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Clarke Memo Warned of Al Qaeda Threat

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Clarke Memo Warned of Al Qaeda Threat

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Clarke Memo Warned of Al Qaeda Threat

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The National Security Archive at George Washington University posts the recently declassified document.

A newly released memo from former White House counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke warned then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice that al Qaeda was an "active, major force" that needed immediate attention. The communiqué was written five days after President Bush took office in 2001.

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