March 27, 2004
Rice, who has refused to testify before the panel under oath and in public, met with the commission privately for four hours Feb. 7.Prior to May 2002? What was the National Security Advisor to the President of the United States doing? Did she swear off newspapers for Bizarro World Lent?
One issue was her May 16, 2002, statement at the White House when she said, “I don’t think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center…that they would try to use ..a hijacked airplane as a missile.” Intelligence reports had detailed such plans as much as five years before 9/11.
Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the 9/11 panel, said that during a closed door session Rice revised that statement.
“She corrected [herself] in our private interview by saying, ‘I could not anticipate that they would try to use an airplane as a missile,’ but acknowledging that the intelligence community could anticipate it,” Ben-Veniste said.
“No reports of the use of airplanes as weapons were briefed or presented to Dr. Rice prior to May 2002,” said her spokesman Sean McCormack.
Contrapositive provides a nice selection of discussions of pre-9/11 intelligence about airplanes as weapons, all of which appeared between September 11, 2001 and May 16, 2002, in such obscure places as the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times.
Remember, this is one of the people who’s supposed to be briefing Himself on what’s in the papers, so he can focus on being resolute and decisive and like that.
I’ll start laughing my ass off just as soon as I stop being frightened half to death. These are the people protecting us? Maybe we’re better off with psychic tips after all. [08:47 PM]