Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Shhh! Don't Mention This One!

(Written in a very quiet voice): The CIA names names in its new report about 9/11. It tells who actually should be blamed for failing to take proper action to prevent this mass murder. Isn't that interesting?(End quiet voice.)

The problem is that the report will not be published before the presidential elections in the United States:

It is shocking: The Bush administration is suppressing a CIA report on 9/11 until after the election, and this one names names. Although the report by the inspector general's office of the CIA was completed in June, it has not been made available to the congressional intelligence committees that mandated the study almost two years ago.

Why is nobody allowed to see this document? Could it be that national security would be threatened by all its revelations? Nah:

By law, the only legitimate reason the CIA director has for holding back such a report is national security. Yet neither Goss nor McLaughlin has invoked national security as an explanation for not delivering the report to Congress.

"It surely does not involve issues of national security," said the intelligence official.

"The agency directorate is basically sitting on the report until after the election," the official continued. "No previous director of CIA has ever tried to stop the inspector general from releasing a report to the Congress, in this case a report requested by Congress."

What to think?