Democrats keep pressing for a full hearing into the massive failures which
left us open to terrorist attacks. What caused the breakdown in intelligence
and national security? What happened to the Clinton Administration plans to
combat Al Qaeda? Have Bush and Cheney cured the flaws in the system? If not,
why not? Why are Bush and Cheney still blocking a public 9-11 investigation?
The Washington Post, NY Times, and
Others Ask: What Are They Hiding?
George Bush is blocking a full public inquiry into 9-11. Richard Cheney threatens
Democrats to keep quiet. "Press the issue, Cheney implied, and you risk being
accused of interfering with the [war on terrorism]." The Battle Back Home,
Newsweek Magazine: 02/04/02. Note: article also available from Newsweek archives.
Senate Leader Tom Daschle said "I can tell you on January 24th, first, and
on January 28th second, and on other dates following, that request [by Cheney
and Bush not to conduct any Sept. 11 inquiry] was made."
Daschle: Bush, Cheney Urged No Sept. 11 Inquiry, Reuters News Service: 5/26/02. Strangely this story is no longer available on the original site, but echoes remain on the web.
Cheney admitted "he would advise President Bush not to turn over to Congress
the August intelligence briefing that warned that terrorists were interested
in hijacking airplanes, and he insisted that the investigation into Sept. 11
should be handled by the Congressional intelligence committees, not an independent
Cheney Moves to Block 9-11 Probe, The New York Times: 5/20/02. Months later,
the chairperson of the 9/11 investigation confirmed Cheney had carried out his
Bush and Cheney keep undermining Democrats' efforts to protect us from a repeat
of 9/11. Undaunted, Democrats demand a public inquiry. Daschle said: "Intelligence
is just a piece of it. People need to know what happened." Senator Bob Torricelli
added: "We do not meet our responsibilities to the American people if we do
not take an honest look at the federal government and all of its agencies and
let the country know what went wrong." Bush
Seeks To Restrict Hill Probes Of Sept. 11, The Washington Post: 1/30/02.
Asks Daschle to Limit Sept. 11 probes, ALLPOLITICS, CNN : 1/29/02.
Joe Conason reported: "Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle - along with
most of his fellow Democrats and a handful of prominent Republicans, notably
including Arizona's John McCain" support an independent investigation into
9/11. That hope "is dead, at least for the moment." The Republicans
"quietly set aside legislation that would establish an independent commission
to investigate the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001." Putting
"Today" before tomorrow's security Salon.com: 06/22/02.
Key Questions Remain: Why Didn't
FBI, CIA and Military Protect Us?
President Clinton ordered two attack submarines to stand watch
over the Taliban and bin Laden's terrorists. Bush ordered the subs to stand
down. See: The
Covert Hunt for bin Laden: Broad Effort Launched After '98 Attacks, The Washington
Post: 12/19/01. Clinton warned the Taliban he would hold the Taliban leadership
personally responsible for any attack by bin Laden against Americans. Bush lifted
that decree. See: Clinton's
War on Terror: The Covert Hunt for bin Laden, The Washington Post, 12/20/01.
But Bush eliminated these safeguards.
Bush sent $43 Million to the Taliban. His administration supported negotiations
with terrorists on behalf of his campaign contributors. These included corporations
seeking to build a pipeline through Afghanistan. These multinational special
interests employed his father and former Bush administration officials including
James A. Baker III, the man who led Bush's efforts to wrest the White House
from Al Gore.
British media report that Bush ordered national security agents to "back off"
the bin Laden terrorists. A former CIA agent appeared on BBC TV saying: "We
were just told, 'You get caught spying on the Saudis or looking into their affairs,
and you will lose your head!'" FBI And
US Spy Agents Say Bush Spiked Bin Laden Probes Before 11 September, The Guardian
(London): 11/07/01. Transcript: Did Bush Turn
A Blind Eye To Terrorism? BBC Newsnight: 11/06/01. -- On
Intelligence agents reveal Bush turned a "blind eye" to terrorism
by ordering our CIA and FBI to "back off" Saudi terror suspects -
including Osama bin Laden's brothers - operating in the US. See: Call
it 9-11Gate, American Politics Journal: 5/17/02. Because of Bush's orders,
top FBI officials ignored warnings efforts to investigate and arrest the terrorists
who later hijacked and flew our planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
A Gulf War vet, Lt. Colonel Steven Butler says "Bush knew" about
the impending terrorist attacks, but did nothing to prevent them. Butler was
"suspended for writing a letter in which he called President Bush 'a joke'
and accused him of allowing the Sept. 11 attacks." News sources quote Butler's
letter: "Of course Bush knew about the impending attacks on America. He did
nothing to warn the American people because he needed this war on terrorism.
His daddy had Saddam and he needed Osama." DLI
official removed for criticizing Bush, the Monterey County Herald: 6/3/02.
Colonel Butler, a veteran with 24-years of Air Force service added: "His presidency
was going nowhere. He wasn't elected by the American people, but placed into
the Oval Office by the conservative Supreme Court...the economy was sliding
into the usual Republican pits and he needed something to hang his presidency
colonel suspended after bad-mouthing Bush, The Associated Press, 6/4/02.
FBI Special Agent and Minneapolis Chief Counsel Coleen Rowley wrote: "The Minneapolis
agents who responded to the call about Moussaoui's flight training identified
him as a terrorist threat from a very early point." Rowley's memo confirms the
FBI knew enough to arrest the terrorists before 9-11. Rowley fears a cover-up
is underway: "I feel that certain facts ... have, up to now, been omitted, down
played, glossed over and/or mischaracterized ... perhaps even for improper political
Claims FBI Supervisor Thwarted Probe, Washington Post: 5/27/02. And Coleen Rowley's
Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller, Time Magazine: 5/21/02.
If McKinney is wrong, why are Bush and Cheney
Still Blocking a Full, Public 9-11 Investigation?
When Former Representative Cynthia McKinney asked, "Why then does
the administration remain steadfast in its opposition to an investigation into
the biggest terrorism attack in history?" the White House ridiculed her. Bush
spokesman Ari Fleischer laughed: "The congresswoman must be running for the
hall of fame of the Grassy Knoll Society." McKinney's
statement today on her comments, the administration, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
4/12/02, And McKinney
draws fire for Bush remarks, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 4/13/02.
Newsweek Magazine reports, "Dick Cheney played a behind-the-scenes
role last week in derailing an agreement to create an independent commission
to investigate the 9-11 attacks. Last month the White House endorsed the formation
of the panel. But on Thursday, hours after congressional negotiators hailed
a final deal over the scope and powers of a 9-11 panel, Cheney called House
Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Porter Goss [to block] an independent commission
to investigate 9-11." It worked. Goss told a closed-door conference committee
he couldn't accept the deal, citing instructions from 'above my pay grade,'
sources say." Cheney:
Investigators, Keep Out, Newsweek Magazine: 10/21/02.
Cheney is taking a huge risk just before the critical midterm
elections. Why is Cheney exposing himself and his party by covering up the causes
of 9-11 so close to 11-5? This smacks of desperation. There's a lot the top
Republicans don't want Americans to know. 9-11gate, Halliburtongate, Harkongate,
Enrongate, Votergate -- the list of Republican scandals keeps growing.
Asking these questions and demanding answers is our duty as Americans.
It's the height of patriotism. Especially on the eve of an election. Especially
with our national security at stake. We have the right to know what went wrong.
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