Miers Briefed Bush on Famous Bin Laden Memo ...

October 04, 2005 10:45 AM ET

NEW YORK On its front page Tuesday, The New York Times published a photo of new U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers going over a briefing paper with President George W. Bush at his Crawford ranch “in August 2001,” the caption reads.

USA Today and the Boston Globe carried the photo labeled simply “2001,” but many other newspapers ran the picture in print or on the Web with a more precise date: Aug. 6, 2001.

...that was the date, a little over a month before 9/11, that President Bush was briefed on the now-famous “PDB” that declared that Osama Bin Laden was “determined” to attack the U.S. homeland, perhaps with hijacked planes...

according to Tuesday's Los Angeles Times. An article by Richard A. Serrano and Scott Gold observes that early in the Bush presidency “Miers assumed such an insider role that in 2001 it was she who handed Bush the crucial 'presidential daily briefing' hinting at terrorist plots against America just a month before the Sept. 11 attacks...”

The PDB was headed “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” and notes, among other things, FBI information indicating “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks.”

So not only did Ms Miers supervise the cleansing of the Tex Air Nat Guard files prior to Bush's 2d run for governor, which also involved making Texas Lottery payoff promises to those who inveigled the slot for Monkey Boy*, she also participated in the greatest informational fuckup since George Armstrong Custer said, "Indians? What Indians? No Indians down there."

No wonder he trusts her. Not only does she know WHERE the bodies are buried, she knows HOW they got that way.

*Ms Miers' connection to the National Guard question


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