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Why did the administration lie about Bush’s strange behavior
on September 11?

Most of the links below no longer work, but there is enough
information in each excerpt to find the article
at the Internet archive's WayBack Machine or in LexisNexis.


President Bush’s Activities During Day of Crisis, Associated Press , September 12, 2001 (archived at

[Straight out of the mouth of Ari Fleischer.  Compare it with some of the other summaries of Bush’s activities on September 11.—Caro]


Generally it is impossible to carry out an act of terror on the scenario which was used in the USA yesterday’. This was said by the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, Anatoli Kornukov.”

Hijackers Targeted Pentagon, Data Show , Don Phillips, Washington Post, September 21, 2001

REVEALED: YET ANOTHER WHITE HOUSE HOAX AMID NATIONAL CRISIS, MWO, undated (posted on MakeThemAccountable on September 28, 2001):

“Rove, Fleischer Blatantly Spread Falsehoods About September 11
“Severe Questions Raised About Rogue White House Press Operation Latest Example of Press Office Fraud”

The first casualty, Joe Conason,, October 5, 2001:

“The Bush administration told an outrageous lie that the president was a target of terrorists -- and Americans deserve an explanation.”  

These people have compiled an exhaustive list of sources on the minute by minute actvities on 9-11:

GUILTY FOR 9-11: BUSH, RUMSFELD, MYERS, Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel, continually updated

On 11 September, George Bush was President. Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense. And General Richard B. Myers was Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...

“Their behavior, as described in the media, presents the appearance of bewilderment, naiveté and lack of preparedness. But we shall prove this appearance was contrived.

lielielielielie, Jerry Politex,, December 9, 2001

The only way Bush could have seen the first plane crash prior to seeing the second plan crash would have been to have seen it on a non-public Secret Service TV transmission, which he didn't say had happened, but then, where did the secret service immediately get the pictures and send them to Bush within ten minutes of the crash?”  

Scrambled Messages, George Szamuely, New York Press, Issue date December 18, 2001:

“[W]hy were no fighters dispatched to intercept planes on an extraordinary day like Sept. 11?”

Court-appointed commander, Editorial, Arkansas Times, May 24, 2002:

“After the airplanes struck the towers, Bush spent the rest of the day darting around the country, maintaining distance from the crash sites, ostensibly on the recommendation of security advisers. Bush's press secretary defended this behavior by saying terrorists had targeted the presidential plane. This was a lie, it turns out. There was no such targeting, at least none that our government knew of. Anyway, an army of security advisers couldn't have kept President Clinton from Ground Zero, and indeed former President Clinton showed up there before Bush did.”

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