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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

White House Suppressing Another Report

posted by Jazz at 10/19/2004 03:54:00 PM

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Second hat tip of the day to Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast. She is the one who points us to this article by Robert Scheer about a report prepared by the CIA on 9/11, at the request of congress, which is ready for release but being held back by the White House until after the election. Scheer's lede for this is intriguing.

"The Agency is withholding a damning report that points at senior officials"

This will come as no surprise to anyone who follows presidential politics. Bush has suppressed reports on the economy, science, health and the environment. He originally opposed the creation of the 9/11 commission. We know that the shepherd does not like to be questioned by the sheep. What could be so damning in this report?

"What all the other reports on 9/11 did not do is point the finger at individuals, and give the how and what of their responsibility. This report does that," said the intelligence official. "The report found very senior-level officials responsible."

Jill offers some insight on this that is worth snipping out.

"This Administration has forgotten to whom it is accountable, and that's the American people. NO one has been assigned ANY responsibility for the breakdowns that allowed 9/11 to happen, and NOTHING has been done, other than alienating the remaining parts of the Arab world that didn't hate us before, to prevent another attack. And yet this report can't come out before the election?"

I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt that this story is true. Not to depress anyone, however, but I have to ask the following question: What difference will it make? Reports like the recent CIA missive on Iraq have come out before. The Bush response has been uniform in all cases. "They are wrong. I am right." He said that the CIA was "just guessing" about Iraq. If this report comes to light before the election, I can assure you that we will see more of the same. Bush will say that this is the CIA's "opinion" and he "respects the right of everyone to voice their opinions in this great nation" but that they are just wrong.

Then the spin will start. When the aforementioned CIA Iraq report came out, right wing blogs like Power Line and Captain's Quarters immediately ignored everything about the lack of WMDs, the lack of ability to make them, etc. etc. etc. and focused on the French Connection to the oil for food program. Plus, they highlighted sentences that said, in effect, "But he WANTED to have weapons if the sanctions weren't there! Did you HEAR that? He WANTED the weapons!" and declared it an unquestioned validation of Bush's policies. The same will happen with this report.

I understand that there are six voters in Iowa who haven't actually made up their minds who to vote for yet. This report might get them to go for Kerry. For everyone else, they will listen to the pundits who say things they agree with, nod their heads, and vote the way they were going to anyway. Yes, I know that's a depressing analysis, but that's really what I see in today's political landscape.