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I guess Sadam was a target from the beginning...

cascadefx (174894) writes | more than 8 years ago

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Don't you just love the Freedom of Information Act. Seems a law student blogger exercised his FoIA rights and got Rumsfeld's notes from soon after the Semptember 11th attacks. http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1716842,00.html.Don't you just love the Freedom of Information Act. Seems a law student blogger exercised his FoIA rights and got Rumsfeld's notes from soon after the Semptember 11th attacks. http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1716842,00.html.

The blog post is can be found at http://www.outragedmoderates.org/2006/02/dod-staffers-notes-from-911-obtained.html.

The flickr image of the Rumsfeld notes can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/66726692@N00/100545349/

What I find interesting about this, above and beyond the actual content - which is fascinating in itself - is just the transmission speed. One person makes the FoIA request and posts the results on his blog. 8 days later, it is picked up by the Guardian, then it shows up at the top of reddit.com. It's not novel or new... but I still am awed by this sort of thing. Even 5 years ago, this would be such a foreign idea. Very strange and very interesting in my mind.

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I guess I think like Rummy (1)

RailGunner (554645) | more than 8 years ago | (#14794461)

I'll never forget where I was on the morning of Sept. 11.

I was in my car, a 1999 Firebird which I no longer have, on an interstate on my way to work. I heard about the first plane, which at the time was guessed to be an accident, on the Mikey in the Morning show on the now defunct 97.1 KEGL. I thought it was a sick prank, so I changed the station to WBAP 820, just in time for the second plane to hit.

My words: "Oh shit, we're under attack". And I looked up to scan the skies, as I had no idea how many planes were involved, as I was in the vicinity of DFW airport.

My initial suspicion was that Saddam Hussein had orchestrated the attacks, and personally, I was ready to nuke Bagdahd if that was the case. The reason? Reports of the plane hijacking training facility at Salman Pak, and the fact that we'd been in a cease fire / no fly zone patrols for the past decade with Iraq, where we'd have to routinely bomb AA batteries.

Later we learned it was OBL. It's still unclear, as the documents are still being translated, how much cooperation was going on between OBL and Saddam and / or their underlings.

So to sum up, I don't think this is that big of a deal. The logical course of action is to suspect your biggest enemy first.

Plus, it was almost 2 years before we attacks Iraq. Remember the so-called "Rush To War" that took 14 months? So we didn't go right after Saddam.

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