Condi's Claim About the Aug. 6 P.D.B.: 'Warning' or 'Historical
Satire by Marc Grobman
I regret to report my failure in attempting to resolve the
controversy over the character of the August 6, 2001 P.D.B.
(President's Daily Briefing) titled, "Bin Laden Determined
to Attack Inside the United States."
Back during 9/11 Commission hearings, national security
adviser Condoleezza Rice insisted the P.D.B. "did not warn
of attacks inside the United States. It was historical information
based on old reporting."
Some people disagreed with Dr. Rice's characterization,
which demonstrated the need for an objective investigation.
So I followed the strategy President Bush employed to determine
the facts behind the 9/11 attacks, and nominated three professionals
of diverse backgrounds to an Independent Commission. To save
time, I confirmed them without holding hearings.
I instructed my Independent Commission to contact law enforcement
experts with localized versions of the Aug. 6 P.D.B. They
were to ask the experts if they thought their messages constituted
threats, or simply passed along historical information. My
three commission members, and their assigned tasks were:
Red [surname withheld]: Red had chaired the governing
collective of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at a
northeastern university in 1967. While he is vague about his
current activities, I thought it would be improper to use
that as a "litmus test" for his Commission membership. I directed
Red to visit the police department of Simi Valley, California,
and to give this message to the officer on duty: "Maria-Emma
[surname withheld] is determined to attack inside the Ronald
W. Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Do you consider
that a warning or simply historical information?"
Maria-Emma [surname withheld]: An admirer of socialist
Emma Goldman, whose first name she adopted, Maria-Emma chairs
the Red Lesbians Brigade. I instructed her to report to the
District of Columbia Police Department, and state, "Kwame
[surname withheld] is determined to attack inside The Heritage
Foundation. Do you consider that a warning or simply historical
Kwame [surname withheld]: A member of the "Black
Kitten" generation, Kwame's parents helped found the Oakland
chapter of the Black Panther Party. Kwame was home-schooled
by his father, who blames the Panthers' demise on what he
calls its "conservative wing." I directed Kwame to go to the
Baltimore Police Department and report, "Red [surname withheld]
is determined to attack former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew.
Do you consider that a warning or simply historical information?"
I never heard from Red and Maria-Emma again. Kwame's email
report explained the reason:
"At the Baltimore P.D., a detective told me that since former
Vice President Agnew had died in 1996, my statement would
be considered 'historical information,' and that I could leave.
He added, 'By the way. Tell your boss not to worry about Red
and Maria-Emma. They're okay.'
"I asked the detective what had happened to your other Independent
Commission members. He said they were vacationing at a resort
south of Miami, in a place that rhymed with 'Geronimo,' and
gave me a wink. He assured me they hadn't been charged with
a crime, and that since they were getting free lodging and
meals, they might decide to stay there for an indeterminate
period of time.
"The detective said if you want to visit them, you just
have to offer to help them. Then, in recognition of your sincere
intent to provide aid and comfort, a government agency he
couldn't name would fly you down to have a long visit with
them and provide you with the same comforts."
With only one of the three members of my Independent Commission
reporting, my findings are inconclusive in establishing whether
the Aug. 6 P.D.B. was a warning or historical information.
I will leave that determination to others.
Marc Grobman is a freelance writer in Fanwood, N.J. who
writes for business and consumer publications. His satire
on making right-wingers angry, "Our
'Too Angry' Image: No Problem, An Opportunity!," recently
appeared in OpEdNews.com and Demsonline. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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