Saturday, April 10, 2004

Happy Holy Week, Let's Bury Some News 

The Times provides us with a handy chart to document our impressive progress in bringing democracy to a grateful Iraq.

Do you think Baghdad David Brooks was allowed to see it before he wrote his column?

The August 6 PDB is out, very lightly redacted. Still no full transcript that I can find.

Wait, here we go.

Nothing we don't already know, but it's still pretty fucking damning.

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 Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.

Nevertheless, FBI 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.

Jesus Christ, why couldn't anyone put 2 and 2 together?

Bush went on vacation the next day. Despite very specific warnings of hijackings, Al-Qaeda operatives in the US, and surveillance of New York buildings.

And the fact that they refused to release it for so long, stonewalling and invoking imaginary standards and privileges, spending so much time being so goddam defensive over this one briefing... well, what do they have to hide?

Let's just make sure the media get the story right on this. It does not let anyone off the hook -- if it did, they would have released it months (or years) ago.

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