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September 11 / Commission Hearings / Rice #752650

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 08, 2004
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(Studio: Dan Rather) National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice’s public testimony before the commission investigating the September 11 attacks noted.

(Washington: Jim Stewart) Rice’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission featured; details given of questions surrounding the secret presidential daily briefing {PDB} dated August 6, 2001, titled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.” [Commission members Richard BEN-VENISTE†, Bob KERREY†, Jamie GORELICK†- question Rice about the PDB and the existence of Al Qaeda cells in the US.] [RICE – says the PDB did not warn of any coming attacks inside the US; states the president was aware there were issues; clarifies President Bush’s statement about “swatting flies.”]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Several exchanges between Rice and commission members shown. [Commission members John LEHMAN†, KERREY, James THOMPSON†- question Rice about Al Qaeda cells in the US, young Arab males in flight training, changes in the US Marshal program, “swatting flies,” and the USS Cole bombing.] [RICE – responds.]

(White House: Bill Plante) The impact of Rice’s testimony on concerns that Bush bungled the war on terror, especially after former counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke’s charge that the administration moved slowly in dealing with the terrorist threat examined; details given of conclusions of a Congressional investigation of intelligence activities before & after September 11. [Before the commission, RICE – says we had a strong sense that this was a crucial issue; states the intelligence about terrorists using airplanes as weapons was never briefed to them.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The 9/11 Commission’s private meeting with former President Bill Clinton noted.

Rather, Dan;
Stewart, Jim;
Plante, Bill

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