New Book Goes Behind the Scenes of 9/11 Commission Report
A new book is out,The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation by Philip Shenon. I have not had a chance to read it but I have heard an interview with him on NPR's Rehms show.
His contention is that the Richard Clarke's testimony and the evidence he presented to back it up, on the many times the Bush Adminstration refused to heed his warnings of an immanent terrorist act, was compelling despite Condoleezza Reiss' efforts to rebut it.
In a commentary in the Philadelphia Enquirer Clarke takes on the Bush Administration's current policies. Bush legacy: Setting a standard in fear-mongering. Here are some excerpts from his article:
When I left the Bush administration in 2003, it was clear to me that its strategy for defeating terrorism was leaving our nation more vulnerable and our people in a perilous place. Not only did its policies misappropriate resources, weaken the moral standing of America, and threaten long-standing legal and constitutional provisions, but the president also employed misleading and reckless rhetoric to perpetuate his agenda.
This week's State of the Union proved nothing has changed.
Besides overstating successes in Afghanistan, painting a rosy future for Iraq, and touting unfinished domestic objectives, he again used his favorite tactic - fear - as a tool to scare Congress and the American people. On one issue in particular - FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) - the president misconstrued the truth and manipulated the facts. ...
That is why in 2001, I presented this president with a comprehensive analysis regarding the threat from al-Qaeda. It was obvious to me then - and remains a fateful reality now - that this enemy sought to attack our country. Then, the president ignored the warnings and played down the threats. Ironically, it is the fear from these extremely real threats that the president today uses as a wedge in a vast and partisan political game. This is - and has been - a very reckless way to pursue the very ominous dangers our country faces. And once again, during the current debate over FISA, he continues to place political objectives above the practical steps needed to defeat this threat.
In these still treacherous times, we can't afford to have a president who leads by manipulating emotions with fear, flaunting the law, or abusing the very inalienable rights endowed to us by the Constitution.