Sunday, July 25, 2004

More letters: The 9-11 commission report

Commission should have found fault

The fact that the 9-11 commission found fault with no specific person speaks volumes of its political desire to whitewash the entire ordeal.

The commission's findings do not mention the fact that President Bush entered into a second-grade classroom for a photo op, even after learning that the trade center had been struck. Even more astounding, the Commission does not hold Bush accountable for just sitting in his chair doing absolutely nothing for seven long minutes after learning that the second plane had hit the second tower and that America was under attack.

Instead of finding fault with Bush for acting incompetently on 9-11, the Commission would rather play it safe by blaming Congress, intelligence agencies, faulty phone systems, air traffic controllers (always blame the blue collar types for the incompetence of their superiors), and the granddaddy of them all - a "lack of imagination."

Instead of concluding that Bush acted with incompetence at two crucial moments on 9-11, the Commission would like to take comfort in the belief that al-Qaida has more intelligence and imagination than we do.

Sam Smith, Carthage


Berger's mistake didn't hurt the commission

The assertion by the writer of the letter "Berger case taints 9-11 investigation" is simply not true. The 9-11 commission said so. Sandy Berger was wrong to take his notes from the National Archives, but saying he stuffed papers down his pants and in his socks is simply hyperbole. The papers Berger took were copies, not originals, so the commission saw the originals. The Republicans are also trying to assign motive for Berger's actions by implying he snuck them to Sen. John Kerry. Kerry could see these documents anytime he wished, as he has national security clearance.

I will believe that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Dennis Hastsert and Fox News truly care about matters of national security when they begin clamoring for the name of the person who ousted undercover CIA agent Valerie Palme, who was a valuable agent working on weapons of mass destruction, and whose career has been ruined because of petty politics.

Martha Hanon, Delhi Township


We should destroy homes of terrorists

In my view, the 9-11 report is merely a start. The threat of terrorism is being grossly underestimated. For instance and with relative ease, one can cross the border from Mexico or Canada with a nuclear device, a dirty bomb, or any other weapon of mass destruction. .

A way must be quickly found making it too costly for terrorists to proceed/succeed. At present there is only one such plan, of which, I am aware and that is Israel's destruction of the homes of terrorist family members. Other methods need to be found, as well. If our plan is merely to react to an attack, we may be in big trouble.

Rodney Haworth, Western Hills

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