DoD staffer's notes from 9/11 - 2:40 PM

This is the raw scan of Defense Department staffer Stephen Cambone's notes from meetings with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the afternoon of September 11, 2001 (see preceeding pages for closeups and negative versions of the documents). The documents were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Cambone's notes were cited heavily in the 9/11 Commission Report's reconstruction of the day's events.


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."


For further discussion of this document, see the Guardian article "Blogger bares Rumsfeld's post 9/11 orders," or Andrew Sullivan's post "An Army of Davids."


Transcript (to the best of my ability):



Resume Statement:


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



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