An investigation of the attacks on 9/11 -- arguably the most catastrophic U.S. military and intelligence failure in American history -- was stonewalled by the Bush/Cheney Regime for over a year. Unlike Presidents Roosevelt and Johnson, Bush opposed an independent commission inquiry into the national disaster that occurred on his watch.
As CBS News reported, "President Bush took a few minutes during his trip to Europe -- to voice his opposition to establishing a special commission to probe how the government dealt with terror warnings before Sept. 11."
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, was established by President George W. Bush and the United States Congress on November 27, 2002, 442 days after the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil.
From the Center for American Progress:
"The White House has done everything it can to stall, impede and block the commission from doing its vital work.
"WHITE HOUSE OPPOSED FORMATION OF COMMISSION: President Bush and Vice President Cheney both contacted then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in the months after 9/11 to insist on strict limits in the scope of any investigation into the attacks. And despite entreaties from the families of victims of 9/11 attacks and a bipartisan group of senators and congressmen, the president vocally resisted forming an investigatory commission. President Bush only relented on November 27, 2002, a year after the attacks."
While President Bush and Vice President Cheney did ultimately agree to testify, they did so only under these conditions:
They would be allowed to testify jointly;
They would not be required to take an oath before testifying;
The testimony would not be recorded electronically or transcribed, and the only record would be notes taken by one of the commission staffers;
The notes would not be made public.
9/11 was the excuse the Bush/Cheney regime used to go to war twice, and shred The Constitution. But they never wanted an investigation into what happened that day. I don't even know why the Bush Administration worried, because the 9/11 Commission was set up to fail.
"The two co-chairs of the Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, believe that the government established the Commission in a way that ensured that it would fail. In their book Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission describing their experience serving, Hamilton listed a number of reasons for reaching this conclusion, including: the late establishment of the Commission and the very short deadline imposed on its work; the insufficient funds (3 million dollars), initially allocated for conducting such an extensive investigation (later the Commission requested additional funds but received only a fraction of the funds requested and the chairs still felt hamstrung); the many politicians who opposed the establishment of the Commission; the continuing resistance and opposition to the work of the Commission by many politicians, particularly those who did not wish to be blamed for any of what happened; the deception of the Commission by various key government agencies, including the Department of Defense, NORAD and the FAA; and, the denial of access by various agencies to documents and witnesses. 'So there were all kinds of reasons we thought we were set up to fail.'"
Let's get this -- as Nixon would say -- Perfectly Clear.
The Bush/Cheney Regime did not want an investigation into the worst thing that had ever happened on U.S. soil since the Civil War. The 9/11 Commission didn't have enough time, money or cooperation. They were lied to by various key government agencies, and they didn't have access to all relevant documents and witnesses.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?