rumsfeld joined the Air Threat Conference Call at 10:30 and was told about the shoot down order by Vice President Cheney, he was clearly unaware of it." page 260
Why are they lying? Because they know that Cheney is not in the Military chain of command, so the shoot down orders can't come from him can they MR Rumsfeld?....
Rumsfeld: Technically, it couldn't, because the Vice President is not in the chain of command. page 9/13
Cheney was covering for Rumsfeld and Bush. And all of them are lying, including Rice. He could be issuing shoot down orders and it wont matter, he's as authorized to command fighters shoot down aircraft as much as the Postmaster General, or Secretary of Agriculture. That's why nothing happened until Bush gave the OK at 10:20. After the attacks were over. Not....“Minutes after terrorists crashed hijacked planes into the World Trade Center"Related Info:
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