Dana Milbank


Milbank, Dana. "After 14-Month Inquiry, Many Questions Remain." Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2005, A7. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The report of the WMD commission "is plenty tough, but it directs its fire at the intelligence professionals -- the same ones already beaten up by the Sept. 11 commission and congressional reports -- and gives the political figures a pass.... Asked whether there was political pressure on the CIA, [Commission co-chairman Charles S.] Robb was categorical in denial."


Milbank, Dana. "Goss Backed '95 Bill to Slash Intelligence: Plan Would Have Cut Personnel 20%." Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2004, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-FL), President Bush's nominee to be DCI and HPSCI chairman for the past 8 years, "was one of six original co-sponsors of legislation in 1995 that called for cuts of at least 4 percent per year between 1996 and 2000 in the total number of people employed throughout the intelligence community."


Milbank, Dana. "Kean Says 9/11 Attacks Could Have Been Prevented." Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2003, A25. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In remarks broadcast on 17 December 2003, Thomas H. Kean, former Republican governor of New Jersey and chairman of the commission investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks, said that he believes "the strikes could have been prevented."


Milbank, Dana. "Letting Us in on a Secret." Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The purpose of the 10 October 2012 "hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why 'congressional intelligence' is an oxymoron. Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a 'consulate' and a nearby 'annex,' was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing."


Milbank, Dana, and Mike Allen. "Bush Weighs Overhaul of Intelligence Services; Aides Say He Will Await 9/11 Panel's Suggestions." Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2004. A3. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

President Bush said on 12 April 2004 "that he is contemplating a major overhaul of the nation's intelligence services.... Bush ... said that 'now may be a time to revamp and reform our intelligence services.' Aides said he is likely to wait for recommendations, scheduled for this summer, from the independent commission investigating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

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Milbank, Dana, and Walter Pincus. "Bush Aides Disclose Warnings From CIA." Washington Post, 23 Jul. 2003, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

White House officials said on 22 July 2003 that "[t]he The CIA sent two memos to the White House," dated 5 and 6 October 2002, "voicing strong doubts about a claim ... that Iraq was trying to buy nuclear material in Africa." Deputy national security adviser Stephen J. "Hadley, who also received a phone call from [DCI] George J. Tenet before the president's Oct. 7 speech asking that the Africa allegation be removed, took the blame for allowing the charge to be revived in the State of the Union address." See also, David E. Sanger and Judith Miller, "National Security Aide Says He's to Blame for Speech Error," New York Times, 23 Jul. 2003.


Milbank, Dana, and Walter Pincus. "Declassified Memo Said Al Qaeda Was in U.S.; Aug. 6 Report to President Warned of Hijacking." Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

An article, entitled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US," from the 6 August 2001 President's Daily Brief (PDB) indicates that "President Bush was warned a month before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that the FBI had information that terrorists might be preparing for a hijacking in the United States and might be targeting a building in Lower Manhattan." The article was declassified on 9 April 2004 "by the White House in response to a request from the independent commission probing the Sept. 11 attacks." Text of the excerpt is available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3617289.stm.


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