posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 06:57 AM
Interesting to note.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was interviewed on 12 October 2001 by Lyric Wallwork Winik (yes, that's her real name), a columnist for Parade,
the magazine that comes in many Sunday newspapers across the US. Although Parade is one of the most mainstream magazines imaginable (think People
meets the Saturday Evening Post), Winik blindsided Rumsfeld with a question that few reporters/interviewers have the guts to ask:
"This is a question that's been asked by many Americans, but especially by the widows of September 11th. How were we so asleep at the switch? How
did a war targeting civilians arrive on our homeland with seemingly no warning?"
Rumsfeld is apparently shaken by this young reporter's forthrightness. First, he admits what few else dare:
"There were lots of warnings."
Immediately after this sentence, though, the Secretary starts to qualify it. He subtly plays the "we didn't connect the dots" card:
"The intelligence information that we get, it sometimes runs into the hundreds of alerts or pieces of intelligence a week. One looks at the
worldwide, it's thousands. And the task is to sort through it and see what you can find."
Although he doesn't directly say it, it would seem that Rumsfeld is insinuating that the poor, understaffed, shoestring intelligence and defense
establishments can't put together intelligence in a timely manner.
Now things get really bizarre. After admitting that there were plenty of warnings, he says it was up to the FBI and especially state and local law
enforcement to deal with the imminent terrorist attack:
"And as you find things, the law enforcement officials who have the responsibility to deal with that type of thing -- the FBI at the federal level,
and although it is not, it's an investigative service as opposed to a police force, it's not a federal police force, as you know. But the state and
local law enforcement officials have the responsibility for dealing with those kinds of issues."
Text YellowAnd here's something to kick around. Still answering this question, Rumsfeld goes on to make a strange statement:
"It is a truth that a terrorist can attack any time, any place, using any technique and it's physically impossible to defend at every time and every
place against every conceivable technique. Text Orange"Missile"? What missile would that be? Did he let something slip? Or was
this just a gaffe? A bad choice of words? A transcription error? Until we know for sure, it deserves scrutiny.
The article based on this interesting interview was "We Have to Defend Our Way of Life" by Lyric Wallwork Winik in Parade, 18 Nov 2001. The only
part of the above exchange to be included is this: