9/11 Commission Says It Needs More Time to Complete Inquiry

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Remember that little independent commission thingy that the current Admin said wasn't needed, then stalled and stalled and stalled? Well, guess what? they're running out of time:
9/11 Commission Says It Needs More Time to Complete Inquiry
By PHILIP SHENON

Published: January 28, 2004


WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 — The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks announced on Tuesday that it was seeking an extension of its deadline to complete the investigation until at least July, raising the prospect of a public fight with the White House and a final report delivered in the heat of the presidential campaign.

The White House and Republican Congressional leaders have said they see no need to extend the congressionally mandated deadline, now set for May 27, and a spokesman for Speaker J. Dennis Hastert said Tuesday that Mr. Hastert would oppose any legislation to grant the extension.

But commission officials said there was no way to finish their work on time, a situation they attribute in part to delays by the Bush administration in turning over documents and other evidence.

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An extension of the commission's deadline would need to be approved in Congress in the next few weeks, and the Senate authors of the bill that created the panel last year, John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, have already said that they are willing to try to shepherd an extension bill through Congress, although both have said they expect a fight with Republican Congressional leaders.

"I fully support an extension to ensure that the commission's work is not compromised by the Bush administration's delaying tactics, secrecy and stonewalling," Mr. Lieberman said Tuesday from New Hampshire, where he was campaigning in that day's Democratic presidential primary. "Clearly the president is not interested in a complete and thorough investigation."

Prospects for legislation to extend the deadline were uncertain.
The White House, which in previous statements had suggested that it strongly opposed an extension, said Tuesday that the final decision would be left to Congress.

"Congress is the one who set that deadline when they set up the commission," said Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman. "But we think it's important they move forward as quickly as possible to complete their work," Mr. McClellan said of the commission.

YAY! Politics!

Huggy Dork (Kingfish), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 14:32 (sixteen years ago) link

The White House and Republican Congressional leaders have said they see no need to extend the congressionally mandated deadline

i guess security and accountability aren't good enough reasons.

dyson (dyson), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Now somebody was saying something about how this administration was open to criticism and change, hm...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:49 (sixteen years ago) link

How many years did they investigate Clinton & Whitewater again?

earlnash, Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:50 (sixteen years ago) link

4-5 years on whitewater. Ken Starr(remember HIM?) remarked that he found no wrongdoing.

Huggy Dork (Kingfish), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 15:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Remember when Dubya, after many delays, appointed Henry Kissinger as chairman of the 9/11 investigation commission? Good times.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 16:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Time between 9/11 catastrophe and the actual beginning of the investivation? 1 1/2 years
Time between space shuttle catastrophe and the actual beginning of the investigation? one week
Wondering what the administration is trying to hide? priceless

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 16:04 (sixteen years ago) link

oh, yeah, and then there's this today:
The hijackers of Sept. 11, 2001, blasted Mace or pepper spray at flight crew members and passengers to keep them away from the cockpits and wielded knives in their orchestrated takeovers of the aircraft, according to a report issued yesterday by the commission investigating the attacks....

apparently, only one flight had the "boxcutters" thing. Which means that somebody REALLY wasn't doing their job that day at airport security.

The commission, which has been hampered by obstacles since its creation in late 2002, announced yesterday that it will publicly press for a two-month extension of its statutory deadline, May 27. Any extension, which must be approved by Congress and the White House, would push the commission's work further into the presidential campaign.

The White House and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) have said they would oppose any extension. But Kristen Breitweiser, widow of World Trade Center victim Ronald Breitweiser, said she hopes the appeal from the commission will change their minds.

Commission member Timothy J. Roemer, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana, said, "We need this extension in order to thoroughly sift through all the facts, carefully evaluate a set of recommendations and not have a rush to judgment."

Kingfish Funyun (Kingfish), Thursday, 29 January 2004 13:50 (sixteen years ago) link


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