From The, "OK You’ve Covered Your Ass" Files

The CIA without further redactions,

From June to September 2001, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency. One from June called “Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” writes that “[redacted] expects Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.” The famous August brief called “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” is included. “Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here,” it says. During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas — which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.”

The Clinton Administration doesn’t get off blameless either. A December 4, 1998, President’s Daily Brief describes a “test-run” for 9-11, where Al Qaeda members evade security restrictions at an airpot in New York. A January 2000 briefing memo predicts “weeks… months… but no more than one year” before an Al Qaeda attack.

The archive can be found here.

I’m not sure we will find too much new in the documents, but a couple of nuggets may be found. The struggle to even get the 911 commission will be forgotten by now by most people, but the preponderance of evidence that lifted it from conspiracy theory to redacted CIA reports and ignored recommendations is still here, which may not last long either.

As John Kennedy noted, success has many fathers, failure is always a bastard.

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