HistoricalMullet: Update on “Independent” Commission
The Independent Commission on 9/11 is approved – though it hardly seems independent. Original discussion included in first comment.
Congress did manage to squeak out passage of a bill early this morning on an independent commission into 9/11. (1) So 1,800 deaths receives: 10 congressional members (half democrat and half republican), only 18months for an investigation, and to subpoena anyone takes a majority vote of the committee And Bill Clinton’s blowjob receives: 1 Special Prosecutor, 6 years, $30+ million dollars and all the powers of government brought to bear to to imprison and jail witnesses compelling them to testify Somehow I’m still underwhelmed by the conservatives perspective on matters such as national security vs. sexual picadillo’s.
“Well…” dorsai November 16 2002, 08:52:05 UTC
The whole Clinton deal was about much more than a hummer, it was about malfeasance at the very highest level of government. Hopefully, if this commission uncovers evidence of criminal negligence (or worse) that led to 9/11, the individuals concerned will be held to a similar level of scrutiny.
Personally, I doubt this will amount to much more than a media circus; it’s being done largely as a sop to the families of the victims, and I don’t believe it will be allowed to dig very deeply into matters that touch on national security.
“Re: Well…” chapel_of_words November 16 2002, 13:36:09 UTC
I know what the special investigation was *supposed to be about*, but barring any ability to prosecute an actual trial with actual evidence on any original supposed malfeasance of power (Whitewater, Travelgate etc.) they instead continued searching until they could lay a perjury trap on a hummer.
Don’t mistake me, I actually *do not* think there’s a smoking gun of pre-knowledge on 9/11. However I think the FBI and CIA bureaucracies need to be seriously reformed because all the pieces were there, just no one was able to put them together because of bureaucratic inefficiency. Instead we’re combining 22 departments into homeland security and leaving the sacred cows of the FBI and the CIA untouched. That’s what get’s me irritated. If it is such a serious issue why not make sure everything gets put on the table?
“Re: Well…” dorsai November 16 2002, 21:25:05 UTC
No argument here, I agree that the intelligence agencies need to have a close look taken at them. Maybe that’s a Phase II in the back of someone’s mind; now that the Homeland Security department is pretty much a done deal, a reorganization of our intelligence agencies could be next. I just hope it’s done very carefully.
“Re: Well…” chapel_of_words November 17 2002, 04:57:44 UTC
somewhere around here I have a list of Top 5 National Security Measures that I think will help the national security of this country, they read:
1. Dismantle Al Queda – in progress
2. Look at better ways for homeland security – in progress (I don’t like the proposed dept. but as you said it’s a done deal, not everything in life swings the way you want it)
3. Maintain positive ties with UN and coalition allies – check (finally!)
4. Reform FBI & CIA – waiting (carefully, very carefully as you say)
5. Make it a national directive to replace gasoline engines within 10 years, just like Kennedy sending us to the moon. – in my dreams (this is a strategic national weakness of the US which gets us in a lot of messes to begin with)