Friday, August 26, 2005

9/11 Commission Lapdog Bites Back

Able Danger is a big deal. It's a bigger deal that its findings were never shared with the FBI in order to interdict terrorists because of "the wall" preventing information sharing between defense and law enforcement, which was raised to an unnecessary height in the early 1990s by then-Deputy Attorney General and future 9/11 Commission member, Jamie Gorelick. And it is huge matter that the same 9/11 Commission upon which Gorelick sat, despite an apparent conflict of interest insofar as she should have been a witness to the Commission, knew of Able Danger and it findings and disregarded them.

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) is making nonstop noise about it, and for good reason. The reason we convened the 9/11 Commission in the first place was to find out what went wrong and how to fix it, not to re-engage in groupthink. But that's why Able Danger was disregarded. It didn't agree with the Commission's timeline (thanks to Kevin Drum for the tip). But just like we learned with the worthless Warren Commission, when the tail wags the dog, the investigation loses its value.

And in a refreshing display of honesty and intellectual candor, Kristin Breitweiser offers this unceremonious slam of the 9/11 Commission. Bravo!

I am no fan of Ms. Breitweiser. For some flavor on her, I offer a few enlightening posts here and here. Breitweiser is the queen of the "Jersey Girls"; a group of liberal activist 9/11 widows. Breitweiser, like her followers, is nothing more than a political activist who was using the death of her husband as a platform to smear George W. Bush. Sound familiar?

But all digressions aside, the fact that this person, who was present with the other liberal wives at the 9/11 Commission hearings and was their very lapdog, has accused the Commissioners of not just failing in their mission and their oath to her, but also of breaking the law by violating same, is huge.

I have always believed that the Commission was worthless. Thomas Kean was a stuffed shirt and a fool. I was never comfortable with Richard Ben-Veniste who was in it for a show trial, Jamie Gorelick for her aforementioned glaring conflict of interest which Kean defended, Bob Kerrey who showed no respect for the President and was in it for politics more than national security, and Slade Gorton who still defends everything the Commission has done.

Glad to see that the Commission is finding fewer and fewer friends. Because this development, along with the contemptible publicity-hogging behavior of the Commissioners during the investigation process indicates that it became little more than a political exercise in butt-covering and backtracking, and a waste from the start. And perhaps the Commissioners, Washington's new political ugly stepchildren, may get to answer some questions of their own for a change.


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