No Accountability

The person in this video clip claiming he is not going to hold anyone accountable for "failures" that resulted in the attacks of 9-11 was awarded the Presidential medal of freedom award and a million dollar book deal.

"President Bush awarded the nation's highest civilian honor Tuesday to three men central to his Iraq policy, saying they had played "pivotal roles in great events."

"Tenet left the CIA in July after seven years as director. He has been criticized for intelligence failures before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the never-proven prewar allegations that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction."

"Mr. Bush credited him as "one of the first to recognize and address the threat to America from radical networks." He said that after Sept. 11, Tenet was "ready with a plan to strike back at al Qaeda and to topple the Taliban."

"This honor goes to three men who have played pivotal roles in great events and whose efforts have made our country more secure and advanced the cause of human liberty," Mr. Bush said."

"WASHINGTON, May 16, 2002 — President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News."

"In many respects, the directive, as described to NBC News, outlined essentially the same war plan that the White House, the CIA and the Pentagon put into action after the Sept. 11 attacks. The administration most likely was able to respond so quickly to the attacks because it simply had to pull the plans “off the shelf,” Miklaszewski said."

"Such directives are top-secret documents that are formally drafted only after they have been approved at the highest levels of the White House, and represent decisions that are to be implemented imminently."

"He scored a $5 million book deal, making his retirement a bit more comfortable."

Thanks JH and JG

Thanks to Jeff Hill for grabbing the source material and Jon Gold for making the video.

Thank you Jim and Jon

Thank you Jim and Jon for pointing out the videos of the joint inquiry. I found them to be very informative!!! More so than most of the documentaries I've watched over the years ;)

see c-span link for video of days 1-9:


Staying Classy

"Almost 10 years later, the now former president declined an invitation from President Barack Obama to attend a somber remembrance Thursday at New York's ground zero to mark the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden."

"Bush's decision is consistent with his desire to keep a low profile."

"He's made the real decision not to enter into politics or the public eye," former first lady Laura Bush told The Associated Press on Thursday after appearing at a Dallas elementary school to announce grants from her foundation to school libraries.

That's odd, I seem to remember him wanting the spotlight when he was trying to get your money........

"With Book, Bush Is Back in Spotlight"

"George W. Bush will end a self-imposed silence about his presidency in an NBC prime-time special on Monday, the eve of the release of his memoir, “Decision Points.” That the interviewer will be Matt Lauer, the co-host of the “Today” show, reveals calculations by Mr. Bush and his advisers, as well as a campaign by NBC."

"But critics of Mr. Bush — and there are many, with polls showing that most Americans still hold an unfavorable view of him — who would like to see a televised confrontation over issues like the Iraq war may come away disappointed. The tone of the prime-time special is conversational, not prosecutorial, and for that reason, “Lauer/Bush” is not likely to join “Frost/Nixon” in the public imagination."

"To get the first shot at the Bush interview, each major television network pieced together its best proposal — a “package,” Mr. Drake said — and at least one other offered a prime-time special like NBC’s. He declined to share specifics, but said “it was a close decision.”

"The NBC interview is the start of a book tour like almost no other. Mr. Bush will sit down with Oprah Winfrey and Rush Limbaugh, as well as with all three prime-time hosts on the Fox News Channel this week. There will be print interviews, too, but the only one announced so far is with AARP The Magazine."

"After the prime-time hour, called “Decision Points” like the book, Mr. Bush will return to NBC on Wednesday for a live interview on “Today,” in part to react to the initial interviews. Later, NBC’s cable arm, MSNBC, will both repeat the prime-time special with Mr. Lauer and show an additional hour of interview excerpts. Asked if that crossed the line into outright book promotion, Mr. Capus said: “That’s not our role. We’re there to do a journalistic interview.”

"Each Bush interviewer gets a special bite of the apple this week and next. Ms. Winfrey, whose taped interview will be shown Tuesday, visited Mr. Bush’s parents in Kennebunkport, Me. Mr. Limbaugh will have the first live interview with Mr. Bush around noon on Tuesday. Sean Hannity will interview Mr. Bush on the radio Tuesday afternoon and on television Tuesday night."

"Of the other Fox hosts, Bill O’Reilly’s turn is Thursday and Greta Van Susteren’s is Friday. Ms. Van Susteren is the only interviewer to visit Mr. Bush’s archives at Southern Methodist University."

"Later on, there will be interviews on “CBS Sunday Morning,” with his wife Laura; on CNN in prime time, with his brother Jeb; on “Fox & Friends”; and, on Nov. 18, on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Even last week’s release of Bush interview excerpts by NBC and by “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was tightly controlled to whet the appetite of book buyers."

What was the reason Bush couldn't attend the 9-11 remembrance?.......Oh right.....

"But his spokesman said later in the week that while the former president appreciated the offer to attend the ground zero event, he chooses to remain out of the spotlight in his post-presidency."

