Wednesday, August 02, 2006

9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon
[via The Washington Post August 2, 2006]

By Dan Eggen

Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.

Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources. Staff members and some commissioners thought that e-mails and other evidence provided enough probable cause to believe that military and aviation officials violated the law by making false statements to Congress and to the commission, hoping to hide the bungled response to the hijackings, these sources said.

In the end, the panel agreed to a compromise, turning over the allegations to the inspectors general for the Defense and Transportation departments, who can make criminal referrals if they believe they are warranted, officials said.

"We to this day don't know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us," said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission. "It was just so far from the truth. . . . It's one of those loose ends that never got tied."
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Blogger Oregon Senator Gordon Smith said..., lets not be confused by the facts. Reality has a well known liberal bias.
Keep the faith

4:52 PM  
Blogger Team Cloak & Swagger said...

Those facts, they're never good for anyone.
With truthiness sweeping the nation and reality setting in, I don't know if we'll ever recover from that cruel and oppressive fact finding liberal regime. If only we had a neoconservative regime who could tell us lies so that we might pull ourselves out of this messy bed of honesty.

4:07 AM  

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