Late last month, Hillary Clinton testified before a special House committee investigating her role in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead.
That hearing lasted 11 hours and centered mostly on her advanced knowledge that the situation in Libya was critical, and that, like, she personally denied repeated requests for increased security. The hearing was public.
On September 11th, 2001, terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 citizens.
George W. Bush also testified before a special committee investigating that attack, although beforehand he demanded his session only last one hour.
No one knows if his hearing centered around his advance knowledge of the attack, because that hearing was closed to the public. The White House also refused to let a transcript be taken.
If it did, and if the committee chair Thomas Kean asked Bush what prior warnings he had about an attack, we can only hope Bush responded with “a dickton.”
Because it appears he had, and I believe this is a technical term, a dickton of advanced knowledge, according to a new report by Politico. (This is to say nothing of another actual warning he received on August 6, 2001 that 9/11 was happening next month.)
“Rich [Blee] started by saying, ‘There will be significant terrorist attacks against the United States in the coming weeks or months. The attacks will be spectacular. They may be multiple. Al Qaeda’s intention is the destruction of the United States.’”
That’s what then CIA director George Tenet recalls the head of his Al-Qaeda unit telling then National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice in July 2001.
But like, come on. There’s more than one way to read that. Maybe he meant emotional destruction. Maybe Al-Qaeda was going to take us on a date then ignore our texts (Note: George Bush eventually promoted Rice to Secretary of State).
Still, that doesn’t mean we could have, like, stopped it, does it? Wait, the CIA had a plan in place and the administration ignored it (because they wanted 9/11 to happen?)? Cha.
The drama of failed warnings began when Tenet and [Coffer] Black pitched a plan, in the spring of 2001, called “the Blue Sky paper” to Bush’s new national security team. It called for a covert CIA and military campaign to end the Al Qaeda threat—“getting into the Afghan sanctuary, launching a paramilitary operation, creating a bridge with Uzbekistan.”“And the word back,” says Tenet, “‘was ‘we’re not quite ready to consider this. We don’t want the clock to start ticking.’” (Translation: they did not want a paper trail to show that they’d been warned.)
You should go read the whole thing now, because being an informed Bro is important.
And because, God, it’s gonna be so great when it comes out that the Bush administration was actually behind 9/11.
I can’t wait.