According to an article by the New York Times, C.I.A. Chief Warned Rice on Al Qaeda,
former director of the CIA George Tenet briefed Condoleezza Rice on the "looming threat" of al-Qaeda. This briefing took place on July 10, 2001. The NY Times article goes on to state that Rice was in fact briefed, that this evidence was presented at the September 11 commission, and that officials on the commission confirmed it to be true. The article also says that despite early skepticism about Tenet's statement, members of the Bush administration have confirmed it to be true. Compounding the situation, Donald Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft received the same briefing that Condoleezza Rice did. Tenet's account is another large chunk of evidence that the Bush administration did not take the terrorist threat seriously enough to prevent 9/11.
Despite Tenet's statement, Rice denied knowledge
of the meeting:
"I don't know that this meeting took place, but what I really don't know, what I'm quite certain of, is that it was not a meeting in which I was told there was an impending attack and I refused to respond," Rice said.Perhaps she did not "refuse to respond" but the evidence demonstrates that she at least ignored the warnings. John Ashcroft also denied receiving the briefing, again, contrary to the evidence at hand.