Monday :: Oct 27, 2003

Bush 9/11 Coverup Continues


by Steve

Stepping into a predictable hole of its own making, the White House will not turn over the August 6, 2001 President’s Daily Briefing and other sought-after material to the 9/11 Commission. Why? You guessed it: national security and executive privilege.

Bush administration officials said that the White House was wary of turning over the documents for several reasons, including concerns over possible leaks of sensitive national security information in the documents.

They said the White House was also alarmed at the prospect of establishing a precedent in which some of the most secretive intelligence information reaching the Oval Office — the Presidential Daily Briefing is available only to Mr. Bush and a handful of his aides — could be turned over to investigators outside of the executive branch.

"There are national security issues, executive privilege issues, common-sense issues," a senior White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We want to be as helpful as we can to Governor Kean and the commission, but these are not the sort of documents you freely share with the outside world."

It is important to note that all of the "sensitive national security" information in the August 2001 PDB is now over two years old, and an Administration that has no problem with outing a CIA covert operative is in no position anymore to express concern with revealing two year-old intelligence information that was never acted upon.

And Bush got a taste immediately of what such a cover-up will mean for him when both Dean and Lieberman went after him.

"I am very concerned by the president's foot-dragging on cooperation with the bipartisan 9/11 commission," Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, said in a statement released by his presidential campaign committee. "The administration's current stonewalling suggests that there is more that they knew and want to hide from the American public."

Another Democratic candidate, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, an author of the bill that created the commission, said, "President Bush may want to withhold the truth about Sept. 11, but the American people, and especially the victims' families, demand and deserve it."

What can you do? Email your Democratic candidate of choice and demand that they make this a campaign issue.

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