By 2003 Bush Admin Knew 9/11 Repeat Was Unlikely
The Bush Administration continually hyped the 'Al Qaeda/Bin Laden' boogeyman spectre of another 9/11, even while their own CIA, which was torturing prisoners, possibly IN ORDER TO extract false confessions/false info on plots, was putting together SEIB's with titles such as "Terrorism Complexities Make Repeating September 11 Difficult"
Tom Ridge definitely needs to be questioned about this, and there should be opportunities as he just came out with a book, in which he's said bogus terror alerts were issued, likely for political reasons.
The title of a 2003 Senior Executive Intelligence Brief (SEIB) item indicates that by late 2003 the CIA had concluded it would be hard for al-Qaeda to pull off another 9/11. The item was entitled “Terrorism Complexities Make Repeating September 11 Difficult” and was circulated to top policy officials on December 16, 2003.
The precise circulation of SEIBs varied from administration to administration, but they were usually seen by officials such as the secretary of state, attorney general, vice president and others of similar rank. SEIB items are often used as presidential daily brief items, so it is likely that President George Bush also saw the information in mid-December 2003.
The title of the SEIB item was found in a 9/11 Commission document at the National Archives by History Commons contributor Erik Larson, who uploaded it to the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd. The document is 83 pages of notes by a staffer apparently brainstorming ideas for the final report. The SEIB item title can be found on page 27 of the notes.
The notes do not further specify the content of the SEIB item, or what the “complexities” were exactly.
The SEIB title raises two issues.