National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Testimony (External Links: March 2004)

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The following are External Links for March 2004 related to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Testimony.

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March 23, 2004

  • "'The White House Has Played Cover-Up' - Former 9/11 Commission Member Max Cleland Blasts Bush"(audio/video/transcript), Democracy Now, March 23, 2004: "The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is holding public hearings today with testimony by top Bush administration officials. We speak with former commission member Max Cleland who was the chief critic of the White House's lack of cooperation in the investigation."
  • Matthew Yglesias, "The Wolfowitz Record," TAPPED, March 23, 2004 (12:56 PM)].
  • George Wright and Jackie Dent, "Powell denies ignoring 9/11 warnings," Guardian/UK, March 23, 2004.
  • "Cohen criticizes 'wag the dog' characterization. Former defense secretary testifies before 9/11 panel," CNN, March 23, 2004: "... defended President Clinton's use of the military to protect national security interests, returning to a sharp GOP-led criticism of Clinton at a time when he was embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal."
  • "Albright: U.S. unpopularity a 'gift' to al Qaeda," CNN, March 23, 2004.
  • "Clarke: 'White House is papering over facts'," CNN, March 23, 2004.
  • Atrios, "Bush at War," Eschaton, March 23, 2004: Atrios provides two significant quotes. The first comes from Bob Woodward's book (page 39): "Until September 11, however, Bush had not put that thinking [that Clinton's response to al Qaeda emboldened bin Laden] into practice, nor had he pressed the issue of bin Laden. Though Rice and others were developing a plan to eliminate al Qaeda, no formal recommendations had ever been presented to the president. ... 'I know there was a plan in the works. . . . I don't know how mature the plan was,' Bush recalled. . . . He acknowledged that bin Laden was not his focus or that of his national security team. 'There was a significant difference in my attitude after September 11. I was not on point [before that date], but I knew he was a menace, and I knew he was a problem.'" The second comes from the May 18, 2002, article by Woodward and Dan Eggen "August Memo Focused On Attacks in U.S." in the Washington Post: "New accounts yesterday of the controversial Aug. 6 memo provided a shift in portrayals of the document, which has set off a political firestorm because it suggested that bin Laden's followers might be planning to hijack U.S. airliners. ... In earlier comments this week, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and other administration officials stressed that intelligence officials were focused primarily on threats to U.S. interests overseas. But sources made clear yesterday that the briefing presented to Bush focused on attacks within the United States, indicating that he and his aides were concerned about the risks."
  • Paul Krugman, "Lifting the Shroud," New York Times, March 23, 2004: "From the day it took office, U.S. News & World Report wrote a few months ago, the Bush administration 'dropped a shroud of secrecy' over the federal government. After 9/11, the administration's secretiveness knew no limits -- Americans, Ari Fleischer ominously warned, 'need to watch what they say, watch what they do.' Patriotic citizens were supposed to accept the administration's version of events, not ask awkward questions. ... But something remarkable has been happening lately: more and more insiders are finding the courage to reveal the truth on issues ranging from mercury pollution -- yes, Virginia, polluters do write the regulations these days, and never mind the science -- to the war on terror. ... It's important, when you read the inevitable attempts to impugn the character of the latest whistle-blower, to realize just how risky it is to reveal awkward truths about the Bush administration."
  • Scott McClellan, Press Briefing by Scott McClellan on 9/11 Commission hearings in The James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, March 23, 2004.
  • Jackie Frank and Steve Holland, "Bush Rejects Allegations by Former Aide Clarke," Reuters, March 23, 2004.

9/11 Commission Preliminary Conclusions

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  • Joshua Micah Marshall, "Declassifying the Transcripts," Talking Points Memo, March 29, 2004: "... is not compatible with national security. But taking the transcripts, cutting the individual words into scraps and pasting them back together into incriminating sentences might be okay."

March 31, 2004