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  • Listen to Lehman (U.S. Dept. of Tranportation's Arab protection plan.)

    04/18/2004 11:35:37 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 171+ views
    National Review ^ | April 15, 2004 | Michael Smerconish
    The press attention is on the wrong commissioners. Richard Ben-Veniste and Bob Kerrey received the lion's share of media attention paid to last week's 9/11 Commission hearing with Condoleezza Rice, thanks to their generally intemperate questioning style. But while Ben-Veniste and Kerrey played to the cameras, it was their colleague, John Lehman, who was breaking new ground with the national-security adviser, but few noticed. Lehman's focus was the transition between the Clinton and Bush administrations. He told Rice that he was "struck by the continuity of the policies rather than the differences," and then he proceeded to ask Rice a...
  • Evaluating the 9/11 Hearings' Winners and Losers [Barf Alert]

    04/18/2004 4:06:46 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 11 replies · 163+ views
    The New York Times | 4/18/04 | Adam Nagourney, Eric Lichtblau
    From Sam Ervin to Earl Warren to Joseph McCarthy, high-powered investigative hearings in Washington have created heroes and villains, made and broken political careers, and rewritten history and biographies in unexpected ways. The Sept. 11 commission's hearings seem certain to take their place in that gallery. In three months, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States will offer its report on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But the verdict is coming in on the players in this drama in a city that thrives on anointing winners and losers, and on spotting the political implications behind even...
  • Condoleezza Rice and the Smoking PDB

    04/16/2004 5:06:49 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 5 replies · 163+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | 4/16/04 | Thomas Patrick Carroll
    Well that was a blow-out, wasn't it? After much media speculation, the famous article from the President's Daily Brief (PDB) of 6 August 2001 was declassified this past Saturday. Many feared (and some hoped) it would show the President had received 'actionable intelligence' about the 9/11 attacks more than a month before they occurred. But just read the PDB. You don't have to be James Bond to see there is no actionable intelligence there at all. Not a shred. This needless declassification of a Top Secret document was the result of a stunt by Richard Ben-Veniste, a member - as...
  • Irresponsibility and politics

    04/13/2004 11:32:00 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 125+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/14/04 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>The so-called "September 11 Commission" is supposedly trying to find out what happened, or failed to happen, that allowed the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 to succeed. But there is a big difference between trying to unearth facts about September 11, and trying to collect political ammunition for Nov. 2, 2004 — Election Day.</p>
  • 9/11 KIN PRAISE CONDI

    04/13/2004 11:51:26 PM PDT · by kattracks · 41 replies · 181+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/14/04 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>April 14, 2004 -- A group of 9/11 families has released an open letter thanking National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice for her testimony to the commission probing the attacks and saying it should end "the incredible notion" that President Bush knew 9/11 was coming and did nothing. The letter signed by 40 relatives also blasts some members of the 9/11 commission for trying to "grandstand for political gain" in hopes of embarrassing Bush and thus politicizing the inquiry.</p>
  • Bob Kerrey clarifies the liberal view of blacks and women

    04/13/2004 1:46:35 AM PDT · by kattracks · 18 replies · 196+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 4.13.04 | Dennis Prager
    This is how Bob Kerrey, a member of the 9-11 Commission and former Democratic senator from Nebraska, opened his questioning of Condoleezza Rice before the Commission last week:"Thank you, Dr. Rice. Let me say at the beginning I'm very impressed, and indeed I'd go as far as to say moved by your story, the story of your life and what you've accomplished. It's quite extraordinary."It is widely believed in universities and in the media that conservatives are more likely than liberals to be racist and sexist. I have long believed that the opposite is true, that most Democratic politicians and...
  • CNN Gives Over Most of Rice Highlight Time to Attacks on Her

