And now the most fascinating two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
The Washington Post (search) reported yesterday, and again today, that the now-declassified August 6, 2001 memo -- "warned [President Bush] a month before the Sept. 11 ... attacks that the FBI had information that terrorists might be preparing for a hijacking in the United States and might be targeting a building in Lower Manhattan."
In fact, the memo says no such thing. It never mentions Manhattan, and it mentions New York only twice, once referring to terrorist recruitment efforts there and another time saying the FBI had observed -- "patterns of suspicious activity ... including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York." There are federal buildings all over New York.
Polarizing Political Ad
A pro-Democrat interest group has produced a potential TV ad accusing President Bush of negligence for failing to prevent the 9/11 atrocities. The pro-Democrat organization showed the ad to a focus group in Florida, and, according to the L.A. Times, -- "the result was volcanic... against the ad."
One Democratic operative at the focus group said -- "They were so angry I thought they were going to turn the tables over. It was a very polarizing ad, and it pushed people who were on the fence decidedly away from us."
Contractors Need Supervision?
In response to the murder and mutilation of four American security contractors in Iraq two weeks ago, the Senate's top Democrats have sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld calling such U.S. contractors -- "private armies" and worrying that their presence might -- "contribute to Iraqi resentment."
The letter, signed by Tom Daschle, Hillary Clinton and 11 others, says such contractors must be -- "properly screened by United States authorities and ... required to operate under clear guidelines and appropriate supervision." It says nothing about how those who murdered them and dragged their bodies through the streets should be dealt with.
Highness Not Above Security?
The mayor of Miami-Dade County in Florida has sent a letter of apology to Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, who -- along with his fiancé, Letizia Ortiz -- had to pass through security at Miami International Airport on their way back from the Bahamas.
In the letter, Mayor Alex Penelas called it a -- "lamentable situation." A transportation official, meanwhile, says the two had no State Department or Secret Service escort, and that by law they had to be screened. Still, mayor Penelas is calling for an investigation into how this -- "disrespect for His Highness" happened.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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