Truth and Lies a Decade after 9/11
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Ten years after September 11, many questions remain. What about efforts to warn the Bush Administration about al Qaeda? Why did President Bush accuse Saddam Hussein? Has US intelligence strategy been improved? Also, gridlock returns to Capitol Hill, and Europe's economic crisis gets worse.
Banner image: Cover of the National Security Preparedness Group's 'Tenth Anniversary Report Card'
Congress Comes Back to Fight with the President ()
Congress was back in Washington today after a month-long recess. As the House and Senate returned, so did political gridlock. David Lightman is national correspondent for the McClatchy Newspapers.
September 11: Advance Warnings and the War in Iraq ()
The co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission claim in a "Report Card" that the nation is still not as secure as it should be, partly because intelligence lacks coordination. Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean say first responders couldn't find each other on radios; Congressional oversight of homeland security and intelligence is "dysfunctional;" privacy, civil rights and the treatment of prisoners need further attention; and transportation security is a major concern. What about intelligence prior to 9/11? What did President George W. Bush know and when did he know it? Why did he insist that Saddam Hussein was involved? We talk with a former 9/11 Commission member, a former FBI agent who turned whistle-blower and a historian of two Bush Presidencies involved with Iraq, and hear how US intelligence has been updated since September 11.
- Jamie Gorelick: former 9/11 Commissioner
- Coleen Rowley: former FBI special agent
- Christian Alfonsi: political scientist
- Eric Schmitt: New York Times, @ericschmittNYT
Markets Plunge Anew on Existential Worries about the Eurozone ()
Are the leaders of Europe refusing to do the only things that might save the Euro and the European economy? As markets plunged again today, one finance blogger called for a "plain-English explanation of what the root of the problem is." Felix Salmon is financial blogger for Reuters.
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