As the 9/11 anniversary approaches, does the government still have questions to answer? (Part II)
J. D. Heyes
Sept 9, 2011
Looking further into the events surrounding the 9/11 attack, Kean and his commission discovered lots of discrepancies. For one, scores of families affected by the attack were also finding it difficult to get answers to their growing lists of questions. The commission could not get either President Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney to testify; the commission could only hear from witnesses who echoed the government’s version of events.
And since it was created by the administration, many felt it was summarily being controlled by it as well. As former Reagan economist Paul Craig Roberts pointed out, the panel was more a political operation rather than an entity truly charged with finding out what happened and how, “Its membership consisted of former politicians. No knowledgeable experts were appointed to the commission,” he said.
One commission member – himself a former politician – became so tired of being hamstrung during the panel’s investigation he wound up quitting. Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, in responding to constraints placed on the commission, said, “If this decision stands, I, as a member of the commission, cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised.” He left shortly thereafter.
That said, neither Cleland nor the commission ever said they believed that 9/11 was a government conspiracy or some sort of inside job. Yet they questioned how the media and others never came to wonder aloud why the panel believed they were lied to by Pentagon and FAA officials, and even why it took so long for the White House to even agree to form a commission in the first place.