Ex-CIA Chief: Bush and Cheney Knew 9/11 Was Imminent, Concealed Intelligence

November 18, 2015   |   Jake Anderson

Jake Anderson
November 18, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) A new report from POLITICO corroborates a suspicion long held by critics of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. It affirms the former president and vice president not only had intelligence warning the terror attacks of 9/11 were imminent, but that they repeatedly ignored the CIA’s warnings. The most shocking assertion is that Bush and Cheney actively attempted to hide the paper trail documenting the fact that the evidence was presented to them.

The claim comes from none other than ex-CIA Chief George Tenet, who recounted with palpable frustration how Bush, Cheney, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice ignored multiple warnings from both him and then-counterterrorism chief, Cofer Black, during the late spring and summer of 2001.

Previously, the most salient proof the Bush administration had advanced warning of 9/11 was the infamous August 6th edition of the CIA Presidential Daily Brief given to George W. Bush. Titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” the document has often been cited by journalists and whistleblowers making a case of willful negligence against Bush and Cheney. The new information from Tenet and Black presents a considerably deeper timeline, showing there was a consistent stream of intelligence warnings starting at least four months prior to September 11th.

According to Black, by May of 2001 “it was very evident that we were going to be struck, we were gonna be struck hard and lots of Americans were going to die.”

Reacting to the threat, Tenet and Black formulated a plan called “the Blue Sky paper,” which called for a comprehensive but covert CIA and military campaign to wipe out Al Qaeda before it could launch attacks. Specifically, Tenet wanted a paramilitary team deployed to the Afghan sanctuary with the goal of “creating a bridge with Uzbekistan.”

Tenet says the response to the “the Blue Sky paper” was stunning. The administration did not want to address the issue, and notably, “didn’t want the clock to start ticking.” In its report, POLITICO translates this to Tenet claiming Bush and Cheney didn’t want a paper trail of the warnings. It’s unclear whether Tenet directly asserted this sentiment or if reporter Chris Whipple inferred it.

What is clear is that for the entire summer preceding the 9/11 attacks, the administration ignored warnings about the threat of Al Qaeda and outright rejected a CIA plan to destroy the terrorist group.

Tenet gets more specific with the nature of the intelligence:

“The world felt like it was on the edge of eruption. In this time period of June and July, the threat continues to rise. Terrorists were disappearing [as if in hiding, in preparation for an attack]. Camps were closing. Threat reportings on the rise.”

On July 10th, Tenet met directly with Condoleezza Rice at the White House, where Richard Blee, head of the agency’s Al Qaeda division, told the national security advisor, “There will be significant terrorist attacks against the United States in the coming weeks or months. The attacks will be spectacular. They may be multiple. Al Qaeda’s intention is the destruction of the United States.”

Rice has consistently downplayed this meeting. In her memoir, she said her recollection of the July 10th warning is not “crisp” because she and Tenet had been regularly discussing the terrorist threat.

How the president’s national security advisor—and the president and vice president themselves—did not prioritize the urgency of new intelligence regarding a terrorist attack against the United States is still a matter of confusion and deep disappointment for Tenet.

“To me it remains incomprehensible still. I mean, how is it that you could warn senior people so many times and nothing actually happened? It’s kind of like The Twilight Zone,” says Tenet. “I still look at the ceiling at night about a lot of things. And I’ll keep them to myself forever. But we’re all human beings.”


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Author: Jake Anderson

Jake Anderson joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in April of 2015. His topics of interest include social justice, science, corporatocracy, and dystopian science fiction. He currently resides in Escondido, California.

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  1. in their "investigation" they also left out a 600 foot building, not hit by an airplane. WTC Building 7 collapsed at 521 p.m. on 9/11, Not hit by an airplance and came down in about seven seconds. not mentioned once in the original 9/1`1 commission report http://www.ae911truth.org

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  2. In this article there are comments attributed to tenet that are quoted as being from cofer black in the linked article in the text…(hyperlinked in the words 'in her memoir').
    Please don't be sloppy when it comes to these type of articles…it only serves to discredit the message

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  3. Why would they listen? If they had, that would have limited any military action that they had already decided on. Aka Iraq. They made billions and millions continue to die or suffer. It would be interesting in 200 years, if the US still exists, to see all the declassified stuff.

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  4. Can you explain the error a bit more? Not sure I understand what the problem is. What quote is misattributed?

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  6. It's the quote about the twilight zone in the last paragraph on this page. If you follow the hyperlink just above this in the bit about condi rice's memoirs, that exact same quote is attributed to cofer black…
    If you look closely there may be other inconsistencies between the two…I couldn't be bothered going thru it all tho

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  9. DISINFORMATION = Bin Laden is a fabrication… just as these tall buildings failing to flash-kerosene fires. Anyone who pushes these ideas are trying to take you somewhere… Bush and Cheney did not play "passive" roles in this scam… PROSECUTE, INCARCERATE,,,

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  10. And the Architect's of our disasterous War On Terror are still free men. That's sick. They should face a firing squad for what they did. Everytime I see Bush's sick grin filled face I want to puke.

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  11. Pinochet sent his henchmen to Washington, DC in the early 1980s to assassinate a Chilean diplomat. Many years later, he was convicted of this and has subsequently died, though not in prison. As a head of state who devised and actedupon this plot, he was prosecuted and punished. Whenever the leaders of one country plot and execute their plans to invade a sovereign country without provocation, it is the duty and responsibility of their country to punish them.

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  12. Right, if we knew in 2000 what we know now we could have elected Gore instead of Bush.

    Wait, uh, we did.

