August 6, 2001: Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. Everyone knows it by now. This was the CIA’s Presidential daily brief given to George W Bush on that day, detailing how Al Qaeda was set on carrying out a major terrorist attack on the U.S. For years, experts and historians have talked about how it was possible for Bush to miss this one coming. Now it seems we have our answer.
This was not a bungling of the job. The Bush administration KNEW that Al Qaeda was going to hit us, and they made a conscious choice to let it happen so that there was no paper trail. They had been warned.
Cofer Black, who was chief of the CIA’s counterterrorism center said, “It was very evident we were going to be stuck. We were gonna be struck hard and lots of Americans were going to die.”
George Tenet, Cofer’s boss and former CIA chief said that for months the signs were everywhere. Terrorists were disappearing into hiding, camps were closing, all as if in preparation for an attack. Threat reports and intelligence kept coming in, in increasing severity and urgency. All of this was given directly to the Bush administration month after month, but they made a conscious choice to ignore it. They didn’t try to stop it AT ALL.
Tenet had previously pitched a plan in the spring of 2001, called “the Blue Sky paper” to Bush’s national security team. It called for a CIA and military campaign to end the Al Qaeda threat by invading Afghanistan in a paramilitary operation. Tenet says that the word back from the Bush administration and Condoleeza Rice was “We’re not quite ready to consider this. We don’t want the clock to start ticking.
Translated, this means they did not want a paper trail to show they had been warned. It isn’t completely known why they had such aversions to there being irrefutable evidence of being warned. Possibly it was so they could justify the Iraq war after 911. Bush had Iraq in his sights before the first election was stolen and handed to him (Al Gore won). Maybe it was because they knew if they tried and failed, and 911 still happened, it would ensure a 1 term Bush presidency.
Tenet went on to describe the discussion with Condoleeza Rice and her team because George W. Bush was on a trip to Boston at the time.
The attacks will be spectacular. They may be multiple. Al Qaeda’s intention is the destruction of the United States.
Rice said “What do you think we need to do?’ Black responded by slamming his fist on the table, and saying, ‘We need to go on a wartime footing now!’
Condoleeza Rice remarkably wrote in her memoir: “My recollection of the meeting is not very crisp because we were discussing the threat every day. I thought we were doing what needed to be done”.
She thought, and apparently by extension, the Bush administration also thought they were doing what needed to be done which was absolutely nothing.
The surreal nature of the multiple, comprehensive, and constant warnings about the 9/11 attacks coming was only eclipsed by the completely astonishing choice, not mistake by the Bush administration to literally allow this to happen to America. There is no other way to possibly interpret it. God himself couldn’t have warned George W. Bush about the terrorist attacks coming, and he literally did not do a thing to stop it. This isn’t a mistake. It isn’t bad judgement. It isn’t even that he forgot about it. He chose to let it happen. Point blank. If that is not High Treason by aiding America’s enemies, I don’t know what is.
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