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9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable
CBS ^ | 17 December 2003

Posted on 12/17/2003 5:23:34 PM PST by Hal1950

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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1 posted on 12/17/2003 5:23:35 PM PST by Hal1950
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To: Hal1950
Kean's showboating.

Bush should stonewall on the records now, more than ever.

And fire Kean.

2 posted on 12/17/2003 5:26:24 PM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: Hal1950
CBS goes for the juglar quickly after the capture of Saddam.
They deftly change from the pre-report to the accusations of the bereaved w/o missing a beat conflating the two concepts. Good hit job by Dan's boys.
3 posted on 12/17/2003 5:28:07 PM PST by don'tbedenied
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To: Hal1950
I wonder how Mrs. Breitweiser feels about Bill Clinton's refusal to accept Bin Laden's extradition from the Sudan?
4 posted on 12/17/2003 5:28:09 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
that article implies Bush could have prevented the attacks...

sounds more like Dean..."i heard somewhere, somehow, Bush knew they were coming"
5 posted on 12/17/2003 5:30:09 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Hal1950
... and your opinion would be?
6 posted on 12/17/2003 5:30:11 PM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: Hal1950
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.

Want answers, ladies? Read Invasion by Michelle Malkin. She exposes how political correctness and the bleeding hearts put us in such a position.

7 posted on 12/17/2003 5:30:12 PM PST by Schatze (It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.)
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To: Hal1950
This is dumb. I would bet there's nobody in the world except a couple of rappers and a few dozen terrorists would even have considered the possiblity that people would coordinate an attack by hijacking 4 (5? 6? 7?) planes at the same time and flying them into prominent buildings. That's just nuts and nobody can predict nutty behavior.
8 posted on 12/17/2003 5:31:36 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Hal1950
Open all records now or else we will have another Watergate or worse.
9 posted on 12/17/2003 5:31:43 PM PST by Papabear47
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To: jimbo123
Yeah, I wonder how Mrs. Breitweiser feels about the Clinton administration doing NOTHING after Islamic terrorists exploded a 30' crater in the basement of the World Trade Center. NOTHING.

It's a small miracle the whole place didn't come down then.
10 posted on 12/17/2003 5:32:00 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
Ditto
11 posted on 12/17/2003 5:32:17 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Hal1950
The DUmmies are having multiple orgasms over this.
12 posted on 12/17/2003 5:33:07 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: Hal1950
Interesting timing.
13 posted on 12/17/2003 5:33:49 PM PST by wizardoz ("Let's roll!" ........................................................ "We got him!")
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To: Lancey Howard
"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.

What does this mean? Does he mean they wouldn't still be in the job? He does not say that.

It's the poorly constructed sentence of an otherwise bright man who has misspoken because he is lying.

14 posted on 12/17/2003 5:34:14 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Hal1950
I'm wondering how much the press will leave out. I mean the part where Clinton had several opportunities to capture Osama Bin Laden but never did.
15 posted on 12/17/2003 5:34:27 PM PST by Tempest
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To: Papabear47
Welcome to FreeRepublic.
16 posted on 12/17/2003 5:34:29 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: Hal1950
What about the counterpoint?
17 posted on 12/17/2003 5:34:57 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Your joy is your sorrow unmasked." --- GIBRAN)
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To: DouglasKC
I heard this on the way home from work.....top of the news broadcast.......this will lead all news stories tomorrow......the media now has someone on record blaming Bush and Company.....and they will run with it.
18 posted on 12/17/2003 5:35:43 PM PST by Dog (First question to Saddam..........Where is Scott Speicher??)
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To: Hal1950
I didn't see anything in this article that hasn't already been public for the last two years. What's the point of CBS packaging it up like this? It's old news...
19 posted on 12/17/2003 5:35:52 PM PST by telebob
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To: Lancey Howard
Yeah, I wonder how Mrs. Breitweiser feels about the Clinton administration doing NOTHING after Islamic terrorists exploded a 30' crater in the basement of the World Trade Center. NOTHING.

I've read some of the things this woman's had to say. As far as her feelings about Clinton, I'd say that she's still hanging onto her kneepads, just in case she ever gets the chance to "dialogue" with him.

20 posted on 12/17/2003 5:36:03 PM PST by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: Peach
My thoughts too, good point.
21 posted on 12/17/2003 5:36:19 PM PST by fml ( You can twist perception, reality won't budge. -RUSH)
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To: Hal1950
Everything is "preventable". The question is, was it reasonably preventable? That is, was there negligence, or would there really have had to have been an extrodinary (unreasonable) effort?

