Tom Joscelyn on Hillary’s Claim that Bill Would Have Done Something If He’d Had a Warning!

September 27, 2006

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THOMAS JOSCELYN ON THE VICTORIA TAFT SHOW HEARD 5-8PM PACIFIC.
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“I’m certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled ‘Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States’ he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team.”

She might be right. Maybe if he’d gotten ONE warning he WOULD have done something. But as Tom Joscelyn points out Bill Clinton had MORE THAN SIX warnings. See Joscelyn’s piece here.

On page 124, for example, the Joint Inquiry lists six instances–all prior to 2001–in which the intelligence indicated al Qaeda was planning attacks on U.S. soil:

In June 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information from several sources that Osama Bin Laden was considering attacks in the United States, including against Washington, D. C. and New York;

In August 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that a group of unidentified Arabs planned to crash an explosive-laden plane from a foreign country into the World Trade Center;

In September 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that Osama Bin Laden’s next operation could possibly involve flying an aircraft loaded with explosives into a U.S. airport;

In October 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that al-Qaeda was trying to establish an operative cell within the United States, and that there might be an effort underway to recruit U.S. citizen- Islamists and U.S.-based expatriates from the Middle East and North Africa;

In September 1999, the Intelligence Community obtained information that Osama Bin Laden and others were planning a terrorist act in the United States, possibly against specific landmarks in California and New York City; and

In late 1999, the Intelligence Community obtained information regarding the Bin Laden network’s possible plans to attack targets in Washington, D. C. and New York City during the New Year’s Millennium celebrations.

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