    04/12/2004 10:36:34 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies · 183+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 12:55pm EDT, Monday April 12, 2004 | BrentBaker,Ken Shepherd
    In her own words, or merely re-airing Democratic attacks? Thursday night's NewsNight with Aaron Brown on CNN included a five minute segment that Brown promised would reveal "in her own words...what Dr. Rice said in some of the more contentious moments" of her appearance before the 9/11 Commission that morning. But the MRC's Ken Shepherd discovered that Rice's actual comments amounted to just 2 minutes and 28 seconds of the segment, less than half of the segment. Nearly all of the remainder highlighted the lengthy and adversarial questions to Rice from the most blatantly partisan Democrats on the panel, former...
  • August 6 Memo Supports Rice Testimony

    04/12/2004 6:36:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeMajority · 3 replies · 152+ views
    Talon News ^ | 4/14/2004 | Jeff Gannon, White House Correspondent
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The document at the heart of the most contentious moment of National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the 9/11 Commission last week was released by the White House on Saturday. The two-page Presidential Daily Briefing of August 6, 2001 was made public as requested by all members of the panel. Former Watergate Prosecutor and high-powered Democratic lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste took Rice to task during her sworn testimony, demanding that she say the title of the PDB, which was "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US." He tried to cut her off before she explained...
  • CONDI IN THE COOKER: A PICTURE OF POISE

    04/12/2004 3:55:43 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 126+ views
    <p>April 12, 2004 -- Condoleezza Rice's performance before the 9/11 committee was exemplary and showed coolness under fire ("Rice thrives in the cooker," April 9).</p> <p>One can understand now why President Bush was reluctant to send his national security adviser into what was sure to be an ambush.</p>
  • Sheryl McCarthy: Rice is a hawk - an armored hawk

    04/12/2004 1:51:48 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 26 replies · 130+ views
    NY Newsday ^ | April 12, 2004 | Sheryl McCarthy
    <p>If you were expecting to get some kind of closure out of Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the 9/11 Commission, you were probably disappointed. It was never going to happen.</p> <p>The notion that the national security adviser was going to explain what was broken with our national security system that - had it been fixed - would have prevented the 2001 tragedy was misguided.</p>
  • Rice takes the right tone in hearings (HMMMMM ....)

    04/11/2004 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 9 replies · 136+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 11, 2004 | Clarence "the Crosseyed) Page
    WASHINGTON -- It was during her musings on the sources of terrorism before the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that Condoleezza Rice had her high-drama, "You go, girlfriend!" moment. A "You go!" moment is the hip-hop generation's version of a big applause line, a red-hot zinger that causes black audiences to bob their heads up and down and erupt with some verbal punctuation like, "That's right! That's right ...!" National Security Adviser Rice's moment came when former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.) asked her how America might best deal with the deeply seated discontent and dislocation that generates...
  • Janet Jackson Bares it Again On National TV (Sick Parody of Condi Rice Testimony)

    04/11/2004 11:40:19 AM PDT · by threat matrix · 87 replies · 430+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | April 11, 2004 | wire staff
    She did.Many fans of 'Saturday Night Live were wondering if singer Janet Jackson would duplicate her Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction last night-and she did.But the nature of the skit in which she bared her bosom was a surprise.Jackson was spoofing National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice testifying before the 9/11 commission. When the questioning got tough, Jackson-portraying Rice-opened her blouse and pretended to reveal her right breast-the same one seen by millions during her Super Bowl halftime appearance.This time her chest wes obscured by a gray blob superimposed by the network. As part of the skit, comedian Darrell Hammond-portraying Vice...
  • Rice wouldn't admit mistakes (Robert Jensen alert)

    04/11/2004 7:55:35 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 14 replies · 88+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 4/11/2004 | Robert Jensen
    Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the 9/11 commission didn't resolve questions about what the Bush administration could, or should, have done to prevent the attack, but her comments made it clear how Bush policies since 9/11 have made Americans radically less safe. While Republicans and mainstream Democrats argue over what Bush and Clinton officials did or didn't do, the conventional wisdom - that Bush officials may have dragged their feet before 9/11 but have since acted decisively to protect Americans - goes unchallenged. But the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has done virtually nothing to prevent future terrorist attacks, and the Iraq...
  • Condi Rice's Poise Under Fire Ignites Spark of Pride in Women

