2,495. 9/11/2001

“In a brief televised press conference at 6:40 that evening [September 11, 2001], in which [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld’s calm demeanor impressed viewers, veteran Reuters Pentagon correspondent Charlie Aldinger asked, ‘Mr. Secretary, did you have any inkling at all, in any way, that something of this nature and something of this scope might be planned?’ ‘Charlie,’ responded Rumsfeld quickly, ‘we don’t discuss intelligence matters.’ “

 – Andrew Cockburn, Rumsfeld, Page 8

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