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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:34 PM
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20 Questions for Condi
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 02:36 PM by WilliamPitt
1. On September 11, 2001, you were slated to deliver a speech describing national missile defense as the cornerstone of American foreign policy. No mention of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda or fundamentalist Islamic terrorism appeared in the text of the speech, which you never delivered because of the attacks in New York and Washington. The White House is refusing now to release the text of that speech to the 9/11 Commission. Why?

2. That speech appears to verify claims made by former Counter-Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke that terrorism was not on the Bush administration's list of priorities before the 9/11 attacks. Why was the Bush administration so interested in national missile defense during the 'Summer of Threat' in 2001, when alarm bells about an impending attack were sounding everywhere?

3. The Hart-Rudman Report, prepared during the Clinton administration and delivered to the new Bush administration, carried many prescient warnings about the threat of Osama bin laden and al Qaeda terrorism. That report was completely disregarded by the Bush administration. Why?

4. You and others within the administration have claimed that al Qaeda terrorism was an "urgent" priority within the White House. If so, how do you justify the demotion of Richard Clarke, who was the ranking expert in the White House on that specific threat?

5. You and others within the administration have claimed that al Qaeda terrorism was an "urgent" priority within the White House. On May 8, 2001, the White House announced that Vice President Dick Cheney would chair a task force to investigate the possibility of a terrorist attack on American soil. If terrorism was an "urgent" priority for the Bush administration, why did this Cheney terrorism task force not convene a single time for a meeting after it was created?

6. You and others within the administration have claimed that al Qaeda terrorism was an "urgent" priority within the White House. Outgoing National Security Advisor Sandy Berger warned you that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda would be the most important issue your administration would be dealing with, and he left you a massive file on the subject. By your own admission, that file went unread until September 11, 2001. Why?

7. You and others within the administration have claimed that al Qaeda terrorism was an "urgent" priority within the White House. If that is the case, why did George W. Bush tell author Bob Woodward in his book, 'Bush at War,' that he felt no sense of urgency about the terror threat? Did the "urgency" you have described somehow not translate into the Oval Office where command decisions are supposed to be made?

8. On May 17th, 2002, you said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile - a hijacked airplane as a missile." Abdul Hakim Murad, one of the bombers in the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, described while under interrogation in 1995 a plot to use airplanes as missiles against the White House, the CIA, and other prominent American targets. Were you not aware of this?

9. Ramzi Yousef, one of the masterminds behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, confirmed the testimony of Abdul Hakim Murad by describing in 1997 plots to use commercial airplanes as missiles. FBI agents who testified in the trial of Yousef further corroborated these statements. Were you not aware of this?

10. In 1993, the same year as the first World Trade Center attack, a $150,000 study was undertaken by the Pentagon to investigate the possibility of airplanes being used as bombs. A draft document of this was circulated throughout the Pentagon, the Justice Department, and to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Were you not aware of this?

11. The 1993 Pentagon report was followed up in September 1999 by a report titled 'The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism.' This report was prepared for the American intelligence community by the Federal Research Division, an adjunct of the Library of Congress. The report stated, "Suicide bombers belonging to Al Qaida's martyrdom battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the CIA, or the White House." Were you not aware of this?

12. In 1994, a disgruntled Federal Express employee invaded the cockpit of a DC10 with the intention of crashing it into a company building. Were you not aware of this?

13. Again in 1994, a pilot intentionally crashed a small airplane into a tree on the White House grounds, narrowly missing the building itself. He clearly intended to smash the plane into the building. Were you not aware of this?

14. Also in 1994, an Air France flight was hijacked by members of a terrorist organization called the Armed Islamic Group, who intended to crash the plane into the Eiffel Tower. Were you not aware of this?

15. Given the testimony of Murad in 1995, the testimony of Yousef in 1997, The FBI agents who were witnesses in the trial of Yousef in 1997, the Pentagon report detailing the airplane-bomb threat in 1993, the 1999 report from the Federal Research Division which described the airplane-bomb threat and named al Qaeda specifically, the attempt by the Federal Express employee to use an airplane as a bomb, the airplane attack on the White House, and the attempt by the Armed Islamic Group to use an airplane as a bomb against the Eiffel Tower, do you find it at all inconsistent to claim that no one could have predicted the use of an airplane as a terror weapon? Isnt it more likely that you and the administration were the ones who could never imagine the use of airplanes as weapons, because you were not treating the threat as a priority and were therefore not privy to all the data regarding the threat that was readily available?

