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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-02-06 07:06 AM
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40. Kissinger Commission
It is very useful to read the first paragraphs in the link as well since it clearly explains the Philip Zelikow/ Condoleeza Rice/ Kean Commission as well who later became known as the 9/11 Omission.


The Kissinger Commission

"When we first envisioned this commission, we did not envision it made up of ex-senators and ex-Navy secretaries and all of this other stuff," says Beverly Eckert of the Family Steering Committee. "We thought it should be professors and writers, scholars and also people who are involved in the news, but not necessarily a part of it. These people are all a part of it. In many ways the government is part of the problem."

By a hair's breadth, what we know now as the Kean Commission almost went down in history as the "Kissinger Commission." Soon after assenting to an independent investigation, George W. Bush kicked it off in Nov. 2002 by appointing Henry Kissinger to chair the panel.

Two weeks later, Kissinger declined the appointment. The families and a few of the legislators designing the commission had asked him to rule out possible conflicts of interest involving his consulting firm, Kissinger Associates. Kissinger refused to name his clients, even confidentially. In a letter to Bush, he opined that service to country would ruin his business.

During the two weeks of Kissinger's appointment, the Internet and alternative press buzzed at the thought of a 9/11 investigation headed by Richard Nixon's former secretary of state, a known practitioner of the strategic lie. Kissinger remains an elder adviser to many of the key people in the administration and U.S. defense establishment, especially the neoconservative group at the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld. He is under investigation in several countries for alleged involvement in Nixon-era crimes against humanity in Chile, Indochina and elsewhere. During a Paris hotel stay in 2001, he received a surprise visit for questioning by a French magistrate, and had to quietly slip out of the country.

The failed Kissinger appointment was a global public relations disaster, but perhaps the administration felt it needed a cover-up artist of his caliber. Soon after his departure, the job of heading the 9/11 Commission went to Kean, a less controversial figure who was more willing to reveal his business connections. One of these is worthy of a brief detour.

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