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Bush Defends His Administration's Terrorism Record - 2004-04-05


President Bush says he looks forward to sharing information with the independent commission investigating the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Mr. Bush told reporters in North Carolina today (Monday) if members of his administration had known that terrorists were going to fly airplanes into buildings, they would have done everything in their power to stop it. The president said after the attacks, he immediately put the country on war footing and went to war against the al-Qaida terrorist network.

Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are set to meet privately with all 10 members of the bi-partisan panel within the next couple of weeks.

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice is set to testify publicly before the commission this Thursday. Her testimony follows criticism by President Bush's former counter-terrorism chief , Richard Clarke, that the White House did not pay enough attention to the al-Qaida threat before the attacks and was obsessed with Iraq afterwards.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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