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  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • LA Times Has Hit Piece on McCain — Which Resurrects Old Canards About Ties Between Saddam & Al-Qaeda

    03/23/2008 8:04:23 PM PDT · by jdm · 11 replies · 780+ views
    Patterico ^ | March 23, 2008 | Staff
    The L.A. Times saves space on its Sunday front page for a hit piece on John McCain. The main thrust of the piece is to say, in essence, “Nyaah, nyaah, John McCain said that Iraq would be a cakewalk, but it wasn’t.” A little context would be nice. Plenty of liberals were surprised at how easily we overran Baghdad and kicked Saddam out of power. Indeed, plenty of liberals — including Bill Richardson, a strong contender for the second spot on Obama’s ticket — were surprised at how quickly we overran Kabul. So yeah, like most of the rest of...
  • Flawed 9/11 report‘s conclusions are false – US author (lunch-tossing alert)

    12/15/2007 8:23:45 PM PST · by april15Bendovr · 39 replies · 110+ views
    The Herald South Africa ^ | Shaanaaz de Jager
    Flawed 9/11 report‘s conclusions are false – US author Shaanaaz de Jager HERALD REPORTER AN American engineer and author recently toured South Africa to dispel alleged myths about the September 11, 2001, attacks. Enver Masud, 68, presented Fatally Flawed: The 9/11 Commission Report to thousands of South Africans on his tour of the country. Port Elizabeth-based group Al-Ansar (The Helpers), brought Masud to Port Elizabeth last week because, they said, “the war on terror is based on the premise of the World Trade Centre attacks. If there‘s any doubt about the facts . . . then the whole war on...
  • Congress Sends 9/11 Bill to Bush

    07/27/2007 2:32:31 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 13 replies · 876+ views
    My Way ^ | Jul 27, 5:17 PM (ET) | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Bush legislation Friday to intensify anti-terror efforts in the U.S., shifting money to high-risk states and cities and expanding screening of air and sea cargo to stave off future Sept. 11-style attacks. The measure carries out major recommendations of the independent 9/11 Commission. The bill, passed by the House on a 371-40 vote, ranks among the top accomplishments of the six-month-old Democratic Congress. The Senate approved the measure late Thursday by 85-8, and the White House said the president would sign the bill. Six years after the Sept. 11 attacks and three years after...
  • Pelosi: 'We Cannot Wait Any Longer to Pass 9/11 Commission Recommendations'

    07/02/2007 10:45:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies · 1,301+ views
    Press Releases Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami 202-226-7616 For Immediate Release 07/02/2007 Pelosi: 'We Cannot Wait Any Longer to Pass 9/11 Commission Recommendations' Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on the urgent need to pass legislation to implement the 9/11 Commission's recommendations: "As the incidents over the weekend in London and Glasgow demonstrate, we must do more protect Americans from terrorism. To make our nation safer, we must pass legislation implementing the recommendations of the independent 9/11 Commission. "When Democrats took control of Congress in January, the first bill we passed H.R. 1, which implements the...
  • Bin Ladin’s grievance with the US may have started in reaction to specific U.S. policies

    05/16/2007 5:15:01 PM PDT · by malibu2008 · 139 replies · 2,759+ views
    The 9/11 Commission Report - Official Government Edition ^ | September 11, 2006 | Kean, et al. - 9/11 Commission Staff
    "Bin Ladin’s grievance with the United States may have started in reaction to specific U.S. policies" THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT EDITION
  • Agency wants FAA execs disciplined over 9-11

    09/02/2006 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 3 replies · 511+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02 Sep 2006 | Reuters
    The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general has urged the FAA to consider disciplining two executives who failed to correct false information provided to the commission that investigated the September 11 attacks, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing the report by the acting inspector general, Todd Zinser, whose office acts as the department's internal watchdog, the Times said the Federal Aviation Administration executives, as well as a third, now-retired official, learned after the fact that false information was given to the commission in May 2003 about the FAA's contacts with the Air Force on the morning of the attacks....
  • No Intent to Mislead Panel Found In Aviation Officials' 9/11 Errors

