Sunday, April 11, 2004

U.S.: What did Clinton do about more specific warnings his administration received?

'Skyscraper' Suicide-Hijack Warnings Came During Clinton Era

"Well before the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. intelligence officials warned that terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden planned a 'spectacular attack' that involved kamikaze pilots crashing U.S. airliners into targets that included the Pentagon, the Capitol building and significant U.S. 'skyscrapers.'"

That could be the lead sentence from one of today's news reports touting the CIA's August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing as a warning President Bush should have heeded to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks.

But in fact, those warnings, which are actually far more specific than anything contained in the Bush PDB, were delivered during the Clinton administration - via intelligence that was so well known it was covered newspaper reports at the time.
Read the entire story, and pay particular attention to the closing paragraphs.


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