The BuzzFlash Mailbag
May 16, 2002 - Bush and 9/11 Edition
The story about Bush's foreknowledge includes the following:
This continues what Edward Jay Epstein called fictoid #9: http://edwardjayepstein.com/nether_fictoid9.htm
Now that we know that the appropriate agencies were all notified we can begin to understand why every F-16 on the east coast was in the air seeking to intercept the hijacked planes ... Oh, never mind, it guess it better explains why they all stayed grounded until after it was too late to do any good.
RJR, New Orleans
WOW!! So the White House had advance warnings about 9-11.
Someone please hurry and apologize to Cynthia McKinney! I have already sent a letter to my local paper and also a note to Cynthia McKinney. If there is no outrage displayed by the general public with this news, then there's no hope for America.
WTF????? It's okay for them to hijack our planes "cause we didn't know that they would crash them into buildings" that means that would have done "property damage" and we wouldn't have allowed that.
My words - but that's what it reads like to me
Both NBC & ABC out of NY have lead with the story that bush was briefed BEFORE 09/11 that there could be hijackings. Fleischer CLAIMS that bush was never told WHAT the hijackers would do with the planes. Reporters have stated in both reports "how could that happen" since the FBI agent reported that there were plans to fly the planes into the WTC.
Good news as it seems the facade is falling away. Let's hope they put together his prior knowledge with selling the blood photos...
Compassionate conservatism becomes more of a contradiction of terms every day.
Just now, WGN news reported lead story, "Tonight Ari Fleischer issued a statement admitting that the administration, in fact the President himself, received numerous warnings from the CIA and other sources during the weeks leading up to 9/11 that ObL was about to attack U.S. buildings using hijacked commercial airliners."
said it 15 times. That is a direct quote which included all the specifics.
evening while watching NBC3 out of San Jose I heard a story I would like
to confirm if possible. They reported on the 6 p.m. newscast that President
Bush personally was warned, prior to Sep 11, the people affiliated with
Osama Bin Ladens' organization may be planning hijackings of American
airline flights. If this is true it is outrageous. My wife and I flew
the week prior to Sep 11, returning to San Jose actually on Sep 10th,
and there was absolutely no signs of any increased security at any of
the airports we went through.
[BuzzFlash Note: As you are reading BuzzFlash today, you will know that Bush's prior knowledge of a possible attack, by OBL, using planes, has been confirmed, in no uncertain terms.]
Ari Fleischer claims that the Bush administration had NO IDEA that Al Qaeda would use airliners as flying bombs or missiles.
Oh really? Maybe they just plumb forgot about Ramzi Yousef?
"Traditional hijacking" my ass.
Never in my life have I been so sick to my stomach over a news headline. The guy sitting in the White House knew and did nothing. The electorate should rise up and remove this guy from the White House. Never in our history has a President been so inept. I wonder how the families whose husbands, brothers, sisters etc. were killed in the WTC feel about this? Even the Republicans are calling for an investigation!
Keep up the good work.
A loyal GA reader
almost eight months since the attacks, we are now told that Bush Inc.
was warned about terrorists and planes before 911. I'd like to know why
are we only hearing about this
you just love Ari's justification of why Bush did nothing? Well, yeah,
we were told about planes and Middle Eastern men wanting to learn to fly,
but not land them, and yeah
Go ahead, keep on selling that (Uncle Dick which cave do you recommend I hide in?) picture, because pretty soon, when people look at that picture, the first thing that comes to mind won't be "gritty determination."
Heads Up BuzzFlash,
The President took a 30-day vacation to Crawford Texas, he left Washington on the 8th of August. When and what did he know before he left Washington? It is reported that he was informed early in August. Was his need to talk to his cows more important than this Terrorist warning, or is that where he gets his best advice? He said he talks to his cows!
may write them from the Feedback link at the bottom of the page at:
My Letter to CBS News:
Congratulations on reporting the story that Bush had warnings of hijackings prior to Sept. 11th.
Since Bush has now admitted that he indeed know, perhaps now you can ask the administration why no fighter planes intercepted those flights and none were dispatched for approx. 60 minutes after the hijackings were known to air traffic control?
It is standard procedure to intercept ANY flight in US airspace when contact is lost with the pilot and/or the plane has veered off course from a filed flight-plan, and this has been standard practice for more than 30 years.
It was done, as you might recall, on the ill-fated flight of golfer Payne Stewart. A fighter was escorting that plane within 6 minutes, which is about a standard response time.
The only way it wouldn't have been done in the case of 4 simultaneous known hijackings is if the interceptors had been ordered not to respond.
Was this done?
And if it was, who issued that order?
You guys are on the right track.
The young men and women of this country who we have placed in Harm's Way in the aftermath of this attack deserve to know just what they might be asked to die for.
We all owe them that.
Please help them know the truth.
Echelon Gave Authorities Warning Of Attacks
U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies received warning signals at least three months ago that Middle Eastern terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture, according to a story in Germany's daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).
****Within the American intelligence community, the warnings were taken seriously and surveillance intensified, the FAZ said. However, there was disagreement on how such terrorist attacks could be prevented, the newspaper said.