    09/02/2006 6:48:46 AM PDT · by mware · 13 replies · 536+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 2, 2006; | Dan Eggen
    Investigators found no evidence that aviation officials intentionally misled the Sept. 11 commission when they made inaccurate statements about their response to the 2001 terrorist attacks but recommended that two officials face "appropriate administrative action" for failing to correct the record, according to a report released yesterday. The findings by the Transportation Department's acting inspector general, Todd J. Zinser, address a lingering question about the response on Sept. 11 by military and civilian aviation officials, who initially portrayed the reaction as swift and efficient. It was later shown to be neither.
  • ABC Presents The Path to 9/11, an Epic Miniseries based on the 9/11 Commission Report

    08/13/2006 7:25:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 53 replies · 1,772+ views
    ABC Presents The Path to 9/11, an Epic Miniseries based on the 9/11 Commission Report -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Governor Thomas H. Kean, Chair of the 9/11 Commission, is Senior Consultant Historic Broadcast Airs on September 10 and 11 with Limited Commercial Interruptions Cast Includes Harvey Keitel, Shirley Douglas, Patricia Heaton, Penny Johnson Jerald, Dan Lauria, Amy Madigan, Michael Murphy, Stephen Root, William Sadler, Katy Selverstone, Shaun Toub and Donnie Wahlberg On September 11, 2001 the world stood still as terrorists used four planes as lethal weapons against innocent Americans. The 9/11 Commission was formed to determine how such an attack could happen,...
  • 9/11 Commission: Somalia Retreat Inspired Bin Laden -- Beirut, Too

    06/17/2006 12:53:32 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 36 replies · 1,035+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | June 17, 2006 | N/A
    From National Review's Media Blog: Murtha: Change Directions Like Clinton Did In Somalia06/16 06:27 PMRep. John Murtha appeared on The Situation Room this afternoon to talk about the Iraq resolution that passed in the House today. He spoke against the resolution and advocated withdrawing the troops like Clinton did in Somalia:MURTHA: The thing that disturbed me and worries me about this whole thing is we can't get them to change direction. And I said over and over in debate, if you listen to any of it, in Beirut President Reagan changed direction, in Somalia President Clinton changed direction, and yet...
  • Did UAE Save Bin Laden? -- Richard Clarke's Phone Call and Osama's Escape

    02/24/2006 10:05:16 AM PST · by bigsky · 133 replies · 4,528+ views
    Human Events ^ | February 24, 2006 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Before President Bush gets anywhere near casting his first veto to ensure that the government of the United Arab Emirates can manage elements of six U.S. ports, someone ought to put before him pages 137-139 of “The 9/11 Commission Report.” If Bush doesn’t then cancel the UAE port deal, Congress must demand testimony from every person named in those pages and the footnotes. That includes former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet; former CIA Deputy Director for Operations James Pavitt; former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger; Gen. Hugh Shelton, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Maj. Gen....
  • 9/11 Commission Report

    02/23/2006 5:26:27 AM PST · by Edit35 · 4 replies · 441+ views
    The Desert Camp, February 1999 Early in 1999, the CIA received reporting that Bin Ladin was spending much of his time at one of several camps in the Afghan desert south of Kandahar.At the beginning of February, Bin Ladin was reportedly located in the vicinity of the Sheikh Ali camp, a desert hunting camp being used by visitors from a Gulf state. Public sources have stated that these visitors were from the United Arab Emirates.151 Reporting from the CIA’s assets provided a detailed description of the hunting camp, including its size, location, resources, and security, as well as of Bin...
  • Sept. 11 Report Ties Bin Laden to UAE

