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Ex-aide: Bush ignored terror threat

The White House’s former top anti-terrorism adviser says President Bush ignored warnings about al-Qaeda and ordered him to find a link between the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Iraq. Counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke makes the allegations in a book, Against All Enemies, that comes out today. He will testify Tuesday to a federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, along with other former Clinton and Bush administration officials. Clarke says that within a week of Bush’s inauguration, he sought a meeting with senior Cabinet officials to discuss the threat from al-Qaeda. He says he met with Cabinet deputies months later. Stephen Hadley, the No. 2 official on the National Security Council, denied that warnings were ignored. He said Bush met daily with CIA Director George Tenet and in the weeks before Sept. 11 “put us on battle stations.” Full Story

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