This Is Old News…

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

100545349_5b1d39bc5f_1…to most of us, but Flickr now has images of the notes of Department of Defense staffer Stephen Cambone, taken on September 11. 2001.

The notes (11 pages of them) include Donald Rumsfeld’s 2:40 PM instructions to General Myers to find the "[b]est info fast… judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] at same time – not only UBL [Usama Bin Laden]" (as discussed on p. 334-335 of the 9/11 Commission Report).

Clearly, Rumsfeld knew that "UBL" was the culprit for 9/11, but as early as 2:40 pm on 9/11/01, he was thinking strategicially about whether the facts were "good enough" to hit Hussein.  Cambone’s notes also include the line "Hard to get a good case".

You can click the image on the right to get a "full-size" look at one of the pages of notes.