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Thursday, April 01, 2004
 
Did Condi know of "Al Qaida"?
When Richard Clarke wrote that Condi Rice gave him the impression that "she had never heard of the term [Al Qaida] before", I was sure that he was being rhetorical. The wing-nuts went for the jugular on this. Hannity, Rush et al screamed "She obviously had heard of Al Qaida. This is proof that Richard Clarke is lying!!!"

But it seems that there is more to this than you might think. In a classic over-reaction, the White House peddled a tape of a 2000 interview that "proves" that Condi had been aware of "Al Qaida".

From the interview:

RICE: Osama bin Laden do two things [sic]. The first is you really have to get the intelligence agencies better organized to deal with the terrorist threat to the United States itself. One of the problems that we have is a kind of split responsibility, of course, between the CIA and foreign intelligence and the FBI and domestic intelligence.
There needs to be better cooperation because we don't want to wake up one day and find out that Osama bin Laden has been successful on our own territory.


Hmmmmm. There is one major problem with her defense. There is no mention of phrase Al Qaida!! (Let alone any semblance of the concept of the group) If this is their vaunted evidence, maybe Clarke was not being creative after all. UGH! That is a scary damn thought.

Bob Somerby explains what it really shows by destroying NBC New's partisan hack, Lisa Myers. (Scroll down) And here he shows Hannity for the fool that he is.
 
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