Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Questions. Answers, George?
The White House did not cooperate either with the first official probe of 9/11, the bipartisan joint congressional inquiry into intelligence failures. That panel found it necessary to affix a chapter to its report explaining how the administration blocked its access to documents and to people such as National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. She now refuses to testify publicly for the 9/11 commission.

Could this president possibly give the people the information to which we are entitled? The family steering committee, a survivors' group that monitors the 9/11 commission, has 23 questions for Bush. Among them:

What defensive measures did you take in response to pre-9/11 warnings from 11 nations about a terrorist attack, many of which cited an attack in the continental United States? Beginning with the transition period between the Clinton administration and your own, and ending on 9/11/01, specifically what information about terrorists, possible attacks and targets, did you receive from any source?

What defensive action did you personally order to protect our nation during the crisis on Sept. 11? Who approved the flight of the bin Laden family out of the United States, when all commercial flights were grounded and when authorities already knew Osama bin Laden was behind the attack?

The list goes on, unacknowledged by the president. This is, in good measure, why some families' outrage burst forth upon sight of the ad. They don't want advertising. They want answers.


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