An administration official said yesterday that the CIA report was only one of many such cables received by the White House each day. The official said that other information received after March 2002 supported claims that Iraq was actively attempting to buy uranium. Because of the anonymous nature of the source cited in the CIA report, it was not considered unusual or very important and not passed on to Condoleezza Rice, the president's national security adviser, or other senior White House officials.
Many of you have heard this story, but I am recalling it vividly now:
I was arrested once before this last round, loosely. I wasn't cuffed or taken downtown, in fact my citation was issued a few days later. However, I was in court for several months. The official charge was underage drinking, but the report accused us of Satanism. When we saw the report, we pressed on to trial, and I really wish I had the transcript for that, it was pure comedy.
One of the beautiful moments was when one of our lawyers was questioning one of the campus officers who arrested us, and the officer said, "Well, they admitted to drinking." The lawyer spun on him, and asked, "They admitted to it? Wait, that isn't in this report, why not?" "Well, I didn't think it was important at the time."
"You didn't think it was important at the time? You DIDN'T think it was IMPORTANT AT THE TIME? IF A MURDERER WERE TO ADMIT TO MURDERING SOMEONE, WOULD YOU NOT THINK IT IMPORTANT AT THE TIME????? I withdraw the question."
I think of this now, because I feel like we're being given the same excuse now, "Well, it probably did come, but we didn't think it was important at the time. You know, it being one of our key pieces of evidence and all."
However, today I end with good news:
Federal authorities said today that they planned to use stricter standards for identifying and locking up terrorist suspects in light of concerns raised in a recent report that hundreds of illegal immigrants were mistreated after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.