Lies, More Lies and Damned Lies – 9/11 Victims Deserve Better From Bush
So it turns out our government knew all about plans for 9/11 before the event. Even Bush personally was informed as early as August 6 of last year. But, if you can remember that far back, that was while Shrub was enjoying the longest contiguous vacation ever taken by any sitting president.
Bouncing around the ranch in his pick-up, pretending to be a cowboy, playing with his dogs, eating barbecue and joking with aids and locals, apparently Bush was far too busy relaxing to pay any real attention to something unpleasant like a serious, specific warning from the CIA.
Oh, by the way, seems they kind of forgot to tell us about this until EIGHT FUCKING MONTHS later. Not that they were hiding anything, of course. They just forgot. Until now. Must be an honest mistake, right?
And what do they say, now? “We had no way of knowing…,” and, “,,,no specific threats…”, and,”…conventional hijacking, not flying into buildings…” You know, maybe we oughta check out the timeline of what they knew and when, just to be sure.
Algerian terrorists attempt to hijack a plane in France with the intention of flying it into the Eiffel Tower. The plot is foiled before the plane leaves the ground.
Philippine intelligence officials seize a notebook computer from a senior known terrorist with direct connections to Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. On the notebook are plans for hijacking large planes and flying them into buildings. The contents are turned over to US intelligence agencies.
US intelligence agencies begin reporting spikes in communications between known terrorist cells. Though Bush is now receiving daily intelligence updates, he and his staff are too busy stealing an election they lost by 500,000 votes to pay any attention.
US intelligence agencies report a variety of specific threats of planned Al Qaeda attacks on US soil.
June 22, 2001
The FAA, based on warnings it has received from US intelligence agencies, issues a non public warning to US carriers warning of the threat of hijacking or terrorist attack.
July 5, 2001
Shrub asks Condi Rice for an update on “The terrorism thing,” then leaves for the longest vacation ever taken by a sitting US president.
July 15, 2001
The FAA issues another private warning to US carriers, this time stating terrorists are, “…planning and training for hijacks,” meaning someone somewhere already knew about the Al Qaeda members in flight training.
August 1, 2001
The FBI issues the first public warning of possible terrorist attack that specifically mentions bin Laden and Al Qaeda.
August 6, 2001
Bush, on vacation at his Crawford ranch, receives specific CIA intelligence briefings running more than 5 pages that bin Laden and Al Qaeda are planning to hijack a US airplane. We have no idea what else the report said because the Bushies are still sitting on it.
It took EIGHT FUCKING MONTHS just to tell us of its existence. You think they’re going to release the actual contents of the warning anytime soon? If so, I have some wonderful opportunities in the vertical real estate market in which I’m sure you’d be interested.
August 15, 2001
A Minneapolis flight school calls the FBI after Zacarias Moussaoui - currently the *only* suspect in custody in relation to 9/11 - requests to learn only to fly a 737, not land it.
August 16, 2001
The FBI arrests Moussaoui on immigration related charges.
August 17, 2001
The Minnesota FBI office requests permission to search Moussaoui’s laptop, seized a day earlier. FBI headquarters denies the request, citing insufficient evidence. Later examination reveals detailed information about the function and flying of crop dusters, among other things.
September 11, 2001
We all know what happened that day. But did you know that, before running around playing hide the commander-in-chicken, Shrub spent more than 35 minutes with a bunch of second graders *after* the first tower was struck, even knowing all of the information cited above? Well, he did. Then he went into his embarrassing disappearing act.
Just last week the smirking chimp released pictures of himself on the phone on 9/11, presumably as he was flitting around the country trying to hide, for the express purpose of GOP fund raising. The stupid assholes are actually using the almost unimaginable tragedy 9/11 as a political fund raising tool.
Later, EIGHT FUCKING MONTHS after the fact, the White House got around to finally telling us about the August 6 warning Bush had received in Crawford. Must have just slipped their mind for EIGHT FUCKING MONTHS.
So let’s review, shall we? What did Shrub, personally, know *before* 9/11? Well, he knew Al Qaeda had plans to hijack planes and fly them into buildings. He knew Al Qaeda agents were enrolled in US flight schools. He knew something was coming soon and, at least as early as August 6, knew of specific Al Qaeda threats. He knew an Al Qaeda member had been arrested in MN, requesting to learn only how to fly a 737, not land it.
He knew all of these things. This is an absolutely incontrovertible fact verified by the information released by Bush himself. Who knows what else he knew that we will only find out about much later, if at all?
So, what did he do with all of this knowledge?
Even missing the obvious clues before the fact, how is it, given what he knew at the time, he could not put the pieces together after the first tower was struck?
How is it not one person on his supposedly start studded staff didn’t put the picture together?
Why the FUCK did the stupid asshole sit there for 35 minutes with a bunch of frickin’ 8 year olds, then spend the rest of the day in a ridiculous dance of jumping from hiding place to hiding place while the nation looked for leadership.
Why is it Rudy fucking Giuliani was the only guy in sight?
And why haven’t these questions been asked before and asked again and again and again until we get the real answers?
Failure of intelligence? No doubt about it, this was a failure of intelligence of the highest magnitude. But it is unfair to place all – or even most – of the blame on US intelligence agencies. Given what we now know Bush knew and when he knew it, he knew or should have known what was about to happen, At very least the idiot should have been able to connect the dots and figure it out as it was happening.
Failure of intelligence, indeed. The most glaring failure of intelligence is the idiot running the circus. I wouldn’t hire this dim bulb to take care of my yard, much less run the damn country.
Now, finally, there is no spin that can hide his inherent stupidity from the public. The only question is will the public, not being a terribly bright lot, either, understand?