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Thursday, February 10, 2005

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 Declassified Clarke memo proves Rice lied

Here is the January 25, 2001, memo from counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke to national security advisor Condoleezza Rice - the first terrorism strategy paper of the Bush administration. The document was central to debates in the 9/11 hearings over the Bush administration's policies and actions on terrorism before September 11, 2001.

Clarke's memo requests an immediate meeting of the National Security Council's Principals Committee to discuss broad strategies for combating al-Qaeda by giving counterterrorism aid to the Northern Alliance and Uzbekistan, expanding the counterterrorism budget and responding to the U.S.S. Cole attack. Despite Clarke's request, there was no Principals Committee meeting on al-Qaeda until September 4, 2001.

Note that the memo bears a declassification stamp of April 7, 2004, one day prior to Rice's testimony before the 9/11 Commission on April 8, 2004. Responding to claims that she ignored the al-Qaeda threat before September 11, Rice lied in a March 22, 2004 Washington Post op-ed when she wrote that, "No al Qaeda plan was turned over to the new administration."

2 Comments:

Blogger Dave S. said...

She didn't lie. That memo only references Al Qida.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

This version is a better read ;)

5:33 PM  

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