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OfflineZahid
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Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01
    #2037239 - 10/23/03 07:59 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

White House Plays Politics on Probe of 9/11

By Marie KoKo - October 21, 2003



The Bush re-election team should get precisely what it wants. A presidential campaign that centers on Sept. 11, 2001.

This is what the White House had in mind when it decided to hold the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. This is why the convention is scheduled so late in the summer - later than any nominating session in the party's history. The grand finale, President George W. Bush's acceptance speech, is set for Sept. 2.

Bush's team wants the ceremonial start of the president's re-election campaign to merge in the public mind with the ceremonial commemoration of the third anniversary of the attacks that killed some 3,000 people and left a hole in the city's heart.

Republicans fully intend to politicize the anniversary. So they cannot legitimately complain if the national commission empowered to investigate the 9/11 attacks asks for more time to do its work. That's more time that would, by necessity, take the inquiry deep into the political season.

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States has issued three major statements on its progress. All have said the Bush administration is impeding its work by stalling the production of documents needed to probe the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor.

Last week, the commission issued its first subpoena, to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA had failed to turn over information related to the tracking of the hijacked airliners that morning, as well as its interaction with a defense unit that is supposed to have protected our airspace.

Days before issuing the FAA subpoena, the 9/11 panel had complained that the CIA and the Defense Department still had not turned over "the key policy documents." The White House, despite repeated public admonitions, still constricts the commission's access to sensitive information.

Some White House documents still aren't being provided. The commissioners must settle for hearing the White House staff brief them about their contents. We are to assume the briefings are done in good faith.

"We want to express our growing concern about whether delays such as that we have encountered at the FAA will prevent the commission from completing its work and issuing its report within the time frame set by statute," the panel said in a statement.

The statute calls for the commission to go out of existence in May. The date was set at White House insistence. Having failed at its first mission - to prevent Congress from ordering an independent probe at all - the Bush administration demanded that it have a brief life span. May was the chosen closing date because that would mean an investigative report, with its potentially embarrassing detail, would come out before the heat of the presidential campaign.

The repeated and now predictable statements from the commission about barriers to its work lead to only one conclusion. The administration strategy is to run out the clock.

"We begged for two years," said Lorie Van Auken of East Brunswick, N.J. Van Auken's husband, Kenneth, perished in the Twin Towers. "They said no, 18 months. Their reasoning had to do with elections."

Now the commission must decide if it wants to do a good job or a rush job.

The belated handing over of tapes and other communications between the FAA and the North American Aerospace Defense Command is likely to provoke more questions that beg answers. That is how it goes in investigations. New leads point to new paths that must be pursued.

The commission will fail if it does not have the time and the money to do its job right. It hints, already, at this possibility.

Congress will fail if it is eventually asked to provide these and refuses. The president will fail if he uses the weight of his office to stanch an inquiry that seems thus far to have been conducted without the usual partisan poison.

The failure of Sept. 11, 2001 was a failure of intelligence and counter-terrorism policy. These were compounded by a failure that day to defend against attack.

Now we contemplate compounding these derelictions because of a political equation that puts the pursuit of office above the necessary pursuit of fact. If we accept this calculation, we will fail ourselves.

Email: cocco@newsday.com

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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Zahid]
    #2037274 - 10/23/03 08:08 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Zahid, please don't take this the wrong way...

...but do you have any ideas of your own? It seems lately you have been on a kick of posting in their entirety half a dozen or so articles each day -- 27 of them in the last five days -- with no comments.

This forum is supposed to be for discussion -- it was not designed to be a newspaper.

I have no problem with the occasional article being posted, but don't you think this is taking things just a bit too far?

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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Phred]
    #2037345 - 10/23/03 08:26 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Not at all. Alot of people enjoy my posts; and alot of the time these articles are not brought into the lime 'light. Look at my threads, I almost always jump in the conversation if it has momentum, and my posts in PA&L are definately not confined to copying/pasting articles and walking away from them. Given that, for the past 2 years that I've been at the Shroomery I've been overly inactive until about a month ago when I got a laptop, so now I've been posting more frequently. Besides, somebody's got to be on the ball, so try to take my articles with a grain of salt because I'm not a fan of the Right - I appreciate the fact that there's an abundance of 'lefty' articles (that is to say, articles that evidently serve liberals) published on a daily basis in news organizations everywhere/worldwide. If the majority of the people here want me to shut up, I will gladly do so; but so far my article posting has earned me nothing but 5 shrooms'.

Peace.


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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Phred]
    #2037418 - 10/23/03 08:41 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

And in all fairness I do bold the headers and add the images myself.  :tongue2: 


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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Phred]
    #2037573 - 10/23/03 09:29 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

To be fair, wingnutx does the same thing at times. He posts quite a few articles and only jumps in if other people respond to it. Other people do it too, I don't think its such a big deal.

And now to the topic at hand,

WTF!??!?!!?!?!? :eek:

There are some things that should not be politicized, no matter how damaging they could be to your "reputation". They should be allowed to finish their job. This is the kind of stuff that sickens me most about BushCo. 


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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: SquattingMarmot]
    #2037617 - 10/23/03 09:45 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah, I know. Edame is another one.

Heck, everyone does it from time to time. I have done it myself on occasion.

As I said, I don't mind the occasional post of an entire article with no commentary from the member posting. Sometimes a well-written op-ed piece is such a gem that it deserves to be left to stand on its own. I just couldn't help but notice that lately that is all Zahid is doing, and doing quite a lot of it at that.

I feel that this is a board for political discussion, not the current affairs clearing desk at Reuters.

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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Zahid]
    #2037642 - 10/23/03 09:52 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

If the people were exposed to the truth, 9-11 would be the last thing Bush would want to mention during his re-election campain.




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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Learyfan]
    #2037722 - 10/23/03 10:13 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

outrage


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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Learyfan]
    #2037746 - 10/23/03 10:18 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)


Bush knew.


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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: silversoul7]
    #2037789 - 10/23/03 10:26 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)



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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: silversoul7]
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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Phred]
    #2037890 - 10/23/03 10:48 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

If you feel that way pink, that's fine. I don't see how posting articles is aversive of 'discussion' as you put it - the articles prompt discussion, the way I see it; so I will continue to post them, unless yourself (and you are indisputably Right leaning) wish to have me tone down a bit...that is your prerogative. My articles don't cause a disturbance, so why denunciate them?

Peace,

Zaheed. News you can trust  :tongue2:


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Re: Bush Plays Politics with 9/11/01 [Re: Zahid]
    #2037970 - 10/23/03 11:07 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Hey, I'm not the boss, I'm a moderator. The articles are political, so I can't object to them. It's true I find them pretty much all of a kind and not particularly well written or insightful, but that's just me. It's just that few of them seem to trigger much discussion anyway, do they?

I brought it to your attention partly because I wasn't sure you yourself were aware of the rut you had fallen into. I know you have your own opinions and your own thoughts on things -- why not express them rather than just cutting and pasting the words of others?

If you're comfortable being a mere cut-and-paster, so be it. I'm just challenging you to voice your own opinions.

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