Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair contributing editor, talks to “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer about his recent op-ed in The New York Times, “The Deafness Before the Storm,” which details six daily briefs President George W. Bush received before Aug. 6, 2001, warning him that an attack by al-Qaida operatives was imminent.
“I think one of the most important lies, or important secrets — something that happened post-9/11 — was this effort to essentially blame the CIA, blame the counter-terrorist center that is at the epicenter of all of the intelligence agencies’ efforts against al-Qaida and the rest. … These people have suffered in silence for 11 years because they had to. And the truth of the matter is, they fed so much information to the White House. They were there day in, day out, saying, ‘There’s an attack coming,’” Eichenwald says.