Tuesday, November 25, 2003

9/11 Panel Gets Tough With City, but Not Bush

The independent commission probing the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has decided to get tough.

Not with George W. Bush, who was commander-in-chief on the morning the United States was attacked and 3,000 Americans were murdered. With Michael Bloomberg, who didn't take office as New York City mayor until three months later.


We now know there were months and months of warnings that terrorists were planning an attack designed to inflict mass casualties. Some were so specific they referred to hijacking airliners for use in a deadly scheme. These warnings are included in the president's "daily brief" from intelligence agencies.

And the president simply refuses to give the briefs to the panel, though each of its 10 members has the proper security clearance.


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