Condi Rice to the 9/11 Committee (quote):
"I was in a press conference to try and describe the August 6th memo [the one entitled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike U.S." – KRA], which I’ve talked about here in my opening remarks and which I talked about with you in the private session.
And I said, at one point, that this was a historical memo, that it was — it was not based on new threat information. And I said, No one could have imagined them taking a plane, slamming it into the Pentagon — I’m paraphrasing now — into the World Trade Center, using planes as a missile."
No one could have imagined? Speak for yourself, Condi.
According to a recently-released report from the 9/11 Commission, the FAA "had indeed considered the possibility that terrorists would hijack a plane and use it as a weapon." In fact, in 2001, the FAA distributed a CD-ROM presentation to airlines and airports that cited the possibility of a suicide hijacking.
So when Condi says "no one could have imagined . . .", she must have been referring to her own inabilities, inexperience, and/or disinterest. Or she was lying.
Anyway, it has now been revealed that "in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda". Read all about it.
Bonus outrage: This report was completed five months ago, but the Bush Administration suppressed it until now. Anybody want to guess why? What was going on in the country five months ago?
P.S.: In a "related" story, Iraqis got to vote last month.