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Senior Bush administration officials sternly cautioned the 9/11 Commission against probing too deeply into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to a document recently obtained by the ACLU
ALL you need to know about 9-11 is in the paragraph above.
3,000 americans dead, and the executive branch is warning the investigation to not go TOO FAR into investigating that. Yeah....
"There is, however, a line that the Commission should not cross -- the line separating the Commission's proper inquiry into the September 11, 2001 attacks from interference with the Government's ability to safeguard the national security, including protection of Americans from future terrorist attacks."
so let me get this straight. The white house didnt want the 9-11 comission questioning terror suspects about 9-11?
Hell awaits the Bush regime.
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Re: Ashcroft, Tenet, Rumsfeld warned 9/11 Commission about ‘line’ it ’should not cros
At this point, is there really any doubt?
It had become clearer and clearer to Daschle and other Democrats -- and to the Washington press corps and even some Republicans -- that the White House was hiding something, perhaps many things, about what Bush knew about al-Aqaeda threats before 9/11.
To Daschle, that explained why Bush and Cheney had taken such a personal role in the campaign to try to block any outside review of September 11, especially the creation of the commission. Daschle had heard through Trent Lott, his Republican counterpart, that Karl Rove and the White House political office had orchestrated the behind-the-scenes effort to block legislation to create the commission. "It's all Rove," Lott told Daschle.
In January 2002, before Congress had scheduled its first public hearings on pre-9/11 intelligence failures, Cheney called Daschle personally to complain about any public airing of the issues. Cheney's tone with Daschle was polite but threatening. Daschle, who was being interviewed by a Newsweek reporter when the vice president's call came through, was smart enough to allow the reporter to remain in the office to listen to Daschle's end of the conversation. Daschle watned a witness.
The vice president urged Dsaschle to shut down any additional public hearings on 9/11, warning him that a public discussion of intelligence errors before the attacks would do damage to the struggle to capture bin Laden and destroy al-Aaeda -- and would do political damage to the Democrats as well.
"Mr. Majority Leader, this would be a very dangerous and time-consuming diversion for those of us who are on the front lines of our response today," Cheney said. "We just can't be tied down with the problems that this would present for us. We've got our hands full." Daschle remembered the tone as vintage Cheney. "muffled, kind of under the breath, quiet, measured, very deliberate."
If the Democrats went forward anyway, Cheney said, the White House would portray the Democrats -- by daring to investigate what went wrong on 9/11 -- as undermining the war against terror. That was a potent political threat at a time, four months after the attacks, when Bush was riding as high in opinion polls as he ever would and Democrats were facing a difficult midterm election in November 2002 as a result.
"I respectfully disagree with your position, Mr. Vice President," Daschle replied. "It is imperative that we try to find out what happened on September 11 and why."
To Daschle, it was preposterous for the White House to argue that 9/11 should go uninvestigated. He knew that modern American history offered plenty of support for an independent investigation. From Pearl Harbor to the Kennedy assassination to the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, "there's been a review of what happened after every tragedy this nation has experienced," Daschle said.
- pg. 5-6 of bestseller "The Commission," by Philip Shenon, NYT
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