Friday, February 11, 2005

Bush Cover Up of Pre-9/11 Incompetence Worse Than Watergate Coverup

The cover up of information on the 9/11 investigations, by keeping pertinent documents classified until after the election, may be a bigger cover-up than Watergate. By controlling both the executive branch and Congress, the Bush administration was able to keep evidence of how its incompetence contributed to the failing to prevent the 9/11 attack until after the election. This allowed Bush to win reelection based upon claims, now proven false, that he was keeping the country safe from terrorism.

The Bush administration denied claims of previous warnings about the dangers faced from al Qaeda. Memos from the National Security Agency released yesterday verify that the Bush administration was warned on January 25, 2001. As we noted yesterday, these memos prove that Condoleezaa Rice was lying in her op ed piece in the Washington Post claiming that "No al-Qaeda threat was turned over to the new administration."

Republicans, including many bloggers, are trying to invent theories to place the blame on Clinton, ignoring that it was the Republican Congress which obstructed Clinton's attempts to fight al Qaeda. They are also denying reports that the Clinton administration provided the Bush administration with plans for handling al Qaeda. The newly declassified memos also prove that these accusations against the Bush administration were valid, as they included an attachment entitled Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of al Qida: Status and Prospects which details recommendations from the Clinton Administration.

Bush won reelection based upon the misperception that he was the better candidate to keep the country safe, despite polling which showed a majority disagreed with Bush on both domestic policy and Iraq. Democrats need to get out the message as to how Bush's incompetence was a factor in preventing an effective defense against terrorism, and how the Republicans covered up release of this information until after the election.


Blogger Ron Chusid said...

NY Times hits them on the cover up aspect:

The Bush administration has blocked the public release of the full, classified version of the report for more than five months, officials said, much to the frustration of former commission members who say it provides a critical understanding of the failures of the civil aviation system. The administration provided both the classified report and a declassified, 120-page version to the National Archives two weeks ago and, even with heavy redactions in some areas, the declassified version provides the firmest evidence to date about the warnings that aviation officials received concerning the threat of an attack on airliners and the failure to take steps to deter it.

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