What follows is a collection of information from one of the few news sources that attempts to cover all views and information (probably because it's not owned by any Corporation yet) with some Daily Show videos to illustrate one simple fact;
THERE WAS AN OPPOSITION O THE 9/11 COMMISSION/INVESTIGATION AND COVERUP OF ESSENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT 9/11 BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.
A collection of videos and news stories;
9/11 Families Protest Selection of Henry Kissinger to Head Sept. 11 Investigation: Concerns Rise Over Former Secretary of State's Ties to Saudi Arabia, We Talk with Investigative Reporter Seymour Hers
Bush May Invoke Executive Privilege to Keep 9/11 Docs Away From Congressional Investigators
Democracy Now! talks to a man who lost his wife in the attacks and is preparing to sue the White House. Newsweek is reporting President Bush may try to invoke executive privilege to keep key documents relating to the September 11 attacks out of the hands of investigators with the independent panel created by Congress to probe all aspects of 9-11. Last week, we spoke with Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, who said that administration officials are waging a behind-the-scenes battle to restrict public disclosure of an 800-page secret report prepared by a joint congressional inquiry. The report details intelligence and law-enforcement failures that preceded the September 11 attacks, including warnings given to President Bush and his top advisors during the summer of 2001. This week, Isikoff and Mark Hosenball are reporting chief that White House council Alberto Gonzales privately told the chair of the 9-11 panel Thomas Kean that the White House may seek to invoke executive privilege over documents sought by the commission. (Thomas Kean is the former Republican governor of New Jersey who Bush named to chair the panel.) Among the most sensitive documents the commission is interested in reviewing are internal National Security Council minutes from the spring and summer of 2001. That is when the CIA and other intelligence agencies were warning that an attack by Al Qaeda could well be imminent. The panel is also expected to seek interviews with key players in the Bush administration such as national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. And the panel will likely request to review debriefings of key Al Qaeda suspects who have been arrested.
On The Censuring Of The 911 Commission: "I think there are things they knew which they didn't share with the public" Philip Shenon...
Thomas Kean talks about the process of getting over two million documents in spite of bipartisan resistance to the 9/11 commission. (7:17):
Two Ex-CIA Analysts Blast Bush Administration on 9/11
McGovern, a 27-year career analyst with the CIA who was one of Vice President George Bush daily briefer says Rice’s testimony and the events surrounding it have "the very strong odor of the most accomplished PR machine in White House history." Former CIA and State Department analyst Mel Goodman says the staff studies of the commission, which were released the same day as Richard Clarke’s testimony and were largely ignored, "make it clear that there was reduced urgency within the Bush administration" on 9/11. Ray McGovern, 27-year career analyst with the CIA. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. He worked under George Bush Sr., both when he was director of central intelligence, as well as when he was Vice President. He was one of his daily briefers. Melvin Goodman, former CIA and State Department analyst. He is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and director of the Center’s National Security Project. He is the author of the newly-published book "Bush League Diplomacy: Putting the Nation At Risk" (Prometheus).
Broadcast Exclusive: Georgetown Professor Accuses Bill O'Reilly of Lying About 9/11 Commission's Findings
Georgetown Law School professor David Cole describes how Bill O’Reilly deliberately cut out a recorded statement from the head of the 9/11 Commission to mislead his audience about links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. [Includes transcript] A new documentary which premiered in New York last week titled "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism," accused the Fox News Channel of tailoring its coverage to back President Bush. We aired excerpts of the documentary on Democracy Now! and spoke with its director Robert Greenwald. The film features memos written by Fox executives and interviews with former Fox correspondents and producers who talk about how upper management pressured reporters to cover news with a conservative bias. On-air host Bill O’Reilly comes under heavy criticism in the documentary. In one clip he declares that he has told only one guest in the past six years to shut up. The comment is followed with several examples of O’Reilly interrupting guests on his show "The O’Reilly Factor", and telling them to shut up. One person that Greenwald could have interviewed for "Outfoxed" is Washington-based constitutional attorney and Georgetown Law School professor David Cole. He was recently invited to be a guest on "The O’Reilly Factor." This is his story. David Cole, Washington-based constitutional attorney, professor at Georgetown Law School and author of the book, Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedom in the War on Terrorism.
Related: • O'Reilly falsely claimed Bush didn't oppose 9-11 Commission. O'Reilly defended President George W. Bush from a Kerry-Edwards '04 TV ad highlighting Bush's opposition to creation of the 9-11 Commission by denying that Bush had ever opposed the commission. In fact, Bush did oppose the creation of the 9-11 Commission. (10/21/04)
This is actually to be expected from Fox News hosts;
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CIA Refuses to Release "Dynamite" Report on 9/11 Accountability
Pentagon & Justice Department Blamed For Slowing 9/11 Investigation
Members of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks yesterday publicly criticized the Pentagon and Justice Department for failing to actively help the investigation. The commission said the Bush Administration is requiring a governmental minder to be presented at most interviews with officials over the investigation. The commission’s leaders — chairman, Thomas Kean, the former Republican governor of New Jersey, and Lee Hamilton, the former Democratic member of the House from Indiana — issued a joint statement aimed at raising public pressure on the White House. The Pentagon, they noted, has ignored requests for evidence from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is responsible for guarding American airspace from terrorist attack.
