Eric Alterman has the story. Bush, Cheney, and the other incompetent idiots who run our country had serious warnings in early 2001 about the possibility of a terrorist strike and chose to do nothing. (This is in addition to Bush ignoring the August 2001 PDB entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike the United States"). The opening of Alterman's post is damning:
Shortly after he was inaugurated, back in early 2001, just after the USS Cole was attacked, the Bush administration received a blue-ribbon commission report warning of the dangers of a catastrophic terrorist attack. Headed by Gary Hart and Warren Rudman, the report detailed the urgent steps necessary to begin the process of protecting the United States against a terrorist attack. “States, terrorists and other disaffected groups will acquire weapons of mass destruction, and some will use them,” the report warned. “Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers.” Hart even presciently predicted that the country was vulnerable to “a weapon of mass destruction in a highrise building.” The authors called for the creation of a department of homeland security combining and superseding the functions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Border Patrol, and the Customs Service, a recommendation converted into legislation by Senator Joseph Lieberman.
Bush's response? He ordered Cheney to do a "review" of our security preparations WHICH WAS NEVER DONE.
And you know the rest.
Damn it, how can people possibly trust these clowns to do what's truly necessary to secure our country?