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The issue becomes how much more has been concealed or distorted. It took 2 and 1/2 years of Rice saying there was no knowledge by the Bush administration of any terrorist in America. The title of the August 6th PDB blew that one out of the water. "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US."
At the time Bush was on a 30 day vacation. A New York Times report said that after getting the August 6th PDB, Bush went fishing.
Over a month before 9/11, during the "summer of threat," President Bush received a Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) at his Crawford, Texas ranch indicating that bin Laden might be planning to hijack commercial airliners.
-Stated to the commission that she [Condoleezza Rice] and Bush considered the August 6th PDB as just an "historical document" and stated that it was not considered a "warning."
a PDB specifically headline "Bin Laden [was] Determined to Strike in US," was not a "warning" by Rice standards. This is despite the fact that the PDB even mentioned that planes may be involved in hijackings.
What Rice herself actually knew by August 6th was enough to be alarming. The is absolutely no doubt she knew Al Qaeda was in the US determined to strike.
However, when asked numerous times what act "she" took, she repeatedly said that either Clarke or her staff had not specifically requested "her" to act. Despite the fact that she testified that she "understood the serious threat of terrorism" before 9/11 and that she was the National Security advisor, she and Bush "expected other people" to be doing their job, like Clarke, the FBI, etc. She appeared to believe that it was not the her job or the job of the President to take initiative based on the warnings received.
Although Rice contended the FBI was alerted one member of the commission pointed out that they had talked to virtually everyone in the FBI and that no one knew anything about any warning regarding the "serious" threat of terrorist attack against the United States.