9/11 commission: Why does Gorelick get a free pass?

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    Bush must testify, as do Clinton, Gore, Cheney, Rice, Tenet, Freeh... Why does Gorelick get a free pass? I thought they claimed from the beginning that they wanted ALL the truth?

    Panel refuses to call Gorelick to testify publicly

    The September 11 commission rebuffed a request from Republican senators that panelist Jamie S. Gorelick testify publicly about her handling of U.S. counterterrorism efforts as President Clinton's deputy attorney general.

    She will not testify because she was not on the original witness list drawn up by the commission and because no other deputy-level officials have been asked to testify, a commission spokesman said.

    "We wanted to treat everybody fairly," spokesman Al Felzenberg said late Friday. "She's not going to be singled out."

    Commissioners replied in a letter Friday evening to Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican, and the 10 others who had requested that Ms. Gorelick testify in public.

    "We welcome their help," said Mr. Felzenberg, who declined to give any details of the commission's letter other than to say Ms. Gorelick won't testify. "We welcome their suggestions."

    The decision rankled Republicans who say Ms. Gorelick should testify because she played such an integral role in setting U.S. counterterrorism policy during the Clinton years, especially regarding the "wall" that kept intelligence and law-enforcement agencies from openly working together to thwart terrorism.

    "The commission is either interested in the whole truth or it is not," said Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican who signed Thursday's letter to the commission asking that Ms. Gorelick testify in public.

    "By refusing to require this key testimony, the commission administers a self-inflicted wound, which further puts its judgment and impartiality in doubt," he said.


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    And here is why she should be testifying:

    Gorelick Memo Allegedly Impeded Probe of Clinton Fundraising Scandal

    (CNSNews.com) - A senior U.S. government official has told CNSNews.com that the 1995 memo written by former Assistant Attorney General Jamie Gorelick and currently at issue in the 9/11 Commission's investigation of U.S. intelligence failures, also created "a roadblock" to the probe of the 1996 Clinton re-election campaign fundraising scandal.

    The memo's relevance in the investigation of the fundraising scandal has received scant attention in the media, but four different sources, including the government official, have explained and corroborated details of the connection for CNSNews.com.

    The CNSNews.com sources question whether the guidelines purportedly put in place by Gorelick in 1995 for Justice Department investigations were actually intended to shield President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and top Democratic campaign fundraisers from the subsequent congressional investigations of the illegal fundraising activities.

    However, there appears to be no evidence at this point that the Gorelick memo was written for that express purpose.

    Because the memo created a barrier for U.S. intelligence agencies to share information with the FBI, one of its unintended consequences may have been to prevent the FBI from receiving the necessary intelligence to stop the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the worst in American history.

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    Bump Jim's post, most on target for mine. Lots of links:

    http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/005194.php
     
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    http://corner.nationalreview.com/05_08_14_corner-archive.asp#072959

    Links at page

     
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    Here's another interesting article about Able Danger which gives more information about Atta and his Iraq connection. I'm going to be very disappointed in the Bush Administration if they let this national scandal fall through the cracks.

    Able Danger — Now They Tell Us
    By Jack Kelly for Jewish World Review
    August 15, 2005

    The report of the 9/11 Commission, once a best seller and hailed by the news media as the definitive word on the subject, must now be moved to the fiction shelves.

    The Commission concluded, you'll recall, that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon couldn't have been prevented, and that if there was negligence, it was as much the fault of the Bush administration (for moving slowly on the recommendations of Clinton counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke) than of the Clinton administration. Able Danger has changed all of that.

    Able Danger was a military intelligence unit set up by Special Operations Command in 1999. A year before the 9/11 attacks, Able Danger identified hijack leader Mohammed Atta and the other members of his cell. But Clinton administration officials stopped them — three times — from sharing this information with the FBI.

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    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0805/jkelly.php3
     
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    Hope this helps, there's numerous links-be sure to note the highlighted!:

    http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/005232.php

     
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    Thanks. If it weren't for the digging being done by Fox and the bloggers, we'd have no information on this story at all. I suspect Clinton and Sandy Berger knew one hell of a lot about Able Danger which was why Berger made a trip to the National Archives and "absent mindedly" removed the tell-tell materials.
     
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    http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/51981.htm
     
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    There needs to be some thorough investigating into this. Do you remember when Clinton would get on TV following each terrorist attack against American property or Americans during his terms as president and say that the perpetrators would be hunted down and brought to justice and NOTHING ever came of it? Well, now we're beginning to learn why. He built up walls so that nothing could be done, and he wouldn't have to deal with it. How Mary Jo White and her staff could have keep their mouths shut about all this at the time it was going on is beyond me.
     
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    As I said before, on this thread or another, they didn't keep their mouths shut. I read about the wall. Jimnyc posted on it back in April 2004.
     

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