I watched a few minutes of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski\’s “Morning Joe” show today.
Based on its heavily Democrat and leftward lean, I never expect much in the way of informed conversation from this show – that doesn\’t happen when one side predominates. But on any given day, you never know.
I stopped watching while Scarborough gave his opinion of the preposterous, wholly dishonest claim by President Obama that he did not know the extent of the ISIS (oh, I\’m sorry, ISIL) terrorist group because his intelligence people underestimated it.
Scarborough was on firm ground in pointing out, as have so many other people during the past day, that there was explicit information about this group for a long time, and that President Obama – who doesn\’t bother to even show up at most of his daily intelligence briefings – had full access to it. So far so good.
But I switched channels when, true to MSNBC form, Scarborough then compared Obama\’s overt lying about the ISIS threat to George Bush and 9/11. When he said that “Bush had plenty of warnings” (I\’m pretty sure that is the exact quote), off “Morning Joe” went.
That Bush was forewarned about 9/11 is as big a lie as Obama claiming he was not sufficiently informed about ISIS.
When you ask the Scarboroughs of the world how Bush was supposed to know 9/11 was in the works beforehand, they inevitably reference the August 6th, 2011 briefing memo he received – and then cherry-pick a few words to “prove” that it said there would be airplanes flying into the World Trade Center towers.
Because this lie is told so often by so many media people, I periodically put up the actual memo, and debunk it – most recently, about a month and a half ago,
But given that I watched/listened to Scarborough barf out the lie this morning, I feel compelled to put it up again now – along with a challenge to Scarborough.
First the debunking, then the challenge:
Here is the complete memo below – in rust, with my comments in blue:
Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Laden implied in U.S. television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and “bring the fighting to America.” As you can see, the World Trade Center reference was to a previous attack, not one being planned – and it was mentioned only as an example of what bin laden might do to “bring the fighting to America”; nothing more than a point of reference.
After U.S. missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, bin Laden told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a — — service.
An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told – – service at the same time that bin Laden was planning to exploit the operative\’s access to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike. When? Where? On what? Nothing specific.
The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of bin Laden\’s first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the U.S.
Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the FBI that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that in —, Laden lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate the operation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own U.S. Attack. On what? When? Where?
Ressam says bin Laden was aware of the Los Angeles operation. Although Bin Laden has not succeeded, his attacks against the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he prepares operations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Laden associates surveyed our embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997. Nothing about 9/11 here, is there?
Al Qaeda members — including some who are U.S. citizens — have resided in or traveled to the U.S. for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks. For years? Bush, at that point, had been President for less than 7 months. So who must have let them in? Ever hear Bush detractors talk about that?
Two al-Qaeda members found guilty in the conspiracy to bomb our embassies in East Africa were U.S. citizens, and a senior EIJ member lived in California in the mid-1990s.
A clandestine source said in 1998 that a bin Laden cell in New York was recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.
We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a —- service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists. Here is a warning about a possible hijacking (not a crash, a hijacking)…which is uncorroborated, sensational (i.e. seemingly outlandish) in nature, is based on three year old intelligence, and involves just one plane – without a hint of which one, or even if the hijacking would take place within our borders versus an international location. Could this possibly be less relevant to 9/11?
Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York. Suspicious activity for hijackings or other types of attacks (again, no specific attack method) – and surveillance of federal buildings in New York (the World Trade Center was not – repeat, not – a federal building; it was one of the many commercial buildings in New York with federal offices in it.)
The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full-field investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers bin Laden-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group or bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives. Explosives were not used on 9/11.
(NOTE: I pulled this transcript from cnn.com. But, for anyone who thinks I\’ve left a thing out, you can click here and see the actual document, including where there were redactions that neither I nor anyone else outside the briefing room was privy to.)
Now the challenge.
To Joe Scarborough, or Mika Brzezinski (whose contribution was to nod agreement), or any other media person making this claim: If you can show me where I am wrong – where there is any actual indication of a 9/11 attack in the memo – Let\’s see it.
I will post your words verbatim in this blog, without comment, so that they stand by themselves (and, assuming I disagree with you, respond in a separate blog).