January 2, 2008

A BLISSFUL LACK OF SELF-AWARENESS:

Stonewalled by the C.I.A. (THOMAS H. KEAN and LEE H. HAMILTON, 1/02/08, NY Times)

Those who knew about those videotapes — and did not tell us about them — obstructed our investigation.

There could have been absolutely no doubt in the mind of anyone at the C.I.A. — or the White House — of the commission’s interest in any and all information related to Qaeda detainees involved in the 9/11 plot. Yet no one in the administration ever told the commission of the existence of videotapes of detainee interrogations.

When the press reported that, in 2002 and maybe at other times, the C.I.A. had recorded hundreds of hours of interrogations of at least two Qaeda detainees, we went back to check our records. We found that we did ask, repeatedly, for the kind of information that would have been contained in such videotapes.


The funny thing is, it probably doesn't even occur to them that no one wanted to entrust genuine intelligence to guys who so enjoy appearing on television and in the pages of the Times.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 2, 2008 9:04 PM
Comments

The problem goes way beyond the two videotapes, serious as that obstruction was. The fact that the commission was so dependent on reports of interrogations meant that they could only learn what the CIA and FBI were prepared to tell them.

But then, there is no evidence that any member of the commission ever asked a question that might have challenged the administration's version of events. Which makes Messrs Kean and Hamilton's outrage now ring a little hollow.

I beg the American people to elect a President pledged to order a new, full and entirely independent investigation into the events of 9/11.

Posted by: Rod L at January 3, 2008 1:22 AM

Now, if there had been more attacks against America since 9/11, maybe the American people would be begging for just such a president!

But I don't think even Hillary would tolerate terrorism like her husband did.

Why don't you run, Rod? Give the people a chance to agree with you!

Posted by: Randall Voth at January 3, 2008 2:31 AM

I beg the American people to elect a president who wil order a new investigation into the sinking of the Maine.

Posted by: William Randolph Hearst at January 3, 2008 7:30 AM

Pity the fool who believes the Illuminati will ever let us get to the truth.

Posted by: oj at January 3, 2008 9:09 AM

A "Truther"! Haven't seen that species here for awhile. A great sighting.

Posted by: Bob at January 3, 2008 9:23 AM
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