THE 9/11COMMISSION REPORT
Official “investigation” expelled Senator Cleland, the only Commissioner who asked uncomfortable questions
‘As each day goes by, we learn that this government knew a whole lot more about these terrorists before September 11 than it has ever admitted.'”
— Senator Max Cleland, member of the official National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Against the United States
quoted in the New York Times, October 27, 2003
“If this decision stands, I, as a member of the commission, cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised.”
— Max Cleland
Former Senator and member of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States refering to White House policies regarding the sharing of presidential briefings with the commission //portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/11/275652.shtml
New job takes Cleland off 9/11 panel
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) — Former Sen. Max Cleland, a Democrat, has been nominated by President Bush to serve on the board of the Export-Import Bank.
As a result he will have to leave the commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The statutes governing the panel, formally known as The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, bar anyone who holds a federal job like being on the Ex-Im Board.
Cleland has been one of the more outspoken members of the commission, accusing the administration of delaying access to vital documents in an effort to run out the clock on its investigation. The panel, which started work at the beginning of the year, must submit its report by a congressionally mandated deadline of May 27, 2004.
Commission spokesman Al Felzenberg told United Press International that Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle will nominate Cleland’s replacement.
9/11 Commission Members
Thomas Howard Kean Sr. is an American businessman, academic administrator and politician who served as the 48th Governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990 as a Republican. Kean is best known globally, however, for his 2002 appointment as Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, widely known as the 9/11 Commission, which was responsible for investigating the causes of the September 11, 2001 attacks and providing recommendations to prevent future terrorist attacks. He was appointed to this post by U.S. President George W. Bush. Upon the completion of his second term as Governor, he served as the President of Drew University for 15 years, until his retirement in 2005
Kean charged the CIA with lying to his 9/11 commission when the agency failed to disclose the existence of dozens of videotapes of interrogations — tapes that were later destroyed. He also said he thinks the agency’s refusal to let his staff conduct face-to-face questioning of detainees was an attempt to hide that some of them had been tortured. SOURCE: //www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/911-commission-chair-america-needs-a-torture-commission/1893417/
Lee Herbert Hamilton is an American politician and lawyer from Indiana. He is a former member of the United States House of Representatives and a former member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council. A member of the Democratic Party, Hamilton represented the 9th congressional district of Indiana from 1965 to 1999. Following his departure from Congress, he has served on a number of governmental advisory boards, most notably as the vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission.
Richard Ben-Veniste is an American lawyer. He first rose to prominence as a special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal. He has also been a member of the 9/11 Commission. He is known for his pointed questions and criticisms of members of both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. In 2017, he became a CNN Legal Analyst.
Joseph Maxwell Cleland is an American politician from the state of Georgia. Cleland, a Democrat, is a disabled US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a recipient of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous actions in combat, and a former United States Senator. He has also served as Administrator of Veterans Affairs. From 2003 to 2007, he served on the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a presidentially-appointed position. From 2009 to 2017, he served as Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Since he left office in 2003, no other Democrat from Georgia has served a full term in the United States Senate.
Fred Fielding is senior partner and head of Wiley, Rein, & Fielding’s Government Affairs, Business & Finance, Litigation and Crisis Management/White Collar Crime Practices. From 1981-1986, he served as Counsel to the President of the United States, as deputy counsel from 1972-1974 and as Associate Counsel from 1970-1972. He also served as clearance counsel during the Bush-Cheney Presidential Transition. In addition to his public service as White House counsel, Fielding has served as the U.S.-designated arbitrator at the Tribunal on the U.S.-U.K. Air Treaty Dispute (1989-1994), as a member of the president’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform (1989) and as a member of the secretary of transportation’s Task Force on Aviation Disasters, (1997-1998), as well as numerous other commissions. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the District of Columbia Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Federal, First, Third, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits; the U.S. Court of Military Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds an A.B., with honors, from Gettysburg College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.
QUOTE: “The last eight years have created a lot of deep-seated hostility. People take political decisions very personally, and today there is a constant, ongoing attack, with one side or the other being maligned.” Fred F. Fielding
Jamie S. Gorelick is an American lawyer who served as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 1994 to 1997, during the Clinton administration. She has been a partner at WilmerHale since 2003 and has served as on the board of directors of Amazon since February 2012. Gorelick served on British Petroleum’s Advisory Council, as their top legal counsel after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She was appointed by former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle to serve as a commissioner on the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, which sought to investigate the circumstances leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and also served as Vice Chairman of Fannie Mae
‘NORAD provided us and the public with a highly erroneous history of what happened …’ //www.knkx.org/post/slade-gorton-says-911-commission-got-facts
On Sept. 11, 2001, former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton was at a conference in Leavenworth, Wash. He’d gone out for an early morning run when he got word a plane had flown into the World Trade Center in New York. He drove home to Seattle over a Steven’s Pass, which had almost no traffic on it, trying to absorb the news of the attacks.
Gorton was later tapped to serve on the 9/11 Commission by President George Bush. He considers the work he did some of the most important of his life.
Gorton, reflecting on the work of the 9-11 Commission (officially known as The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States) says the lasting impact will be the “objective history” the Commission provided.
“We decided implicitly from the very beginning that if we couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on the past, we were going to be a failure. And the way to reach a unanimous decision was not to express opinions. So we wrote a totally factual history. Now, you can read the report and say someone screwed up, it was Bush’s fault, it was Clinton’s fault, but we didn’t say that.”
Gorton says this was particularly important because there was a lot of inaccurate information being disseminated.
“NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) provided us and the public with a highly erroneous history of what happened and the order in which it happened. It took us quite a time to dig it out,” Gorton said.
Gorton says the political nature of the Commission – half Republican appointees, half Democrat – was criticized by the families of the 9/11 victims. But, he says, after the report came out they were the Commission’s strongest supporters, successfully pushing Congress to enact many of the Commission recommendations.
John Francis Lehman Jr. is an American investment banker and writer who served as Secretary of the Navy in the Ronald Reagan administration where he promoted the creation of a 600-ship Navy. From 2003 to 2004 he was a member of the 9/11 Commission. Lehman currently serves on the National Security Advisory Council for the Center for Security Policy, and on the board of trustees for the think tank Foreign Policy Research Institute. Lehman was also a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly called the 9/11 Commission, and has signed some policy letters produced by the Project for the New American Century. He also served as an advisor to Sen. John McCain for the 2008 presidential race, and for Mitt Romney in his 2012 bid.
Timothy John Roemer is an American diplomat and politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2003 as a Democrat from Indiana’s 3rd congressional district. Subsequently, he was the president of the Center for National Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based national security think tank. He served as U.S. Ambassador to India from 2009 to 2011. Roemer currently serves on the advisory board of Washington, D.C. based non-profit America Abroad Media.
James Robert Thompson Jr., also known as Big Jim Thompson, was the 37th and longest-serving governor of the US state of Illinois, serving from 1977 to 1991. A Republican, Thompson was elected to four consecutive terms and held the office for 14 years. Many years after leaving public office, he served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States