Memo Also Warns of Al Qaeda Goal for Theocratic States!
ALSO: Violence in Iraq as Preliminary Election Results Announced for Theocratic State.
By Brad Friedman on 2/11/2005, 4:28pm PT  

The National Security Council memo by Richard Clarke written on January 25, 2001 requesting an urgent "Principals level review on the al Qida network has finally been released, just yesterday, by the National Security Archive.

Reuters reported this story last night.

The document was submitted by Clarke, George W. Bush's official Counterterrorism Coordinator just days after Bush took his first oath of office.

The first paragraph of the "Memorandum to Condoleezza Rice" contains the following sentence [emphasis in original]:

We urgently need such a Principals level review on the al Qida network.

The memo was declassified on April 7th, 2004. The day before Condolleeza Rice's testimony before the 9/11 Commission on the 8th.

It was not released to the public until yesterday, almost one year and exactly one Presidential Election later.

Rice had said prior to her sworn testimony in a Washington Post op-ed that "No al Qaeda plan was turned over to the new administration".

It would appear that Rice was either lying in op-ed, or to the commission, or perhaps it depends on what the meaning of either "plan" or "turned over" means.

Part of the first page of the memo is posted below. The National Security Archive has posted a story on the matter with other supporting documents including a copy of Richard Clarke's full 3-page memo [PDF].

The first page of the memo also cites Al Qaeda as having two major goals. One of which is to install "Muslim countries with theocracies".

In not-unrelated news, 23 people were killed in one attack in Iraq today which, according to AP, "occurred as election officials announced provisional final results from the Jan. 30 elections for provincial councils in 12 of the 18 provinces, showing Shiite religious groups winning handily over secular tickets in local races in much of the country."

In actual unrelated news, we're working on several investigations related to the Clint Curtis matter so posting here has been light over the last couple of days while we've been on that job. We trust you understand. More news on that when it's appropriate and not a moment sooner.