The co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission (Thomas Keane and Lee Hamilton)
that the CIA (and likely the White House) "obstructed our investigation".
The co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission also said that the
9/11 Commissioners knew that military officials misrepresented the
facts to the Commission, and the Commission considered recommending
criminal charges for such false statements, yet didn't bother
to tell the American people (free subscription required).
Indeed, the co-chairs of the Commission now admit that the
Commission largely operated based upon political considerations.
Commission co-chair Lee Hamilton says "I
don't believe for a minute we got everything right", that the Commission
was set up to fail, that people should keep asking questions about 9/11,
that the 9/11 debate should continue, and that the 9/11 Commission report
was only "the first draft" of history.
Commissioner Bob Kerrey said that "There
are ample reasons to suspect that there may be some alternative to what
we outlined in our version . . . We didn't have access . . . ."
Commissioner Timothy Roemer said
"We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were getting"
9/11 Commissioner Max Cleland resigned from the Commission, stating:
is a national scandal"; "This
investigation is now compromised"; and "One
of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue
is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up".
Commissioner John Lehman said that “We
purposely put together a staff that had – in a way - conflicts
Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission (John Farmer) who led the 9/11
staff's inquiry, said "I
was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described
.... The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told
to us and the public for two years.... This is not spin. This is not