[Marxism] 9/11 Becoming Presidential Campaign Issue

Sander Hicks sealove at sanderhicks.com
Mon Mar 8 07:38:26 MST 2004

Kerry: Bush Blocking 9-11, Iraq Investigations
By Staff and Wire Reports
Mar 8, 2004, 03:04

  John Kerry on Sunday accused President Bush of "stonewalling" 
separate inquiries into the events leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, 
terrorists attacks, as well as into the intelligence that suggested 
Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, endorsed 
complaints by some members of a federal commission investigating the 
attacks that Bush was resisting their efforts to get documents and 
question witnesses.

"Why is this administration stonewalling and resisting the 
investigation into what happened and why we had the greatest security 
failure in the history of our country?" Kerry said at a hastily 
arranged news conference.

"The American people deserve an answer now," Kerry said. "The 
immediate instinct of the Republicans and this administration was to 
shut it down."

"This is another inaccurate attack by John Kerry," responded Bush 
campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel. "President Bush and his 
administration have provided extraordinary cooperation and 
unprecedented access" to the commission. He said it has provided more 
than 2 million pages of documents and other materials such as 
computer disks and tape recordings, in addition to providing 
extensive briefings and submitting to more than 560 interviews.

"As the chairman of the commission said, not a single person has 
refused to be interviewed," said Stanzel. He accused Kerry of "trying 
to distract voters from realizing that his plans would make us 
uncertain in the face of danger."

Bush has made clear that he will use his leadership after the Sept. 
11 attacks in arguing his case for a second term. He began running 
campaign commercials last week that include images of the destruction 
at the World Trade Center.

Kerry, who is moving to challenge Bush on that front, said the public 
deserves an answer as soon as possible about what went wrong leading 
up to the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, 
Washington and Pennsylvania.

"Nothing could be more important to the American people at this 
moment," he said. "They need to know why we had such a failure of 

He also argued that Bush has pushed a report on potential 
intelligence failures back until 2005, "which just happens 
coincidentally to not be an election year."

Last month, Bush named a commission to "figure out why" inspectors 
haven't found the weapons that intelligence experts said Saddam was 
hiding in Iraq. He told the panel to report back by the end of March 

By blocking access to information needed for one investigation and 
delaying the results of another, Kerry said Bush was trying to cover 
for political purposes any potential failures by his administration.

"They want to get it out of the way as fast as they can so the memory 
of Americans might be shorter," said Kerry.

At the news conference, Kerry also said he had spoken and planned to 
meet with vanquished presidential rivals John Edwards and Howard 
Dean. Aides said they anticipated arranging a session with Dean this 
week, likely in Washington.

"I look forward to meeting with him," Kerry said. "We're going to 
discuss winning the presidency of the United States."

The meeting is potentially important because the former Vermont 
governor built a large fund-raising network on the Internet, and his 
list of potential donors could be very valuable as Kerry seeks to 
match Bush's fund-raising prowess.

In addition, Kerry said he will ask advisers and allies to travel to 
Iraq to prepare an independent assessment of the situation there. 
Kerry said he hadn't ruled out going himself, but "that's not on the 
front burner."

"I don't want any sense of politicization in that regard," said Kerry.

Kerry spoke during a four-day campaign swing through the South, and 
compared his campaign struggles to those of the civil rights movement 
on an important anniversary.

At a predominantly black church, he told supporters to brace for a 
wave of criticism from Bush's well-funded re-election campaign, much 
as civil rights marchers fought against entrenched opposition.

Kerry spoke on the 39th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" clash in 
Selma, Ala., when state troopers used tear gas and billy clubs 
against activists marching over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Scenes from 
that episode galvanized the civil rights movement and within five 
months the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed.

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