CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004
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(Studio: John Roberts) The major revelations in the first public hearings before the commission investigating the September 11 attacks outlined.
(Washington: Jim Stewart) The hearings reviewed; details given about charges that the administrations of President Bill Clinton and President Bush did not respond to the threat from Al Qaeda, even though it was known that Al Qaeda was behind the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 and intelligence indicated the location of leader Osama bin Laden. [9/11 Commission Jamie GORELICK, Secretary of State Colin POWELL, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD, former Secretary of Defense William COHEN– exchange questions and responses about what was known before 9/11.] [Mother of 9/11 victim Elaine HUGHES- criticizes the Bush administration.]
(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.
(White House: Bill Plante) Bush’s response to former counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke’s criticism that his administration bungled the war on terror featured; details given of attempts by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld & administration officials to discredit Clarke; Clarke’s resignation letter, in which he praises Bush for his leadership on September 11, quoted. [BUSH – defends his administration.] [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN – says Clarke was not at most of the meetings.]