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Terrorism / Clarke's Book / The Administration Response / 9/11 Commission #750783

CNN Evening News for Monday, Mar 22, 2004
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The administration's counteroffensive against former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, who said in his book "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror" that President Bush's administration ignored the Al Qaeda terrorist threat because of an obsession with Iraq, examined; details given of his claim that administration figures wanted to blame Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for the September 11 attacks. [National Security Advisor Condoleezza RICE†- lists the terrorism events while Clarke was the czar.] [Senator Evan BAYH†- comments.] [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - says Clarke's charges are false.] [On "The Rush Limbaugh Show," Vice President Dick CHENEY - defends the response to Al Qaeda.] How worried the White House is about Clarke, his book & his testimony this week with the 9/11 commission discussed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Washington: David Ensor) The September 11 commission hearings amidst the coverage of Clarke's book examined; details given about who will appear before the commission to explain why more was not done about Al Qaeda & who will get to query Bush & Cheney. [In TV interview, CLARKE - says Bush botched the response to 9/11.] [Commission member Richard BEN-VENISTE†- says people like Clarke were proclaiming the seriousness of terrorism threats; states it is shameful that Rice will not be available to the commission.] [Commission member Timothy ROEMER†- outlines questions.] [Former Secretary of Defense William COHEN - says some of Clarke's recommendations were questioned.]

Woodruff, Judy;
King, John;
Ensor, David

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