President Bush: Nobody told me that terrorists would use airplanes as missiles.
Freeh [ex-FBI Director], questioned by Democratic commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, later said intelligence services were aware of the danger that a terrorist might use a hijacked plane as a weapon.
He acknowledged steps were taken to protect the White House as well as special events, such as the 2000 Olympic Games and meetings of world leaders, against such a threat, but nothing was done to protect the country at large.
Ben-Veniste asked: "So it was well known in the intelligence community that this was a potential threat?"
Freeh responded: "It was part of the planning for those events, that is correct."