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Bush to limit interview with 9/11 panel to an hour
Reuters ^ | 2/27/04

Posted on 02/27/2004 9:15:38 AM PST by areafiftyone

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States will get one hour to ask President George W. Bush what he knew about events leading up to the suicide airline hijackings, the White House said on Friday.

"They are looking at an hour as you pointed out," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said when asked by a reporter whether he could confirm reports that Bush was limiting the meeting to an hour.

Rather than sitting down with all 10 members of the so-called 9/11 commission, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have only agreed to meet privately with its chairman, Thomas Kean, and the vice chairman, Lee Hamilton.

The panel would prefer that Bush meet with all of the members.

Created by the U.S. Congress, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States is charged with examining lapses in intelligence and national security in the months before the attacks. Strikes by hijacked airplanes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon killed about 3,000 people.

The panel has expressed concern that it will not have enough time to gather all the information it needs to meet a May 27 deadline to complete its report.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert has been opposed to granting the panel's request for a 60-day extension on the grounds that the report would be issued at the height of the U.S. presidential campaign, potentially politicizing its findings.

Some Democrats in Congress have accused the White House of only half-heartedly backing the commission's request for an extension.

But McClellan called such accusations "silly."

The White House chief of staff, Andrew Card, has personally appealed to Hastert to reconsider.

"We continue to urge Congress to grant an extension," McClellan said.

The White House initially opposed setting up the commission and until recently openly resisted its extension.

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday approved an two-month extension but it was not clear whether Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, would allow the issue to go before the Senate for a vote.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911commission; bush43

1 posted on 02/27/2004 9:15:39 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
When is Clinton scheduled to appear?
2 posted on 02/27/2004 9:18:24 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: areafiftyone
Do they mean that the Democrats will only have one hour to continually ask the same stupid question, even if the President already answered it? How dare he.
3 posted on 02/27/2004 9:21:48 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Commission Members
Thomas H. Kean
Chair
Lee H. Hamilton
Vice Chair

Richard Ben-Veniste

Fred F. Fielding

Jamie S. Gorelick
Slade Gorton

Bob Kerrey

John F. Lehman

Timothy J. Roemer

James R. Thompson

4 posted on 02/27/2004 9:22:13 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Semper Paratus
When is Clinton scheduled to appear?

Good question

5 posted on 02/27/2004 9:23:58 AM PST by Mo1 (" Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?")
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To: areafiftyone
An hour is too long!
6 posted on 02/27/2004 9:25:44 AM PST by international american (Kerry has hired a full time clerk to keep track of his lies..........)
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To: international american
I agree but this should keep the democreep's mouth shut for a while. Haven't heard a peep out of Clinton and Gore (Dumb and Dumber)though.
7 posted on 02/27/2004 9:31:27 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone; Semper Paratus
When is Clinton scheduled to appear?

My first thought. Knowing him it'd be a Monicagate, Bin-Ladenesque videotaped statement with him biting his lower lip.

8 posted on 02/27/2004 9:32:19 AM PST by SquirrelKing
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To: Semper Paratus
The panel's only interest is in skewering this President.
9 posted on 02/27/2004 9:33:06 AM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: mewzilla
Bob Kerrey?

That pathetic "war hero", is back on the boob tube again.

Happend to see his face on "Dimocrat Softball" last night as I was clicking the remote.

All the worms are coming out to feed on the rotting carcasses of defeated Dim presidential hopefuls while feigning surprise that some would say John F*ng Kerry is a (spit, spit) French waffle.

10 posted on 02/27/2004 9:37:25 AM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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To: areafiftyone
"I agree but this should keep the democreep's mouth shut for a while"

Maybe id you have their jaws wired shut:)
11 posted on 02/27/2004 9:37:41 AM PST by international american (Kerry has hired a full time clerk to keep track of his lies..........)
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To: areafiftyone
Fix the problem, not the blame.
12 posted on 02/27/2004 9:39:05 AM PST by Semper Vigilantis (1 democrat + 1 democrat = 5 opinions, 6 tax increases, 2 more welfare programs & 0 solutions.)
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To: OldFriend
examining lapses in intelligence and national security in the months before the attacks

No doubt any blame must be on the activity months before the attack, even though they Islamists had been planning it for years.

