December 18, 2003

9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable

Only two candidates, Wesley Clark (D-NATO) and Howard
Dean (D-Jeffords), since Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fraudida)
dropped out, have shown the courage to raise the
dangerous issue of the _resident pre-9/11 failures and
post-9/11 cover-up. It must be kept in the news, it
must be turned against the _resident, the VICE
_resident and the rest of the cabal..In the weeks
ahead, we will see what Tom Kean, 9/11 commission
chairman, is really made of...I do not expect the
expose that is needed, but I hope that they at least
spell out the questions for which the White House
denied them answers. It is an important breakthrough
for someone like Kean to say that 9/11 did not have to
happen and should not have happened. But we have to
hope he spells out why...It was not an intelligence
breakdown, there was plenty of intelligence. It was
(at best) incompetence and negligence in the White
House; at worst, of course, there is the stench of the
PNAC document, wistfully stating that another "Pearl
Harbor" was needed to get PNAC implemented...

CBS: For the first time, the chairman of the independent
commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is
saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have
been prevented, reports CBS News Correspondent Randall
Pinkston. "This is a very, very important part of
history and we've got to tell it right," said Thomas
Kean. As you read the report, you're going to have a
pretty clear idea what wasn't done and what should
have been done," he said. "This was not something that
had to happen."

Reveal the Truth about 9/11, Show Up for Democracy in
2004: Defeat Bush (again!)

Only two candidates, Wesley Clark (D-NATO) and Howard
Dean (D-Jeffords), since Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fraudida)
dropped out, have shown the courage to raise the
dangerous issue of the _resident pre-9/11 failures and
post-9/11 cover-up. It must be kept in the news, it
must be turned against the _resident, the VICE
_resident and the rest of the cabal..In the weeks
ahead, we will see what Tom Kean, 9/11 commission
chairman, is really made of...I do not expect the
expose that is needed, but I hope that they at least
spell out the questions for which the White House
denied them answers. It is an important breakthrough
for someone like Kean to say that 9/11 did not have to
happen and should not have happened. But we have to
hope he spells out why...It was not an intelligence
breakdown, there was plenty of intelligence. It was
(at best) incompetence and negligence in the White
House; at worst, of course, there is the stench of the
PNAC document, wistfully stating that another "Pearl
Harbor" was needed to get PNAC implemented...

Reveal the Truth about 9/11, Show Up for Democracy in
2004: Defeat Bush (again!)

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9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable
NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2003


For the first time, the chairman of the independent
commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is
saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have
been prevented, reports CBS News Correspondent Randall
Pinkston. "This is a very, very important part of
history and we've got to tell it right," said Thomas
Kean. As you read the report, you're going to have a
pretty clear idea what wasn't done and what should
have been done," he said. "This was not something that
had to happen."

Appointed by the Bush administration, Kean, a former
Republican governor of New Jersey, is now pointing
fingers inside the administration and laying blame.

"There are people that, if I was doing the job, would
certainly not be in the position they were in at that
time because they failed. They simply failed," Kean
said.

To find out who failed and why, the commission has
navigated a political landmine, threatening a subpoena
to gain access to the president's top-secret daily
briefs. Those documents may shed light on one of the
most controversial assertions of the Bush
administration that there was never any thought
given to the idea that terrorists might fly an
airplane into a building.

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that they
would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked
airplane as a missile," said national security adviser
Condoleeza Rice on May 16, 2002.

"How is it possible we have a national security
advisor coming out and saying we had no idea they
could use planes as weapons when we had FBI records
from 1991 stating that this is a possibility," said
Kristen Breitweiser, one of four New Jersey widows who
lobbied Congress and the president to appoint the
commission.

The widows want to know why various government
agencies didn't connect the dots before Sept. 11, such
as warnings from FBI offices in Minnesota and Arizona
about suspicious student pilots.

"If you were to tell me that two years after the
murder of my husband that we wouldn't have one
question answered, I wouldn't believe it," Breitweiser
said.

Kean admits the commission also has more questions
than answers.

Asked whether we should at least know if people
sitting in the decision-making spots on that critical
day are still in those positions, Kean said, "Yes, the
answer is yes. And we will."

Kean promises major revelations in public testimony
beginning next month from top officials in the FBI,
CIA, Defense Department, National Security Agency and,
maybe, President Bush and former President Clinton.

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