|9/11 NPR Broadcast: "The Director of the CIA warned that there could be an attackan imminent attackon the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected." [Memory Hole]|
Tenet Knew America Was
Under Attack on 9/11
Why Didn't Anyone Else?
|At 8.50 am, CIA director George Tenet is sitting at his breakfast table in the
St. Regis hotel, only a few blocks away from the White House. He is together
with David L. Boren, former senator of Oklahoma, an old friend and supporter.
... Their talk was abruptly interrupted: Security personnel enters the
room. “Mr. Director”, one of them says, “there is a serious problem.”|
Whats the matter?, Tenet asked. The security officer hesitates. Tenet indicates that he should speak freely even in the presence of Boren. A tower of the WTC has been attacked. Another guard offers Tenet a mobile phone. Tenet at once calls the CIA headquarter in Langley and asks for details.
They steered the plane directly into the building? he asks incredulously. He orders his closest employees to the conference room and wants to be there himself within 15 minutes. That looks like Bin Laden Tenet said to Boren. Without waiting for a reaction Tenet thinks aloud: I wonder if this has something to do with the guy who trained for a pilots license. [Stern]
It stands to reason that people further up the chain of command would have been briefed on what Tenet knew, but it seems they were all suffering total amnesia on 9/11.
Roughly 9 a.m. - the view of National Security Advisor Rice on hearing WTC 1 had been hit by an airplane:
Roughly 9 a.m. - the view of President Bush on hearing WTC 1 had been hit by an airplane:
Roughly 9.03 a.m. - the view of Vice President Cheney on hearing WTC 1 had been hit by an airplane:
Why was the Director of the CIA the only person to realise America was under attack? Why did he and his staff feel no need to inform anyone else that an attack was taking place, after all, the CIA was supposedly set up to prevent another "Pearl Harbor" event. If the hijackings truly were surprise attacks then the CIA failed miserably with their duties on 9/11, as did the Secret Service.
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