4,287. 12/15/2002

According to the Joint Inquiry Committee’s Final Report, completed December 2002: “CIA briefers sensed that [President] Bush’s national security cabinet viewed terrorism as the kind of phenomenon it had been during the 1980s: potent but limited, a theatrical sort of threat that could produce episodic public crises but did not jeopardize the fundamental security of the United States. ‘I don’t think we really had made the leap in our mind that we are no longer safe behind these two great oceans,’ [Deputy Secretary of State Richard] Armitage said later.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 547

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