Google "actionable intelligence" and understand that your link is addressing something far different - namely a memo that suggested that Al Queada was considering hijacking planes and using them as suicide-pilot guided kinetic missiles.
#114 | Posted by JeffJ
Apparently "actionable intelligence" means something completely different to you than it does to me.
The was plenty of intelligence being given to the White House as noted in the headline: Evidence piles up that Bush administration got many pre-9/11 warnings
Tenet wrote about how after being briefed by his counterterrorism team on July 10 -- two months prior to the attacks -- "I picked up the big white secure phone on the left side of my desk -- the one with a direct line to Condi Rice -- and told her that I needed to see her immediately to provide an update on the al-Qaida threat."
Tenet said he could not recall another time in his seven years as director of the CIA that he sought such an urgent meeting at the White House. Rice agreed to the meeting immediately, and 15 minutes later, he was in Rice's office.
An analyst handed out the briefing packages Tenet had just seen and began to speak. "His opening line got everyone's attention," Tenet wrote, "in part because it left no room for misunderstanding: There will be a significant terrorist attack in the coming weeks or months!'"
They KNEW there was going to be an attack and the CIA could not discount that this attack was going to be on the US homeland.
Guess that just wasn't "Actionable" enough for you (or Bush).
Cressey (who was Clarke's deputy) remains critical of the lack of a response going back to the first week of the administration, saying the counterterrorism team at the National Security Council and experts elsewhere in the government were "butting our heads against the wall" in an effort to get a meaningful response from the White House.
They did finally get a meaningful response... 6 days AFTER 9/11.
Rice, Tenet wrote, reacted positively to the briefing and asked her counter terrorism adviser, Richard Clarke, if he agreed with the assessment. Clarke said he did, and Tenet said he and his aides left the meeting feeling that Rice understood the threat. However, he wrote, the White House never followed up on the presidential finding that Tenet had been asking for since March, authorizing broader covert action against al-Qaida. That finding was signed by President Bush on Sept. 17, six days after the attacks.