Robert Scheer: Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Yahoo! News
Posted: November 11th, 2006
What we still don't know about 9/11 could kill us. The public that has been kept in the dark for five years by a president who may know the truth but has chosen to ignore it. The belated release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's second report...concluded that there not only was zero connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, but that Iraq was the one country in the region where Osama bin Laden could not operate. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and yet there has been no serious investigation of the extended Royal family's roll in the recruitment of bin Laden's "soldiers" and the ease with which they secured legal visas to enter the United States. Last week, Bush conceded that there were indeed secret CIA prisons. Some [key 9/11 witnesses] have been interrogated in secret for up to five years. After five years of official deceit, it is not too difficult to believe that the isolation of those prisoners was done less for reasons of learning the truth about 9/11 and more in an effort to politically manage the narrative released to the public. There is glaring evidence that the latter was the case. The 9/11 Commission report contains a disclaimer box on page 146, in which it is stated that the report's account of what happened on 9/11 was in considerable measure based on what those key witnesses allegedly told interrogators, and that the commissioners were not allowed to meet the witnesses or their interrogators. In short, the most cited source that we have on what happened on 9/11, the much celebrated 9/11 Commission Report, was stage-managed by the Bush administration, just as it has controlled and distorted so much other information.
Note: Robert Scheer frequently writes for the Los Angeles Times, though this article did not appear there.