Panel seeks declassification of 911 warning memo
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Posted on Thu, Apr. 08, 2004
9/11 Panel Seeks Declassification of Memo
WASHINGTON - The Sept. 11 commission called on the Bush administration to declassify an intelligence document titled `Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States."
The memo is a so-called Presidential Daily Brief. PDBs are a compilation of information from law enforcement and intelligence agencies to keep the president updated on threats around the world. They normally are circulated among only a select group of top administration officials.
Commissioners already have seen the Aug. 6, 2001, PDB about bin Laden but want it released to the public "because we feel it's important that the American people get a chance to see it," commission chairman Thomas Kean said.
Kean said the commission hopes to receive a response from the White House before the panel's next public hearing on Tuesday.
The Aug. 6 report is one of a handful of PDBs that the commission has successfully lobbied to see during its investigation. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice called their access to the PDBs "exceptional" but did not respond directly to whether the Aug. 6 document should be released publicly.