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President's Daily Brief Exposed: New Documents Released

"The analysts... provided President Bush with the August 6, 2001 PDB (President's Daily Briefing) including the warning that Bin Laden planned to attack the U.S., and mentioned hijacked airplanes as one possibility (apparently not as suicide missiles, but the more traditional skyjack style). What did the President do with that warning?
Did anything happen? None of his senior aides were present at the August 6 briefing, which took place at the ranch in Crawford, Texas... From a distance, it looks as if the warning came but they all were on vacation."
Thomas S. Blanton
Washington, D.C(04-08)
The most contentious moments of today's nationally televised hearing of the commission investigating the September 11th terrorist attacks focused on the controversial secret intelligence briefing received by President Bush on August 6, 2001 - a top-level document called the President's Daily Brief. Commission members Bob Kerrey, Richard Ben-Veniste and Timothy Roemer each asked national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to declassify the document, and each time she ducked the direct question, telling Mr. Roemer that "I think you know the sensitivity of presidential decision memoranda."

excerpt from today's testimony

mirror of excerpt from today's testimony

"...the direct quotes from the August 6, 2001 President's Daily Brief read into the record today, both by commission members and by Dr. Rice, point to an underlying reality - that the Brief could be declassified and released publicly simply by blacking out the sources-and-methods information."

The complete story of
The President's Daily Brief Coverup
by Thomas S. Blanton was just released today at the National Security Archive

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