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September 11 / Investigation / Public Hearings / Clarke Statements #751058

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The day of testimony before the commission investigating the September 11 attacks reviewed; details given about accusations that the administrations of President Bill Clinton and President Bush missed opportunities to kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before 9/11. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comments on intelligence before 9/11.] [9/11 Commission James THOMPSON†, Bob KERREY†; Secretary of State Colin POWELL, former Secretary of State Madeleine ALBRIGHT†, former Secretary of Defense William COHEN††– exchange questions & responses.] The CIA’s withholding of information tying Al Qaeda to the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) Bush’s response to former counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke’s charges in his book, “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror,” that his administration didn’t do enough to head off the 9/11 attacks featured; details given of White House efforts to discredit Clarke; Clarke’s resignation letter, in which he praises Bush, quoted. [BUSH – denies that his administration ignored information.] Bush’s reaction to Israel’s assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Gregory, David

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