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One Day After Kerry Puts the Bush Admin on Notice – Bush Claims to Still be Looking for Bin Laden

by Pamela Leavey

On Thursday, John Kerry sent a letter to John Negroponte putting the Bush administration on notice that the CIA Unit “responsible for hunting down Osama bin Laden,” should be reopened immediately. The NY Times reported Monday that “[t]he unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center.”

During Friday’s traveling Bush road show in Chicago, when questioned about the CIA Unit, Bush claimed that the report that the CIA bin Laden unit was closed is ‘incorrect.’

From the Bush press conference transcript:

QUESTION: But the question I have — the question I have is, it appears that the CIA has disbanded the unit that was hunting him down. Is it no longer important to track him down?

THE PRESIDENT: It’s just an incorrect story. I mean, we got a — we got a lot of assets looking for Osama bin Laden. So whatever you want to read in that story, it’s just not true, period.

Q — you’re still after him —

THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely. No ands, ifs, or buts. And in my judgment, it’s just a matter of time, unless we stop looking. And we’re not going to stop looking so long as I’m the President — not only for Osama bin Laden, but anybody else who plots and plans attacks against the United States of America. We’re going to stay on the offense, so long as I’m your President.

It appears we have another flip-flop from the Bush administration… Bush is looking for Osama, Bush isn’t looking for Osama… Bush is looking for Osama.

Bush done dropped the ball looking for Osama when he let him slip away in Tora Bora.

John Kerry has nailed Bush on that colossal failure more than a few times including in an interview with Don Imus back in December.

Osama bin gone so long now… and Bush was nailed again – asleep at the wheel – for slipping on the search.

5 Responses to “One Day After Kerry Puts the Bush Admin on Notice – Bush Claims to Still be Looking for Bin Laden”

  1. “It appears we have another flip-flop from the Bush administration… Bush is looking for Osama, Bush isn’t looking for Osama… Bush is looking for Osama.”

    The mantra of this administration might very well be…


  2. New movie out..
    Pirates of the Potomic…

    enjoy – link

  3. hooray for 1984 references. no doubts with all the surveillance and governmental invasion of privacy “for our own good”, present time bears striking resemblence to the totalitarian communistic future described by orwell.

    the question i pose is this: was alec station the ONLY bin laden seeking group? bin laden is on the fbi’s top ten most wanted list… i’m sure there are other people looking for him. of course disbanding a key counter-terrorism group whose explicit goal is to find osama bin laden, isn’t going to help find the guy any faster.

    they disbanded it because they think that “that the threat posed by the terrorist group Al Qaeda was no longer the result of its ability to actualize plans selected by core leadership, but rather more likely to come about as the result of independent action.” and “To have a dedicated team addressing the analysis and pursuit of central Al Qaeda leadership was therefore ineffective if the aim of the unit was to protect American citizens.”

    in response to this reasoning i have one thing to say, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? osama bin laden isn’t just hurting america physically with bombings and such, but now with his speeches about wanting a truce, he’s further wedged the schism between conservatives and liberals. at the time he said it, cnn was reporting on why bush was not trying to claim a truce with him, whereas fox news was reporting on how he didn’t mention any provisions for a truce and he won’t. it further justified the terrorist cause in the eyes of some because he wanted a truce…

    of course the bush administration has also justified the terrorist cause with gitmo and torture prisons. what kind of person stands against an “anti-torture” law? that’s a tough thing to stand against… and the only way he could have is if he had an extremely good reason for it. i just wish he would have let the american public know what that reason was.

    however, right now, bin laden, whose main attacks on america since 9-11 have been on cassette tapes, is the furthest from my mind. freaking north korea, is top of my priorities. a japanese news source claims that north korea’s long range missle test was targeting water near hawaii.

    if that’s true, sweet jesus, that’s scary. notice in the story that they cite unnamed american officials, so i don’t know if it’s true or not, but it’s worth looking at.

    i’m glad i can foster discussion (and make some people proud of what they stand for). i’m not commenting on this site to prove anyone wrong, just offer a different opinion. the venue of the internet should be used to further the knowledge of the masses (particularly when they are political sites). a site, conservative or liberal, that only has one opinion is redundant and stupid.

  4. Coalition dead in Iraq and Afgan by month thru June 2006.
    It is so sad and unnessary.


  5. Brandon,

    Alec Station was the CIA’s unit dedicated unit on the capture or killing of Bin Laden. Why disband this group? This bastard deserves nothing short of death, but Bush doesn’t care.
    Bin Laden is Bush’s boogie man. It work’s great for him. Bush gets to scare the crap out of the public and thereby push his idea of the ‘unitary executive’ (you know, screw Congress – which the GOP so willingly complies – and the Supreme Court).
    Beside the central front on the war on terror is in Iraq, right? That’s what we’re told! Opps! Iraq didn’t attack us on 9/11 and didn’t have the ability to form one of those ‘mushroom clouds’ over our cities.

    Hmmmm. So what is it in Iraq? WMD? Getting rid of Saddam because he attached us on 9/11? It’s the central front on the war on terror? Osama is not in Iraq so we’re not going to look for him? Iraq is a great place to blow billions of dollars in government contracts and Bush, with the GOP Congress, does seem to care?

    Shoot first and ask questions later.