Book: Sept. 11 Panel Doubted Officials

Dear Everyone;

The news about the 9/11 Commission and its investigation keeps getting worse and worse - the panel states it got so frustrated it considered an investigation into outright deception.

Ron Getty
SF Libertarian

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/04/AR2006080401026.html

9/11 Commission Conflicts of Interest Were Unbelievably Profound

The Commission Was Stacked Like A Deck of Cards

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0307/S00148.htm

The "Independent" Commission

The existence of an "independent" Commission requires that its members are
free of "conflict of interest". Namely that:

1. The Commission is free of encroachments emanating from the Executive
Branch and/or from the various agencies of government which are supposedly
being investigated.

2. Commissioners as well as members of staff do not have personal (or other)
ties to senior Bush officials or senior officers in key government agencies,
which are supposedly being investigated by the Commission.

3. Members of the Commission have no links of any kind, business or
otherwise, to the alleged perpetrators or "financiers" of 9/11, including
the bin Laden family.

A review of the Commission's membership suggests that none of these three
conditions were met. In fact, the Commission was grossly marred by an
enormous number of conflicts of interest. It operated in a cozy bi-partisan
inter-agency environment, which included various factions within the
Administration, the U.S. Congress, the CIA, Homeland Security, etc.

Commission members were carefully handpicked. Not only were the White House
and the National Security Council "represented" (unofficially of course),
key government agencies including the CIA and Homeland Security also had
their "seats" on the Commission.

Several members of the Commission served in the Reagan and Bush Senior
administrations. Many Commissioners were known to be involved in scandals
themselves, and thereby compromised by their own guilt in other affairs.
Many of the Commissioners had links to the Iran Contra officials of the
Reagan administration. Needless to say, several of those Iran Contra
officials now hold high office in the current Bush administration.

The conflicts of interest among the Commissioners was so profound as to be
almost unbelievable. After reviewing the conflicts of interest below, it
will be clear how ludicrous it would be for anyone to consider this
Commission to be "independent." It appears that virtually every member was
specially selected to be a person who would have strong incentives to make
sure that the Commission would not investigate any areas that might lead to
serious wrongdoing on the part of the government.

The Commission, given its membership of political upper crust people with
huge conflicts of interest, ignored most of the key questions asked about
9/11 by the 9/11 widows.

Philip D. Zelikow - Executive Director - The Key Executive Position

Philip D. Zelikow held the key executive position on the Commission and had
the most power over what the Commission actually did. Zelikow was
responsible for the day to day operations of the 9/11 Commission, including
the recruitment of staff and the coordination of research. He directed each
staff member working for the Commission. Zelikow determined what areas
would and would not be investigated, what evidence would and would not be
looked at, and which witnesses would and would not be called to give
testimony before the Commission.

Zelikow had unbelievably close personal and ideological ties to the White
House, its inner cabinet, and its top officials.

It is also notable that Zelikow's academic specialization is in the creation
and maintenance of "public myths."

(Zelikow defines "public myths" as being "beliefs (1) thought to be true
(although not necessarily known to be true with certainty), and (2) shared
in common within the relevant political community." The dictionary
defnitions of "myth" include: 1. A fiction or half-truth, especially one
that forms part of an ideology. 2. A fictitious story. )

Just for the fun of it, see if you can figure out one logical reason why the
Bush administration would appoint to the most powerful position on an
investigatory commission a person who had a self-described and renowned
expertise in the field of creating and maintaining false, fictitious
political myths which form part of an ideology.

Other Conflicts of interest:

Zelikow was member of the Bush-Cheney transition team.

Zelikow was and is also part of the president's intelligence team. Two days
before the beginning of the war on Afghanistan, Zelikow was appointed to the
G.W. Bush's President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), chaired
by General (ret.) Brent Scowcroft on October 5th, 2001, one day before the
beginning of the bombing of Afghanistan. The PFIAB has the mandate to
"provide advice to the President concerning the quality and adequacy of
intelligence collection, of analysis and estimates, of counterintelligence,
and of other intelligence activities".

