The Big Story that is being missed is Condi Rice and George Tenet meeting

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  1. ASLANSPAL

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    Althought the Mark Foley predatorgate is blotting out the sun politically. I think a big story is being missed in relation to osama bin laden and all the furor and blame game being put on Clinton by the right wing and its noise machine.

    Another big story being missed is of course Iraq and the wounded toll near
    a thousand soldiers this month, but Iraq is so dangerours it is not being covered like it should either way the bush culture of cronyism and incompetence marches on.

    And Condi Rice is the epitimony of arrogant incompetence...dare not bug ol Condi about bin laden she will just "sniff"
    and do nothing...wait!...that is what she did.

    Two Months Before 9/11, an Urgent Warning to Rice
    On July 10, 2001, two months before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, then-CIA Director George J. Tenet met with his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, at CIA headquarters to review the latest on Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Black laid out the case, consisting of communications intercepts and other top-secret intelligence showing the increasing likelihood that al-Qaeda would soon attack the United States. It was a mass of fragments and dots that nonetheless made a compelling case, so compelling to Tenet that he decided he and Black should go to the White House immediately.
    Tenet called Condoleezza Rice, then national security adviser, from the car and said he needed to see her right away. There was no practical way she could refuse such a request from the CIA director.
    For months, Tenet had been pressing Rice to set a clear counterterrorism policy, including specific presidential orders called "findings" that would give the CIA stronger authority to conduct covert action against bin Laden. Perhaps a dramatic appearance -- Black called it an "out of cycle" session, beyond Tenet's regular weekly meeting with Rice -- would get her attention.
    ...He did not know when, where or how, but Tenet felt there was too much noise in the intelligence systems. Two weeks earlier, he had told Richard A. Clarke, the National Security Council's counterterrorism director: "It's my sixth sense, but I feel it coming. This is going to be the big one."
    ...Tenet hoped his abrupt request for an immediate meeting would shake Rice. He and Black, a veteran covert operator, had two main points when they met with her. First, al-Qaeda was going to attack American interests, possibly in the United States itself. Black emphasized that this amounted to a strategic warning, meaning the problem was so serious that it required an overall plan and strategy. Second, this was a major foreign policy problem that needed to be addressed immediately. They needed to take action that moment -- covert, military, whatever -- to thwart bin Laden.
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    Tenet and Black felt they were not getting through to Rice. She was polite, but they felt the brush-off. President Bush had said he didn't want to swat at flies.
    As they all knew, a coherent plan for covert action against bin Laden was in the pipeline, but it would take some time. In recent closed-door meetings the entire National Security Council apparatus had been considering action against bin Laden, including using a new secret weapon: the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, that could fire Hellfire missiles to kill him or his lieutenants. It looked like a possible solution, but there was a raging debate between the CIA and the Pentagon about who would pay for it and who would have authority to shoot.
    Besides, Rice seemed focused on other administration priorities, especially the ballistic missile defense system that Bush had campaigned on. She was in a different place.
    Tenet left the meeting feeling frustrated

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/washington/03ricecnd.html?_r=1&ex=1160020800&en=d382c0ea5a8ee6c2&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/30/AR2006093000282.html
     
  2. StraightAndNarrow

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    I seriously believe that the "fix was on" at this point.
     

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