Much Memo About Nothing

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The memo "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." has been released. It reveals even more how ridiculous the 9-11 commision's more left-leaning members are. Here's the full text. It says bin Laden wanted to strike in the U.S., but that could have been inferred from his threats against the U.S. during the Clinton Administration. It didn't take any special intelligence information to know that. There was some indication of Washington, D.C., as a target with some speculation about various forms of attack, as Condoleeza Rice had indicated. It also says he prepares years in advance, which gives the sense that there's no clear immediate urgency.

The only mention of hijacking is in the following two paragraphs:

We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a ... (redacted portion) ... service in 1998 saying that Bin Ladin wanted to hijack a US aircraft to gain the release of �Blind Shaykh� �Umar �Abd al-Rahman and other US-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.

If it's listed as "some of the more sensational threat reporting" and merely "patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks", it doesn't sound much like a warning that something like 9-11 was about to occur. It also goes on to say that the FBI were investigating everything thought to be related to al Qaeda.

Everything in the memo is consistent with the view that there are things to be on the alert about but that the relevant authorities were investigating what was worrisome. There's no strong sense that hijackings are even a strong possibility but just that they're within the range of possible threats. (via One Hand Clapping)


This just in...memo says rocks are hard...

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