The notorious twenty-eight pages from the 9/11 Commission’s report are back in the news. Let George Carlin give some advice about the best way to judge the commission’s work.
The 9/11 Commission was a bipartisan body. Larger-than-usual understates the magnitude of the misdirection in the commission’s report, don’t you think? Perhaps President Bush didn’t think he had already done enough to constrain the commission’s ability to do a credible investigation, so he demanded secrecy for a major section of its report as well.
What do you suppose he would have done if the commission’s co-chairs, Thomas Keane and Lee Hamilton, had released that section about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks? Suppose they had published it, manifestly against the president’s will. Would he charged them with espionage, tried them for mishandling classified information, and put them in prison? Keane, Hamilton, congressmen and other prominent individuals have called for release of the twenty-eight-page section of the commission’s report.
If you commission an investigation, shouldn’t you let investigators publish their results? If you prohibit publication of results, what does that tell you about the investigation?