ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The testimony from former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke at the September 11 commission hearings introduced. [About the victims of 9/11, CLARKE - says we failed you.]
(White House: Terry Moran) The furious White House attack on Clarke before his testimony reviewed; details given about information given to Fox in which Clarke commented on the administration. [In response to question from commission member Timothy Roemer, CLARKE - says President Bush's administration considered terrorism important but not urgent.] [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - says Clarke's own words offer a rebuttal to his assertions.] [In response to question from commission members James Thompson & John Lehman, CLARKE - clarifies his briefing; says the invasion of Iraq undermined the war on terrorism.] [White House chief of staff Andrew CARD- says Clarke is selling a book.] [Later, CLARKE - comments on the facts.] Clark's e-mail to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice on September 15, 2001, quoted.
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The fuller role for the 9/11 commission introduced.
(Washington: Pierre Thomas) Today's commission hearings reviewed; details given of Clarke's indictment of the responses of President Bill Clinton & Bush to terrorism & from his memo just before September 11 about a terrorist attack. [At hearings, CLARKE - says the US requires body bags to make tough decisions; states the FBI would not know if Al Qaeda was operating in the US.] [Former national security adviser Samuel BERGER- comments on the FBI.] [Commission member Jamie GORELICK- calls the FAA's response "sleepy."] [CIA director George TENET - explains why the country was not protected.] [Commission vice chair Lee HAMILTON - raises the question of why we could not protect the country.]