13 posted on 02/27/2004 9:39:17 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: international american
LOL
14 posted on 02/27/2004 9:41:48 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone
Created by the U.S. Congress, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States is charged with examining lapses in intelligence [in the oval office from 1993 through 2000] and [the lack of] national security in the months[years] before the attacks. Strikes by hijacked airplanes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon killed about 3,000 people

Alas, I couldn't help myself, for that statement parallels the misstatement "the Bush recession"!

15 posted on 02/27/2004 9:43:41 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: G.Mason
He brought up that while LBJ went to a few funerals for Vietnam, GWB hasn't for OIF. I guess that means Kerry will bring it up, too.
16 posted on 02/27/2004 9:46:43 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: areafiftyone
The panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States will get one hour to ask President George W. Bush what he knew about events leading up to the suicide airline hijackings, the White House said on Friday.

Dang it must be a long question.

17 posted on 02/27/2004 9:52:06 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: areafiftyone
This is silly. One damn hour for face time? How about they simply sumit to Bush a list of written questions and he responds in a similar manner?
18 posted on 02/27/2004 9:53:39 AM PST by KantianBurke (Principles, not blind loyalty)
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To: areafiftyone
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert has been opposed to granting the panel's request for a 60-day extension on the grounds that the report would be issued at the height of the U.S. presidential campaign, potentially politicizing its findings.

Some Democrats in Congress have accused the White House of only half-heartedly backing the commission's request for an extension.

But McClellan called such accusations "silly."

The White House chief of staff, Andrew Card, has personally appealed to Hastert to reconsider.

"We continue to urge Congress to grant an extension," McClellan said.

So, are we really supposed to believe this? That Hastert is putting his foot down and drawing a line in the sand against GWB? If the WH wanted this extension, I can't imagine that Bush would allow Hastert to stall it, unless Hastert is concerned about the re-election prospects of House Republicans from the release of the report.

19 posted on 02/27/2004 9:58:36 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
There is a very stubborn "bossmanship" attitude at the top levels of the GOP in Illinois. "Tough guys."

They tend to become warlords with patronage armies and disbursements of "favors," some from their various campaign trusts and PAC's.

They try to play the Democrats' game, here in Illinois.
20 posted on 02/27/2004 10:08:03 AM PST by unspun (The uncontextualized life is not worth living. | I'm not "Unspun w/ AnnaZ" but I appreciate.)
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To: areafiftyone
Created by the U.S. Congress, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States is charged with examining lapses in intelligence and national security in the months before the attacks.

As if 9/11 happened in a vacuum and not in the context of: the first WTC bombing (2/26/93), the Khobar Towers bombing, the simultaneous bombings on 2 of our embassies in Africa, the U.S.S. Cole?

So what if there's voluminous evidence that the planning for this attack began more than TWO YEARS in advance -- which meant that it went on right under the noses of the crack Rodham-Clinton-Gore administration?!

When do Clinton, Gore and Rodham (who constantly bleats about her role in her hubby's administration) testify about what they knew and when they knew it? Then again, given that it's common knowledge that the three of them are pathological liars, why bother?

21 posted on 02/27/2004 10:09:34 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: GraniteStateConservative
There goes this adminstration's credibility. ONE HOUR???? How can this be argued into trying to find out what happened so it doesn't happen again????
22 posted on 02/27/2004 10:16:00 AM PST by jraven
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To: GraniteStateConservative
"He brought up that while LBJ went to a few funerals for Vietnam, GWB hasn't for OIF. I guess that means Kerry will bring it up, too."

I didn't see that. I saw him saying something to the effect that Bush should just say he went in the National Guard to avoid VietNam, and everyone would understand.

At that I became ill and had a Scotch & soda to calm my stomach.

It's to the point now that should I discover you are a Dimocrat or undecided voter, I ignore your existence.




Sure, I'll be glad to help you neighbor. May I see your voters registration?