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  13. not only did Bin Laden do 9/11, but he also made George Bush 41's Brady Bond problem- 240 Billion dollar problem disappear… and on and on and on. 2.7 trillion missing disappear. all the brewing Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, SEC scandals, Calforinia Electricity Swindle, etc. etc. problems disappear. You would think they would erect a statue to Bin Laden for the clean slate. and they got their wars to profiteer from to boot. CUI BONO?
    *if one of the buildings were rigged- then they were all rigged. – Alan Sabrosky
    so let's get this clear- Osama Bin Laden before he stole the gold underneath the world trade center, rigged the buildings and then before that broke into the highly secure American airports to put the laser guided equipment on the bottom of the planes. got it. Then he used a sat phone, a sony playstation and a laptop to overtake NORAD. BRILLIANT! and then Osama Bin Laden forced the American Media into submission, because he has that kind of power… and Osama Bin Laden forced George W Bush to cover up the whole thing. both with removing physical evidence and stonewalling any real investigation. MAKES PERFECT SENSE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qvGwJkJP80

    JEB BUSH 2016. We need to go to war with Iran for another certain country and make sure we create more dead and wounded Americans.
    just remember kids- Dumya kept us sate!

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  14. It's already been explained. Building 7 was hit by debris from the North Tower.

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  15. "Experts Speak Out/ The Final Cut " on YouTube is best 911 Video IMO

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  16. Ian Walker Hoping that was sarcasm as there is no way a building such as WT7 would come down the way it did by being hit with debris and a few little fires burning. If these types of buildings came down so easily do you honestly think they would even be built? Imagine the inurance policy for such a building. I would advise looking up a video of the event to see just how perfect it came down.
    Three buildings all coming down in their own footprint in the same day is unlikely enough to be regarded impossible. I don't care about the conspiracies around the event as they can't be proved, yet, but the truth will eventually come out.
    There's a reason that so many engineers and arcitects are screaming foul about this event and these are people who know a lot more then the general public.

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  17. This is just another attempt to deflect the real truth, I.e., that 9-11 was an inside job at the very outset and had very little to nothing to do with any foreign power(s.) Tenet was a criminal/traitorous cog in that black operation. One day the perps will all be prosecuted, some in absentia. I hope those such as Tenet swing from ropes around their criminal necks. What they committed is treason punishable by death.

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  18. You people are mad. How do you connect a raid on Afghanistan with the wtc attack.you're actually disgusting thinking Bush knew and covered up prior knowledge of the attack. I can't believe you kool-aid soaked idiots believe this crap.everyone who believes this BS should be shot.

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  19. Maybe someone should ask Kristine Marcy at the Senior Executive Service about this story.?.

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  20. Ian Walker Debris didn't knock the building over troll. Larry Silverstein said they"pulled" it. It was brought down by shaped charges and nano-thermite cutter charges placed by Israeli demolition experts. 911 a false flag for war in the Middle East,brought to you by Israel and the Bush Adminstration! Go away trollboy!

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  21. Here is something to think about.

    In September 2000, the Project For The New American Century issued a policy paper entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses" which included an oblique reference to the need for a "New Pearl Harbor" to accelerate their agenda.

    On 9-11, President George W. Bush was sitting at a school in Sarasota, Florida reading about pet goats. White House aide Andy Card steps in and whispers to George Bush that a second plane has hit the World Trade Towers and it is at that moment (according to the official story) that everyone realizes this is a terrorist attack. Bush just sits there, reading about pet goats, waiting to make his speech.

    But what is truly revealing is the action, or more to the point, the complete inaction of Bush Secret Service protective detail! We have all seen the video of how quickly the Secret Serbvice reacted when Reagan was shot, or more recently when a spectator jumped a barricade at a Trump rally.

    But in Sarasota, the Secret Service did nothing.

    Consider the tactical reality. In theory they have just learned there is a terror attack on the nation. An unknown number of hijacked planes are flying all over the eastern half of the nation crashing into buildings. Bush's presence at the school was announced in the media days in advance, and there is an airport just four miles from the school!

    But the Secret Service did not grab Bush and toss him in his bullet-proof limo and start driving in a random direction to foil a possible inbound threat. They just let him sit there waiting to make his speech.

    From their inaction, it is clear that the Secret Service knew for a fact that Bush was not a target that day, and the only way they could know that is that they already knew what the targets would be.

    Q.E.D. The Bush White House were part of the 9-11 plot, to create the "New Pearl Harbor" needed by the Project for the New American Century to start 100 years of war and conquest.

    It is not unlike the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Silver Blaze", in which Holmes deduces the owner of the home committed the crime, because while the crime was being committed, the dog did not bark, as it would have for anyone but its owner.

    The Secret Service dog did not bark.

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  22. W-rong Bush hired the former head of the East German Stasi Marcus Wolf and Yevgeny Primakov former head of the KGB to design Homeland Security

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  23. Kelsey Bouchard A& E for 9/11 'truth' makes up a tiny percentage of the structural egineering community. NIST, FEMA, and Popular Mechanics reject the controlled demolition crap surrounding the 9/11 attacks. Also, 9/11 'truth' websites blatanly take the quotes of the fire fighters out of context.

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  24. Frankford Franklin Wrong again. Larry Silverstein was referring to the fire department's decision to PULL people away from Building 7 because it was badly damaged, burning like crazy, and on the verge of collapsing. They didn't want to deal with anymore casualties.

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  25. Ian popular mechanics book says in their photo section that the top section of the north tower was dropped in middair it would take about nine seconds to hit the ground but dropped on the giant mass below it it would take about ten seconds to hit the ground this statement is 100 percent false, and absurd, as it violates two laws of Newtonian physics taught in high school physics , so by quoting PM you're quoting a debunked and corrupted source

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  26. Nist has the freefall for 80 to 100 of wtc 7 in their data which requires an 80 to 100 foot high section below to be completely absent yet they have no explanation for this phenomena there I just debunked NIST

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