A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
For BuzzFlash, the most fundamental "in your face, no further proof needed" evidence of Bush Administration negligence and malfeasance in relation to 9/11 occurred in August of 2001.
BuzzFlash has commented, editorialized, run stories and written about this countless times.
In August of 2001, Bush was given a briefing by a CIA official that Condi Rice testified was headlined, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S." It included the strong possibility that Osama bin Laden's group would carry out hijackings.
As we have noted ad nauseum, Bush and Rice (who knew too of the briefing) did nothing -- absolutely nothing -- in response to this intelligence warning about al-Qaeda planning strikes in the U.S., particularly hijackings.
The most fundamental fact remains as clear as can be: if Bush or Rice had issued a special alert to airports about potential hijackings and put special airlines security procedures in place, 9/11 might never have happened.
Bush and Rice, and others in the Bush Administration are -- at a minimum -- guilty of gross negligence.
The most tragic irony is that out of the ashes of 9/11, Karl Rove was able to build a myth that we needed Bush for our national security, when he did nothing to prevent 9/11 even when directly warned of such a likelihood.
In fact, as we recently twice noted, journalist Robert Parry wrote of Bush's juvenile, irresponsible and perhaps criminally negligent response to the infamous August, 2001, briefing:
"The CIA tried to warn Bush about the threat on Aug. 6, 2001, with the hope that presidential action could energize government agencies and head off the attack. The CIA sent analysts to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, to brief him and deliver a report entitled 'Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US.'
"Bush was not pleased by the intrusion. He glared at the CIA briefer and snapped, 'All right, you’ve covered your ass,' according to [Ron] Suskind’s book.
"Then, putting the CIA’s warning in the back of his mind and ordering no special response, Bush returned to a vacation of fishing, clearing brush and working on a speech about stem-cell research."
On August 2, 2006, the Washington Post reports, belatedly, that the 9/11 Commission almost considered criminal charges against Pentagon officials for perjury in regards to their testimony about 9/11. This is no small revelation.
There are many people who have been trying to get to the bottom of how 9/11 happened, given America's tremendous security apparatus and that no orders to implement special anti-hijacking measures were given. In the case of the Pentagon, the lack of any effective response to the hijackings -- and the Pentagon's lying about what happened -- opens a Pandora's box of new questions.
One doesn't have to believe every aspect of every "conspiracy theory" about 9/11 to know one basic truth: At a minimum, the Bush Administration is guilty of gross negligence in not taking any efforts to prevent 9/11, despite CIA warnings, and of mishandling the hijackings once they occurred, not to mention Bush's passive response to the event, as he sat reading "My Pet Goat" while 3,000 people were dying.
How anyone can believe that this man should be responsible for America’s national security when he is so irresponsible in protecting us is central to the mystery of the myth that Rove, the media, and the timid Democrats have created around the Bush Administration.
The Bush Administration is a threat to our national security in and of itself. You need look no further than 9/11.
We don't know everything that they didn't or did do, but already we know enough to know that they were, in all likelihood, unforgivably and perhaps criminally negligent.
Whether or not they were just incompetent and lazy or were willfully allowing it to happen to create the "Pearl Harbor" event that the PNAC felt was necessary to galvanize Americans into a wartime footing remains to be uncovered.
But, already, we know enough.
Our national security and our lives are at risk as long as the Busheviks are in power.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL