Outraged yet?

You ought to be.

Bob Graham, former governor of Florida, current Senator, and keeper of excruciatingly detailed diaries (for which he was unfairly ridiculed during the primaries--largely by Republicans) is releasing a new book, and with Graham's penchant for detail, you know any charges it makes are going to be solidly backed up.

And what charges he makes.

WASHINGTON - Two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers had a support network in the United States that included agents of the Saudi government, and the Bush administration and FBI blocked a congressional investigation into that relationship, Sen. Bob Graham wrote in a book to be released Tuesday.

The discovery of the financial backing of the two hijackers "would draw a direct line between the terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia, and trigger an attempted coverup by the Bush administration," the Florida Democrat wrote.

And in Graham's book, Intelligence Matters, obtained by The Herald Saturday, he makes clear that some details of that financial support from Saudi Arabia were in the 27 pages of the congressional inquiry's final report that were blocked from release by the administration, despite the pleas of leaders of both parties on the House and Senate intelligence committees.

It gets worse. Graham notes that General Tommy Franks was pulling resources out of Afghanistan--notably the Predator drone--for future use in Iraq in February of 2002, long before there was any public discussion, much less congressional approval for such action. And remember that "slam dunk case" that CIA chief George Tenet claimed existed for the WMD charge?
In October 2002, Tenet told Graham that "there were 550 sites where weapons of mass destruction were either produced or stored" in Iraq.

"It was, in short, a vivid and terrifying case for war. The problem was it did not accurately represent the classified estimate we had received just days earlier," Graham wrote. "It was two different messages, directed at two different audiences. I was outraged."

You know something Senator? You're not alone. Order the book.

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