These are Defense Department staffer Stephen Cambone's notes from a 2:40 PM meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. Cambone's notes were cited heavily in the 9/11 Commission Report's reconstruction of the day's events. The document was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Thad Anderson of www.outragedmoderates.org/2006/02/dod-staffers-notes-from....
This note documents Donald Rumsfeld's 2:40 PM instructions to General Myers to find the "[b]est info fast . . . judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] at same time - not only UBL [Usama Bin Laden]" (as discussed on p. 334-335 of the 9/11 Commission Report and in Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack).
In addition, the document confirms the contents of CBS News' Sept. 4, 2002 report "Plans For Iraq Attack Began on 9/11," which quoted Rumsfeld's notes as stating: "Go massive . . . Sweep it all up. Things related and not." The contents of the CBS News report were not included in the 9/11 Commission Report or Woodward's Plan of Attack, and to my knowledge, have not been independently confirmed by any other source. After the Rathergate fiasco, I wondered if CBS had been fooled into publishing a story that was too good to be true.
Finally, this document unveils a previously undisclosed part of the discussion. Several lines below the "judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. at same time" line, Cambone's notes from the conversation read: "Hard to get a good case."
Transcript (to the best of my ability):
Best info fast
judge whether good enough
Hit S.H@ same time -
Not just UBL
Tasks Jim Haynes to talk w/ PW
for additional support v/v Usis &
connection w/ UBL
[REDACTED (N.R. stands for Not Relevant)]
- Hard to get a good case
- Need to move swiftly -
Near term target needs -
- go massive - sweep it all up
- Things related & not
Need to do so
to get anything