16. There is someone in this hearing room right now named Sibel Edmonds. Ms. Edmonds was hired by the FBI as a translator nine days after the terrorist attacks. She has already testified privately before this panel. In her testimony, she stated that she personally saw documentary evidence which proves you were wrong when you claimed there was no advance warning of air attacks on U.S. soil. Ms. Edmonds saw intelligence documents that pointed to the use of aircraft against skyscrapers and other important buildings in New York, Washington and five other cities. In an interview Ms. Edmonds gave to the Toronto Star on April 5 2004, she said, "There was specific information on the use of airplanes. There were people issuing orders and information on people already in place in this country months before Sept. 11. But she (Rice) is saying `we' did not know, including herself, her advisers and the FBI. That statement is not accurate. It's a lie and a lie is a lie." How do you respond to these statements from Ms. Edmonds? Remember, she is sitting right behind you.

17. Ambassador Joseph Wilson was sent to Niger in February 2002 to investigate the allegation that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger for use in a nuclear weapons program. He returned and directly informed your deputy, Stephen Hadley, that the allegation had no merit. Despite this, George W. Bush used the Niger uranium allegation in his 2003 State of the Union speech to justify the looming Iraq invasion. How is it possible that this bogus allegation made it into that speech after your own deputy was informed the charge was false?

18. Ambassador Joseph Wilson in July 2003 revealed on the editorial pages of the New York Times that he had made that trip to Niger, that he found nothing there to support the uranium allegations, and that Bush should not have used the allegation in his speech. Several days later, Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was 'outed' as an undercover CIA agent by White House officials, who used proxies in the media to destroy her career. There is currently a federal investigation into this matter. Do you have any information regarding which White House officials did this to Plame that could help the investigators? Please remember that you are under oath.

19. According to American Central Command, 639 American soldiers have died in Iraq. More than 18,000 American soldiers have been evacuated for medical reasons. Over 10,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed. The cost of the war is somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 billion, but the figure is hard to pin down because the White House has consistently refused to provide budget data on the amount of money we have spent there. To date, there have been no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq, and no connections between al Qaeda terrorism and Saddam Hussein have been established. As National Security Advisor, can you explain how all this death, all this money, and the total lack of any evidence of a threat to America posed by Iraq fits into the defense of our national security?

20. Finally, Dr. Rice, one last question. This panel was convened to determine why the 9/11 attacks happened, and to work towards ensuring that no such horror ever visits our nation again. As National Security Advisor, you held a vitally important position on the day of the attacks, and stand now as one of the people America depends on to help us keep such a thing from happening again. Yet you and the administration tried to thwart our request to interview you in this public forum. Few activities within American government are more important than that which we are undertaking here, but you refused to help us until public and political pressure made it impossible for you to do otherwise. How can you justify this behavior?
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:39 PM
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1. Great list
To the "were you not aware of this?" section, I'd add:

14a. The pilot episode of the short-lived Fox TV series, "The Lone Gunmen," featured a plot to crash a jetliner into the World Trade Center. If Chris Carter, et. al., were able to imagine someone taking an airplane and smashing it into the World Trade Center, why weren't you? Were you not aware of this?
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:40 PM
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2. Yer hired!
Now go kick out Gov. Thompson and take his place!
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:51 PM
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3. This is brilliant...quite comprehensive! Have you sent it to the
commission? These are just the kinds of questions they should be asking her.
I was not aware that Sibel Edmonds had already given testimony before the commission; is she really going to be present tomorrow during Rice's testimony?

And could the commission really ask about the outing of Valerie Plame? Or would that be outside the scope of the commission, although due to the lie about the uranium and all, there is certainly a tie-in.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:54 PM
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5. Plame ---> uranium ---> Iraq justification ---> 9/11 reaction
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:56 PM
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6. So I read
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename...

Ex-FBI worker challenges 9/11 `lie'
Claims U.S. had warnings of airplane attacks

White House adviser's statements `not accurate'

TIM HARPER
WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTONWhen Condoleezza Rice takes her seat before the independent 9/11 commission here Thursday her assignment will be nothing short of halting the most serious assault yet on the credibility of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Sitting in the hearing room as Rice testifies will be a 33-year-old former FBI translator who may yet hold the key to the question now engulfing this nation did an indifferent Bush administration ignore specific warnings that Al Qaeda was about to launch horrific attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001?

While allegations brought by former counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke have swung the tide against the Bush White House in recent weeks, Sibel Edmonds delivered her own broadside against her government in private, during more than three hours of testimony to investigators for the 9/11 panel on Feb. 11.

...more...
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maggrwaggr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:53 PM
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4. Great! Just sent to the commission via e-mail
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phoebe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:02 PM
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7. 21 questions..I would like to know if Ms. Rice was aware that Marvin Bush
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 03:05 PM by phoebe
was a principal of the security firm, Securacom, in charge of security for the Twin Towers, Dulles Airport and United Airlines? With the forewarnings that a plane was likely to be used to attack a significant target in the US, what directives or memos were distributed to security firms and airline companies prior to the "attack" and what, if any, extra measures were ordered/advised to be taken by such companies to try to prevent such a scenario from occurring?

Of course, the obvious answer is, why would she NOT have known that Marvin Bush was involved with the security firm? She is the National Security Advisor; she has a history with the Bush family and she is one of Bush's most trusted advisors.

