'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Things That No One Could Have Predicted 

A report from the 9/11 commission, blocked from release by the Bush administration for over five months, says that the FAA had "considered the possibility that terrorists would hijack a plane and use it as a weapon," a proposition that Condoleezza Rice very publically claimed "no one could have predicted," and she even discussed this claim under oath.

Tim Grieve in Salon's War Room
speculates about the timing of the release of the new report:

The Times says that the Bush administration "blocked" the public release of the newly disclosed 9/11 Commission for "more than five months" -- against the wishes of 9/11 Commissioner members -- but finally "provided both the classified report and a declassified, 120-page version to the National Archives two weeks ago."

Two weeks ago? Two weeks ago would be 'round about Jan. 27, and Jan. 27 would be the day after the U.S. Senate confirmed Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state. Maybe the timing is a coincidence, and we certainly wouldn't want to suggest otherwise. That might amount to "impugning" Rice's "integrity" and "credibility." And that would be wrong, wouldn't it?

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