A report produced by the committees revealed that a July 2001 briefing “for senior government officials” predicted bin Laden “will launch a significant terrorist attack . . . in the coming weeks” and that it “will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests.”
Imagine the headlines if the committees had reported that Bush had been told this. Committee sources do say Bush was one of the “senior” officials who received that dramatic briefing. Which means he should have to address several uncomfortable questions. What did he do in response? Did he take this threat seriously, as he prepared for a monthlong vacation at his Texas ranch? But, thanks to Tenet, Bush has not had to explain himself.
Tell the truth, bend the truth, cover up the truth -- in recent weeks, each has been a mission conducted by the CIA, with Bush benefiting from only two of the three.