It was almost exactly as Condoleezza Rice said. The presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike Inside the United States” did indeed summarize old news. As she insisted repeatedly, the PDB contained “historical information based on old reporting” about al-Qaeda. “It did not,” she said, “… warn of any coming attacks inside the United States.”
But what about the part where it says the FBI had detected “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.”
That sounds like a warning of a coming attack on the United States. And that was very new information. Rather specific too. This is what is called a bald-faced lie.
Historical information — would that include intelligence that was three months old, or is that considered history too? Because the memo did include information 3-month old information about al-Qaeda plans to enter the United States for an attack with explosives. It says here that the FBI was conducting “approximately 70 full field investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers Bin Laden-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our Embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group or Bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.”
Let’s hear it for the commission. Let’s hear it for truth. Let’s pick these people off one by one, if that’s how they want it.