Skip to comments.Al Qaeda 'game plan' on Bush's desk Sept. 9- NBC
Posted on 05/16/2002 7:38:12 PM PDT by HAL9000
WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - Only two days before the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, President George W. Bush was given a "detailed war plan" to dismantle Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, NBC News reported on Thursday.
Citing "U.S. and foreign sources," NBC said Bush was given a national security presidential directive to sign that aimed to use means ranging from diplomacy to military power against the network that the United States blames for the Sept. 11 attacks.
NBC said the plan was "pretty much" the same the Bush administration followed after the attacks, and included asking other countries to cooperate and share intelligence, disruption of al Qaeda cells using covert actions and the freezing of al Qaeda bank accounts and stopping its money laundering operations.
While the directive was on Bush's desk on Sept. 9, the NBC report said he did not have a chance to sign it before four passenger planes were hijacked and slammed into U.S. landmarks, killing about 3,000 people.
The NBC report follows insistent questions from lawmakers as to whether the administration missed potential warnings of the attacks.
The White House said on Wednesday that Bush received information in August that bin Laden's group was seeking to hijack U.S. planes. The White House has said it received no specific information that would have revealed the attackers' plans.
Wonder how you intend to "spin" this fact Daschle and Gephardt?
There are people in this world whose sole job is think up ways to do things and how to keep other people from doing them.
So a plan orange was put on the current occupant of the white house's desk, nothing new or unusual about that.
My wife sat next to some athletes coming out to a west coast event. They said, a few of them had missed the flight and would be flying out the next morning. As I understand it, they would have been on one of the planes that went down.
No one has talked to this point, but I believe we were in fact on a heightened state of alert but just didn't catch any of the 19. To investigate this now may be a good idea but I think we will all be better off by not hearing the results. I can trust this administration to do the right thing.
We are all going to die eventually, one day in the future
now that we all know, what are we going to do about it?
Thank God. I've been more or less sick for about two months now, every day.
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