    04/11/2004 7:09:02 AM PDT · by threat matrix · 54 replies · 342+ views
    Detroit News ^ | April 10, 2004 | Laura Berman
    'Ive already watched her all morning on TV,' said Gael Sandoval, a Royal Oak events planner, who said she admired the way Dr. Rice was holding up under the scrutiny of the September 11th Comission hearing.For women around the area, the surprising tug of Rice's testimony went largely unspoken and unreported -but you could watch it, see it, feel it.Women especially wanted to see how a woman-and in particular this very powerful one-would hold up to a barrage of carefully honed questions and international scrutiny. You could argue that you were watching the most powerful woman in the world. Whether...
  • Fighting the Wrong War (BOB KERREY BLASTS BUSH IN NY TIMES EDITORIAL)

    04/10/2004 7:18:54 PM PDT · by samkatz · 99 replies · 198+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | Sunday April 11 | Bob Kerrey
    Fighting the Wrong War By BOB KERREY Published: April 11, 2004 t Thursday's hearing before the 9/11 commission, Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's national security adviser, gave a triumphal presentation. She was a spectacular witness. I was a tough critic of some of her answers and assertions, though I believe I was at least as tough with the national security adviser for President Clinton. At the beginning and end of every criticism I have made in this process, I have also offered this disclaimer: anyone who was in Congress, as I was during the critical years leading up to Sept. 11,...
  • Memo Contradicts Condoleezza Rice

    04/11/2004 2:55:44 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 26 replies · 187+ views
    CRAWFORD, Texas — President Bush was told more than a month before the Sept. 11 attacks that Al Qaeda (search) had reached America's shores, had a support system in place for its operatives and that the FBI had detected suspicious activity that might involve a hijacking plot. Since 1998, the FBI (search) had observed "patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks," according to a memo prepared for Bush and declassified Saturday. White House aides and outside experts said they could not recall a sitting president ever publicly releasing the highly...
  • Saturday Night Live Spoofs Condi Rice Testimony

    04/10/2004 8:52:52 PM PDT · by myprecious · 52 replies · 332+ views
    Janet Jackson spoofs Condi Rice by flashing at the 9/11 hearing on Saturday Night Live.Chaney was helping her prep for the interrogation, but tells her to "flash her headlight" to distract if things got tough.
  • Memo contradicts Condoleeza Rice (AlJazeera Alert!)

    04/10/2004 5:59:09 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 19 replies · 202+ views
    AlJazeera ^ | 10 April 2004
    The White House has released a classified intelligence document that warned a month before the September 11 attacks of a possible al-Qaida strike inside the United States.The document titled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike Inside the United States" was de-classified on Saturday amid an escalating row over whether the Bush administration had received any prior warnings about the attacks and if they had been ignored. National Security adviser Condoleezza Rice insisted in her public testimony to the 9/11 commission last week that the document relating to the 6 August, 2001 presidential briefing contained mostly historical information and did not warn...
  • Condi KOs Kerrey

    04/10/2004 11:53:15 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 21 replies · 108+ views
    justoneminute.com ^ | April 08, 2004 | 4/08 9/11 Commision Transcript
    Rice's response to Bob Kerrey (transcript -- scroll down) is amusing: KERREY: Why didn't we swat that fly? RICE: I believe that there's a question of whether or not you respond in a tactical sense or whether you respond in a strategic sense; whether or not you decide that you're going to respond to every attack with minimal use of military force and go after every -- on a kind of tit-for-tat basis. By the way, in that memo, Dick Clarke talks about not doing this tit-for-tat, doing this on the time of our choosing. RICE: I'm aware, Mr. Kerrey,...
  • "Getting it Right" CARTOON and IA Prez Watch editorial on Condi Rice

    04/10/2004 6:43:32 AM PDT · by IPWGOP · 25 replies · 333+ views
    www.IowaPresidentialWatch.com ^ | 4/10/2004 | IPWGOP
    Condoleezza Rice political cartoon.Apr. 10, 2004... Getting it right Editorial column by Roger Wm. Hughes A majority of Americans now say according to a recent poll that the Bush Administration could have done more to have stopped the 9/11 terrorist attacks and that the cost of the war in Iraq is not worth it. Troubling news for the Republic. One of the long held views that seems to be true is that democracies, even those tempered by being a Republic, are slow to act and go to war. This is true even when they need to do so to protect...
  • Not a Contemporary Piece of Information [8/6 PDB]