    02/23/2006 5:56:36 PM PST · by TVenn · 58 replies · 1,034+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23,2006 | ELIZABETH WHITE
    WASHINGTON — The United States raised concerns with the United Arab Emirates seven years ago about possible ties between officials in that country and Osama bin Laden, according to a section of the Sept. 11 commission's report that details a possible missed opportunity to kill the al-Qaida leader. Republicans and Democrats alike are raising concerns this week about the Bush administration's decision to let a UAE-operated company take over operations at six American ports, in part citing ties the Sept. 11 hijackers had to the Persian Gulf country. President Bush has called the UAE a close partner on the war...
  • In Slamming U.S., Gore Ignores 9/11 Commission Findings

    02/13/2006 9:36:30 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 26 replies · 915+ views
    Human Events ^ | February.13, 2006 | Terence Jeffrey
    In a move that ought to terminate any long-shot chance he had for a political comeback, former Vice President Al Gore criticized his own country yesterday before an audience in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. It remains to be seen whether members of Gore’s party will stand up and rebuke him for this act. Ignoring one of the primary lessons of the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- which was that Saudi-born terrorists exploited a lax U.S. visa system -- Gore, in Jiddah, shot venom at the manner in which the U.S. government tightened visa-and-immigration enforcement after the terrorist attacks. As reported by the...
  • Facts of war

    11/20/2005 6:32:22 PM PST · by alienken · 11 replies · 646+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Nov 18 2005 | Mark R. Levin
    Facts of War Yes, there were connections between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 bad guys. What is this baloney that there were no connections between Iraq and Osama bin Laden? Even the 9/11 Commission Report, which I believe is lacking in many respects, includes some useful findings all but ignored today by the media and war critics. Consider the following excerpts: Page 61: Bin Ladin was also willing to explore possibilities for cooperation with Iraq, even though Iraq's dictator, Saddam Hussein, had never had an Islamist agenda — save for his opportunistic pose as a defender of the faithful against...
  • Revised Sept. 11 Panel Report Released

    09/13/2005 7:31:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 41 replies · 2,555+ views
    AP ^ | 9/13/5 | LESLIE MILLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new version of the Sept. 11 commission's report on the four hijacked flights was released Tuesday with recently declassified information about terrorist threats and holes in airport security before the attacks. At the request of the Sept. 11 commissioners, the Bush administration declassified much, but not all, of the material it had blacked out before turning the report over to the National Archives in January. The new version provides fresh details on the repeated warnings about al-Qaida and its desire to attack airlines in the months before Sept. 11, 2001. For example, on page 61 a...
  • Inside Able Danger – The Secret Birth and Untimely Death of a U.S. Military Intelligence Program

    09/02/2005 7:10:43 AM PDT · by mal · 17 replies · 1,186+ views
    In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with GSN on August 23, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, the military intelligence operative who collaborated with Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) to draw worldwide attention to the Able Danger intelligence unit, described Able Danger’s origins, explained how it tracked terrorists as they visited individual mosques around the world, discussed the CIA’s refusal to cooperate with the program, acknowledged the supporting technical role played by the Raytheon Company, and described Able Danger’s ultimate demise.
  • Accounting for the Final Report - 9/11 Commission's report more rickety with each passing day.

    08/31/2005 5:09:36 AM PDT · by OESY · 28 replies · 1,423+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/31/2005 | Edward Morrissey
    In 2003, as part of that year's Intelligence Authorization Act, Congress specifically authorized the creation and funding of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, which quickly and simply changed its common name to the 9/11 Commission. Congress mandated that this entity not just examine and report on the facts of the attacks themselves--which they did in the gripping narrative that comprises the first part of their report--but also to "make a full and complete accounting of the circumstances surrounding the attacks, and the extent of the United States' preparedness for, and immediate response to, the attacks."...
  • Able Danger disabled

