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february 19, 2005

Ghosts Of 9/11 Past

Uh-oh! It looks like there may be a little life left in the 9/11 investigations yet, courtesy of Rep. Henry Waxman and friends:

We are writing to request that our Committee hold hearings to investigate two extremely serious questions raised by an article that appeared in this morning's New York Times. The first question is whether the Administration misused the classification process to withhold, for political reasons, official 9/11 Commission staff findings detailing how federal aviation officials received multiple intelligence reports warning of airline hijackings and suicide attacks before September 11. The second question relates to the veracity of statements, briefings, and testimony by then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice regarding this issue.

Good questions, of course, which means it's highly unlikely that they'll actually get the hearings. We just need to accept the fact that some people's political careers and ideological objectives are far more important than the national security of our country, and if they have to stonewall the 9/11 investigations every step of the way then that's just the way it has to be.

For fuck's sake! Can you really be shocked by the litany of "coincidence theories" and legitimate concerns out there? The Bush Administration has at best come across like cynical political opportunists during this whole affair, all the while using 9/11 like a club to get their way.

As seriously as so many people have taken the War On Terror, it's always boggled my mind that more people aren't storming the castle with torches and pitchforks over this.

Ah well... if you need me, I'll be in my "happy place".