April 8th, 2004

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Condoleezza Rice

It seems from Condoleezza Rice's opening statement and the thrust of the early responses she is giving to questions, that the decision has been made at the White House to use her nationally televised testimony as a platform for launching a preemptive justification of Patriot Act II. Her basic argument: we didn't know enough to prevent 9/11 because the laws of the United States prevented us from spying on people inside the country.

Subtext: We must destroy freedom to save it.

You heard it here, first.

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Context is everything

From this morning's testimony:
"It did not warn of attacks inside the United States," Rice insisted. "It was historical information based on old reporting. There was no new threat information. And it did not, in fact, warn of any coming attacks inside the United States."
Rice was talking about a briefing titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States", given to the President on August 6, 2001. But she could just as easily, from everything I've seen, make the same claim about almost everything in the administration's rhetoric about intelligence information concerning Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, between October 2002 and March 2003.