July 15, 2003

Why Does 9/11 Inquiry Scare Bush?

There is a full moon over Miami...Kerry (D-Mekong
Delta) appeared on SeeNotNew and Graham (D-Fraudida)
appeared on NotBeSeen's Meat The Press. And both,
especially Graham were tough, disciplined and on
message -- the problem is the _resident's credibility,
not George Tenet's...And the truth to which the
editorial below points is so heavy and so despicable
that even the SOTU LIES crisis is a welcome relief for
Rove and the cabal. They have done so much that is
foolish (at best) that they sometimes ride the wave of
bad stories to distract from even worse
stories...Remember, 2+2=4


Published on Friday, July 11, 2003 by the Berkshire
Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
Why Does 9/11 Inquiry Scare Bush?

The Bush administration has never wanted an inquiry
into the intelligence and law-enforcement failures
that led up to the terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001, and it is doing its best to make sure we never
get one. Even the tame commission of Washington
insiders, led by men of the president's own party, is
now complaining that its work is being hampered by
foot-dragging from the Pentagon and Justice Department
in producing documents and witnesses, in an effort to
run the clock out on it before it can complete its
work. The commission's leaders have taken the
extraordinary step of accusing the White House of
witness "intimidation," insisting that sensitive
witnesses testify only in the presence of a "monitor"
from their agency. The parallel to Saddam Hussein's
refusal to let Iraqi scientists talk to U.N. weapons
inspectors without a similar monitor is too glaring to
miss and begs the obvious question: What has Mr. Bush
got to hide?

The crudeness of his tactics suggests that whatever it
is, it must be pretty bad. The Internet is full of
wild theories -- that Mr. Bush knew in advance of 9/11
and allowed it to happen so he could exploit it to get
his way in domestic and international politics is the
most notable -- and while cyberspace is the natural
home of the improbable and the far-fetched, the
administration's stonewalling only lends credence to
those who believe a cover-up of something is going on.

September 11 was the most traumatic incident in recent
American history. Three thousand people died in New
York, billions in property was destroyed, the national
economy tanked and Americans' sense of security was
shattered. The men responsible for the attacks are
still at large and openly threaten to attack us again.
Yet the commission's budget is only $3 million, a
pittance compared to the $100 million that was wasted
getting to the bottom of Bill Clinton's Whitewater
investment and his extramarital affairs. The hearings
in the Republican-dominated Congress were a
perfunctory affair that attracted even less attention
from a sensation-oriented media than is being paid to
this commission.

The American people deserve a thorough investigation.
They want to know why the fighter jets weren't
scrambled after the first plane hit the tower, what
the Clinton and Bush administrations knew about
threats from al-Qaida and what they were doing about
them, what citizens of our allies Saudi Arabia and
Pakistan financed Osama bin Laden and his hijackers,
how the FBI and CIA missed obvious clues and let
suspects they were following slip away, why airline
security was so lax, what is the meaning of a
suspicious pattern of stock transactions that occurred
before the attacks, whether law enforcement efforts
were subordinated to diplomatic priorities and the
needs and desires of American oil companies.

Americans want the answers to two basic questions:
What went wrong? And what is being done to make sure
it never happens again? They should be satisfied with
nothing less than an honest effort to get those
answers, no matter who they embarrass, and the White
House should not stand in the way.

Copyright 2003 Berkshire Eagle


Posted by richard at July 15, 2003 08:27 AM