Early Thursday morning, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied that she gave the “brush-off” to an “impending terrorist attack” warning by former C.I.A. director George J. Tenet and his counterterrorism coordinator in July of 2001, two months before the September 11 attacks, which was first reported in Washington Post investigative reporter’s Bob Woodward’s latest book State of Denial.
The former National Security Adviser, interviewed on Detroit’s Paul Smith Show on WJRI Radio, said that the “assertion that [she] would hear about a specific attack and not do anything” is “obviously just not true.”
“On July 10, 2001, the book says, Mr. Tenet and his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, met with Ms. Rice at the White House to impress upon her the seriousness of the intelligence the agency was collecting about an impending attack,” David E. Sanger reported for the New York Times in September. “But both men came away from the meeting feeling that Ms. Rice had not taken the warnings seriously.” more
Two U.S. government officials with access to classified information tell CNN that the initial air sampling over North Korea shows no indication of radioactive debris from the event Monday that North Korea says was an underground nuclear test.
The U.S. Air Force flew a WC-135 Constant Phoenix on Tuesday to collect air samples from the region.
A third official reiterated that at this point “there isn’t information to allow confirmation it was a nuclear test.” more
So what’s the next move? Do we continue to ignore and name call? Or do we pull back from the UN security council? What does North Korea do?
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Well, I’m sure that this looks good for the Republicans also.
Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, the first lawmaker to confess to crimes in a scandal that has stained the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration.
Standing before Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, Ney pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements. He acknowledged taking money, gifts and favors in return for official actions on behalf of Abramoff and his clients.
The 52-year-old lawmaker faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Huvelle said prosecutors had agreed to recommend a term of 27 months, and said federal guidelines suggest a fine of between $5,000 and $60,000.
Ney did not immediately resign from Congress, and within minutes, Republican and Democratic leaders vowed to expel him unless he steps down. more