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The August 6 Presidential Daily Briefing

I wrote this a couple of years ago about the importance of the August 6th PDB. I still like it. 

Bush working on his crawford mansion

No other document, in my opinion, reveals how clueless the Bush administration truly was prior to 9/11. This document is little over a page long, yet it holds some alarming information. First, read the memo. Now, re-read the memo and imagine that you are the President of the United States in August 2001. You are responsible for the well being of over 275 million people. Secondly, focus on the title – Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US. Now, in August of 2001, this was not common knowledge. In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed, but it is not clear to me that the Bush White House (well, I’m really talking about Bush, Cheney and Rice) clearly understood the connection between Ramzi Yousef, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Osama bin Laden. US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya are bombed in 1998. Hundreds of Africans were killed. A third Embassy was targeted but the attack was thwarted by the Ugandan police. October 12, 2000, the USS Cole was bombed. 17 sailors were killed. We cannot forget the Millennium Day Bomber who intended to bomb the LA airport. Just because he was caught does not mean that he isn’t part of the picture. As a matter fact, the Millennium Day Bomber is probably the most vivid example of Al Qaeda (he trained with Al Qaeda) trying to come into the United States. It was due to nothing but a lot of luck and some skill that this plot was thwarted. The US Customs agent said that the Millennium Day Bomber was acting hinky.

This should be the most superficial knowledge that the president should have as he was reading the August 6th daily brief.

The seventh paragraph of the PDB should have sent chills up and down the spine of any American who read it.

Al Qaeda members – including some who are US citizens – have resided in or traveled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks. Two Al Qaeda members found guilty in the conspiracy to bomb our embassies in East Africa were US citizens, and a senior EIJ member lived in California in the mid-’90s. (more…)

By | 2013-08-07T03:38:58+00:00 August 6th, 2013|Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, Terrorism|Comments Off on The August 6 Presidential Daily Briefing

What's going on – News Roundup

Friday Morning News Roundup

California has averted their version of Armageddon. They’ve finally passed a budget.

Southwest Airlines issued a warning about instrument approaches to the Buffalo airport. This warning was issued before the fatal crash of the Continental Connections commuter plane that crashed last week. The Pilots Association re-issued the warning on Wednesday of this week.

Glenn Greenwald takes his time and goes through the details of Binyam Mohamed‘s case. Mohamed is an Ethiopian citizen and British resident who was arrested and rendered from Afghanistan in 2002. Although this case contains allegations of torture and abuse, it is also the case cited by the British judge last week… a case in which the American government, our government, seems to be “blackmailing” the British government. Says Glenn, “The United States will reevaluate its intelligence sharing relationship with the United Kingdom.” He does an excellent job explaining the ins and outs of this very complex case.

Nancy Pelosi hints in an interview with Rolling Stone that several Bush administration officials may be prosecuted. This is a clear change from her earlier position. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Texas billionaire banker R. Allen Stanford has been found in Virginia. He is accused of swindling almost $8 billion from investors/customers. Many people are asking whether the Securities and Exchange Commission should have seen this one coming a long time ago. But then again, that would NEVER happen in a business-friendly Bush administration. Oversight… please.

With Hillary Clinton traveling to Indonesia (part of her Far East trip), and with the Obama administration sending more troops to Afghanistan, one part of the world that we haven’t been talking much about is East Africa. Somalia hasn’t gotten any better since we left back in 1993. As a matter of fact, in many aspects, it has just gotten worse. Anarchy seems to reign in that part of the world. Somalia is a great place for one of those “safe havens” to develop (if it hasn’t already). This is a part of the world that we cannot ignore.

Maybe it was just me, but there was a time when I really respected Lou Dobbs. That time has long since passed. He seems now to find time on almost every show to rail against our immigration policies. While we do need immigration reform, rounding everybody up and sending them home is not the way. Building a fence is not the way. Yet, I digress… Lou Dobbs went crazy over the Employee Free Choice Act, spreading falsehoods, again.

A French battleship, sunk back in 1917, has been found in the Mediterranean Sea. This is cool. It is also cool that we found a woolly mammoth (I say “we” as if I had anything to do with it 🙂 ) almost completely intact. The specimen was found in downtown Los Angeles.

By | 2009-02-20T06:44:05+00:00 February 20th, 2009|Afghanistan, Economy, Legal|Comments Off on What's going on – News Roundup