NEWLY POSTED 9/11 ARTICLE 1B.3
Chairs Kean and Hamilton served as the public face of the Commission. Their conflicts of interest should be concern enough, but the real work of the Commission was in the hands of Philip Zelikow, a fact documented by David Ray Griffin, in his book devoted to exposing biases, omissions, and distortions in the Commission: The 9/11 Commission Report; Omissions and Distortions.
... as executive director, Zelikow was in charge of the Commission's staff, and it was these staff members -- not the Commissioners we saw on television -- who did most of the actual work of the Commission. The Commissioners would have carried out their own distinctive work -- their discussions and interviews -- on the basis of the material provided by the staff. Kean and Hamilton refer to this fact in their statement that the "professional staff, headed by Philip Zelikow, ... conducted the exacting investigative work upon which the Commission has built" (xvi-xvii). 6
Griffin enumerates some of Zelikow's many connections to the Bush White House:
|Member of the National Security Council of the Bush I administration|
|Aid to National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft under Bush I|
|Co-Author of book with Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor for Bush II|
|Director of Aspen Strategy Group, to which Rice, Scowcroft, Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz belonged|
|Member of Clinton to Bush II transition team|
|Member of Bush II's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, until being appointed to 9/11 Commission|
Because of the determinative role of Philip Zelikow in the Commission's work, Griffin dubbed the Commission's final report the "Kean-Zelikow Report."
The Final Report
On July 22, 2004, the Commission published its final report, the 9/11 Commission Report, of which we provide a local mirror to remedy deficiencies in the format of the report published on the Commission's website. The Commission closed on August 21, 2004.
The "Omission Commission"
The 9/11 Commission has earned the designation of the "Omission Commission" due to its refusal to even consider the vast body of evidence contradicting the official narrative of the attack. The agenda of the Commission to rubber-stamp the official story, evident in the conduct of its hearings, became crystal-clear with the publication of its final report. Our critique of the Report shows that it has some outright lies and contradictions, but its principal method for avoiding troublesome facts is through omission. In essence the Commission performs the magician's sleight of hand -- diverting attention from the many red flags in the official story by weaving a detailed narrative about the alleged hijackers, terror networks, and breakdowns in systems that were supposed to deal with the threat.
1. Unanswered Questions, pbs.org/now, 3/26/04
2. Thomas Kean named to 9/11 panel, 12/16/2002 [cached]
3. The 9/11 Truth Movement: Widows Lead Growing Effort To Expose What The Government Knew, 2/19/04 [cached]
4. Bush Bribes Max Cleland To Shut Up?, scoop.co.nz, [cached]
5. Richard Ben-Veniste, Partner, mayerbrownrowe.com, [cached]
6. The 9/11 Commission Report; Omissions and Distortions, Olive Branch Press,