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September 10, 2007

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Bush is literally a threat to the national security of this country. Two off the cuff examples:

9/11 - How did Bush know that he wasn't a target of the attacks on 9/11? If the FAA has a direct connection to the President's Secret Service detail than he should have known around 8:20am that morning that a plane had hit the WTC. Yet he continued on his PUBLICLY known photo op to a school full of children approximately 5 miles from an airport at a time when the FAA thought there were 8 planes that had been hijacked. Bush was so sure that he wasn't a target that day that he was willing to risk a school full of children to prove that point. Mitigation - On 9/11, was there any attempt to mitigate the loss of lives and destruction? Where were the fighter jets? The Pentagon getting hit by a commercial jet almost two hours after the first signs of a hijacking? Jet planes being scrambled from far away bases and flying at a fraction of the speed that they are capable of?

Zarqawi - In 2002, the Bush administration had several chances to take out Zarqawi in northern Iraq but chose not to because it would have undercut its case for war against Saddam. But I thought Bush made no decision about going to war until 2003? SO, in this case Bush is not only a liar but he was willing to risk the lives of people, perhaps Americans, by allowing Zarqawi to live so he could still get his illegal war of aggression in 2003.

Avoiding attacking suspected terrorist mastermind
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/
By Jim Miklaszewski
Chief Pentagon correspondent
NBC News
Updated: 7:14 p.m. ET March 2, 2004

With Tuesday’s attacks, Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant with ties to al-Qaida, is now blamed for more than 700 terrorist killings in Iraq.

But NBC News has learned that long before the war the Bush administration had several chances to wipe out his terrorist operation and perhaps kill Zarqawi himself — but never pulled the trigger.

In June 2002, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that Zarqawi and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern Iraq, producing deadly ricin and cyanide.

The Pentagon quickly drafted plans to attack the camp with cruise missiles and airstrikes and sent it to the White House, where, according to U.S. government sources, the plan was debated to death in the National Security Council.

“Here we had targets, we had opportunities, we had a country willing to support casualties, or risk casualties after 9/11 and we still didn’t do it,” said Michael O’Hanlon, military analyst with the Brookings Institution.

Four months later, intelligence showed Zarqawi was planning to use ricin in terrorist attacks in Europe.

The Pentagon drew up a second strike plan, and the White House again killed it. By then the administration had set its course for war with Iraq.

“People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of preemption against terrorists,” according to terrorism expert and former National Security Council member Roger Cressey.

In January 2003, the threat turned real. Police in London arrested six terror suspects and discovered a ricin lab connected to the camp in Iraq.

The Pentagon drew up still another attack plan, and for the third time, the National Security Council killed it.

Military officials insist their case for attacking Zarqawi’s operation was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.

The United States did attack the camp at Kirma at the beginning of the war, but it was too late — Zarqawi and many of his followers were gone. “Here’s a case where they waited, they waited too long and now we’re suffering as a result inside Iraq,” Cressey added.

And despite the Bush administration’s tough talk about hitting the terrorists before they strike, Zarqawi’s killing streak continues today.

It's all about the Benjamin’s. The other reasons? Spying on Americans. Lying to Congress. Waging an illegal war. Torturing Prisoners. Operating Secret Prisons. Ignoring Pre-9/11 Warnings.

ManagedChaos - How could Bush have known at 8:20 AM, when the first plane did not hit the WTC until 8:46 AM?

As I said above, the FAA has direct lines to the President's Secret Service detail. Bush knew, or should have known before he left his hotel that one plane had already hit the WTC. Compare the timeline with Bush's own words about how he found out. He is either complicit or grossly negligent. Either way, he is a threat to the national security of this country.

http://www.911timeline.net/

10) 8:13:31 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11 last transmission from Boston Air Traffic Control: AAL11 turn 20 degrees right American Airlines Flight 11 responds: 20 right AAL11.

