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Bush Says Aug. 6, 2001 Memo Did Not Foretell 9/11

Bush knew:
Al Qaeda on America
Osama wants to hit US
Al Qaeda bent on kidnapping planes

And went on vacation....

Bush Says Aug. 6, 2001 Memo Did Not Foretell 9/11

Bush said the document, which he had requested to learn more about the al Qaeda threat within the United States, provided no intelligence warning of a specific attack.

"I am satisfied that I never saw any intelligence that indicated there was going to be an attack on America -- at a time and a place, an attack," Bush told reporters.

The White House made public the page-and-a-half document on Saturday night. It told Bush a month before Sept. 11, 2001, that al Qaeda members were in the United States and the FBI (news - web sites) had detected suspicious activity "consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks."

"It said Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) had designs on America. Well, I knew that," Bush said.

What more did he need ? An invitation from Al Qaeda with name, time and place ?

Dear Mr Bush,

You are cordially invited to join us in the bombing of American targets in US soil.

Location: Word Trade Center 1 & 2 and Pentagon
Date: September 11 2001
Time: 8:30 for start of bombing

Duration: Bombing will proceed until 10 am unless stopped sooner by NORAD or yourself

Dress: Casual Attire

Bring a potluck dish to give to survivors in the aftermath. (We are short on deserts and mineral water). Laura and the kids are welcome to attend

Osama bin Laden & Al Qaeda

Text of the President's Daily Brief for Aug. 6, 2001

The New York Times > Washington > Text of the President's Daily Brief for Aug. 6, 2001

Published: April 11, 2004

Following is the text of the 'President's Daily Brief' for Aug. 6, 2001, 'Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,' as provided by the White House. Omitted material is indicated by ellipses.

Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the U.S. Bin Laden implied in U.S. television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and 'bring the fighting to America.'

After U.S. missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, bin Laden told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a . . . service.

An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (E.I.J.) operative told an . . . service at the same time that bin Laden was planning to exploit the operative's access to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike.

The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of bin Laden's first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the U.S. Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the F.B.I. that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that bin Laden lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate the operation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own U.S. attack.

Ressam says bin Laden was aware of the Los Angeles operation.

Although bin Laden has not succeeded, his attacks against the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he prepares operations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Laden associates surveilled our embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997.

Al Qaeda members — including some who are U.S. citizens — have resided in or traveled to the U.S. 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 U.S. citizens, and a senior E.I.J. member lived in California in the mid-1990's.

A clandestine source said in 1998 that a bin Laden cell in New York was recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.

We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a . . . service in 1998 saying that bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of "Blind Sheik" Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.

Nevertheless, F.B.I. information since that time indicates 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.

The F.B.I. is conducting approximately 70 full field investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers bin Laden-related. C.I.A. and the F.B.I. are investigating a call to our embassy in the U.A.E. in May saying that a group of bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.