****The FAZ, quoting unnamed German intelligence sources, said that the Echelon spy network was being used to collect information about the terrorist threats,
is said to be a vast information collection system capable of monitoring
all the electronic communications in the world. It is thought to be operated
by the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. No government
agency has ever confirmed or denied its existence. However, an EU committee
that investigated Echelon for more than a year just last week reported
its belief that the system does exist.
So the White House was warned about possible hijackings....what a surprise. Given that Ashcroft stopped flying commercially based on the information in hand, how in God's name will this administration justify denying the requested FISA warrant for Zacarias Moussaoui? How can they explain to us their blatant disregard of the top terrorist investigator the FBI had - you know, the guy who quit in disgust because they hog tied his investigations and then died in the attacks of September 11? How can George Bush possibly think that "Lucky me, I hit the trifecta" is even remotely funny, let alone worthy of repetition for laughs at his fundraisers? Looks to me like he was banking on hitting the trifecta and the new pipeline they've planned through Afghanistan is worth all that "collateral damage" of September.
- M. Murray
You've heard the expression, "I hate always being right," well not this time. Here are the plain, simple, "Texas" facts:
Bush was briefed about Hijackings by Osama Bin Laden's organization, but instead of alerting the public and calling for implementation of the Gore airport security proposal, he chose to pick weeds in Crawford, Tx for 30 days.
Oh, in defense of Chimpy, he did warn his cabinet officers and John Ashcroft not to fly commercial, but then again, they are more important than some blue state liberal Americans.
Getting back to being right. Sites like BuzzFlash, Democratic Underground, and MediaWhoresOnline have been gathering all the evidence and presenting a picture of an Administration that only acts for the benefit of itself, or it's campaign contributors. Well, we were right all along!
Bush did know of the 9/11 threat, and only acted to protect itself and not the public. What would the GOP controlled congress do if our guy had done the same? After you answer that question, we can get the ball rolling.
Bush WAS ON VACATION in Crawford as FBI tried to warn of possible Hijacking plot... nyt
Wow... Notice that Sanger doesn't even write "hijacking PLOT"... but merely "hijacking"; as in the near-certainty of a hijacking to come.
But NOT to worry... rather than being the responsibility of the Commander in Chief (as per the old "The Buck Stops Here" saying) Sanger lends some gravitas to bush:
BUT, bush WAS the Commander in Chief; if someone tells a commander his command will be attacked, shouldn't that commander coordinate ALL reports of the pending attack, and delegate someone with sufficient authority to do something about it?
NO... not if you're George W. Bush. For George, the first priority while being on vacation is... to be on vacation. In NO small words, the president was telling ALL government agents, workers, and officials: "*I* have decided that now is not the time to worry about the nations business or security.... DON'T BOTHER ME with insignificant details."
Having issued this edict (in affect) in the critical weeks of the summer
of 2001, today's only possible White House defense is to imply responsibility
to some of those same officials who were doing their job, only to be ignored
by those in the administration with real authority.
However, there is another view of this "the buck Does NOT stop Here" administration's dodge: Disgraceful.
Not only was bush warned about possible hijackings, he also received the report of the bipartisan Hart-Rudman report on terrorism, shortly after the installation. He ignored that, too.
Subj: Where was George?
Excerpt from New York Times story on FBI warning of possible hijacking threat:
You know, I have to believe that President Gore would have been "all over" the intelligence data that was staring the Bush Administration in the face.
President Gore probably would have issued an FAA advisory and a memo to the Airline Pilots Association, something like: "We have credible evidence.......and crews should be prepared to resist by all means available." If word got out to the media and the public, so be it. What? You have some nervous travelers and airline employees for a while? But the hijackers' cover would have been blown. 9/11 never happens.
Or at least those poor souls would have had a fighting chance.
A BuzzFlash Reader
There is someone being interviewed from the Washington Post on the BBC being interviewed right now who is saying that it will not be that big of a political issue that w. had an advanced warning of possible terrorism before 911.
essentially said that it was not Bush's fault that the FBI was not functioning
as intended. He implied that Bush was trying to turn around the agency
when he hired
I do not agree.
of all, Bush has covered up the fact that he knew there was a threat and
did nothing about it. Folks, this is a cover up. Why didn't he tell us
that he knew after the truth? Why did he wait to someone else uncovered
the truth? Why did he not want there to be a
He did it for political gain.
And now he is using the tragedy for political gain.
Will this get the Democrats off their butts? I have been off my butt since w. took the Presidency. I need some help.
Hello Buzz, Bob, Jerry:
"There should have been bells and whistles going off," Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told ABC's "Good Morning America." "My question is, was this information communicated to a central source? Was action taken - was any action taken as a result of the people in Phoenix sending their memo - the FBI people in Phoenix?"
Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., The Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, said the disclosures in the memos marked an important discovery in Congress' investigation into why the FBI, CIA and other U.S. agencies failed to learn of and prevent the Sept. 11 plot.
"How in the world could somebody have read this document and not had lights, firecrackers, rockets go off in their head that this is something that is really important?" Graham, interviewed on CBS, said of the Phoenix FBI memo."
CONTROL FROM A WHITE HOUSE THAT WAS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL BEFORE SEPTEMBER
11th. CAN WE COURT MARTIAL A PRESIDENT WHO IGNORED THE HIJACKING THREATS
, RAN FROM WASHINGTON ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, AND THEN SELLS SOUVENIR PHOTOS
OF HIS FLIGHT? 5/16
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