What’s wrong, you ask, with the original 9/11 Commission and it’s 2004 report to Congress and the American people?
Well, the 9/11 Commission’s co-chairs have publicly stated some surprising things: For starters, the 9/11 Commissioners knew that some military officials misrepresented the facts to the Commission, and further, the Commission considered recommending criminal charges for these false statements.
Other public statements by the original commissioners include the following:
“I don’t believe for a minute we got everything right . . . the Commission was set up to fail
. . . people should keep asking questions about 9/11 . . . the 9/11 debate should continue. “
—9/11 Commission Co-chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton
“We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were getting.”
—9/11 Commissioner Timothy Roemer
“There are ample reasons to suspect that there may be some alternative to what we outlined in our version . . . We didn’t have access . . . “
—9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey
“It is a national scandal . . . this investigation is now compromised . . . this White House wants to cover it up.”
—9/11 Commissioner Max Cleland, upon resigning from the Commission
“At some level of the government, at some point in time . . . there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened . . . I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described . . . The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years. . . It’s almost a culture of concealment, for lack of a better word. There were interviews made at the FAA’s New York center the night of 9/11 and those tapes were destroyed. The CIA tapes of the interrogations were destroyed. The story of 9/11 itself, to put it mildly, was distorted and was completely different from the way things happened.”
—John Farmer, Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission