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Why was Bush allowed to visit
Booker Elementary on 9/11?


Bush's motorcade left for Emma E. Booker Elementary School. [Washington Post]

Shortly after 08:46

"The Secret Service has an arrangement with the FAA. They had open lines after the World Trade Center was..." - Vice President Dick Cheney [NBC News]


The Secret Service has access tothe communications systems used by the President and often double as communications conduits for things like CRITIC traffic. There is no question that the President was in a position to know what the FAA knew, as long as either the SS asked, or the FAA voluntarily passed on the info.

Cheney admits the Secret Service had open lines to the FAA, therefore Bush should have known about the hijackings and events in New York before he reached Booker Elementary.

CIA Director Tenet knew America was under attack just after 8:50 a.m., so why didn't he contact Bush's entourage with this news? By not doing so he was putting the president in danger as Bush's visit to Booker Elementary School on 9/11 was well publicised.

Look at it from another perspective - if Tenet had been informed that a Chinese plane had just bombed the World Trade Center would he have allowed Bush to visit the School?


Bush arrives at Emma E. Booker Elementary School.

At 8:55 Tuesday morning [Congressman Dan Miller] was standing in front of Emma E. Booker Elementary School as part of the official greeting party, along with Congressman Adam Putnam. An aide had just whispered to Miller the news of the first plane crash in New York, but if the President yet knew, his greeting as he got out of the limo did not give it away.

He did, however, make an unscheduled stop in a communications room, where he talked with Condoleeza Rice in Washington. [Sarasota Magazine]

Did Tenet fail to brief Condoleeza Rice and the president on his assessment of the situation, if so why wasn't he charged with neglect of duty? If the chain of command was followed and Bush was briefed why did he:

  1. Attend Booker Elementary.
  2. Purport to be ignorant of the gravity of events in New York.

Also, why did US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice fail to realise America was being attacked? She had been given an imminent attack warning on September 6, and this article indicates she had knowledge ofimpending attacks on September 10.

Bush's first words upon entering the classroom at Booker Elementary were "Good morning". He should have known it was anything but a "good morning".

Both of these images were taken at 09:03 am on 9/11

See also: President Bush's 9/11 Visit To Booker Elementary - The Full Story

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