Wednesday, October 20, 2004

LA Times: Bush Administration Suppresses CIA Report Until AFTER the Election!

LA Times: Bush Administration Suppresses CIA Report Until AFTER the Election!

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-...l=la-util-op-ed

October 19, 2004

Robert Scheer: The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket The agency is withholding a damning report that points at senior officials.

It is shocking: The Bush administration is suppressing a CIA report on 9/11 until after the election, and this one names names. Although the report by the inspector general's office of the CIA was completed in June, it has not been made available to the congressional intelligence committees that mandated the study almost two years ago.

"It is infuriating that a report which shows that high-level people were not doing their jobs in a satisfactory manner before 9/11 is being suppressed," an intelligence official who has read the report told me, adding that "the report is potentially very embarrassing for the administration, because it makes it look like they weren't interested in terrorism before 9/11, or in holding people in the government responsible afterward."

When I asked about the report, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said she and committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) sent a letter 14 days ago asking for it to be delivered. "We believe that the CIA has been told not to distribute the report," she said. "We are very concerned."

According to the intelligence official, who spoke to me on condition of anonymity, release of the report, which represents an exhaustive 17-month investigation by an 11-member team within the agency, has been "stalled." First by acting CIA Director John McLaughlin and now by Porter J. Goss, the former Republican House member (and chairman of the Intelligence Committee) who recently was appointed CIA chief by President Bush.

The official stressed that the report was more blunt and more specific than the earlier bipartisan reports produced by the Bush-appointed Sept. 11 commission and Congress.

"What all the other reports on 9/11 did not do is point the finger at individuals, and give the how and what of their responsibility. This report does that," said the intelligence official. "The report found very senior-level officials responsible."

By law, the only legitimate reason the CIA director has for holding back such a report is national security. Yet neither Goss nor McLaughlin has invoked national security as an explanation for not delivering the report to Congress.

"It surely does not involve issues of national security," said the intelligence official.

"The agency directorate is basically sitting on the report until after the election," the official continued. "No previous director of CIA has ever tried to stop the inspector general from releasing a report to the Congress, in this case a report requested by Congress."

None of this should surprise us given the Bush administration's great determination since 9/11 to resist any serious investigation into how the security of this nation was so easily breached. In Bush's much ballyhooed war on terror, ignorance has been bliss.

The president fought against the creation of the Sept. 11 commission, for example, agreeing only after enormous political pressure was applied by a grass-roots movement led by the families of those slain.

And then Bush refused to testify to the commission under oath, or on the record. Instead he deigned only to chat with the commission members, with Vice President Dick Cheney present, in a White House meeting in which commission members were not allowed to take notes. All in all, strange behavior for a man who seeks reelection to the top office in the land based on his handling of the so-called war on terror.

In September, the New York Times reported that several family members met with Goss privately to demand the release of the CIA inspector general's report. "Three thousand people were killed on 9/11, and no one has been held accountable," 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser told the paper.

The failure to furnish the report to Congress, said Harman, "fuels the perception that no one is being held accountable. It is unacceptable that we don't have [the report]; it not only disrespects Congress but it disrespects the American people."

The stonewalling by the Bush administration and the failure of Congress to gain release of the report have, said the intelligence source, "led the management of the CIA to believe it can engage in a cover-up with impunity. Unless the public demands an accounting, the administration and CIA's leadership will have won and the nation will have lost."

9 Comments:

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only one that failed to do their job was clinton. he dropped the ball because he was to busy getting his cock sucked by monica and whoever else he was gettin it from.

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton was busy swatting Republican flys, who were doing everything in their power to limit his effectiveness. This buck stops with Bush. Get over your Clinton envy.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

foul mouthed republican comment. typical.

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This needs to HIT THE FAN NOW!!!!!!! Write your representatives and call the media. Our government isn't allowed to behave this way ANYMORE! This is bigger than politics. Hold their feet to the FIRE!!!

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger kuttan said...

The question I hear during all election seasons mainly from the pundits, that where is the civility in the campaign? There is nothing wrong in candidates accusing each other on policy issues and their past record. But it is wrong and cruel commenting on personal matters especially of family members of the candidates.
At this time Democrats are leading in ridiculing and abusing the names of family members of their opponent. John Edward mentioned Dick Cheney's daughter, they say it was a kind remark at the debate. John Kerry went one more step further talked about Dick Cheney's daughters sexual preference openly in front of more than 50 million TV audience. Wife of Edward and their campaign manager defended Kerry's remarks next day. Other day Teresa Heinz Kerry talked about Laura Bush that she never held any meaningful job then she apologized later for saying that. This shows the mind set of these people,to win with any cost.
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At 9:13 AM, Blogger kuttan said...

The question I hear during all election seasons mainly from the pundits, that where is the civility in the campaign? There is nothing wrong in candidates accusing each other on policy issues and their past record. But it is wrong and cruel commenting on personal matters especially of family members of the candidates.
At this time Democrats are leading in ridiculing and abusing the names of family members of their opponent. John Edward mentioned Dick Cheney's daughter, they say it was a kind remark at the debate. John Kerry went one more step further talked about Dick Cheney's daughters sexual preference openly in front of more than 50 million TV audience. Wife of Edward and their campaign manager defended Kerry's remarks next day. Other day Teresa Heinz Kerry talked about Laura Bush that she never held any meaningful job then she apologized later for saying that. This shows the mind set of these people,to win with any cost.
Thanks John Kunthara

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger kuttan said...

The question I hear during all election seasons mainly from the pundits, that where is the civility in the campaign? There is nothing wrong in candidates accusing each other on policy issues and their past record. But it is wrong and cruel commenting on personal matters especially of family members of the candidates.
At this time Democrats are leading in ridiculing and abusing the names of family members of their opponent. John Edward mentioned Dick Cheney's daughter, they say it was a kind remark at the debate. John Kerry went one more step further talked about Dick Cheney's daughters sexual preference openly in front of more than 50 million TV audience. Wife of Edward and their campaign manager defended Kerry's remarks next day. Other day Teresa Heinz Kerry talked about Laura Bush that she never held any meaningful job then she apologized later for saying that. This shows the mind set of these people,to win with any cost.
Thanks John Kunthara

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger kuttan said...

The question I hear during all election seasons mainly from the pundits, that where is the civility in the campaign? There is nothing wrong in candidates accusing each other on policy issues and their past record. But it is wrong and cruel commenting on personal matters especially of family members of the candidates.
At this time Democrats are leading in ridiculing and abusing the names of family members of their opponent. John Edward mentioned Dick Cheney's daughter, they say it was a kind remark at the debate. John Kerry went one more step further talked about Dick Cheney's daughters sexual preference openly in front of more than 50 million TV audience. Wife of Edward and their campaign manager defended Kerry's remarks next day. Other day Teresa Heinz Kerry talked about Laura Bush that she never held any meaningful job then she apologized later for saying that. This shows the mind set of these people,to win with any cost.
Thanks John Kunt

 
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