System Was Blinking Red
the 9/11 Commission report and feel the rage.
There were warning signs aplenty, but our leaders
foreign government, and media reports indicate bin
Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist
attacks in the US. Bin Laden
implied in U.S.
television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his
followers would follow the example of World
bomber Ramzi Yousef and “bring the fighting to America.”
daily briefing, Bin Laden determined to strike in U.
S., dated August 6,
SEPTEMBER 11, 2004
—If the Bush Administration were held to the same
level of accountability that the average toll-booth
operator is held to, every one of its members would
be tarred, feathered, and run out of the country on
a rail. Their
failure on this matter of terrorism has been
catastrophic, total, and complete.
we are, three years after the attack, three years
after hauling what was left of some 2500 Americans
to a landfill on
— that’s right — to a landfill.
Most of the victims were pulverized beyond
recovery and were simply buried in the Fresh Kills
we are, three years later, and where are we?
Laden is still on the loose.
We’ve burned a couple hundred billion
dollars in borrowed money.
We’ve sacrificed the lives of more than a
thousand brave American soldiers on the field of
we’ve added tens of thousands to the rolls of the
and injured. And
we’ve done this all in the wrong war.
there has been no accountability for any of it.
The same people we hired, during the last
election, to protect us are the same ones who failed
us. The people
who failed us are the same ones who are still there!
are they asking us to do now?
Give them four more years?
I don’t think so.
you don’t read but one chapter of the Final
Report, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
Upon the United States, more commonly known as the
9/11 Commission Report, let that be Chapter 8,
"The System Was Blinking Red."
wonder this Administration opposed creation of this
attack on the World
three years ago could have been prevented.
It should have been prevented.
There is blame to place.
There is responsibility.
We had warnings.
The system was screaming them to us.
Indeed, the system was blinking red.
key findings of the report?
terrorist danger form Bin Laden and al-Qaeda was
not a major topic for policy debate among the
public, the media or in the Congress.
Indeed, it barely came up during the 2000
full story of this tragedy, the events that led up
to it, the missed opportunities, the failures, will
be a long time in seeing daylight — if ever.
But this commission report is a good starting
place. I would
recommend it to you. But
know this: It
is going to raise up some rage in you.
September 20, 2004