"With Book, Bush Is Back in Spotlight"

"appreciated the offer to attend the ground zero event, he chooses to remain out of the spotlight in his post-presidency."

"Stay classy San Diego" --Ron Burgundy

Time "Man of the Year"

George W. Bush through the adoring eyes of the children he "protected" at Booker Elementary on 9/11:,8599,2069327,00.html

The Interrupted Reading: The Kids with George Bush on 9/11

There has rarely been a starker juxtaposition of evil and innocence than the moment President George W. Bush received the news about 9/11 while reading The Pet Goat with second-graders in Sarasota, Florida.

Seven-year-olds can’t understand what Islamic terrorism is all about. But they know when an adult’s face is telling them something is very wrong — and none of the students sitting in Sandra Kay Daniels’ class at Emma E. Booker Elementary School that morning can forget the sudden, devastated change in Bush’s expression when White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispered the terrible news of the Al Qaeda attack. Lazaro Dubrocq’s heart started racing because he assumed they were all in big trouble — with no less than the Commander-in-Chief — but he wasn’t quite sure why. “In a heartbeat he leaned back and he looked flabbergasted, shocked, horrified,” recalls Dubrocq, now 17. “I was baffled. I mean, did we read something wrong? Was he mad or disappointed in us?”

All sorts of similar kid fears started running through Mariah Williams’ head. “I don’t remember the story we were reading — was it about pigs?” says Williams, 16. “But I’ll always remember watching his face turn red. He got really serious all of a sudden. But I was clueless. I was just seven. I’m just glad he didn’t get up and leave because then I would have been more scared and confused.” Chantal Guerrero, 16, agrees: even today she’s grateful that Bush regained his composure and stayed with the students until The Pet Goat was finished. “I think the President was trying to keep us from finding out,” says Guerrero, “so we all wouldn’t freak out.”

Even if they didn’t freak out, it’s apparent that sharing the terrifying Tuesday of 9/11 with Bush has affected those second-graders in the decade since — and, they say, made the news of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s killing by U.S. commandos on Sunday all the more meaningful. Dubrocq, now a junior at Riverview High School in Sarasota, doubts he’d be a student in the rigorous IB, or international baccalaureate program, if he hadn’t been with the President as one of history’s most infamous global events unfolded. “Because of that,” he says, “I came to realize as I grew up that the world is a much bigger place, and that there are differing opinions about us out there, not all of them good.”

Guerrero, today a junior at the Sarasota Military Academy, believes the experience “has since given us all a better understanding of the situation, sort of made us take it all more seriously. At that age I couldn’t understand how anyone could take innocent lives that way. And I still of course can’t. But today I can problem-solve it all a lot better, maybe better than other kids because I was kind of part of it.” Williams, also a junior at the military academy, says those 9/11 moments spent with Bush conferred on the kids a sort of historical authority as they grew up in Sarasota. “Today, when we talk about 9/11 in class and you hear kids make mistakes about what happened with the President that day, I can tell them they’re wrong. Because I was there.”

One thing they’d like to tell Bush’s critics — like liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, whose 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 911 disparaged Bush for lingering almost 10 minutes with the Booker students after getting word that two planes had crashed into New York’s World Trade Center — is that they think the President did the right thing. “I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us,” says Guerrero. Dubrocq agrees: “I think he was trying to protect us.” Booker Principal Gwendolyn Tose’-Rigell, who died in 2007, later insisted, “I don’t think anyone could have handled it better. What would it have served if [Bush] had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?”

On their watch

Secret Service was not held accountable for not hustling the President out of Booker Elementary, on that horrible day. Anybody living "real time" with those events transpiring should have felt immediate trepidation for the security of our President.
Unless..., these folks had some "foreknowledge" of the events that were to transpire?
Even so, shouldn't someone have been held responsible, for the "failures"...?

Back to school, kids

Exactly. The issue all along hasn't been with Bush, but with his Secret Service detail. Did Moore even go into that in 'Fahrenheit 9/11'?

By the Bush White House's account, they knew the nation was under attack, but had no knowledge about what would or would not be targeted next. These youths don't seem to realize that, if that were so, they were potentially being put in danger by his staying there. Oh well--so long as they weren't panicked!

These kids need to get schooled--on the meaning of standard operating procedures.

Tenet's testimony

It is clear that Tenet lied his way right through his testimony. All of his lies have been exposed in "Prior Knowledge of 9/11", and can be found at

These lies and a whole lot more. What is pathetic is that these august Senators allowed Tenet to perjure himself, and never charged him with the obvious crimes of perjury, as he tried to hide the CIA culpability not only in the Cole bombing but the attacks on 9/11.

This is the real story of 9/11, that is backed up with video testimony and now many US official documents, that show that the CIA working with FBI HQ agents that had subjugated, had deliberately and intentionally allowed the al Qaeda terrorists to carry out the attacks on 9/11.