Zelikow has a close professional relationship with Condoleezza Rice, with
whom he had collaborated for 10 years prior to his appointment on the
Commission. He is the co-author of a book with Condoleezza Rice. There are
indications that Condoleezza Rice had withheld crucial information linking
senior Bush Administration officials to the former head of Pakistan's
military intelligence (ISI), General Mahmoud Ahmad. According to the FBI, in
a September 2001 report, ISI Chief General Mahmoud allegedly played a role
in transferring money to the 9/11 terrorists.

Zelikow's ideological and personal closeness to the Bush administration is
shown by one more fact. Zelikow was the primary author of the Bush
administration's National Security Strategy statement of 2002, also known as
the "Bush Doctrine," in which the unprecedented doctrine of preemptive
warfare was enunciated and justified. Zelikow's very bellicose document
used 9/11 to justify the administration's so-called "War on Terror". Max
Boot described it as a "quintessentially neo-conservative document."

We can understand, therefore, why the Commission, under Zelikow's
leadership, would have ignored all evidence that would point to wrongdoing
in the White House. An unnamed source on the Commission staff told author
Peter Lance, "Zelikow is calling the shots. He's skewing the investigation
and running it his own way." (Peter Lance, Cover Up, p. 140). From all
accounts it appears Zelikow and his staff had plenty of opportunities to
cover up, ignore, de-emphasize or steer clear of information that would be
embarrassing or incriminating to the White House.

Chairman Thomas Kean - Chairman of the Commission

Conflicts of interest: Both the Commission Chairman Thomas Kean as well as
Daniel Marcus, Legal Counsel to the Commission, had links to individuals
closely linked to the bin Laden family. Kean had business ties with the
"alleged financiers" of 9/11, who,
<http://www.nationalreview.com/mowbray/mowbray122002.asp> according to the
lawsuit launched by the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks are
Khalid bin Mahfouz and M. Hussein Al Amoudi. Both are billionaire Saudi
Arabians who have been tagged in the lawsuit as the alleged "financiers" of
Al Qaeda. Mahfouz is also alleged to have a familial relationship with
Osama bin Laden, and alleged ties to G.W. Bush. Kean was also director of
oil giant Amerada Hess, a company which was a partner with Delta Oil of
Saudi Arabia. Since Saudi Arabia was the home country for most of alleged
9/11 terrorists, and since Saudis have been alleged financiers of 9/11, and
since the Bush family has close business ties to Saudi elites, Kean's Saudi
connection would be another serious conflict of interest. Kean was also
co-chairman of Homeland Security Project, and a member of the Commission on
Foreign Relations, which plays a behind the scenes role in the formulation
of US foreign policy and intelligence operations.

Daniel Marcus - General Counsel

Conflict of Interest: Daniel Marcus' law firm provided legal counsel to one
of the alleged financiers of 9/11: Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed al Faisal.
Faisal was identified as one of the top three alleged "financiers" of the
9/11 attacks listed in a 1 trillion dollar lawsuit by victims' family
members. Confirmed by CBS "
<http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/08/15/attack/main518849.shtml> Those
listed include Prince Mohammed al-Faisal, former intelligence chief Prince
Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan, Khalid bin Salim bin
Mahfouz of the National Commercial Bank and the Faisal Islamic Bank. "
Marcus also had links to individuals closely linked to the bin Laden family.

The CIA also had its "Seat" on the Commission - Jamie S. Gorelick -
Commissioner

Another prominent member of this "Independent" Commission was Jamie S.
Gorelick. This was the CIA's "Seat" on the Commission.

