Over at PTS a BDS suffering commenter who calls himself clint is whaling that either me or Celtictexan respond the the “August 6th PDB.” In effort to get him to shut his trap, because I know he reads this site, I will respond to this request.
The August 6th PDB is a Presidential Daily Briefing from August 6th 2001 entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike Inside the United States”. BDS sufferes use this as proof that either Bush knew 9/11 was going to happen and he did nothing about it or simply that Bush did nothing about it.
Simple google searches can turn up the text of this memo, here is one. Notice that in the text of the memo hijacking planes with the intent of running them into the WTC does not exist.
BDS sufferes want only to convict Bush of the crime of being negligent, but as the memo states, intelligence exists of Bin Laden wanting to attack the US since 1997. Surely people were aware of Bin Laden’s intent prior to Bush being in office, I mean, with the WTC attacks in ‘93 and the millineum bomb plot being backed by Al-Qaeda and all. Why do the BDS sufferers not want to hold Clinton accountable? Maybe that is what makes the BDS sufferers.
Furthermore, in response to this memo, Condi Rice had this to say: “The FAA issued at least five civil aviation security information circulars to all U.S. airlines and airport security personnel, including specific warnings about the possibility of hijacking.”
Here is a experpt from the link above
Q: Did the PDB item include any warning of the 9-11 attack?No. The only recent information concerning possible current activities in the PDB related to two incidents. There is no information that either incident was related to the 9-11 attacks. The first incident involved suspected “recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.” This information was based on a report that two Yemeni men had been seen taking photographs of buildings at Federal Plaza in New York. The FBI later interviewed the men and determined that their conduct was consistent with tourist activity and the FBI’s investigation identified no link to terrorism. The second incident involved a call made on May 15, 2001 by an unidentified individual to the U.S. Embassy in the UAE “saying that a group of Bin Ladin supporters was in the US planning attacks with explosives.” The caller did not say where or when the attacks might occur. o On May 17, 2001, the NSC’s counterterrorism staff convened the Counterterrorism Security Group, whose members include State, DoD, JCS, DoJ, FBI, and CIA, and reviewed the information provided by the caller. o The information was also shared with Customs, INS, and FAA. o The PDB article advised the President that CIA and FBI were investigating the information. o We had no information, either before or after 9/11, that connects the caller’s information with the 9/11 attacks.
What should Bush have done with all of this non-specific information?