A BuzzFlash News Analysis
Bush Is Lying
May 17, 2002
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Bush is lying. It's that simple.
Today, in an effort to stop his presidency from hemorrhaging its credibility, Bush took to the podium to gamely defend his lack of action on behalf of the American people prior to September 11th.
to CNN, "Weighing in on a furor over what the government knew about
potential terrorist attacks before September 11, President Bush on Friday
criticized the "second-guessing" and said he had no clear indication
beforehand that terrorists would hijack jets and deliberately crash them."
Bush was echoing the hollow excuse offered by Ari Fleischer, who said on Wednesday:
president did not receive information about the use of airplanes as missiles
by suicide bombers. This was a new type of attack that was not foreseen."
There's only one thing wrong with both their statements. The White House and Bush were well aware of the potential use of hijacked suicide missiles.
When Bush attended a G-8 conference in Italy in 2001, "U.S. and Italian officials were warned in July that Islamic terrorists might attempt to kill President Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the Genoa summit of industrialized nations, officials said Wednesday.
Italian officials took the reports seriously enough to prompt extraordinary precautions during the July summit of the Group of 8 nations, including closing the airspace over Genoa and stationing antiaircraft guns at the city's airport.
But a U.S. official said that American counter-terrorism experts considered the warning "unsubstantiated."
either case, the reports suggest that Western governments were aware that
terrorists might one day use a hijacked airplane as a suicide weapon --
as they did Sept. 11 in attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."
More damning evidence of the Bush lie is found in a 1999 Federal Report that warned:
two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal report warned the executive
branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and
dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government building.
report, entitled the "Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who
Becomes a Terrorist and Why?," described the suicide hijacking as
one of several possible retribution attacks al-Qaida might seek for the
1998 U.S. airstrike against bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan"
We could recount more evidence that the White House is deceiving the American people, but the above two items offer an open and shut case.
You won't see the mainstream press calling Bush a liar, but we will, because we care about America and our fellow Americans.
We love our country dearly -- and the man in the White House is playing us for a fool.
BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
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