(CBS) FISHING rod in hand, Attorney General John Ashcroft left on a weekend trip to Missouri Thursday afternoon aboard a chartered government jet, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart.
In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a “threat assessment” by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
“There was a threat assessment and there are guidelines. He is acting under the guidelines,” an FBI spokesman said. Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department, however, would identify what the threat was, when it was detected or who made it.
A senior official at the CIA said he was unaware of specific threats against any Cabinet member, and Ashcroft himself, in a speech in California, seemed unsure of the nature of the threat.
Note the date on that report, that’s 6 weeks BEFORE September 11th. So the mainstream news media, in this case CBS News, knew that something was afoot prior to September 11th – but conveniently forgot about it in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Only AFTER the White House acknowledged having received warning of a potential terror attack did our ‘free press’ begin to report on this aspect of the investigations. Indeed it seems that many in America’s political establishment were expecting something to happen on September 11th. The only people who weren’t were ordinary Americans, like those in the WTC itself…
Article by Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
“FOR Mayor Willie Brown, the first signs that something was amiss came late Monday when he got a call from what he described as his airport security — a full eight hours before yesterday’s string of terrorist attacks — advising him that Americans should be cautious about their air travel.
The mayor, who was booked to fly to New York yesterday morning from San Francisco International Airport, said the call “didn’t come in any alarming fashion, which is why I’m hesitant to make an alarming statement.”
In fact, at the time, he didn’t pay it much mind.
“It was not an abnormal call. I’m always concerned if my flight is going to be on time, and they always alert me when I ought to be careful.”
Exactly where the call came from is a bit of a mystery. The mayor would say only that it came from “my security people at the airport.”
So who exactly warned Mayor Willie Brown? According to a report broadcast on Friday, May 17, 2002, on the independent Pacifica Radio the warning came from none other than Condoleezza Rice.