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/911security.html
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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:03 PM
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8. Is this going up on truthout tonight?
Just wanta know if I should wait and link to it there. :)

Darn shame the actual commission won't ask anything half so embarassing.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:07 PM
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10. Yes, tonight
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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:08 PM
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11. Excellent
You get a cookie. (Actually several...they're on their way.) :-)
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Jack from Charlotte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:04 PM
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9. I'm guessing Rice meets her "Uncle Ben" tomorrow..............
Uncle Richard Ben-Venista, that is. Just a guess, here..... Uncle Ben will ask several questions from that list.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:09 PM
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12. If the commission comes even close to this list..
* and co. are through. Unfortunately, I'm afraid she may get the softball questions:
Q. Why did the president sit on his fat duff for 25 minutes after WTC attacks?
A. He didn't want to scare the children.
Q. If he was a target of the attacks, why would he risk all of the children's lives by staying there.
A. He thought if he closed his eyes REAL tight, nobody would see him.
Q. Why would a president make up excuses to invade a country that was not a threat and had not provoked the US?
A. To liberate the Iraqi people.
Q. What the Hell is Dick Cheney building under his house?
A. Neverland East.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:00 PM
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18. "Neverland East."
:)
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:19 PM
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13. And now 20 Questions From the Republicans
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 03:19 PM by dave29
1) Dr. Rice, much hay has been raised about this whole "terrorism" thing and who "knew what" at "what point in time". My question to you is this, and I might remind you - you are under oath: We desperately need a national missile defense system, which you have been fighting for since before 9/11. What can we do to speed up that process?

2) Dr. Rice, as the level of violence in Iraq escalates, signaling our imminent victory - some people are still complaining about the lack of a Weapons of Mass Destruction finding. The entire administration at one point or another signaled we would find them, and one of the minor rationales for the war was that Iraq posed an imminent threat to our homeland. Can you explain to me, and I might remind you, once again, you are under oath: What will it take for America to wake up and realize how vital it is to open up ANWR for drilling?

3) Dr. Rice, you have been quoted as saying you had no idea planes could be used as missiles, however this is something that was widely known to those studying the terror threat. Given that you are the one responsible for making sure we are safe from terror, is it not your vital role here today, under oath, to explain to people once again that if planes can be referred to as "missiles", it is now more vital than ever that we develop a missile defense shield?

4) Dr. Rice, what is your favorite color on the Homeland Security Threat Level chart? Personally I like Orange. Reminds me of Orange Juice. And you are under oath.

5) Dr. Rice on September 11th the President showed great courage, don't you agree? Regardless, 3,000 people were needlessly murdered despite your heroic efforts at cleaning up the mess and vandalism left by a previous administration. Can you tell us now, having sworn to holy God, how this is all Bill Clinton's fault? Take your time.

And so on
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Miss Authoritiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:33 PM
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14. Dead-on balls accurate.
It's an industry term.
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ElementaryPenguin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:01 PM
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15. Excellent, Will! Only wish you were on the panel!
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 04:07 PM by ElementaryPenguin
And what about the threat just weeks before in Europe - that Hatfield refered to in his last piece - to Chimpy and other leaders at the G-8 summit - fearing an Al Qaeda attack with planes - they were considering meeting in a ship offshore, remember that?

http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/Hatfield-R...
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:07 PM
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16. Ouch!
pity no one on the commission has enough balls to ask these questions.

terrific list. I'd love to hear these answered.
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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:28 PM
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17. kickety
:kick:
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ElementaryPenguin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:02 PM
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19. Will - you can send this to Kucinich, and probably Kerry - can you somehow
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 07:02 PM by ElementaryPenguin
get it to someone linked to the commission? (Or can only the White House get questions in to them?)
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newsguyatl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:08 PM
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20. excellent
i sure wish members of the commission could see the list.
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:19 PM
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21. We could all email Mr. Pitts' questions to info@9-11commission.gov
Of course there's no saying what will happen to the email and who will really see it, but if they get a whole bunch of email indicating there is a great public awareness of these issues, it might help in sending them a message that they are being watched and there's a whole lot of people around ready to jump on and dissect their end report for signs of a whitewash.
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:24 PM
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22. RE: #8
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 07:28 PM by laylah
I remember hearing that in fact there was disaster training for such an occasion being presented at the Pentagon (?) simultaneously with the WTC hits? Was I hearing things?

Jenn

Edited 'cuz I am redundant :silly:
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Vadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:44 PM
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23. Another question for the Commission: Why did Jeb Bush,
call for martial law in the State of Florida on September 7, 2001?



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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 02:39 AM
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24. .
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 02:42 AM
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25. LINK FOR FINAL
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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 03:58 AM
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26. kick
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Michael Harrington Donating Member (304 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 05:48 AM
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27. If someone asks her
How she stands to look at herself in the mirror, an honest answer could probably eat up all three hours.
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