Also, what would the timeframe for this effort have been? Are we talking a year to prevent (meaning that Clinton would have had to have started the effort).

This report conveys no relevent information.
22 posted on 12/17/2003 5:36:22 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: Hal1950
So is this investigation only going back to January 20, 2001? What about the 8 years of Clinton, or the Carter administration, or the 1972 Munich Games, or the Six-Day war, or maybe 1948 when Israel was founded?

I guess it all depends on who they want to blame.

23 posted on 12/17/2003 5:36:27 PM PST by ILBBACH (God did Bless us...every one!)
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To: mondonico
Until the smoke from the gun is traced back to the early/mid 90's - then they'll howl like banshees. Mark my words. :-)
24 posted on 12/17/2003 5:36:29 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: Hal1950
You got to be kidding me!!!! GW after 7.5 months in office is responsible for the previous 8 years of mis-management of our CIA, FBI and the US MILITARY. He wasn't even able to appoint a new FBI Director until ONE WEEK before 911 because of the election delay. If Chairman KEAN blames GW for this I will go balistic. I am sick of this!!
25 posted on 12/17/2003 5:36:30 PM PST by PISANO (God Bless our Troops........They will not TIRE - They will not FALTER - They will not FAIL!!!!!)
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To: Papabear47
Horse Hockey....
26 posted on 12/17/2003 5:36:37 PM PST by Dog (First question to Saddam..........Where is Scott Speicher??)
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To: don'tbedenied
Speaking of CBS, I saw the tale end of a story on Fox that showed a poll claiming that 70% of President Bush's coverage by CBS was negative coverage.
27 posted on 12/17/2003 5:37:31 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: Lancey Howard
It is interesting to note that both attacks on the WTC came in the earlier days of a new administration of the opposite party than the previous. Perhaps the dismissal of high leve analysts in DOD, DOJ and cet in 93 and again in 01 because they were political appointees may have also resulted in the dismissal of valuable intelligence?
28 posted on 12/17/2003 5:37:35 PM PST by Seajay (Ordem e Progresso)
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To: telebob
Keane is on record saying 9/11 could have been prevented and should have...
29 posted on 12/17/2003 5:37:52 PM PST by Dog (First question to Saddam..........Where is Scott Speicher??)
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To: Hal1950
"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."

Mainly, because these "various government agencies" were prohibited from sharing informaton with each other prior to 9/11. I getta kick out these libs who bitch about the shortcomings in the system, when it is their paranoia and hostility that has created many of these obstructions, in the first place. These same people who moan about the intelligence failures are the same people who supported the decimation of these intelligence agencies from the Church Commission to the Torecelli Amendment.
Even now, as we make changes to the system to elliviate some of these errors, we still have the usual suspects up in arms, objecting to those changes.
30 posted on 12/17/2003 5:38:47 PM PST by cwb
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To: Papabear47
"Bring it on."
31 posted on 12/17/2003 5:39:13 PM PST by onedoug
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To: sinkspur
"Bush should stonewall on the records now, more than ever."

Yeah and screw open government too. BTW you don't think it was preventable? If that's how you feel then why bother with the War on Terror anyway. We may as well just duct tape our windows and pray we don't get hit.
32 posted on 12/17/2003 5:39:24 PM PST by OneTimeLurker
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To: PISANO
Exactly. W had just hit the ground when this happened. Consider the various attacks we suffered while the Clintons were in the White House.
Kean is an elitist RINO, anyway and I would believe him if he wrote me a check..
33 posted on 12/17/2003 5:40:38 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Peach
It's the poorly constructed sentence of an otherwise bright man who has misspoken because he is lying.

Kean is just another in a long line of forgotten RINO New Jersey governors.
He's going to "find" something whether there's something to find or not.

34 posted on 12/17/2003 5:40:53 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: All
Everything is "preventable". The question is, was it reasonably preventable? That is, was there negligence, or would there really have had to have been an extrodinary (unreasonable) effort?

Also, what would the timeframe for this effort have been? Are we talking a year to prevent (meaning that Clinton would have had to have started the effort).

This report conveys no relevent information.
35 posted on 12/17/2003 5:41:14 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: All
If we had implemented the security measures necessary to avert 9-11, we would have been accused of fear-mongering.

Security officials get so many warnings it is hard to filter through the credible ones, and the not so credible ones.
36 posted on 12/17/2003 5:42:17 PM PST by Chants
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To: Hal1950
>>...we had FBI records from 1991 stating that this is a possibility...<<

Lessee....who was President for eight years after that??? And this guy's blaming Bush??