    08/13/2005 7:17:11 AM PDT · by Laverne · 98 replies · 2,919+ views
    Toledoblade.com ^ | August 13, 2005 | Jack Kelly
    THE report of the 9/11 commission, once a best seller and hailed by the news media as the definitive word on the subject, must now be moved to the fiction shelves. The commission concluded, you'll recall, that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon couldn't have been prevented, and that if there was negligence, it was as much the fault of the Bush Administration (for moving slowly on the recommendations of Clinton counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke) as of the Clinton administration. Able Danger has changed all of that. The 9/11 commission wrote history as it wanted it...
  • STATEMENT BY CONGR. CURT WELDON REGARDING OMMISSION OF ABLE DANGER FROM THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT

    08/12/2005 8:32:13 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 147 replies · 3,140+ views
    email from Weldon's office | 8-12-05 | Congr. Weldon's office
    STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN CURT WELDON REGARDING THE OMMISSION OF ABLE DANGER FROM THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT WASHINGTON, D.C. (12 Aug. 2005) - Today Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA), Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, released the following response to a statement by the former 9/11 Commission regarding the ABLE DANGER operation. "ABLE DANGER was about linkages and associations of individuals identified with direct links to Al-Qaeda and not about dates and times. To clarify, ABLE DANGER was a Department of Defense planning effort, tasked to Special Operations Command (SOCOM) by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs...
  • Sept. 11 commission omitted from final report reference to intelligence about lead hijacker Mohamed

    08/12/2005 6:20:01 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 79 replies · 1,934+ views
    Findlaw for Corporate Counsel & AP ^ | August 11, 2005 | Kimberly Hefling
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Sept. 11 commission knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a member of al-Qaida who might be part of U.S.-based terror cell more than a year before the terror attacks but decided not to include that in its final report, a spokesman acknowledged Thursday. Al Felzenberg, spokesman for the commission's follow-up project called the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, had said earlier this week that the panel was unaware of intelligence specifically naming Atta. But he said subsequent information provided Wednesday confirmed that the commission had been aware of the intelligence. The information...
  • 9/11 Panel Decided to Omit a Reference to Atta

    08/11/2005 12:43:23 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 72 replies · 2,438+ views
    AP ^ | 08/11/05 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Sept. 11 commission knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a member of al-Qaida who might be part of U.S.-based terror cell more than a year before the terror attacks but decided not to include that in its final report, a spokesman acknowledged Thursday. Al Felzenberg, who had been the commission's chief spokesman, said Tuesday the panel was unaware of intelligence specifically naming Atta. But he said subsequent information provided Wednesday confirmed that the commission had been aware of the intelligence. It did not make it into the final report because the...
  • OH REALLY, MR. KOJM?...Q & A with Christopher Kojm, Deputy Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission

    08/11/2005 2:00:11 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 1 replies · 1,078+ views
    "...It was a deeply rewarding experience to work with highly capable colleagues and for such distinguished and thoughtful commissioners. Our commission sessions had long and occasionally heated discussion, but it was always productive and the commissioners themselves were devoted to achieving bipartisanship and unanimity. They understood very well that their impact would be greatest if they were unanimous..."
  • Rep. McKinney to Hold All Day Briefing on 9/11 -- Exposing Sham of 9/11 Report

    07/16/2005 5:20:55 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 9 replies · 377+ views
    Press Advisory Contact: John Judge, staff assistant 202-225-1605 July 22nd Congressional Briefing: The 9/11 Commission Report One Year Later: A Citizens’ Response – Did They Get It Right? On July 22, 2005, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) will host a full-day briefing, co-sponsored by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and other sponsors, for Members of Congress and their staffs in the Caucus Room, Cannon House Office Building, Room 345, Independence Ave. & First Street SE, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. One year after the release of the 9/11 Commission Final Report many questions about what transpired on September 11, 2001 and...
  • Swank, Costner to Narrate Sept. 11 Film --Not Political

