Ashcroft Stopped Flying Right After CIA Warning

A post at Daily Kos points out that former Attorney General John Ashcroft stopped flying commercial airplanes immediately after receiving the warning of an imminent attack from CIA director George Tenet.

"The White House is in full panic mode trying to find a way to spin the now-admitted fact that George Tenet did indeed brief Condi Rice on July 10, 2001 about the terror threat. The latest damage control approach has been to claim that the report was "nothing new".

So how come when then-Attorney General John Ashcroft heard the same warning a week later, he immediately stopped flying commercial aircraft?


July 17 -- Ashcroft briefed. July 28 -- Ashcroft flies in a charter, leased, according to the article, earlier that week.

Seems to me this could be another blockbuster. If Ashcroft decided that commercial flights were too dangerous based on the same warning as Rice (who presumably wasn't flying commercial flights either) ignored, we have ourselves some rather dramatic
evidence ...."

Here's the original story on Ashcroft staying off of commercial airplanes.

Flying Ashcroft July 2001

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July 17 -- Ashcroft briefed. July 28 -- Ashcroft flies in a charter, leased, according to the article, earlier that week.

Atty. Gen. Ashcroft: "Let me just indicate to you that I never ceased to use commercial aircraft for my personal travel. My wife traveled to Germany and back in August. My wife and I traveled to Washington , D.C. on the 3rd of September, before the 17th -- before the 11th attack, on commercial aircraft. I have exclusively traveled on commercial aircraft for my personal travel, continued through the year 2000, through the entirety of the threat period to the nation."

Ashcroft slipped up in his testimony, mentioning the date on which he was briefed, instead of 9/11.

Some lame reasoning over there.

It's especially interesting to read in light of the news regarding the Tenet briefings. Evidently, Ashcroft took the warnings a little more seriously than some.


Personally, I think the testimony of a man who lost an election to a dead man isn't the most trustworthy.

He had no reason to tell the truth because "it was abundantly clear that there would be no repercussions for any misrepresentations."

"It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this."

Doesn't the Daily Kos ban

Doesn't the Daily Kos ban all posts that contradict the offiical story?

Yes, but

they're having a hard time figuring out exactly WHAT the official story is now. Their "commandments" regarding the 9/11 fable only deal with their professed faith in Osama and the boxcutter boys -- they don't really know what to do with things like "Condoleeza knew way, way more than she let on, and the Commission helped cover everything up."

So LIHOP is okay now?

So LIHOP is okay now?

I was able to plug WTC7

and 9/11 Mysteries there yesterday.

I'm open for suggestions as to which of all the movies combines MIHOP best with the whole circumstantial evidence Kos'sacks seem to be so fond of. Physics doesn't seem to be on of their strong suits...

why is getting attention

why is getting attention now. it was reported ages ago. and why has it only be discovered tenet gave briefing to rice now. why has it taken so long. this means the bush administration had foreknowledge and condi a liar. so this is very big news.

people need to be made aware

people need to be made aware of this.

Remember Mayor Willie Brown?

I would also like to add the following not-so-minor detail: If Condi says there was "nothing new" in that report, or, as she told the 9/11 Commission, nothing of substance in any subsequent report, then how come she considered it worthwhile to call Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco on September 10, 2001, and warn him not to fly on September 11?

That's a pretty specific target date for someone who supposedly knew nothing specific or new.

who needs d-kos when yours

who needs d-kos when yours truly wrote about this connection on the blog here a full day before.