NEW YORK On its front page Tuesday, The New York Times published a photo of new
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers going over a briefing paper with President
George W. Bush at his Crawford ranch “in August 2001,” the caption
USA Today and the Boston Globe carried the photo labeled simply “2001,”
but many other newspapers ran the picture in print or on the Web with a more
precise date: Aug. 6, 2001.
Does that date sound familiar? Indeed, that was the date, a little
over a month before 9/11, that President Bush was briefed on the now-famous
“PDB” that declared that Osama Bin Laden was “determined”
to attack the U.S. homeland, perhaps with hijacked planes. But does that mean
that Miers had anything to do with that briefing?
As it turns out, yes, according to Tuesday's Los Angeles Times. An article
by Richard A. Serrano and Scott Gold observes that early in the Bush presidency
“Miers assumed such an insider role that in 2001 it was she who handed
Bush the crucial 'presidential daily briefing' hinting at terrorist plots against
America just a month before the Sept. 11 attacks.”
So the Aug. 6 photo may show this historic moment, though quite possibly not.
In any case, some newspapers failed to include the exact date with the widely
used Miers photo today. A New York Times spokesman told E&P: "The wording
of the caption occurred in the course of routine editing and has no broader
The photo that ran in so many papers and on their Web sites originally came
from the White House but was moved by the Associated Press, clearly marked as
an “Aug. 6, 2001” file photo. It shows Miers with a document or
documents in her right hand, as her left hand points to something in another
paper balanced on the president's right leg. Two others in the background are
Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and Steve Biegun of the national security staff.
The PDB was headed “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” and
notes, among other things, FBI information indicating “patterns of suspicious
activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other
types of attacks.”
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Posted on Monday, October 03 @ 23:06:32 EDT by drew
Someone at MSNBC is a wee bit subversive. Accompanying this AP article about
Miers was this picture and caption
Harriet Miers, at the time staff secretary, is seen on Aug. 6, 2001,
briefing President Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Gee, August 6, 2001. I wonder what could be on the cover sheet of that
memo Bush is pretending to read. Maybe it was, oh, I don't know...
BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE IN US