One had to be versed in country things Not to believe the phoebes wept.

The whole issue of what Secretary Rice knew, when she knew it, Rice tries to cast doubt on report of terror warning

Rice called it “incomprehensible” she would have blown off warnings of an imminent attack and even questioned whether the meeting actually happened.

“I don’t know that this meeting took place, but what I really don’t know, what I’m quite certain of, is that it was not a meeting in which I was told there was an impending attack and I refused to respond,” she said.

and what actions she should have taken has come up before, Reps. Waxman and Maloney Call for Hearings

Background
This morning’s New York Times reported that in “the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations.”[1] The article explained that the Federal Aviation Administration “received 52 intelligence reports” that mentioned Osama bin Laden or Al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001, and that the FAA warned airports that if “the intent of the hijacker is not to exchange hostages for prisoners, but to commit suicide in a spectacular explosion, a domestic hijacking would probably be preferable.”
This information was included in a staff report by the 9/11 Commission dated August 26, 2004. The 9/11 Commission report found that there was “intelligence that indicated a real and growing threat leading up to 9/11,” but that this intelligence “did not stimulate significant increases in security procedures.” Although the report did not find that the government had advance information about the specific September 11, 2001, attacks, it reported that the FAA took various measures to warn airport security officials about “the possibility of a suicide hijacking.”

Declassification Process
The first question Committee hearings should address is whether the Bush Administration abused the classification process to improperly withhold the 9/11 Commission findings from Congress and the public until after the November elections and the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. Although the 9/11 Commission staff completed its report on August 26, 2004, the Bush Administration refused to declassify the findings until January 28, 2005, less than 48 hours after Ms. Rice was confirmed as Secretary of State.[2] At that time, the Department of Justice delivered both a classified version and an unclassified version to the National Archives, the agency charged with collecting and retaining all 9/11Commission documents.

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Statements by Ms. Rice
The Committee should also examine the process by which Ms. Rice investigated and researched intelligence reports regarding airline suicide attacks prior to making public
statements regarding this issue, testifying before the 9/11 Commission on April 8, 2004, and advising President Bush.
During her tenure as President Bush’s National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice made several categorical statements asserting that there were never any warnings that terrorists might use airplanes in suicide attacks. On May 16, 2002, for example, Ms. Rice made the following statement at a White House press briefing:

I don’t think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile.[5]

52 warnings and she can’t recall one of them. We all have memory problems, but Rice’s are remarkable in a former national security adviser. I remember another blogger or two around the time of her appointment to Secretary of State making the observation that the Bush Whitehouse has a predilection for rewarding failure.
State Dept. Confirms Rice-Tenet Meeting

Materials from this meeting were made available to the independent Sept. 11 Commission, and Tenet was asked about the session when interviewed by the commission, McCormack said.

The meeting is not part of the commission report, but was referred to obliquely in a report by the commission’s predecessor, a joint congressional panel that investigated the 9/11 attacks. That report said that “senior U.S. government officials were advised by the intelligence community on June 28 and July 10, 2001, that the attacks were expected, among other things, to ‘have dramatic consequences on governments or cause major casualties’ and that ‘attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning.'”

Are conservatives mind readers, or is it more likely that they have a fetish for projecting their own grave short comings on to their political opponents, Hastert to Limbaugh: You’re either with the Foley cover-up, or you’re with the terrorists

Sweet! So, if you personally think it’s appalling that the GOP leadership covered up a sex predator in their ranks, then you’re with the terrorists.

How much further can this go? We’ve already seen “you’re either with massive illegal surveillance, or you’re with the terrorists,” and “you’re either with indefinite imprisonment without trial, or you’re with the terrorists,” and even “you’re either with giving George W. Bush the right to define torture and order its use, or you’re with the terrorists.”

Yes, what is next, if you’re against rape you’re with the terrorists, if you’re for feeding the poor you’re pro terrorists? It might be time for conservatives to hire a new script writer. Public opinion of conservatives keeps getting lower and lower and a factor in that might be the Republican’s sanity problem. We all have the right to question the sanity of Hastert and the like minded reptilians that create the level of political debate that permeates the newspapers, airwaves, and internet everyday. You are not allowed to say that we’ve had over six years of a failed conservative strategy on national defense and it is time for a change, Hastert: Liberals Want To Take ‘The 130 Most Treacherous People In The World’ and ‘Release Them Out In The Public’

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said earlier this week that liberals wanted to “coddle” terrorists. Asked about his comments today on Fox News, Hastert expanded his criticisms. According to Hastert, liberals want to take “the 130 most treacherous people, probably in the world…and release them out in the public eventually.”

Denny’s party and Denny’s president are the ones that have made it nearly impossible to prosecute terrorists. While at the same time locking up people without specific charges or avenues of appeal; at least some of those people nobody knows whether they are guilty of anything or not. For Denny and Republicans the facts that you’re in Gitmo is proof enough. Conservatives have had this attitude for years, if you’re arrested you must be guilty, yet we have seen in the last week that when it comes to one of their own engaging in some nefarious activity they were more interested in protecting their political prospects for the mid-term elections then in doing what was right.

Police: School killer told wife he molested family members , If this guy would have been a Muslim instead of a Christian we would probably be having a shrill chorus of right-wing bloggers spewing forth the usual paranoid rantings which would include some snide remark about the religion of peace. For now all we have is CBS broadcasting some nutjob who blames all the school shootings on Charles Darwin and a woman’s right to have ownership of her body. In the spirit of free speech next week we can look forward to CBS presenting the Flat Earthers versus the Round Earthers, they report you decide.

The birds that came to it through the air
At broken windows flew out and in,
Their murmur more like the sigh we sigh
From too much dwelling on what has been.

Yet for them the lilac renewed its leaf,
And the aged elm, though touched with fire;
And the dry pump flung up an awkward arm;
And the fence post carried a strand of wire.

For them there was really nothing sad.
But though they rejoiced in the nest they kept,
One had to be versed in country things
Not to believe the phoebes wept.

from The Need of Being Versed in Country Things by Robert Frost