Conflicts of interest: Current and former partner of a law firm
representing one of the alleged financiers of 9/11: Saudi Arabian Prince
Mohammed al Faisal against the August 2002 lawsuit by victims' families
against several Saudi princes and banks. Jamie S. Gorelick serves on the
CIA's National Security Advisory Panel as well as the President's Review of
Intelligence. Also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, which plays
a behind the scenes role in the formulation of US foreign policy and
intelligence operations. Gorelick has a close personal relationship to CIA
Director George Tenet. CIA Director George Tenet is one of the architects
of the "war on terrorism." Clearly this was a CIA appointment to the
Commission. Gorelick position on the Commission helped make sure that the
CIA's undercover operations in support of international terrorism would
never be investigated (see Michel Chossudovsky,
<http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO109C.html> Who is Osama bin Laden,
12 September 2001).

Lee H. Hamilton - Vice Chair

Conflicts of interest:

Hamilton has been connected to a number of key agencies. He serves on an
advisory board to the Association of the United States Army, the President's
Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Secretary of Defense's National
Security Study Group and the CIA Economic Intelligence Advisory Panel.

As member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and
chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions
with Iran (the Iran-Contra Affair), he was instrumental the indictment of
the designated fall guys, Reagan National Security adviser John Pointdexter1
as well as Colonel Oliver North and Richard Secord. On the other hand, his
committee failed to investigate the roles of other Reagan officials. Neither
President Reagan nor Vice President Bush were investigated, nor were
<http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO303D.html> Colin Powell and
Richard Armitage, who are now part of the current Bush II Administration.

Lee H. Hamilton brought to the Commission the "damage control" procedures
followed during the Iran Contra investigation, which broadly served to
uphold the practices of US foreign policy, and prevented any top-ranking
officials from being investigated or held accountable.

Hamilton is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which plays a
behind the scenes role in the formulation of US foreign policy and
intelligence operations. He was also the former chairman of the House
Foreign Affairs Committee.

Richard Ben-Veniste - Commissioner

Conflict of interest: Legally represented Boeing and United Airlines.
Partner in the law firm which represented the insurance beneficiaries of the
court-ordered multi-million dollar payout for the World Trade Center
destruction. Richard Ben-Veniste's law firm also played a key role in the
Enron scandal. According to the NY Post, his law firm "famously received a
$3 million retainer from Enron when the energy company filed in 2001. When
all is said and done the law firm [specializing in bankruptcy] expects to
squeeze more than $200 million out of the bankrupt energy company in fees
that are secured by a court." A huge amount of SEC evidence and legal
documents related to the SEC investigation of the Enron scandal were stored
in the SEC office in WTC Building 7, and these records were destroyed on
9/11/01 at 5:20pm when WTC Building 7, which was never hit by an airplane,
mysteriously collapsed straight downward onto its own footprint at near
free-fall speed. ( <http://www.nypost.com/wealth/63212.htm>
http://www.nypost.com/wealth/63212.htm .)

Fred F. Fielding - Commissioner

Conflict of interest: Legally represented United Airlines. A former White
House Counsel during the Reagan administration at the time of the Iran
Contra scandal, closely connected through personal ties to several members
of the current Bush team. He was also counsel during the Bush-Cheney
presidential transition. He also worked for John Dean as White House
counsel to Nixon - "Deep Throat" of Watergate fame, avoided prison time.

Slade Gorton - Commissioner

Conflict of interest: Served two years on the Senate Intelligence
Committee. Close personal friendship with Republican Congressional leader
Trent Lott. Legally represented Delta Airlines.

John F. Lehman - Commissioner

Conflict of interest: Lehman is a former Secretary of the Navy under the
Reagan administration, with close personal ties to members of the current
Bush administration. Lehman is a member of Council on Foreign Relations
(CFR), which plays a behind the scenes role in the formulation of US foreign
policy and intelligence operations. He has close personal ties to Henry
Kissinger, who recruited him during the Nixon administration. Had been
disgraced in a number of scandals, including Tailhook, making him a
politically compromised individual.

