Gary Hart

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Gary Hart is one of the large group of those who "warned Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials about terrorist threats before September 11, 2001. Former Senator Gary Hart also directly told senior Bush officials loudly and clearly that, in his words, 'The terrorists are coming, the terrorists are coming.' Hart was co-chair (with former Sen. Warren Bruce Rudman) of the U.S. Commission on National Security, a bipartisan panel that conducted the most thorough investigation of U.S. security challenges since World War II. After completing the report, which warned that a devastating terrorist attack on America was imminent and called for the immediate creation of a Cabinet-level national security agency, and delivering it to President Bush on January 31, 2001, Hart and Rudman personally briefed Rice, Rumseld and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. But, according to Hart, the Bush administration never followed up on the commission's urgent recommendations, even after he repeated them in a private White House meeting with Rice just days before 9/11." [1]

Gary Hart, former Senator from Colorado (1975-87), is Counsel to Coudert Brothers and co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century / Hart-Rudman Commission. [2]

Hart served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Environment Committee, Senate Budget Committee, and Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee. He was a Candidate for the Democratic Nomination for President (1984).

Hart was a Visiting Fellow and McCallum Memorial Lecturer at Oxford University (1996) and Regents Lecturer at the University of California (1998). His board affiliations include U.S.-Russia Investment Fund, Defense Policy Board, Eagle Wireless International, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Hart received his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Nazarene University, a Bachelor of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.


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  1. Directors, Council for a Livable World, accessed April 19, 2010.
  2. Operation USA Board, organizational web page, accessed March 27, 2013.