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Rice Defends Pre-9/11 Anti-Terrorism Efforts

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice staunchly defended President Bush’s efforts to combat terrorism in a long-awaited appearance yesterday before the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, conceding that the government “was not on war footing” but arguing there was no “silver bullet” or specific intelligence that could have prevented the deadly hijackings. Rice — whose testimony under oath attracted media coverage from around the world and drew hundreds of onlookers to an overflowing Senate hearing room — offered a carefully prepared and largely familiar defense of Bush anti-terrorism efforts and chose to focus many of her remarks on the reaction to an unprecedented wave of threat information that flooded the government in the summer of 2001. Full Story

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