Timothy J. Roemer - Commissioner

Conflict of interest: Legally represented Boeing and Lockheed-Martin.
Roemer is a former member of the Intelligence Committee's Task Force on
Homeland Security and Terrorism and the Joint Inquiry of the Senate and
House, Roemer is a go-between the Commission, Homeland Security and the
members of the intelligence committees of the House and Senate. He has ties
to Rep. Porter Goss and Senator Bob Graham, who are members of Congressional
intelligence committees.
<http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO206A.html> Graham and Goss have
suspicious links to former Pakistani (ISI) Intelligence Chief General
Mahmoud Ahmad. Pakistan's ISI is known to support Islamic terrorism in
liaison with the CIA.

James R. Thompson - Commissioner

Conflict of interest: Chairman of large law firm whose clients have
included American Airlines, Boeing, and a number of WTC tenants. Also had
represented United Airlines. His law firm specializes in "defending
corporations and individuals accused of wrongdoing."

Bob Kerrey - Commissioner

Conflict of interest: Vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence.
A New York Times article reported that at least 13 civilians were killed in
1969 in a Vietnamese village by a Navy SEAL team led by Bob Kerrey, making
him a politically compromised individual.

Senator Max Cleland - Commissioner

Conflict of interest: Had received $300,000 from the airlines industry.
Eventually, Senator Max Cleland resigned from the Commission in disgust,
publicly calling the Commission a "scam."

Representation" on the Commission:

Pentagon John F. Lehman. CIA Jamie S. Gorelick. Homeland Security,
Timothy J. Roemer. White House and NSC, Fred F. Fielding and Philip
Zelikow. Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Timothy J. Roemer.
Council on Foreign Relations, Thomas Kean, Lee H. Hamilton, Jamie S.
Gorelick, John F. Lehman. Henry Kissinger: John F. Lehman.

Other Comments:

Given the makeup of the Commission, it should be no surprise that it did not
investigate the Pentagon, the White House, the CIA, or any other top levels
of government.

The Commission's hidden agenda was cover-up and "damage control". Its
objective was not to inform but to distract public opinion, from the real
issues by churning out piles of irrelevant intelligence.

Footnote:

1. John Poindexter, who is a convicted felon, having been found guilty of
felony crimes involving the Iran-Contra affair, was and still is serving in
the Bush II administration in a top position in intelligence.

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CBS Evening News, March 5, 2003, "Conflicts Of Interest On Sept. 11 Panel?"
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/03/05/eveningnews/main542868.shtml

. a serious allegation: that the Sept. 11 commission is stacked with members
tied directly to the airline industry.

.we pick a bunch of people who are connected to the very people who are at
the center of the question of who's at fault," says Terry Brunner, a former
federal prosecutor.. "It's ridiculous."

Brunner.discovered that out of 10 [commissioners], at least six represent
the very companies they're now investigating.

He says they are: "Fred Fielding, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines; Slade
Gordon represents Delta Airlines; Sen. Max Cleland - $300,000 from the
airline industry; Jim Thompson represents American Airlines [and once
represented United Airlines]; Richard Ben-Vinesta represents Boeing and
United Airlines; and Rep. Tim Roemer - Boeing and Lockheed Martin."

."They're all up to here, with either being connected to the airlines or to
the manufacturer of the airplane," says Brunner.

....

One other fact worth noting: Nobody from the 9/11 Commission or from the
Bush administration has been willing to engage in any public discussion of
the truth of the 9/11 Commission Report or any of the other government
reports about 9/11.

.....

After learning about the conflicts of interest on this commission, would you
consider it "independent" of the White House, the Bush Administration, and
the military and intelligence agencies of the U.S.?

After learning about the conflicts of interest on this commission, would you
trust it without any doubt to honestly investigate and report on any
wrongdoing of the White House, the Bush Administration, or the military or
intelligence agencies of the U.S.?

Learn the truth at www.911research.wtc7.net
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