    04/10/2004 5:22:56 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 18 replies · 156+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/9/04 | James Taranto
    Ben-Veniste's rudeness was clear for all to see, but to understand just how dishonest was his line of questioning, look at this article from the May 27, 2002, issue of Human Events, a conservative Washington weekly: Sen. Bob Graham (D.-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told HUMAN EVENTS May 21 that his committee had received all the same terrorism intelligence prior to September 11 as the Bush administration. "Yes, we had seen all the information," said Graham. "But we didn't see it on a single piece of paper, the way the President did." Graham added that threats of hijacking...
  • Swatting at flies

    04/10/2004 5:11:54 AM PDT · by kattracks · 62 replies · 179+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 4/10/04 | Debra Saunders
    The National Commission on Terrorist Acts Upon the United States ostensibly has been exploring how the deadly Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks could have happened and how they could have been prevented. In light of national security adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony Thursday, I, like so many others, have figured out an easy answer: Get the panel to construct a time machine so that all those geniuses who now believe that Sept. 11 easily could have been averted can wave a magic wand and reinvent the past. That's sort of what is going on anyway. Some commissioners seem to have forgotten what...
  • Rice Testimony Reveals Security Failures [Blame on Clarke]

    04/10/2004 4:00:23 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 15 replies · 260+ views
    FOX News ^ | 4/9/04 | Julia Gorin
    <p>In 1997, three men in a Brooklyn shack— two from Jordan who identified themselves as Palestinian and one from Egypt— were days away from blowing up New York's "A" subway train as an audition for membership into Hamas.</p> <p>But their new roommate, who in his few days in the country found Americans to be "nice" and so became confused as to why his roommates wanted to blow them up, flagged down a police car on a Brooklyn street an hour before midnight on July 29. Mohammed Chindluri (search) couldn't speak a word of English, so he played charades with the officer while repeating "Bomba! Bomba!" Rather than ignore the wildman, the officer chose to follow up. Police stormed the Park Slope shack that Chindluri led them to at dawn, shooting the suspects as they reached for the detonator.</p>
  • NEW POLL SAYS CONDI WAS DANDY

    04/10/2004 2:15:24 AM PDT · by kattracks · 77 replies · 108+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/10/04 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>April 10, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - Condoleezza Rice's testimony to the 9/11 commission gave a boost to President Bush and helped convince Americans that his administration did all that could be expected to prevent the terrorist attacks, a new CNN poll shows. The poll - taken Thursday after blanket TV coverage of Rice's dramatic appearance - found that 48 percent of Americans now think Bush did all that could be expected while 40 percent disagree. That's a big shift from 10 days ago when 54 percent said Bush didn't do everything possible - that was at the peak of the furor over Richard Clarke's claim that the president was asleep at the switch.</p>
  • Setting the Record Straight: Condoleezza Rice and the 9/11 Commission

    04/09/2004 8:16:51 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 199+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 8, 2004 | Helle Dale and James Phillips
    National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice’s strong performance in her appearance before the September 11 Commission should put to rest any notion that the Bush administration was complacent or inattentive to the terrorist threat facing the United States before September 11. Rice capably defended the Bush White House against the storm of controversy created by former National Security Council staffer Richard Clarke’s book Against All Enemies, as well as against Mr. Clarke’s testimony before the Commission. Dr. Rice was convincing, composed, and eloquent in her opening statement and in her answers to the Commission’s pointed — and sometimes partisan — questioning....
  • Aug. Memo Focused On Attacks in U.S. Lack of Fresh Information Frustrated Bush (2002/PDB)