    07/15/2005 3:08:52 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 18 replies · 669+ views
    AP ^ | 7/15/05
    Hilary Swank and Kevin Costner will narrate the upcoming film "On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report." The actors will share voice-over duties for the feature-length film on the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, directed by former NBC News producer Linda Ellman. "I was in lower Manhattan that horrible day" when the World Trade Center collapsed, Swank said in a statement Friday. "I was drawn to the project by the amazing stories of the 9/11 families and survivors featured in the film, and I am proud that by contributing my voice to the project, I can help...
  • The Mother of All Connections (New evidence of collaboration between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda)

    07/09/2005 10:39:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 151 replies · 15,521+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
    "In August 1998, the detainee traveled to Pakistan with a member of Iraqi Intelligence for the purpose of blowing up the Pakistan, United States and British embassies with chemical mortars."  U.S. government "Summary of Evidence" for an Iraqi member of al Qaeda detained at Guantanamo Bay, CubaFOR MANY, the debate over the former Iraqi regime's ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network ended a year ago with the release of the 9/11 Commission report. Media outlets seized on a carefully worded summary that the commission had found no evidence "indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or...
  • Nicolas Cage to star in upcoming 9/11 movie

    07/08/2005 9:27:05 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 49 replies · 2,047+ views
    Reuters | 7-8-05 | Steve Gorman
    Nicolas Cage to star in upcoming 9/11 movie Fri Jul 8, 2005 7:50 PM ET By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Nicolas Cage will star as a real-life policeman who survived the collapse of the World Trade Center in what would be one of Hollywood's first films to dramatize the Sept. 11 attacks on America, Paramount Pictures said on Friday. Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone is on board to direct the untitled movie, which centers on the story of the last two men -- a pair of Port Authority police officers -- rescued from the rubble of the twin...
  • The struggle ahead - "Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11"

    06/09/2005 2:08:21 PM PDT · by OESY · 316+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2005 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Judge Richard A. Posner was in town for a public appearance the other night, and as he is a leading candidate for the title World's Foremost Authority, I thought I would stop by the famous old Willard Hotel to see what he had to say about the 9/11 Commission Report and its legislative by-product, the Intelligence Report Act. Supposedly the legislation improves the capacity of our intelligence community in this time of terror attacks worldwide. Posner, a federal judge and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, writes on a broad range of public matters. He...
  • NBC, ABC developing 9/11 miniseries (Possible "BS" alert)

    10/28/2004 11:33:28 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 24 replies · 690+ views
    cnn ^ | 10-28-04
    LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- NBC and ABC are developing miniseries revolving around the September 11 attacks, using the "9/11 Commission Report" as the blueprint for dramatic retellings of the events that led to the devastating strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. NBC said Wednesday it has cut a deal with "Speed" screenwriter Graham Yost to develop a limited series exploring the circumstances surrounding the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives and spurred the United States to mount a global war on terrorism. NBC entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the network intended to produce a "seminal"...
  • 9/11 Report Cites Many Warnings About Hijackings

    02/09/2005 6:50:15 PM PST · by fidelio · 57 replies · 2,924+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9 Feb 05 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 - In the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations, according to a previously undisclosed report from the 9/11 commission. But aviation officials were "lulled into a false sense of security," and "intelligence that indicated a real and growing threat leading up to 9/11 did not stimulate significant increases in security procedures," the commission report concluded.
  • Need Cites To Iraq - Al Qaeda Ties in 9/11 Comm'n Report (VANITY)

    10/20/2004 7:37:54 PM PDT · by pogo101 · 6 replies · 419+ views
    Self ^ | October 20, 2004 | Self
    Recently a libtard told me "obviously you haven't read the [9/11 Commission] Report" after I said that, based on even MSM summaries, the Commission found substantial ties between Saddam's regime and the terror network -- just not ties between Saddam and 9/11 specifically. I think he's wrong, but that's based on REPORTS I've read and seen ABOUT the report. I need cites to the chapter and verse, so to speak, in which Iraq-AlQaeda ties are documented. No, I haven't read the entire mammoth report, and hey, perhaps he's right. But I did search the report for about half an hour...
  • Lawmakers, GOP Clash on 9/11 Legislation

