Thursday, February 16, 2006

French wire service blames Bush for Clinton mistake

Another great post by Tammy points us to this "mistake" in coverage. From Tammy:
Weldon's new information confirms once again that the Clinton White House and lawyers working for the administration blocked efforts by Able Danger to inform the FBI about the impending risk and danger of Mohammad Atta, as well as not warning the captain of the USS Cole about information received in Yemen about that impending attack.
From the Agence France-Presse:
Weldon said he now had proof there had been several attempts to transfer the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but they were blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W. Bush.

"We have information that will be testified to under oath that there were attempts to transfer information to the FBI on at least three occasions, and on all three of those occasions in September of 2000, lawyers within the administration denied those meetings from taking place," he said. [ ed. - emphasis mine ]
And as Tammy correctly points out:
The problem with this, of course, is that the administration in question that blocked Able Danger's requests to transfer to Atta information to the FBI was the Clinton administration, not the GWB White House. In fact, this stonewalling of Able Danger by Clinton was done two months prior to the election itself. GWB did not take office until January 2001.


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