Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Feeling safer? Don't

Let's review the timeline:

2001 - 2004: Bush opposes and then obstructs the 9/11 Investigation

July 22, 2004: 9-11 Commission issues its Final Report and calls for quick action on recommendations to prevent future attacks.

July 22, 2004: John Kerry states his support for the panel's recommendations and pledges to convene an Emergency Security Summit if the (outgoing) administration has not made sufficient progress.

July 22, 2004: GOP-controlled US Congress adjourns until September 7 without considering any of the 9-11 Commission Recommendations

August 2, 2004: George Bush endorses the creation of an Intelligence Czar. He does not endorse the commission's 37 other recommendations. During his remarks he also says, "...we're still not safe. We are a nation in danger." He specifically states that there is no need to convene a special session of Congress to act on the commission's recommendations during the summer recess.

August 2, 2004: The media carries a public letter from FBI whistle blower Sibel Edmonds addressing the flaws and ommissions of the 9-11 Commission's report and calling into question its validity.

Are you feeling safer yet?

Update

August 3, 2004: Bush's move draws criticism from members of the commission and his own intelligence agencies. And the White House hints that it might yet change its plans. [When Karl Rove gets his latest poll results back?]
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