    10/07/2004 5:34:37 PM PDT · by familyop · 14 replies · 379+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7OCT04 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House GOP leaders braced Thursday for a late-session showdown with the Senate over conflicting versions of legislation written in response to the terror-fighting recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission. Republicans leaders say the House version, which includes creation of a national intelligence director as well as anti-terrorism, illegal immigration, border-security and identity-theft powers, is the best bill and should be the one that prevails. "It's real simple. The House bill - every single word of it - will make the American people safer," House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, proclaimed as Congress neared the time for lawmakers...
  • Help Me Please! Someone who knows the 9-11 Commission Report.

    10/05/2004 6:23:39 AM PDT · by raivyn · 24 replies · 527+ views
    Actually this may not be in the 9-11 Commission Reports now that I think about it. Anyway, could someone lead me to information from a "neutral source" that gives Saddam's ties to terrorism. If it is in the book (which I have not had a chance to read) what page #'s? Thanks
  • Senator Clinton, Congresswoman Lowey Introduce Education for All Act (claim it part of WOT)

    10/03/2004 7:49:00 AM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies · 475+ views
    Legislation Would Make Universal Basic Education a Major Foreign Policy Goal, Providing a new Tool Against Terrorism Washington, DC - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-18) announced, today, the introduction of legislation that would focus U.S. attention on the need to provide all children around the world with a quality basic education. The Education for All Act of 2004 would do this by concentrating on policy, leadership and resources, three areas in which U.S. action has long been lacking. Senator Clinton believes that making universal basic education a major goal of U.S. foreign policy, the world...
  • Connecting the dots S.B. Writer Peter Lance Dismisses 9/11 Commission Report in Cover Up

    09/09/2004 10:07:42 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 7 replies · 423+ views
    http://www.independent.com/index.html ^ | September 9, 2004 | Nick Welsh
    news.  a&e.  living.  opinions. classifieds.                                current issue: September 9, 2004 promotions & eventscurrent print ad specials. indy sponsored events. classified specials. News FeatureConnecting the dotsS.B. Writer Peter Lance Dismisses 9/11 Commission Report in Cover Upby Nick WelshPeter Lance is one outraged man. An award-winning, freelance investigative reporter now ensconced in Montecito, Lance has just released a new book, Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror, blasting the official report recently completed by the 9/11 Commission that details some of the wholesale intelligence failures preceding the most deadly attack ever to...
  • The 9/11 Report: A Dissent

    08/29/2004 6:55:01 PM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 3 replies · 516+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 29 August 2004 | RICHARD A. POSNER
    The New York Times August 29, 2004 The 9/11 Report: A Dissent By RICHARD A. POSNER THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Illustrated. 567 pp. W. W. Norton & Company. Paper, $10. The idea was sound: a politically balanced, generously financed committee of prominent, experienced people would investigate the government's failure to anticipate and prevent the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Had the investigation been left to the government, the current administration would have concealed its own mistakes and blamed its predecessors. This is not a criticism of...
  • Demanding accountability (9/11 commission's report rendered worthless by Sandy Berger)

    08/29/2004 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 821+ views
    The Reporter ^ | 8/29/04 | Kris Reason
    Demanding accountability Reporter Editor: The 9/11 commission's report has been rendered worthless by Sandy Berger, former President Bill Clinton's national security adviser. President Clinton and his attorney, Bruce Lindsey, picked Mr. Berger to screen the former administration's classified anti-terrorism documents and submit them to the 9/11 Commission. Mr. Berger had security clearance to examine code-level security documents held in the National Archives. Apparently, Mr. Berger not only reviewed the secret files, he allegedly stole and destroyed a large number of them on two separate occasions. The first time, he robbed the National Archives by ordering the guards who were monitoring...
  • Hearing Tackles Medical Preparedness for Mass Casualty Event

    08/27/2004 6:36:37 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 3 replies · 276+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | August 26, 2004 | Samantha L. Quigley
    Hearing Tackles Medical Preparedness for Mass Casualty Event By Samantha L. QuigleyAmerican Force Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2004 – The 9/11 Commission report failed to allow for immediate medical response in the event that the next attack on the homeland resulted in mass casualties, Rep. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said during a hearing here today. But while the commission's report may have failed to take this scenario into account, the Army's Medical Research and Materiel Command based at Fort Detrick, Md., and the Veterans Affairs Department have not. Each agency has...
  • Intelligence as Usual: The flawed 9/11 Commission report.