23 posted on 02/27/2004 10:21:56 AM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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To: NYC GOP Chick; RussianConservative; marron; A. Pole
When do Clinton, Gore and Rodham (who constantly bleats about her role in her hubby's administration) testify about what they knew and when they knew it?

You mean on how their alliance with al-Qaeda in the Balkans allowed Bosnian Muslim jihadis to possibly enter the USA without oversight? 9/11 happened because the Clintonistas lost control of their al-Qaeda Balkans operatives. Treason most foul. Treason buried deep within the last administration's foreign policy that still exists hidden like a parasite within the Bush admin.

Bush is not afraid that the institutions he is attempting to heal and rebuild will be exposed for their Clintonian black deeds. The fear among Republicans is that exposing these black deeds of the Democorats will make the American people blame EVERYONE in their anger.

24 posted on 02/27/2004 10:25:08 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: jraven
"There goes this adminstration's credibility."

Objection!
Assumes a fact not in evidence.

25 posted on 02/27/2004 10:46:39 AM PST by John Beresford Tipton
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To: OldFriend
Ya' think?

I hope the president spends the entire hour in filibuster.

26 posted on 02/27/2004 10:52:21 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: areafiftyone
Why SHOULDN'T he limit it? The intelligence failures occurred during the Clinton administration.
27 posted on 02/27/2004 11:35:56 AM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Destro
Three guesses why the committee hasn't talked to Ruichard Miniter...
28 posted on 02/27/2004 11:37:54 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
There are 8 years of Clinton/Gores testimony that should be taken by the commission before POTUS sits down to be interviewed.




29 posted on 02/27/2004 11:50:50 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (60 Senate seats changes the world!! Bury Kerry in 04!)
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To: G.Mason
That pathetic "war hero", is back on the boob tube again.

That "pathetic war hero" won a Medal of Honor as a SEAL and lost his leg in the process. You're free to question his politics all you want, don't you dare question his valor.

30 posted on 02/27/2004 4:02:34 PM PST by Archangelsk (Are you a Republican or a Republican't?)
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To: G.Mason
That pathetic "war hero", is back on the boob tube again.

There is nothing pathetic about Bob Kerrey.

31 posted on 02/27/2004 4:11:24 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Destro
All true!
32 posted on 02/27/2004 4:27:51 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: areafiftyone
Investigating what went wrong on 911 is a good idea and I'm sure this administration is already doing something internally to find out. I'm also sure it will take positive measures on whatever it need to do.

As for this committee, I doubt that anything of value will come out of it.
33 posted on 02/27/2004 8:30:41 PM PST by NJJ
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To: jwalsh07
"There is nothing pathetic about Bob Kerrey."

There is something pathetic about all of us, somewhere down the line.

Kerrey thought he would run for president and suddenly got blindsided by reports of atroicities he was involved with in VietNam.

My reference to "pathetic" is in the fact that he didn't stand up to those charges and carry on. He, perhaps like I would do, quit, as though some unfortunate actions taken in the heat of war were somehow a disqualifier for public office.

If you haven't read about any of that, here is one of many articles on the subject.

34 posted on 02/28/2004 3:05:56 AM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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To: Archangelsk
"That "pathetic war hero" won a Medal of Honor as a SEAL and lost his leg in the process. You're free to question his politics all you want, don't you dare question his valor."

"There is nothing pathetic about Bob Kerrey."

There is something pathetic about all of us, somewhere down the line.

Kerrey thought he would run for president and suddenly got blindsided by reports of atroicities he was involved with in VietNam.

My reference to "pathetic" is in the fact that he didn't stand up to those charges and carry on. He, perhaps like I would do, quit, as though some unfortunate actions taken in the heat of war were somehow a disqualifier for public office.

If you haven't read about any of that, here is one of many articles on the subject.

35 posted on 02/28/2004 3:07:55 AM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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To: areafiftyone
The length of time for the interview depends on how many new and creative ways the Democrat members have devised to ask the President: "What did you know, and when did you stop knowing it, you lying SOB?"
36 posted on 03/01/2004 9:06:18 AM PST by pawdoggie
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