The Boston Herald does not seem to like Kerry:
Skeleton in Clarke's closet
By Boston Herald editorial staff
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Former counterterrorism official and now tell-all author Richard Clarke was at it again yesterday, scorching Bush administration officials in testimony before the national Sept. 11 commission.
We'd like to know how Clarke squares his contention that he was the only one in the Bush administration truly committed to thwarting terrorism before the Sept. 11 attacks with this: It was Clarke who personally authorized the evacuation by private plane of dozens of Saudi citizens, including many members of Osama bin Laden's own family, in the days immediately following Sept. 11.
Clarke's role was revealed in an October 2003 Vanity Fair article. ``Somebody brought to us for approval the decision to let an airplane filled with Saudis, including members of the bin Laden family, leave the country,'' Clarke told Vanity Fair. ``My role was to say that it can't happen unless the FBI approves it. . . And they came back and said yes, it was fine with them. So we said `Fine, let it happen.' '' ...
MORE: Some real red meat from Clarke's book in the post above - it relates to an Al Qaeda/Oklahoma City connection...
UPDATE: Corrects from "Boston Globe" to "Boston Herald". Friends don't let friends blog before their morning coffee.
MORE: Do the math:
Simon & Schuster, which also published Mrs. Clinton's book and the recent best-seller about Paul H. O'Neill, the former Treasury secretary, initially printed about 300,000 copies of Mr. Clarke's book, a very large number for a work of serious nonfiction, and it has since ordered 150,000 more copies.
...Ms. Levin declined to comment on Mr. Clarke's advance or royalties. At a typical rate, Mr. Clarke would stand to earn about $4 a copy in royalties.
AP - In a highly unusual move, key Republicans in Congress are seeking to declassify testimony that former White House terrorism adviser Richard Clarke gave in 2002 about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Friday.
...No immediate information was available on how the declassification process works, but one GOP aide said the CIA (news - web sites) and perhaps the White House would play a role in determining whether to make the testimony public.
That's credible. At a minimum, some bi-partisan group would need to de-classify it. Good luck. Not that we are opposed to setting the truth free, of course...
Or, give the testimony to the 9/11 Commission for their inclusion in the final report. Although one might think they already have it.