    08/24/2004 9:46:28 AM PDT · by drb9 · 5 replies · 414+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 24, 2004 | David B. Rivkin, Jr. & Lee A. Casey
    I. Introduction Since its release on July 22, 2004, the 9/11 Commission Report has remained in the news and become enmeshed in presidential politics. The report, which features a well-written historical narrative of the events leading up to the September 11, 2001, attacks, including a good description of the danger posed by Islamist terrorism, and a set of recommendations for the future, has been praised by the mainstream media and, not surprisingly, has become a national bestseller. Various congressional committees are holding hearings, and several of the report's "authors" are actively lobbying for the immediate adoption of the commission's entire...
  • Border officials say they are unprepared to protect nation

    08/22/2004 5:49:14 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 46 replies · 924+ views
    GovExec.com ^ | August 20, 2004 | Chris Strohm
    Although the 9/11 commission cited the need for increased border security, the majority of the nation's customs and border officials say they are ill-equipped to prevent another terrorist attack, according to a survey planned for release on Monday. "The vast majority of America's front-line border protection personnel do not believe that they have been given the proper tools, training and support to be effective in stopping potential terrorists from entering the country," a nationwide survey of U.S. Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers concludes. The survey was sponsored by the National Border Patrol Council of the American...
  • National ID seen in 9/11 panel plan

    08/21/2004 11:32:14 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 31 replies · 515+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, August 22, 2004 | By Shaun Waterman
    The September 11 commission's recommendation for federal standards of identification documents such as driver's licenses and birth certificates is tantamount to the introduction of a national ID card system "through the back door," some lawmakers believe. The commission stopped short of actually recommending the introduction of national ID cards but did say that the fight against terrorism required greater consistency and security of state-issued identification documents.
  • 9/11 staff report focuses on immigration(terrorists passports that were less than three weeks old

    08/22/2004 4:41:17 PM PDT · by watchout · 15 replies · 557+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 21 Aug. 22, 2004 | Associated Press
    9/11 staff report focuses on immigration Hijackers' visa applications were incomplete - A new report from the now-defunct Sept. 11 commission details the lax controls on immigration and customs that the hijackers exploited to carry out their plot. The report, compiled by the commission’s staff, says 13 of the 19 hijackers applying for visas presented passports that were less than three weeks old, yet their visa applications were met with no increased scrutiny. Two of the hijackers, the report said, lied on their applications “in detectable ways” but were not questioned about those lies. And all 19 of the hijackers’...
  • We could have stopped him

    08/19/2004 7:18:37 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 6 replies · 667+ views
    Guardian ^ | 08/19/04 | Julian Borger
    We could have stopped him The CIA has taken much of the blame for the security lapses that led to 9/11 and the false intelligence on Iraq's WMDs. But now one spy has broken ranks to point the finger at the politicians - and warn that the war on terror could plunge the US into even greater danger. By Julian Borger Friday August 20, 2004 The Guardian These are not happy times at the CIA. In the space of a few short months, two official reports have found the agency principally to blame for failing to prevent the September 11...
  • Saudis Use 9/11 Report in U.S. Ad Campaign

