December 17, 2003

911 Was Not Something That Had to Happen

Via Kevin Drum:

Calpundit: 9/11 Was "Not Something That Had To Happen": For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented, reports CBS News Correspondent Randall Pinkston. "This is a very, very important part of history and we've got to tell it right," said Thomas Kean. "As you read the report, you're going to have a pretty clear idea what wasn't done and what should have been done," he said. "This was not something that had to happen."

Appointed by the Bush administration, Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, is now pointing fingers inside the administration and laying blame. "There are people that, if I was doing the job, would certainly not be in the position they were in at that time because they failed. They simply failed," Kean said.... Kean promises major revelations in public testimony beginning next month from top officials in the FBI, CIA, Defense Department, National Security Agency and, maybe, President Bush and former President Clinton.

Posted by DeLong at December 17, 2003 07:19 PM | TrackBack


The report is here. Long download time requires fast connection speed 5.5 mb pdf

Mostly they hit FBI and CIA, also the military. A lot of the story agrees with Benjamin and Simon's "Age of Sacred Terror".

I have not read the whole report. It will take a while.

Posted by: bakho on December 17, 2003 08:48 PM


I believe this is the beginning of the end for the Bush Administration. Bush may retain power by pleading incompetence, but he has lost all moral authority.

Let's hope the national agony is short.

Posted by: Charles on December 17, 2003 11:34 PM


The daily Kos has a long thread about this, too.

Posted by: Kate Gilbert on December 18, 2003 04:02 AM


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