9/11 Panel Background
National Security Advisor Condaleeza Rice will testify before the 9/11 commision, under oath and in public.
The commission quickly agreed to the White House demands, including that it not seek additional public testimony from any White House official.
Mr Cheney and Mr Bush will talk with the panel in private. Unsworn.
The Centre for Research on Globalisation has a fact filled paper by Michel Chossudovsky entitled "Who's Who on the 9/11 "Independent" Commission" that will give you a sense just how "independent" the questioning panel isn't.
Knowing that Philipo Zelikow wrote a book with Ms Rice seems pretty darn important. That Thomas Kean had business ties to Osama's brother-in-law (as has George Bush, filtered through his buddy James Bath who coincidently lost his ability to fly for the Texas Air National Guard a month later than his buddy George), Khalid bin Mahfouz seems important. Have you heard any of this on the evening news?
a 1999 audit conducted by the Saudi government that reportedly discovered that the bin Mahfouz family's National Commercial Bank had transferred at least $ 3 million to charitable organizations believed to be fronts for bin Laden's terror network.
You really need to spend a moment looking at the links to get a fuller picture. A piece of paper and a pen will help you keep track of the players and companies involved.
Along with another Kean Hess-Delta business partner, Mohammed Hussein al Amoudi, bin Mahfouz is being sued by 9/11 families for the WTC attack. James Baker is representing them against the lawsuit brought by the victims families.
Check out the connections. The panel steers the inquiry on the basis of the questions asked. And not asked. Consider these connections when you reflect on Mr Bush and Mr Cheney talking to the panel unsworn, in private.
I mentioned some odd coincidences yesterday concern what else was going on in America at the time 9/11 unfolded.
Like everyone else in the United States, the group stood transfixed as the events of September 11 unfolded. Present were former secretary of defense Frank Carlucci, former secretary of state James Baker III, and representatives of the bin Laden family. This was not some underground presidential bunker or Central Intelligence Agency interrogation room. It was the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., the plush setting for the annual investor conference of one of the most powerful, well-connected, and secretive companies in the world: the Carlyle Group.