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04-27-2005, 10:29 PM
Progress too slow, say 9/11 panelists


By Mimi Hall, USA TODAY Wed Apr 27, 6:53 AM ET

(Gold9472: They Should Be Locked Up)

Congress and President Bush aren't moving fast enough to protect the nation from terrorist attacks, the leaders of the commission that investigated 9/11 said Tuesday.

Former commission chairman Thomas Kean and co-chairman Lee Hamilton said they are planning a half-dozen hearings in June and July to assess the government's progress in responding to the commission's 567-page report, released last summer. Commission members will issue a "report card" in July.

Kean and Hamilton told reporters and editors at USA TODAY that important recommendations from the report haven't been addressed. Among them are improved efforts to spread American values in the Muslim world and appointing a civil liberties board to monitor the nation's intelligence and security policies.

"We know many of these recommendations are going to be implemented," Kean said. "The question is whether they're going to be implemented before the next attack or after it."

Kean, a Republican former governor of New Jersey, said he is "very, very happy" that Congress and the White House created a national intelligence director post, and he praised the confirmation of former United Nations ambassador John Negroponte to the job.

But he and Hamilton, a Democratic former congressman from Indiana, said Washington has fallen far short in other important areas. Among them:

• Reorganizing Congress to better oversee intelligence and homeland security agencies. Intelligence committees still have no real power because they don't control those agencies' budgets.

• Promoting American values in the Muslim world. Bush recently appointed his longtime adviser Karen Hughes to lead the effort at the State Department, but she's not starting work until the fall.

Kean said the United States is perceived in the Middle East as a military enforcer. "We cannot continue to be the man in the tank - and that's our image in the Arab world," Kean said.

• Making more radio frequencies available so that police, firefighters and other responders will be able to talk to each other during emergencies. Efforts to do so have been bottled up in Congress.

• Appointing a civil liberties board. White House spokeswoman Erin Healy said officials are "actively working to fill the positions" on the board.

For this summer's hearings, Kean and Hamilton won't have the authority to subpoena witnesses, as they did during their 20-month investigation. But they hope to generate enough publicity to pressure members of Congress and the White House to act.

04-27-2005, 10:33 PM
The ability to subpoena witnesses... then why was it a problem for everyone in the Bush Administration to be called to testify?

Who are we to push "American Values" on the Muslim world?

04-27-2005, 10:38 PM
What a sick irony. The organization meant to investigate the cause of all of those deaths, is promoting more death and destruction.

04-27-2005, 10:39 PM
This bothered me a lot when I read it earlier today. Since when have we felt it necessary to "promote American values" to another culture? What gives us that right?

And is it just to certain cultures? It was obvious in the thread that Dubya had no problem with the Saudi's recent election in which women weren't allowed to vote. As he stated:

The "United States respects Saudi Arabia as the birthplace of Islam, one of the world's great religions, and as the symbolic centre of the Islamic faith," Mr. Bush said yesterday.

But "it does not seek to impose its own style of government on the government and people of Saudi Arabia," he added, suggesting that his quest to spread democracy in the Middle East would not reach the desert kingdom soon.

Such hypocrisy. Another thing about this article that I found laughable was the bit about appointing a civil liberties board. Shouldn't that be the responsibility of that nation's government and not ours? Especially at a time when the U.S. is coming under fire for ignoring the Geneva convention and for torturing political prisoners.

American Values... I wonder if they mean the same to the administration as they do to me. I'd love to see their list.

04-27-2005, 10:39 PM

04-27-2005, 10:50 PM
Stay on topic... ;)

04-28-2005, 01:09 AM
WHY? Does anyone ever stay on topic . . . only when the topic starts out as sex!

04-28-2005, 01:30 AM
I'm sorry this is all my brain comprehended.... what is shmoo???

04-28-2005, 02:23 AM
Shmoo is my word . . . it can stand for just about anything . . . im a sociology major . . . so it was more of a protest . . . Promoting American values in the Muslim world . . . ha . . . stupid american politicians!

05-08-2006, 06:18 PM