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June 26, 2003


Posted by Phil on June 26, 2003 10:19 PM

This has been out there awhile--since September 11, 2001, in fact, when you might have been wondering about it yourself--but a lot of strange things did or inexplicably did not happen around the president that morning, and questions about it have been gathering steam, at least in this steamy little world. It's hard to tell the difference between substance and smoke in the allegations implicit in these stories, but there is certainly evidence of weird behavior and flagrant incompetence.

Bob Harris at This Modern World links to a video (with a story and stills) at The Memory Hole showing Bush remaining seated in that Florida classroom for over 5 minutes after Chief of Staff Andrew Card informs him of the second plane impacting the World Trade Center. Released video evidence before now was only 2 minutes in length: this video cuts off at 5+ and he's still seated.

So there's your 5 moments of Zen. More interesting is this long piece, "An Interesting Day", that exhaustively details all Bush's movements that day, including information I didn't know about suspicious arrests in the same town as Bush's a.m.-9/11 photo op. Again, I don't know if there's fire under all that smoke, but you'll wrinkle your brow and say "What the hell...?" more than once.

Frankly, it's damned odd, and a little creepy.

AFTERTHOUGHT: I made the flip ref above, then thought, I actually would like to see The Daily Show run that video, uncut. Just let it roll, let people see what their president was doing in the first 5 minutes of a disastrous attack whose scope was then completely unknown. If nothing else, it's clear evidence that his handlers were more concerned with how they wanted to appear, politically, than with having the president do his fucking job. This is why, on that day at least, Rudy Giuliani, who was doing his job, was my leader.



Red Herring ran an interesting piece back in January of '02 about 9/11 and the Carlyle Group, a highly influential global private equity firm. The articles starts with this:

"Like everyone else in the United States, the group stood transfixed as the events of September 11 unfolded. Present were former secretary of defense Frank Carlucci, former secretary of state James Baker III, and representatives of the bin Laden family. This was not some underground presidential bunker or Central Intelligence Agency interrogation room. It was the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., the plush setting for the annual investor conference of one of the most powerful, well-connected, and secretive companies in the world: the Carlyle Group. And since September 11, this little-known company has become unexpectedly important."

Visit this link to read the full article:


Posted by: Mikal B. at June 27, 2003 3:44 AM