Reading the White House web site (www.whitehouse.gov) is a lesson in history, especially for the early months of 2001. Sometimes it does look as though the Bush administration was directed by evil stars, before 9/11, to do everything richly wrong.
Take one day in history,
It’s almost funny:
“This administration is deeply concerned about
Obviously, any remarks by GWBush addressing energy problems in
First, “Today, I am instructing all agencies, federal agencies, to reduce their peak hour electricity use in the state of
“Secondly, I am pleased to report that the Secretary of Defense, after a careful review, believes that this Department, which has got a large presence in the state of
In the White House press briefing the same day, Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was on message with the same proposal: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/briefings/20010503.html#NationalEnergyPolicy.
In line with White House energy concerns on May 3, the GOP-led House of Representatives held a hearing on “Geothermal Resources on Public Lands,” one of a series of GOP-instigated attempts to move public opinion in favor of drilling in national parks and other federal land.
[So far as is known,
A few items of information, for context:
May 3 is also the date of a transcript from the ongoing federal terrorism trial, in
On this particular trial date, in the US Court for the Southern District of New York (New York, NY, Honorable Leonard B. Sand, District Judge, presiding), one finds the prosecutors reviewing statements by terrorist suspect Wadih El Hage, about when he became aware of Usama bin Laden’s declaration “that America should be attacked.” Throughout the early months of 2001, during which time the Bush administration including Bush, Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice have repeatedly said they had no idea blahblahblah, federal servants were combing over defendants from the bombing of the
Also on May 3, the CIA sent a Senior Executive Intelligence Brief (SEIB) around to the top people in the Bush administration: title: “Bin Ladin Public Profile May Presage Attack.” (http://pocket-pc-ebook-reader.com/911/15.08.NOTES_TO_CHAPTER_8.htm)
Meanwhile, in other action that month — May 2001 — the administration introduced the “Visa Express” program in
Also on May 3, Bush appointed one of the administration’s remaining counter-terrorism experts as Ambassador to
Also on that date, by coincidence,
[It is hard not to notice the almost magically poor judgment so often exercised by GOP officeholders when it comes to genuine public health and public safety issues. They tend to be Johnny-on-the-spot about awarding big corporate contracts, though.]