37 posted on 12/17/2003 5:42:31 PM PST by FReepaholic (Never Forget: www.september-11-videos.com)
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To: sinkspur
Kean, Howard Dean and John Dean all have an alliterative sound to me. There is something about people that they need to pull down those in power. This is going to be big news for some time. What to do is unclear to me, but the President should give it every attention.
39 posted on 12/17/2003 5:43:25 PM PST by shrinkermd (i)
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To: sinkspur
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....then what is the purpose of having an "independent" investigation?

Is there something that "may be possible" that you would rather not hear about?

If so, then the type of country you would like to live in would be some form of authoritarian tyranny, not this one.

...."stonewall and fire".....

Wow.....the mighty have fallen!!

What ever happened to honoring the "simple truth?"



40 posted on 12/17/2003 5:43:27 PM PST by onemoreday
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To: OneTimeLurker
BTW you don't think it was preventable?

Hindsight is 20/20. Going back and trying to pin blame on the Bush administration, when Clinton had EIGHT YEARS to fend off terrorists is clearly a hit job by Kean (he's miffed that he's not getting the morning briefings).

And Kean is releasing his "opinion" before the investigation is complete?

This is an engineered slam.

41 posted on 12/17/2003 5:43:37 PM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: Dog
9/11 Chair says attacks were preventable. A ping for your reading displeasure.
42 posted on 12/17/2003 5:44:03 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Hal1950
"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.

===

Starting with Bill Clinton. If he had taken Bin Laden, when Sudan offered OBL, 9-11 would never have happened.

Then we can go on, that if we never let a single Muslim into the US, the attack could also have been prevented.

Short of that, anything they say is all 20/20 hindsight.

43 posted on 12/17/2003 5:44:07 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Kean is an elitist RINO,

'nuff said.

44 posted on 12/17/2003 5:45:11 PM PST by Gabz (Smoke gnatzies - small minds buzzing in your business - swat'em!!!)
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To: PISANO
He wasn't even able to appoint a new FBI Director until ONE WEEK before 911 because of the election delay.

A point that will be often if not always missed by the leftstream media when reporting this story.

45 posted on 12/17/2003 5:46:19 PM PST by StriperSniper (Sending the Ba'thist to the showers! ;-)
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To: Hal1950
i don't believe this.
46 posted on 12/17/2003 5:46:26 PM PST by freekitty
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To: jmstein7
Everything is "preventable

Great point! I maintained right after 911 that EVEN if GW (or any POTUS) got word that terrorists were training to FLY 747's to use as a missle against some target in the USA, what could he have done? Stop ALL AIR TRAFFIC for a day? A week? A month? Panic the country and every airline passenger? This country would have been in CHAOS!!!

I sure hope this KEAN dude is NOT trying to get his 15 minutes at the expense of our President!

47 posted on 12/17/2003 5:46:32 PM PST by PISANO (God Bless our Troops........They will not TIRE - They will not FALTER - They will not FAIL!!!!!)
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To: Hal1950
Could've, should've....

Sure. But were we ABLE to? How?

The things we would have had to do to prevent the attacks provoke howls from the left (as well as some on the right) AFTER 9/11. Can you just imagine if the FBI started rounding up flight school students from ME countries on slim evidence available at the time?
48 posted on 12/17/2003 5:47:19 PM PST by PogySailor
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To: sinkspur
"why various government agencies didn't connect the dots"

Clinton didn't allow the FBI and the CIA to talk to each other. I don't think it was initiated by Clinton, but he didn't do anything to try to get them to work together.

According to Dick Morris, in 8 years, Clinton never met with his CIA chief .. not one time. Morris also said that Clinton had absolutely NO INTEREST in going after the terrorists.

I believe I read or heard that Bush had his people already poised for a "war on terror", because of all the attacks upon Americans. Some people said it was an attack plan for Iraq, but I don't know that to be true.

But .. if Kean starts pointing fingers at Bush I will be very, very upset. And .. I will presume Kean has been had by someone from the democrat side of the isle .. namely Hillary.
49 posted on 12/17/2003 5:47:38 PM PST by CyberAnt (America .. the LIGHT of the World)
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To: cwboelter
Thank you for making your point. Yes, the attack could have been prevented if dots had been connected, if agencies could talk to each other. I'm not sure Kean is specifically blaming the new admin. Plenty of blame, plenty of bad decisions to go around. In that sense, 9-1-1 did not have to happen.

But don't blame a guy who just stepped into office to clean up years of malfeasance from everyone that preceded him. Bush will fix it if you let him.

50 posted on 12/17/2003 5:47:53 PM PST by chiller (could be wrong, but doubt it)
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