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LordNeon
04-13-2004, 10:58 PM
Johnny boy tries to blame it on the Clintons, unsurprisingly ...

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-security-commission.html

... but the 9/11 panel isn't buying it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/13/politics/13PANE.html

Debaser
04-13-2004, 11:19 PM
Can't view due to subscription notice. Post the articles.

LordNeon
04-13-2004, 11:25 PM
Registration is free and easy. But here's the key passages from the first one:

"U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told the Sept. 11 commission on Tuesday the Clinton administration bore most of the blame for the attacks because it allowed the nation's defenses to wither for eight years ... He said that over the eight years of the Clinton administration, the FBI's technology budget was ``starved for funds'' and was $36 million below its 1992 level."

and the second one:

"Draft reports by the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks portray Attorney General John Ashcroft as largely uninterested in counterterrorism issues before Sept. 11 despite intelligence warnings that summer that Al Qaeda was planning a large, perhaps catastrophic, terrorist attack, panel officials and others with access to the reports have said. ... The draft reports, they said, quote the F.B.I.'s former counterterrorism chief, Dale Watson, as saying he "fell off my chair" when he learned that Mr. Ashcroft had failed to list combating terrorism as one of the department's priorities in a March 2001 department-wide memo.

They said the reports would also quote from internal memorandums by Thomas J. Pickard, acting director of the F.B.I. in summer 2001, in which Mr. Pickard described his frustration with Mr. Ashcroft and what he saw as the attorney general's lack of interest in the issue of how the bureau was investigating terrorism suspects in the United States."