    04/09/2004 8:56:04 PM PDT · by cyncooper · 136 replies · 1,186+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2002 | Bob Woodward and Dan Eggen
    The top-secret briefing memo presented to President Bush on Aug. 6 carried the headline, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," and was primarily focused on recounting al Qaeda's past efforts to attack and infiltrate the United States, senior administration officials said. The document, known as the President's Daily Briefing, underscored that Osama bin Laden and his followers hoped to "bring the fight to America," in part as retaliation for U.S. missile strikes on al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan in 1998, according to knowledgeable sources. Bush had specifically asked for an intelligence analysis of possible al Qaeda attacks within the...
  • Condi and the Louts

    04/09/2004 2:51:24 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 5 replies · 381+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 4/9/2004 | George Neumayr
    Laxity was the central cause of America's sloppy security prior to 9/11. Yet lax liberals, the ones who typically view heightened security as an attack on civil liberties, are the loudest critics of Condoleezza Rice and the Bush administration. Had the Bush administration adopted ramped-up, hardheaded security policies prior to 9/11, the Richard Ben-Venistes would have been the first to cry foul. Let's say George Bush during the 233 days before 9/11 had armed pilots, instructed airline officials to profile Muslim males, and called for more domestic intelligence on radical Muslims wandering through the U.S. Would the Democrats have applauded...
  • Rice averts initial lynching

    04/09/2004 7:50:11 PM PDT · by syriacus · 25 replies · 113+ views
    Gainesville Daily Register ^ | 04/09/2004 | JERRY PRICKETT
    Now that Condi Rice has averted the initial lynching, it might be time to look back at some of the evidence. The 9-11 commission was out in full force Thursday as National Security Adviser Condi Rice took the stand to get grilled in public, but stuck to her guns. What remains to be seen is how attacks in Iraq will play in Peoria, particularly when the politics of nation destruction is the history repeat this time around. Democrats launched the "Ted Offensive," letting Sen. Kennedy out of the beach house to cross yet another bridge back towards the 20th Century...
  • Condi and the Louts

    04/09/2004 6:27:09 AM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 91+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 4/9/04 | George Neumayr
    Laxity was the central cause of America's sloppy security prior to 9/11. Yet lax liberals, the ones who typically view heightened security as an attack on civil liberties, are the loudest critics of Condoleezza Rice and the Bush administration. Had the Bush administration adopted ramped-up, hardheaded security policies prior to 9/11, the Richard Ben-Venistes would have been the first to cry foul. Let's say George Bush during the 233 days before 9/11 had armed pilots, instructed airline officials to profile Muslim males, and called for more domestic intelligence on radical Muslims wandering through the U.S. Would the Democrats have applauded...
  • Rice apologises over Lockerbie gaff

    04/09/2004 6:08:36 AM PDT · by dead · 12 replies · 115+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 9, 2004
    Eager to tout improved relations with Libya for abandoning its weapons programs, the White House omitted the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing from the list of terrorist attacks cited today by national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, angering victims' families. After the backlash, the White House scrambled to minimise the damage, issuing a letter of apology by Rice to the Lockerbie families, some of whom said they had been sickened by the administration's stance. "We did not include attacks that were the work of a government, such as the Libyan government's bombing of Pan Am 103. This was a mistake, for which...
  • Kerrey/Rice Clash; Ex-Nebraskan not satisfied with testimony

    04/09/2004 5:50:39 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 49 replies · 185+ views
    Kerrey/Rice Clash Ex-Nebraskan not satisfied with testimony Former Nebraska Governor and Senator Bob Kerrey said he was not satisfied Thursday by national security adviser Condoleezza Rice's responses to questions posed by the commission investigating the September 11 attacks. "I simply don't like a conclusion that says we didn't make any mistakes," Kerrey said after he questioned Rice as part of the 10-member commission in Washington. Rice appeared to blame lack of communication between the FBI and CIA on intelligence matters, but that is not an acceptable response, Kerrey said. There were enough warnings that Rice and others in the...
  • SHE'S CAN-DO CONDI

    04/09/2004 5:34:09 AM PDT · by kattracks · 25 replies · 224+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/09/04 | DAN KADISON
    <p>April 9, 2004 -- A politically diverse panel of New Yorkers assembled by The Post generally gave Condoleezza Rice high marks yesterday for showing grace under pressure during her appearance before the 9/11 commission.</p> <p>"I think she did very well," said Morgan Friedman, 28, a political independent who's a computer programmer from Williamsburg.</p>
  • Frustrating Day For Victims' Families ["Sept. 11 Could Have Been Prevented.”]