A few seconds later the Controller asks: AAL11 now climb maintain FL350 [35,000 feet] Controller: AAL11 climb maintain FL350 Controller: AAL11 Boston. There is no response from American Airlines Flight 11.

11) 8:14 to 8:20 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11 goes off course and is hijacked.

14) 8:20 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11 transponder signal stops transmitting Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) beacon signal

16) 8:21 a.m.: Betty Ong, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, calls Vanessa Minter at American Airlines reservations from the seatback phone. "She said two flight attendants had been stabbed, one was on oxygen," said the manager on duty. "A passenger had his throat slashed and looked dead and they had gotten into the cockpit." She identifies the seats of the hijackers and confirms that the plane is descending.

17) 8:22 a.m.: Amy Sweeney another flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, calls American Airlines ground manager Michael Woodward and speaks calmly to him until the plane crashes.

18) 8:24:38 a.m.: The pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, John Ogonowski, or one of the hijackers activates the talk-back button, enabling Boston air traffic controllers to hear a hijacker say to the passengers: "We have some planes. Just stay quiet and you will be OK. We are returning to the airport. Nobody move." Apparently, one of the hijackers confused the aircraft's radio with its public-address system. Air traffic control responds, "Who's trying to call me?"

19) 8:24:57 a.m. from American Airlines Flight 11, "Everything will be OK. If you try to make any moves, you'll endanger yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet."

20) 8:25 a.m.: Boston air traffic control notified several air traffic control centers that a hijack is in progress with American Airlines Flight 11. Boston air traffic control first lost communication with American Airlines Flight 11 more than 11 minutes ago. What took them so long to start to implement procedure? Why didn’t they also notify North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at this time?

21) 8:26 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11 is heading westnorthwest, its location is between Albany and Lake George, New York, when it suddenly makes a 100 degree turn to the south and starts heading directly toward New York City. American Airlines Flight 11 finds the Hudson River and follows it all the way south till it impacts the north side of the North Tower of the WTC.

22) 8:32 a.m.: Bush’s motorcade leaves The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on Longboat Key, Florida for Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota.

57) 9:01 a.m.: Bush later makes the following statement. "And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I used to fly myself, and I said, 'There's one terrible pilot.' And I said, 'It must have been a horrible accident.' But I was whisked off from there -- I didn't have much time to think about it." Bush could not have possibly seen the first plane (American Airlines Flight 11) hit the WTC, because the only video showing this was not shown on television till later in the day. So how could he have possibly seen and said this?

Not to be picky or anything, but Bush (and all subsequent presidents) only get secret service coverage for 10 years after leaving office. that was a law passed in 1994.

and I don't know how that works if he is impeached.

Which he should be asap.

i'm just saying

...hmmmm I wonder what his choice of retirement jobs will be.....perhaps he will open up a chain of Gas/Hamburger stands in Iraq after the all the yelling (bloodbath) is over. 'Ya, want fries with that double double, there Ahmed?"...grin :-)

In respect to the flight stuff - the 9-11 report is another warren commission.

The look on Bushs face in the classroom was not one of suprise, it was one of having your colin coil up knowing you are now fully committed.

[Edited. I removed some September 11 conspiracy theory stuff here. -- emptypockets.]

We as a nation have to accept that elements of our leadership betrayed us in the worst possible way.

As if this war isn't bad enough. Clearly, they lie to us and think nothing of lives, American or otherwise. What makes us think it was any different on 9-11

Emptypockets, I'm very curious what you consider "911 conspiracy theory stuff" and that it had to be edited out. Isn't the government's version of 9/11 a conspiracy theory as well, albeit the official government sponsored one? I'd be happy to shoot down any crazy theories, government sponsored or not, pertaining to 9/11.

Something I've wondered for a while now is whether Bush has completely signed over the 'foreign policy portfolio' to Cheney.

Is it possible that's why we saw the loose nukes flying cross-country ONLY when Bush was in Austria, uh er Australia, uh er Oz?

BTW, whatever happened to those nukes?

Yeah, seems like time to evict Dick and pResident Bushie.

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