White House Releases August 6, 2001 Intelligence Briefing On Bin Laden

This is the text of the August 6, 2001 intelligence briefing for President George W. Bush that outlined Al Qaeda plans for strikes within the United States.

It was declassified and released by the White House following much discussion of its content at the 9-11 Commission hearings over recent weeks [Read more…]


Condoleezza Rice’s Testimony To The National Commission On Terrorist Attacks

This is the text of the prepared statement and testimony delivered to The National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor to President Bush.

Ms Rice’s much-anticipated appearance before the Commission followed initial claims of executive privilege and refusals by the White House to allow her to appear. [Read more…]


ALP Proposes Office Of National Security

The ALP has proposed an Office of National Security to identify threats to Australia and direct Australia’s national security and intelligance effort.

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, says the national security policy established during the Cold War “is no longer equipped to meet the threat now posed to Australia by global terrorism”.

Text of a statement released by Simon Crean, Leader of the Opposition.

A Federal Labor Government will establish an Office of National Security to identify threats to Australia and direct Australia’s national security and intelligence effort.

The Office will be headed by a National Security Adviser who will report directly to the Prime Minister, and take direct responsibility for the co-ordination of all national security and intelligence information. [Read more…]


A Moment Of Silence Before I Start This Poem: Emmanuel Ortiz

A MOMENT OF SILENCE BEFORE I START THIS POEM

by Emmanuel Ortiz

Before I start this poem, I’d like to ask you to join me
In a moment of silence
In honour of those who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last September 11th. I would also like to ask you To offer up a moment of silence For all of those who have been harassed, imprisoned, disappeared, tortured, raped, or killed in retaliation for those strikes, For the victims in both Afghanistan and the US

And if I could just add one more thing… [Read more…]


President Bush’s September 11 Anniversary Address

On the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush has addressed the nation from Ellis Island, New York City.

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Text of President Bush’s Address to the Nation.

BushGood evening.

A long year has passed since enemies attacked our country. We have seen the images so many times they are seared on our souls, and remembering the horror, reliving the anguish, reimagining the terror, is hard – and painful. [Read more…]


As 9/11 Investigations Mount, Bush Creates Homeland Security Department

President George W BushAs Congressional investigations of the September 11 terrorist attacks continue, raising doubts about the operations of the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, President George W. Bush has made a televised address to the nation, announcing a shake-up of the structure of the US federal government, including the creation of a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.

Following the September 11 attacks, Bush appointed the former Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge, to take charge of Homeland Security.

Bush said the new department would “unite essential agencies that must work more closely together — among them, the Coast Guard, the Border Patrol, the Customs Service, immigration officials, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. [Read more…]


Bush Establishes Department Of Homeland Security

President George W. Bush has proposed the establishment of a new Department of Homeland Security.

The new department follows the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. [Read more…]