    04/09/2004 5:19:15 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 35 replies · 195+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | April 9, 2004 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    WASHINGTON -- Condoleezza Rice never seemed to face her toughest audience Thursday. Row after row of families of Sept. 11 victims sat directly behind her in the stark, cavernous hearing room, a silent chorus demanding answers. It was these families whose persistence led to the creation of the commission, and by the time the three-hour grilling of the president's national security adviser was over, they knew little more than when they came.
  • CONDOLEEZZA RICE SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT

    04/09/2004 5:10:16 AM PDT · by beaureguard · 16 replies · 110+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | Friday, April 9, 2004 | Neal Boortz
    The testimony in front of the 9/11 Commission yesterday by Bush National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice finally put to rest all of the nonsense that has been out there, peddled by Richard Clarke, that Al Qaeda simply wasn't a concern or a priority for the Bush administration. The three hours of testimony (carried on all the networks) was electric, and a political home run. There were a few heated exchanges between Condi and the liberals on the panel...and she wasn't going to have any of it. This woman is tough as nails. Like I said yesterday, she could run for...
  • Rice Tells Lies A 6th Grader Would Not Accept [We Don't Need No Stinking PDA's]

    04/09/2004 4:59:39 AM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 57 replies · 179+ views
    FTW ^ | 4/9/04
      Condoleezza Rice Testifies:   LIES A SIXTH GRADER WOULD NOT ACCEPTbyMichael C. Ruppert © Copyright 2004, From The Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only. April 8, 2004, 2000 PDT (FTW) – The critical interaction in any criminal investigation of a major crime is between the detective and the suspect. It is the detective's mission to get the suspect to trip up and make statements which can then be presented in court to discredit the suspect, break down his alibis, and prove the suspect's...
  • The Wrong Debate-College conservatives-why their liberal classmates won't talk about terror

    04/09/2004 5:09:13 PM PDT · by Mark · 30 replies · 129+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 4-9-04 | Ryan Gorsche
    College conservatives are wondering why their liberal classmates won't talk about terror Ryan Gorsche says college liberals don't get it WEB EXCLUSIVE By Ryan Gorsche Newsweek Updated: 7:22 p.m. ET April 09, 2004April 9 - Dartmouth conservatives breathed a sigh of relief last week after national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice’s strong performance before the 9/11 Commission. For weeks, the news had been dominated by former White House counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke's unfair and inaccurate portrayal of the Bush administration’s actions before September 11. With her testimony, Rice finally set the record straight. Even before the attacks, Rice told the commission, President...
  • Debra Saunders: Swatting at Flies

    04/09/2004 10:16:13 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 19 replies · 144+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 8, 2004 | Debra J. Saunders
    The national Commission on Terrorist Acts Upon the United States ostensibly has been exploring how the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could have happened and how they might have been prevented. In light of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony Thursday, I, like so many others, have figured out an easy answer: Get the panel to construct a time machine so that all those geniuses who now believe that Sept. 11 easily could have been averted can wave a magic wand and reinvent the past. That's sort of what is going on anyway. Some commissioners seem to have forgotten what...
  • 9/11 Documents Show Hijacking Warnings

    04/09/2004 4:16:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 335+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/9/04 | Curt Anderson - AP
    WASHINGTON - U.S. government agencies issued repeated warnings in the summer of 2001 about potential terrorist plots against the United States masterminded by Osama bin Laden (news - web sites), including a possible plan to hijack commercial aircraft, documents show. While there were no specific targets mentioned in the United States, there was intelligence indicating al-Qaida might attempt to crash a plane into the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. And other reports said Islamic extremists might try to hijack a plane to gain release of comrades. The escalating seriousness was reflected in a series of warnings issued by the State Department,...
  • Fox News outdraws CNN, MSNBC for Rice testimony

