FNC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004
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(Studio: Shepard Smith) Secretary of State Colin Powell’s testimony to the September 11 commission reported. [POWELL – says anything done to capture Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before September 11 may not have done anything to prevent the attack itself.]
(Washington: Jim Angle) The day of testimony before the commission investigating the September 11 attacks reviewed; details given about tomorrow’s testimony from former counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke. [POWELL – explains President Bush’s terrorism plan in his first weeks in office; explains that the administration realized that they needed Pakistan to be involved in any operation searching for Al Qaeda.] [Former Defense Secretary William COHEN- explains the decision by President Bill Clinton’s administration to bomb a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan that bin Laden had invested in.]
(White House: James Rosen) Bush’s response to Clarke's new book about his days as point man in the counterterrorism effort under several presidents examined; details given about the release of Clarke’s resignation letter which praised Bush’s actions on September 11. [BUSH – says he would have acted to stop Al Qaeda if his administration had any information regarding the September 11 attacks.] [Senator Tom DASCHLE- says the administration’s attack on Clarke is an example of an unprecedented abuse of power.]
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