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Senator Says White House Pre-Attack Briefings May Have ‘Probative Value’ as 9/11 Evidence

by Tom Flocco
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WASHINGTON, June 17, 2003 ( -- For those Americans watching recent C-Span replays of 9/11 Commission testimony, particularly air force generals and other government officials addressing issues surrounding U.S. military air defense failures, a number of revelations suggested additional doors for further inquiry and witness scrutiny.

And U.S. lawmaker witnesses also offered probing analysis at impromptu news briefings outside the hearing room. Breaking new ground, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a member of the intelligence committee, hinted that multiple terrorism updates in the months prior to the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon could have “probative value” as evidence in the Commission’s ongoing investigation. This was the first reference by a government official to the White House briefings as 9/11 evidence.

Shelby had waited patiently to take questions while we queried Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) as to whether he had personally examined the various July and August briefings in their un-redacted form or not. At the time of the hearings Graham was co-chairman.

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