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The Aug 6, 2001 DPB

Here is the text of the famnous Aug 6, 2001, intelligence briefing for the President on al Qaeda. This was released on Saturday. I am struck by how banal the thing is. I do not think it is impressive in itself, and certianly doesn’t have any useful information for Bush’s enemies, Ben-Veniste’s ravings to the contrary notwithstanding. It does make clear that the CIA was not exactly useful in trying to find ouit what binLaden was up to; that is what should be the story. And yet here is the Washington Post’s slant; not an editorial, but a news story. And I mean slant, start with the title: "Bush Gave No Sign of Worry In August 2001." Read the rest for yourself, and be angry. This isn’t reporting. But, hey, that’s OK because Richard Clarke’s book is going to be made into a
movie. The terms of the deal were not released. Perfect.

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