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    Philip Zelikow Has 9/11 Report Rewritten To Be More Favorable Of Condi

    Philip Zelikow Has 9/11 Report Rewritten To Be More Favorable Of Condi

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    This is a new entry at historycommons.org. Condoleezza Rice doesn't deserve "more favorable" treatment. She belongs in prison.

    May-June 2004: Zelikow Has Portions of 9/11 Commission Report Rewritten to Be More Favorable to National Security Adviser Rice
    9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow tells the staff team working on the Bush administration’s response to terrorist threats in the summer of 2001 that their drafts must be rewritten to cast National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice in a better light. Rice’s testimony about the administration’s prioritizing of terrorism has been contradicted by former counterterrorism “tsar” Richard Clarke, who said that al-Qaeda was not a high priority for the White House. The commission staffers think that Clarke is telling the truth, because, in the words of author Philip Shenon, Clarke had left a “vast documentary record” about the White House’s inattention to terrorism. Clarke’s account is also corroborated by other National Security Council (NSC) members, the CIA, and the State Department.
    • Zelikow's Reaction - However, Zelikow, a close associate of Rice (see 1995 and January 3, 2001), tells the staffers their version is “too Clarke-centric” and demands “balance.” Shenon will comment: “He never said so explicitly, but Zelikow made clear to [the staffers] that the commission’s final report should balance out every statement of Clarke’s with a statement from Rice. The team should leave out any judgment on which of them was telling the truth.”
    • Support from Commission Lawyer - Zelikow is supported to a point in this dispute by Daniel Marcus, the commission’s lawyer. Marcus thinks that the staffers are making Clarke into a “superhero,” and that there were some “limitations and flaws” in his performance. Marcus also sees that the staff’s suspicions of Zelikow and his ties to Rice are no longer hidden, but will later say: “In a sense they overreacted to Philip because they were so worried about him they pushed and pushed and pushed, and sometimes they were wrong.”
    • Staffer Regrets Not Resigning Earlier - One of the key staffers involved in the dispute, Warren Bass, had previously considered resigning from the commission due to what he perceived as Zelikow’s favoring of Rice. At this point he regrets not resigning earlier, but does not do so now. Bass and his colleagues merely console themselves with the hope that the public will read between the lines and work out that Clarke is telling the truth and Rice is not.
    • "Tortured Passages" - Shenon will comment: “[T]he results of the team’s work were some of the most tortured passages in the final report, especially in the description of the performance of the NSA in the first months of the Bush presidency. It was written almost as a point, counterpoint—Clarke says this, Rice says the opposite—with no conclusion about what the truth finally was.” [Shenon, 2008, pp. 394-396]
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    You'd be surprised at the amount of people that haven't seen this clip. I got it a long time ago from Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD. It was one of the extras.

    The August 6th, PDB was one of the first things that REALLY made me take a hard look at 9/11. We were told again and again that there were "no warnings," and that no one had "any idea" that something like 9/11 could happen, and then news of a document entitled, "Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S." came out. The title is a warning in and of itself. It talked about how the FBI was "conducting approximately 70 full-field investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers bin Laden-related," and that they saw "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."

    Once I found out that we were lied to, I was "off to the races."



    You may remember that Bush said he requested the PDB because of threats in Genoa. Threats reminiscent of what happened on 9/11.

    You may also remember that Bush has said, "I don’t think anyone in this government [in] the prior government, that could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a massive scale." He also said, “had we had any inkling whatsoever that terrorists were about to attack our country, we would have moved heaven and earth to protect America."

    So let's see, he requested a PDB because of threats from the air, was given the PDB that said there were "Al-Qaeda" inside the United States that might be preparing for hijackings or other types of attacks, and still had the audacity to say the types of things mentioned above. Not only that, but he didn't "move heaven and earth." He didn't even have the decency to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE CLASSROOM.

    It has been 7+ years since 9/11. Would you believe the August 6th, PDB was NOT the only warning this administration received?

    People think that the warnings are considered "limited hangout", or "LIHOP," but the fact of the matter is, the warnings they received might have come from honest people in the intelligence industry (ours, and around the world) that stumbled across something initiated by elements within our Government. Patty Casazza alleged that whistleblowers claimed they knew the day, the target, and the type of attack. If this is true, imagine the kinds of things they could do to insure the success of the attacks with that kind of information.

    Another important aspect of the warnings shows that they LIED. If they lied about that, imagine what else they lied about.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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