As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we depend almost entirely on donations from people like you.
We really need your help to continue this work! Please consider making a donation.
Subscribe here and join over 13,000 subscribers to our free weekly newsletter

9/11 Cover-up Document

AP Website Requires Payment to View Article
Free Copy Given Below

This is one of the documents on the 9/11 summary for which the media website requires payment. You must pay a small fee by credit card on line in order to be able to download this document from the Associated Press website. Go to:

Click on "advanced search". Type "Thomas Kean." Then select the date as 12/17/02 in both date boxes and click on the Search button. We provide a free copy of the article below.

New chairman of 9-11 commission promises thorough investigation
KEN GUGGENHEIM; Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, new chairman of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, promised a bipartisan and thorough investigation to determine why the attacks weren't prevented.

President Bush appointed Kean on Monday, turning to a moderate Republican with a record of cooperation with Democrats to replace Henry Kissinger as chairman of the 10-member National Commission on Terrorist Attacks.

Also Monday, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott filled the panel's last member with John Lehman, Navy secretary during the Reagan administration.

Kissinger, secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford, resigned Friday because of criticism over possible conflicts of interest that he said would have forced him to give up his consulting firm.

Relatives of Sept. 11 victims said their support of Kean and his panel will depend on its political independence and whether commissioners have business conflicts that could affect their work.

The commission, comprising five Democrats and five Republicans, will investigate issues related to the attacks, including intelligence, aviation security and immigration. It is expected to begin work next month.

Kean, 67, is president of Drew University in Madison, N.J., about 30 miles from New York City. He was New Jersey's governor from 1982 to 1990.

At a news conference, Kean said he learned of the appointment Sunday night. "I feel like a ton of bricks fell on me," he said.

"The only instructions I got from the White House is to do the best job I could and to be bipartisan," he said.

In a statement, Bush praised Kean's "integrity, fairness and good judgment" and said: "It is important that we uncover every detail and learn every lesson of Sept. 11."

Victims' relatives and some lawmakers have been skeptical about Bush's commitment to the investigation. Bush initially opposed the panel and later insisted on limitations to its subpoena authority. Both sides accused the other of trying to manipulate the panel for political purposes. The final report is due less than six months before the 2004 elections.

Stephen Push of the advocacy group Families of September 11, said he was optimistic about the panel's independence. But he and other leaders of Sept. 11 organizations said they wanted to learn more about the commissioners' business dealings.

"Let's make sure everybody passes the conflicts test," said Kristen Breitweiser, a leader of September 11 Advocates.

Breitweiser's husband, Ronald, a senior vice president of Fiduciary Trust International, was among 87 employees of the financial company who died at the World Trade Center. Kean has long served as a director of Fiduciary Trust.

Kean also served on the board of Aramark Corp., which manages food and support services at office buildings and other facilities. Aramark ran the food court on top of 2 World Trade Center as well as concessions and tours of the observation deck. Several of its employees died in the tower.

Besides Kissinger, the panel's original vice chairman, former Sen. George Mitchell, also resigned last week, partly because of objections raised about potential conflicts. Mitchell was replaced by former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind.

Kean said he does not see any potential conflicts of interest and will make any financial disclosure required.

He said the commission will be an opportunity for the country to draw together.

"I lost a number of good friends on 9-11. So did a lot of us in this area," he said. "At this point in time the country needs to come together."

Kean is a moderate Republican, liberal on many social issues, who has often been comfortable working with Democrats. He wrote a 1988 book titled "Politics of Inclusion."


On the Net: Legislation to establish commission:

Keywords: Washington

© The Associated Press
KEN GUGGENHEIM; Associated Press Writer
New chairman of 9-11 commission promises thorough investigation,12-17-2002

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of criminal justice, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

What you can do:
  • Inform your media and political representatives of this vital information on 9/11. To contact those close to you, click here. Urge them to call for the release of classified documents and videos and to press for a new, impartial investigation.
  • Explore the wealth of reliable, verifiable information on 9/11, including several excellent documentaries, in our 9/11 Information Center available here.
  • Learn more about 9/11 and the secret societies likely involved in this powerful lesson from the free Insight Course.
  • Explore inspiring ideas on building a brighter future by reading this short essay.
  • Spread this news to your friends and colleagues, and recommend this article on key social networking websites so that we can fill the role at which the major media is sadly failing. Together, we can make a difference.

See our exceptional archive of revealing news articles.

Please support this important work: Donate here.

Explore the mind and heart expanding websites managed by the nonprofit PEERS network: - PEERS websites: Spreading inspiration, education, & empowerment - Every person in the world has a heart - Dynamic online courses powerfully expand your horizons - Reliable, verifiable information on major cover-ups - Strengthening the Web of Love that interconnects us all

Subscribe here to the email list (two messages a week)