Bush will brief Obama on ‘contingencies’

President George W. Bush’s administration will brief president-elect Barack Obama and his team on several contingency plans in case an international crisis breaks after his inauguration, The New York Times reported on its website late Tuesday.

The plans were recommended by the commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 attacks, the daily said.

The commission noted problems during the hand over from former president Bill Clinton to Bush, and in its report on the attacks called for a better handover process "since a catastrophic attack could occur with little or no notice."

The memorandums the Obama administration will cover several crisis scenarios including a North Korean nuclear explosion, a cyberattack on American computer systems, a terrorist strike on a US site overseas, or an outbreak of instability in the Middle East, people briefed on them told the newspaper.

Each contingency plan outlines options Obama can consider, they added.

Beside the memorandums, the Bush administration has given crisis training to government officials who may stay on after the inauguration while political appointees await Senate confirmation, the daily said.


  1. Carl Nemo

    President Obama’s first signing should be that of a blanket Executive Order that simply states this XO nullifies “all” XO’s and signing order modifications implemented by President George W. Bush during his terms in office. All of them…period! : |

    Close GITMO, outlaw torture and to set a new timetable for withdrawal from Iraq; ie., within six months or less. Reestablish “habeas corpus” as a core foundation principle in our body of law as ordained by the “Magna Carta” in 1215 which also indemnifies our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Also the reaffirmation of “posse commitatus” that the U.S. military shall not be used in order to establish law and order within the boundaries of the United States.

    If he does these things, then and only then will I be truly impressed with our new president.

    Also the Patriot Act needs to be reviewed and re-written in a Constitutionally and Bill of Rights “friendly” manner with not one of the draconian “lets kick the door” (codicils) without due process left in place…!

    Yes, then, and only then, will I will be impressed…! : |

    Carl Nemo **==