2003: 911: It was an interesting day – President Bush, recalling 9/11

By Allan Wood and Paul Thompson May 9, 2003 At approximately 8:48 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, the first pictures of the burning World Trade Center were broadcast on live television. By that time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon, the White House, the Secret Service, and Canada’s Strategic Command all knew that three commercial airplanes had been hijacked. So why, at 9:03 a.m. – fifteen minutes after it was clear the United States was under terrorist attack – did President Bush sit down with a classroom of second-graders and begin a 20-minute pre-planned photo op? No one knows the answer to that question. In fact, no one has even asked Bush about it. Bush’s actions on September 11 have been the subject of lively debate, mostly on the internet. Details reported that […] Read More

2002: The USA PATRIOT Act Was Planned Before 9/11

by Jennifer Van Bergen Truthout.org 20 May, 2002 Many people do not know that the USA PATRIOT Act was already written and ready to go long before September 11th. Recent criticism of Bush’s admission that he had received warnings only weeks before September 11th has made it more important to understand the origins of the USAPA. The USA PATRIOT Act – the so-called “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001,” a.k.a. the USAPA — was enacted in the immediate wake of 9/11, riding a wave of fear that spread over the nation. This Act has caused much concern amongst civil rights advocates. The Administration, however, responded to such concerns by calling critics unpatriotic. Now, the White House has had a similar response to critics of Bush’s recent admission of early warnings. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Friday: “I […] Read More