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      > Subject: [UncleSamSucks] RE: Claim vs. Fact:
      > Condoleezza Rice's Opening Statement
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      > Claim vs. Fact: Condoleezza Rice's
      > Opening Statement
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      > Claim vs. Fact: Condoleezza Rice's
      > Opening Statement
      >
      > April 8, 2004
      >
      > CLAIM: "We decided immediately to
      > continue pursuing the
      > Clinton Administration's covert action authorities
      > and other efforts to
      > fight the network."
      >
      > FACT: Newsweek reported that "In the
      > months before 9/11, the
      > U.S. Justice Department curtailed a highly
      > classified program called
      > 'Catcher's Mitt' to monitor al-Qaida suspects in the
      > United States."
      > Additionally, AP reported "though Predator drones
      > spotted Osama bin Laden as
      > many as three times in late 2000, the Bush
      > administration did not fly the
      > unmanned planes over Afghanistan during its first
      > eight months," thus
      > terminating the reconnaissance missions started
      > during the Clinton
      > Administration. [Sources: Newsweek, 3/21/04; AP,
      > 6/25/03]
      >
      > CLAIM: "The strategy set as its goal
      > the elimination of the
      > al-Qaida network. It ordered the leadership of
      > relevant U.S. departments and
      > agencies to make the elimination of al-Qaida a high
      > priority and to use all
      > aspects of our national power -- intelligence,
      > financial, diplomatic, and
      > military -- to meet this goal."
      >
      > FACT: 9/11 Comissioner Jamie Gorelick:
      > "Is it true, as Dr.
      > Rice said, 'Our plan called for military options to
      > attack Al Qaida and
      > Taliban leadership'?" Armitage: "No, I think that
      > was amended after the
      > horror of 9/11." [Source: 9/11 Commission testimony,
      > 3/24/04]
      >
      > CLAIM: "We bolstered the Treasury
      > Department's activities to
      > track and seize terrorist assets."
      >
      > FACT: The new Bush Treasury Department
      > "disapproved of the
      > Clinton Administration's approach to money
      > laundering issues, which had been
      > an important part of the drive to cut off the money
      > flow to bin Laden."
      > Specifically, the Bush Administration opposed
      > Clinton Administration-backed
      > efforts by the G-7 and the Organization for Economic
      > Cooperation and
      > Development that targeted countries with "loose
      > banking regulations" being
      > abused by terrorist financiers. Meanwhile, the Bush
      > Administration provided
      > "no funding for the new National Terrorist Asset
      > Tracking Center." [Source:
      > "The Age of Sacred Terror," 2003]
      >
      > CLAIM: "We moved quickly to arm
      > Predator unmanned surveillance
      > vehicles for action against al-Qaida."
      >
      > FACT: According to AP, "the military
      > successfully tested an
      > armed Predator throughout the first half of 2001"
      > but the White House
      > "failed to resolve a debate over whether the CIA or
      > Pentagon should operate
      > the armed Predators" and the armed Predator never
      > got off the ground before
      > 9/11. [Source: AP, 6/25/03]
      >
      > CLAIM: "We increased funding for
      > counterterrorism activities
      > across several agencies."
      >
      > FACT: Upon taking office, the 2002
      > Bush budget proposed to
      > slash more than half a billion dollars out of
      > funding for counterterrorism
      > at the Justice Department. In preparing the 2003
      > budget, the New York Times
      > reported that the Bush White House "did not endorse
      > F.B.I. requests for $58
      > million for 149 new counterterrorism field agents,
      > 200 intelligence analysts
      > and 54 additional translators" and "proposed a $65
      > million cut for the
      > program that gives state and local counterterrorism
      > grants." Newsweek noted
      > the Administration "vetoed a request to divert $800
      > million from missile
      > defense into counterterrorism." [Sources: 2001 vs.
      > 2002 Budget Analysis; NY
      > Times, 2/28/02; Newsweek, 5/27/02]
      >
      > CLAIM: "While we were developing this
      > new strategy to deal
      > with al-Qaida, we also made decisions on a number of
      > specific anti-al-Qaida
      > initiatives that had been proposed by Dick Clarke."
      >
      > FACT: Rice's statement finally
      > confirms what she previously �
      > and inaccurately � denied. She falsely claimed on
      > 3/22/04 that "No al-Qaida
      > plan was turned over to the new administration."
      > [Washington Post, 3/22/04]
      >
      > CLAIM: "When threat reporting
      > increased during the Spring and
      > Summer of 2001, we moved the U.S. Government at all
      > levels to a high state
      > of alert and activity."
      >
      > FACT: Documents indicate that before
      > Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush
      > Administration "did not give terrorism top billing
      > in their strategic plans
      > for the Justice Department, which includes the FBI."
      > Gen. Henry H. Shelton,
      > chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until Oct. 1,
      > 2001, said during the
      > summer, terrorism had moved "farther to the back
      > burner" and recounted how
      > the Bush Administration's top two Pentagon
      > appointees, Donald Rumsfeld and
      > Paul Wolfowitz, "shut down" a plan to weaken the
      > Taliban. Similarly, Gen.
      > Don Kerrick, who served in the Bush White House,
      > sent a memo to the new
      > Administration saying "We are going to be struck
      > again" by al Qaeda, but he
      > never heard back. He said terrorism was not "above
      > the waterline. They were
      > gambling nothing would happen." [Sources: Washington
      > Post, 3/22/04; LA
      > Times, 3/30/04]
      >
      > CLAIM: "The threat reporting that we
      > received in the Spring
      > and Summer of 2001 was not specific as to...manner
      > of attack."
      >
      > FACT: ABC News reported, Bush
      > Administration "officials
      > acknowledged that U.S. intelligence officials
      > informed President Bush weeks
      > before the Sept. 11 attacks that bin Laden's
      > terrorist network might try to
      > hijack American planes." Dateline NBC reported that
      > on August 6, 2001, the
      > President personally "received a one-and-a-half page
      > briefing advising him
      > that Osama bin Laden was capable of a major strike
      > against the US, and that
      > the plot could include the hijacking of an American
      > airplane." Rice herself
      > actually admitted this herself, saying the Aug. 6
      > briefing the President
      > received said "terrorists might attempt to hijack a
      > U.S. aircraft."
      > [Sources: ABC News, 5/16/02; NBC, 9/10/02]
      >
      >
      >
      > "One of the penalties for refusing to
      > participate
      > in politics is that you end up being governed by
      > your inferiors." ..Plato
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