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Rice won't admit 9/11-style attacks were predictable.

ITEM: During her press briefing on May 16, 2002, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice stated, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would ... try to use an airplane as a missile...." She repeated this contention during her public testimony before the 9-11 Commission on April 7, 2004.

ITEM: While giving public testimony before the 9-11 Commission on April 7, 2004, Condoleezza Rice reluctantly provided the actual title of the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB). The name of this classified document had supposedly never before been publicized, and the document had supposedly been seen previously only by commission members, not by the public. She also stated that this PDB "did not, in fact, warn of any coming attacks inside the United States."

AHEAD OF THE CURVE: In our June 17, 2002 issue, THE NEW AMERICAN not only named this document, we cited a publicly available portion from its text that directly contradicts Miss Rice's testimony. We wrote: "While on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, on August 6th [2001], President Bush received a CIA briefing entitled 'Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.' That report predicted an attempt by al-Qaeda terrorists to hijack civilian jetliners to 'bring the fight to America.'"

After Rice testified, the White House released a redacted portion of this PDB amounting to less than two pages. But we now know that the entire document is 12 pages in length. If her claims about it are true, why hasn't it been released en toto?

In that same June 2002 article entitled "Foreknowledge and Failure," we noted that the Library of Congress had predicted in 1999 the very use of airplanes that Rice said no one could have foreseen. We quoted from the Library's 1999 report as follows: "Suicide bomber(s) belonging to al-Qaida's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives ... into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, or the White House." The article further pointed to the existence of a 1994 "Pentagon-commissioned report," which concluded: "religious terrorists could hijack commercial airliners and crash them into the Pentagon or the White House."
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Title Annotation:Ahead Of The Curve
Author:McManus, John F.
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 17, 2004
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