Neither Smoking Nor a Gun

by James S. Robbins

A CNN headline on the August 6, 2001 PDB reads “Key Document Warned of Possible al Qaeda Scenarios.” But none of the scenarios were the actual plan. One dealt with AQ attacking us with explosives, another with hijacking planes to engage in hostage negotiations. Another said the window of AQ attack was early 1997 to early 2001, which had already passed by August. Yet the press still treats this page and a half document breathlessly. How very sad they think that their audience cannot read or reason for themselves. What contempt they must have for us.