    08/19/2004 3:06:30 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 17, 2004 | KEN GUGGENHEIM
    WASHINGTON - Stung by criticism about its role in fighting terrorism, Saudi Arabia has launched a radio advertising campaign in 19 U.S. cities citing the Sept. 11 commission report as proof that it has been a loyal ally in the fight against al-Qaida. The two advertisements quote the commission's conclusion that the Saudi government did not fund al-Qaida. One ad cites the report's finding that Saudi Arabia stopped a 1998 plot to attack U.S. troops; the other cites a finding that Saudis were not flown out of the United States right after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The ads don't...
  • Kerry’s too quick to back 9/11 report

    08/19/2004 2:58:43 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 500+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | 8/19/04 | James Klurfeld
    I'm sure some of my more liberal friends are going to conclude that I've gone soft in the brain after two blissful weeks on Cape Cod, but I come back to work finding myself more in sympathy with the views of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), than I am with the Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, on how quickly and dramatically to reorganize the nation's intelligence agencies. I can't help but feel that Kerry was being blatantly political, if not downright cynical, when he...
  • Simple Solution

    08/16/2004 7:39:06 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 520+ views
    frontpagemag.com ^ | August 16, 2004 | Joel Mowbray
    Now that President Bush is turning his attention to reforming the national security apparatus, one policy prescription not explicitly endorsed by the panel could prove to be one of the most effective: enforcing existing visa laws. Though it sounds simple enough, the State Department has yet to reform meaningfully this crucial component of the war on terror. The beauty of using visa policy is that no new laws need to be written; State merely needs to enforce existing ones. The backbone of visa policy for temporary travelers, a category which included all 19 hijackers, is a law known as 214(b)....
  • Required reading - Voters should know the contents of The 9/11 Commission Report

    08/13/2004 9:59:40 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 15 replies · 914+ views
    World Magazine ^ | Joel Belz
     Required reading Voters should know the contents of The 9/11 Commission Report | by Joel Belz 9/11 Commission: The final report With Election Day just three months away, some folks are campaigning for stiffer standards at the polls. I couldn’t agree more. When my wife and I voted in the North Carolina primary a few days ago, no identification of any kind was asked for. We could have been Islamic terrorists appropriating the names Joel and Carol Belz. If it’s OK in America to ask for a photo ID to drive a car, why not to vote?But for Election Day...
  • Rx is no magic pill

    08/12/2004 11:26:40 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 193+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 13, 2004 | By Mickey Edwards
    The Washington Timeswww.washingtontimes.com Rx is no magic pillBy Mickey EdwardsPublished August 13, 2004 Both President Bush and Congress are under enormous pressure to move quickly to carry out recommendations of the bipartisan commission that recently concluded an exhaustive review of events leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.     Commission members have pledged to campaign vigorously for adoption of their proposals, the president reportedly is considering at least partial execution of those suggestions by an executive order that would circumvent Congress, and congressional leaders plan hearings and possible legislation. The train is moving quickly, pushed in part by...
  • A war without an enemy

    08/12/2004 5:00:35 AM PDT · by yonif · 19 replies · 472+ views
    Maariv International ^ | 12 August, 2004 | Jonathan Ariel
    The most salient point to come out of the 9/11 Commission’s hearings was its criticism of the name “War Against Terrorism” given by the Bush administration to the ongoing military campaign. The commission stated clearly that this implied an overly vague and unfocused concept at the most basic and fundamental levels of strategic decision making, to a point making the entire campaign devoid of meaning. This is hitting the nail on the head. Terrorism is not an enemy, but a strategy. There is no such thing as a war against a strategy, and any attempt to conceive one is an...
  • In pursuit of 'hearts and minds'-Guess who's got an American college education?

    08/10/2004 7:59:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 842+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-10-04 | AMIR TAHERI
    Just a week after publication, the 9/11 Commission's report appears to have attained the status of a sacred text in American politics. Both President George W. Bush and John Kerry have promised to implement the report's recommendations, even though these are either too vague or irrelevant to the war against terrorism. One reason may be that the American public has not paid adequate attention to an assumption that forms the backbone of the report. That assumption is that, contrary to Bush's claim that the United States and the democracies in general are engaged in a war, the conflict is, in...