9/11 Commission: Who Cares?

The 9/11 Commission report has fallen off the first page of Google News, and none of the big Democrats except Conason are talking about it. (Maybe there will be more interest tomorrow when people finish plowing their way through the 500+ pages.) The initial media spin was to blame the CIA and Congress, but not Bush or Clinton — I think that the idea was to cut some kind of deal with the Democrats. 


Democrats would be stupid to accept that deal: Bush is running and Clinton isn’t.


I’m working on it, but for the moment are a few links.


No essential documents missing, 9/11 panel says


“Kean said the commission has been assured that it was able to get copies of each document that apparently was lost. If those lost documents had written notations from former President Clinton or others, they would have been included in those copies, Kean said.”


The Berger hooplah is phony.  Berger didn’t have or lose any unique documents, but just copies. Nothing was withheld from the 9/11 commission. (Apparently where he was working was not the archive itself, but a working library of copies for people who wanted access to archive materials. The materials were important because they were secret, but they were not irreplacable).


“One result is that the report has cast a pall over the president’s vacation plans”

Poor George. This article has lots of interesting stuff about the Bush Administration’s resistance to outside ideas and his original resistance to the establishment of the 9/11 Commission.


The 9/11 Commission (and other related investigative committees)

There’s a lot of interesting old stuff in there about Bush’s bitter resistance to the 9/11 commission every step of the way, as well as some of the conflicts of interest of the members of the commission. (While I’m finding the commission report usable, you still have to do a lot of reading between the lines, and it would be a mistake to think that they are irreproachable.)


Bush and Cheney adamantly insisted on being questioned together. When you read that Bush confirmed Cheney’s claim that his shoot-down order had been authorized by Bush, you have to keep that fact in mind.


Just for laughs, here’s Scooter Libby’s description of Cheney’s order: “President Cheney was asked for authority to engage the aircraft. His reaction was described by Scooter Libby as quick and decisive, ‘in about the time it takes a batter to decide to swing'” (p. 41).


Libby belongs in the Kissass Hall of Fame.