from Bill Sammon FIGHTING BACKfrom Revealed: what really
went on during Bush's 'missing hours'
For the next hour Bush met with a stream of advisors in his penthouse suite.
He received his usual CIA briefing,
although he would have to wait until the next day to receive a special briefing that his staff had just completed on how to
dismantle the al Qaeda terrorist network headed by Osama bin-Laden in Afghanistan.
As he prepared for his education
speech in the penthouse suite, Bush also received informal updates on overnight political developments.
He was given
a thick sheaf of articles, columns, and editorials that had been reprinted from the morning newspapers, including the Washington
Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post.
By William Langley
On his return to the Colony, the President showered, changed into a lightweight, dark blue suit, and, still
glowing from the morning's exertion, sat down for the first routine intelligence briefing of the day. It was 8am.
Fourteen hundred miles away, American Airlines Flight 11 was taking off from Boston's Logan International Airport
bound for Los Angeles, with 81 passengers and 11 crew aboard. It would be followed 14 minutes later by the departure, from
the same airport, of United Airlines Flight 175, also LA-bound, with 56 passengers and nine crew.
The President's briefing appears to have included some reference to the heightened terrorist risk reported
throughout the summer, but contained nothing specific, severe or imminent enough to necessitate a call to Condoleezza Rice,
his 47-year-old National Security Adviser who, at the same moment, was travelling through the rush hour traffic from her home
in north-west Washington to her office at the White House.