Wall Street Journal: White House Is Hindering 9/11 Commission Investigation
JUL 09, 2003 Members of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks yesterday publicly criticized the Pentagon and Justice Department for failing to actively help the investigation. The commission said the Bush Administration is requiring a governmental minder to be presented at most interviews with officials over the investigation. The commission’s leaders — chairman, Thomas Kean, the former Republican governor of New Jersey, and Lee Hamilton, the former Democratic member of the House from Indiana — issued a joint statement aimed at raising public pressure on the White House. The Pentagon, they noted, has ignored requests for evidence from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is responsible for guarding American airspace from terrorist attack.
"The White House Has Played Cover-Up" - Former 9/11 Commission Member Max Cleland Blasts Bush
Yesterday, a group of Democratic senators released a letter sent to the White House, asking President Bush to compel Rice to testify at the hearing. Rice has met with the panel in private, but aides have said she believes it would set a bad precedent for her to testify publicly.
9/11: More Damning Indictment of FBI & CIA Than Expected
9/11 Report: "Incontrovertible Evidence" that Saudi Gov't Supported Hijackers; CIA and FBI Face Scathing Critique
Report findings include: FBI informant housed two of the hijackers; no link existed between Iraq and Al Qaeda; possible Saudi agent directly helped two hijackes; U.S. knew Al Qaeda was considering flying planes into buildings. We speak to former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman, reporter Robert Fisk and Stephen Push whose wife died on Sept. 11. After the Bush administration delayed its publication for months, Congress yesterday released its nearly 900-page investigation on the Sept. 11 attacks. The report’s findings provide an even more damning indictment of the intelligence community than many had predicted. Sen. Bob Graham, former head of the Senate intelligence committee, says the report proves the 9/11 attacks could have been stopped. The investigation was based on the interviews of hundreds of U.S. and foreign officials and a review of hundreds of thousands of FBI and CIA files. The scathing critique of the CIA and the FBI finds the agencies did not talk to each other at critical junctures, most notably on intelligence related to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers. The FBI missed evidence of its own informant who was actually living with two of the hijackers in San Diego. The agency failed to keep tabs on warnings that Omar al-Bayoumi, a key associate of two of the hijackers and suspected Saudi government secret agent, met with Saudi government officials and the hijackers. The FBI missed the opportunity in large part because the CIA had failed to share information about the hijackers it had two years prior to the attacks. The report concluded that the informant’s contacts with the two hijackers would have offered, "the best chance to unravel the Sept. 11 plot." The report also raises more questions about a foreign government’s complicity in the attacks: longtime U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia.
46 Senators Call For Bush To Declassify 9/11 Report
46 Democratic Senators have called on the Bush administration to declassify the 28 pages of the Congressional 9/11 report that has been deleted from the public report. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said, "Keeping this material classified only strengthens the theory that some in the U.S. government are hellbent on covering up for the Saudis." The New York Times reports the classified portions of the Congressional 9/11 report indicate that two Saudi citizens who had ties to a pair of the hijacker were likely Saudi intelligence agents who may have reported directly to the Saudi government and received Saudi funding. The reports notes that one of the Saudis, Omar al-Bayoumi, who claimed he was a student had "access to seemingly unlimited funding from Saudi Arabia." The report found he had befriended two of the hijackers in San Diego, helped them find an apartment and paid their first two months of rent. The classified report indicates that Bayoumi started receiving more money from the Saudi government after he met the would-be hijackers. Al-Bayoumi is now living in Saudi Arabia and is expected to be questioned by U.S. officials. It is unclear why the U.S. has waited until now to question him thoroughly. He was only briefly questioned in Britain after the attacks. The other Saudi cited in the report is Osama Bassnan who did not know the hijackers but was a close associate of al-Bayoumi. The classified report states that Bassnan traveled to Houston after the attacks when Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah was visiting President Bush. While Abdullah was meeting with Bush, Bassnan was meeting with a Saudi official in Abdullah’s entourage.
Bush Refuses to Promise To Hand Over 9/11 Docs
9/11 Commissioners Protest White House Stonewalling
White House Bars Recording of Bush 9/11 Testimony
Bush Lawyer Called 9/11 Commissioner Before Hearing
9/11 Commission Criticizes Air Defense Command
Courts Reject Bush Post-9/11 Measures
Bush To Bar Deadline Extension to 9/11 Commission
In other Washington news, the White House and House Speaker Denis Hastert are expected to reject any call from the independent 9/11 commission to extend the panel’s deadline to complete the investigation. Meanwhile family members of 9/11 victims are protesting the recent revelation of close ties between the executive director of the independent 9/11 commission, Philip Zelikow, and the Bush administration. Zelikow served as an advisor to National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice after Bush took office, he once co-authored a book with Rice and he served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in October 2001. He was close enough to the White House that he was interviewed by the commission as part of the investigation. Meanwhile the commission has also interviewed one of its own commissioners, Jamie Gorelick. She served as a deputy attorney general in Janet Reno’s Justice Department during the Clinton administration. According to UPI, Gorelick and Zelikow are the two officials to whom the White House has granted the greatest access to the most secret and sensitive national security documents, the presidential daily briefings. Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband died in the World Trade Center responded to the news by saying "This is beginning to look like a whitewash."
Accountability in the U.K. - David Cameron Kills it
Moment of Zen: "President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney had a good conversation with the 9/11 commission."