    04/09/2004 3:58:09 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 28 replies · 154+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/09/04 | Reuters
    Fox News outdraws CNN, MSNBC for Rice testimony Reuters, 04.09.04, 4:36 PM ET LOS ANGELES, April 9 (Reuters) - Fox News garnered a wide margin over CNN among audiences watching Thursday's testimony by national security adviser Condoleezza Rice before the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, according to data released on Friday. Citing figures from Nielsen Media Research, the networks said Fox News drew an average of 1.921 million total viewers in the period from 9 a.m. to noon ET on Thursday, ahead of CNN's 1.228 million and MSNBC's 470,000. CNN is a unit of Time Warner Inc. (nyse: TWX...
  • Spinning the 9/11 Panel: Rather's Selective Skepticism Strikes Again

    04/09/2004 3:56:50 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 10 replies · 95+ views
    U.S. Supreme Court justice John Marshall is famous for arguing that "the power to tax involves the power to destroy." But that was before the emergence of the special commission. Marshall might have written differently had he witnessed one in action using its powers as much for political gain as for legitimate investigation. As a long-time political observer, Dan Rather knows this very well, or at least he did back when Republicans were interested in using hearings as a weapon against President Clinton (more on that later). But now that Democrats are using the 9/11 commission to try and diminish...
  • NO apologies

    04/09/2004 3:03:40 PM PDT · by HJH207 · 31 replies · 452+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | 04/09/2004 | eleanor clift
    <p>Rice appeared rattled when Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste confronted her with the title of the presidential daily briefing (PDB) forwarded to Bush at his Crawford ranch on Aug. 6, 2001: “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.” Rice called it “historical information based on old reporting” that did not warn of new attacks. Ben-Veniste countered that it established a pattern of suspicious activities and challenged the administration to declassify the memo so the American people could decided its relevance for themselves.</p>
  • Disgusting cartoon of Condi during the swearing in for the 9/11 commission (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

    04/09/2004 3:10:53 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 25 replies · 740+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 09April04 | jdarcy@plaind.com
    Folks, please click on the link for a disgusting cartoon of lovely Miss Rice during the swearing in before her testimony, by Jeff Darcy pseudo-cartoonist! (This appeared in the Friday edition of this newspaper.) http://www.cleveland.com/darcy/index.ssf?/darcy/more/040904.html ©2004 The Plain Dealer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • More in U.S. Say Bush Did All Possible to Stop Sept. 11 Attacks

    04/09/2004 2:27:16 PM PDT · by veronica · 18 replies · 460+ views
    Bloomberg.com ^ | 04-09-04 | Nicholas Johnston in Washington
    <p>April 9 (Bloomberg) -- A growing number of Americans say they believe the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush did everything that could be expected to stop the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to two new polls.</p> <p>A Time/CNN survey taken yesterday showed that 48 percent of Americans said they believe the Bush administration did all it could to prevent the attacks, up from 42 percent in a poll taken March 26-28. A CBS News poll, also conducted yesterday, showed 32 percent of Americans said the administration did everything possible to stop the attacks, up from 22 percent the previous week.</p>
  • Condoleeza Rice Testimony - NY Papers Have Differing Opinion (NY Post vs. NY Daily Snooze)

    04/09/2004 10:19:48 AM PDT · by NYC Republican · 16 replies · 286+ views
    NY Post, NY Daily News ^ | 4/9/04 | Vincent Morris (Post), Brian Blomquist (Post), James Meek (Snooze)
    <p>Compare the coverage from the 2 NY Dailies. If we didn't all know there was blatant media bias and lying going on, we'd swear we were watching 2 different events!</p> <p>Condoleezza Rice aggressively defended the White House yesterday, insisting that President Bush was alert to the possibility of domestic terror attacks but lacked specific information about 9/11. During a dramatic three- hour appearance before the federal commission investigating the attacks, a poised and firm Rice said the White House didn't have a "silver bullet" that would have prevented Sept. 11.</p>
  • For Want of a Nail (Lady Condoleezza on the battle of the Saracens)

    04/09/2004 12:47:16 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 14 replies · 121+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 04-09-2004 | James S. Robbins
    Testimony continued today in the parliamentary hearings on the reasons for the defeat at the hands of the Saracens in battle on September 11. Commission member Ben-Veniste reiterated the body's mandate to seek the truth, wherever it might lead. "Let's not lose sight of the facts. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. Then the horse; then the rider; and ultimately the battle," he said. "This raises disturbing questions. I want to know how the enemy knew that particular nail was coming out, and why King George did not. That is, if he did not." The panel heard...
  • Chilling implications from a cool, collected Rice (BARRRFFF!!!)

