Reps Henry Waxman and Carolyn Maloney have called for hearings based on the
new evidence of that the FTAA received 52 warnings mentioning Osama Bin
Laden between April and September 10, 2001. Also, in the summer of 2001
sent a CD-ROM alert to airports mentioning the possibility of suicide
These are the two questions Waxman and Maloney say are worth investigating:
A. Why did the Whitehouse block the release of this information until after the election?
B. Why did Condoleeza Rice state: "I don’t think anybody could have
predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the
World Trade Center."?
Ms Rice, also testified at the 9/11 Commission:
"Oh, but there were these reports in
1998 and 1999, the intelligence community did look at information about
this. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Chairman, this kind of
analysis about the use of airplanes as weapons actually was never
briefed to us. I cannot tell you that there might not have been a
report here or a report there that reached somebody in our midst. All
that I can tell you is that it was not in the August 6th memo, using
planes as a weapon, and I do not remember any reports to us, a kind of
strategic warning that planes might be used as a weapon. In fact, there
were some reports done in ’98 and ’99. I think I was - I was certainly
not aware of them at the time that I spoke."
Now we know that the FAA issued an alert mentioning suicide hijackings
in the summer of 2001- this doesn't look good for Condoleeza.
Waxman concludes that this raises "serious questions about her preparation and competency"
or perhaps "Ms. Rice knew about the FAA warnings but provided misleading information to the public and the Commission."
Reps Waxman and Maloney are calling for hearings on this new evidence,
but it is Reform Committee Chair Republican Tom Davis that holds the
power to call the hearings.
You can contact Tom Davis here:
Phone: (202) 225-5074
Fax: (202) 225-3974
Waxman's letter to Tom Davis
52 Warnings/ CD Alert