    04/09/2004 12:45:16 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 24 replies · 93+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 9, 2004 | DEBRA PICKETT SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
    Condoleezza Rice says she's asked herself a thousand times if there was anything she could have done to prevent the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. And the answer every time, apparently, has been no. Which is either really impressive or simply terrifying. My experience of the world is that it is a complex, messy place that constantly offers up unanswerable questions and choices between bad options and worse ones. And that's just how I feel when I'm deciding which coffee to buy. The spectacle of Rice's testimony before the 9/11 commission -- a theatrical exercise in which the commissioners pretended to...
  • 9/11 hearings won't help Kerry

    04/09/2004 9:37:14 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 16 replies · 81+ views
    Guardian ^ | 04/09/04 | Philip James
    Comment -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9/11 hearings won't help Kerry Democrats should focus on Bush's post-September 11 failings, argues Philip James Friday April 9, 2004 She was poised, composed and did what she set out to accomplish: defend the Bush White House from the charge that they should have seen September 11 coming. If Democrats were hoping that Condoleezza Rice would crack under pressure they were disappointed. Under fierce questioning from some of the best interrogators inside the beltway, such as Richard Ben-Veniste, who cut his teeth on the Watergate hearings, the national security adviser gave no ground. She did not squirm when...
  • 9/11 kin: Answers just raise questions (the usual suspects)

    04/09/2004 7:11:25 AM PDT · by finnman69 · 38 replies · 435+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/9/4 | JAMES GORDON MEEK CORKY SIEMASZKO
    Relatives of the Sept. 11 victims ripped into Condoleezza Rice yesterday after she insisted the Bush administration had no clue the U.S. would be attacked. "Shame," Terry McGovern, a New Yorker whose mother was killed, yelled at the national security adviser during Rice's testimony before the 9/11 commission. Other relatives ridiculed Rice's assertion that she had no idea that Osama Bin Laden's men would hijack planes and crash them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. "How could she not know that?" asked Kristen Breitweiser, who lost her husband in the attacks. She noted that several similar threats were made,...
  • The Errorism of The 9-11 Panel. Coup Attempt By Investigative Hearing.

    04/09/2004 10:08:15 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 26 replies · 148+ views
    Vanity ^ | 9 April 2004 | .cnI redruM
    Congressional hearings probably never served a genuine, useful purpose. They have always seemed to involve the worst of sanctimony; the most foul of tergiverations the dregs of vicious, partisan bile. The 9-11 panel has done nothing to upset this unfortunate trend. As Condeleezza Rice sat at an isolated, red draped table, like a defendant in Arthur Miller's Crucible, the 9-11 Commission members prepared to play the role of Farren Martinez and Fr. Torquemada. Commissioners Ben-Veniste and Kerrey assumed the mantle of inquisitor in more ways than just one. The hand picked Democrat truth assassins demonstrated their disdain for Dr. Rice...
  • ABC’s Coverage of Condoleezza Rice’s Testimony Violated Journalistic Ethics

    04/09/2004 11:26:25 AM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 31 replies · 520+ views
    Chron Watch ^ | 09 Friday 2004
    While flipping through TV coverage of National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the 911 commission, I stopped at ABC. More clearly, I was floored by ABC. Upon conclusion of Dr. Rice’s testimony, Peter Jennings, introduced ABC’s consultant on national security issues to review, confirm or rebut her testimony. In a episode of naked bias, ABC’s consultant was Richard Clarke. The same Richard Clarke whose prior testimony in front of the same commission and whose currently on-sale book places him squarely as part of the story. By way of an introduction, Mr. Jennings stated that ABC had retained Richard Clarke...