blogger says Ashcroft story bigger than being played by Mitch E. Perry10/06/06
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft this week became the only Cabinet-level Bush official to attack the September 11th Commission, writing in his memoirs it "seemed obsessed with trying to lay the blame for the terrorist attacks at the feet of the Bush administration, while virtually absolving the previous administration of responsibility." Ashcroft also writes that the commission's hearings "were not so much about discovering the truth as they were about assessing blame and grandstanding," adding that they "degenerated into show trials."
One GOP Commissioner doesnâ€™t think much of Ashcroftâ€™s comments.
Former Washington State Senator Slade Gordon says he find the remarks, â€œextraordinaryâ€?, and said that that President Bush had personally repudiated Ashcroft's tactics in his sparring with the commission.
Gordon also tells United Press International, â€œAshcroft "may very well have been the worst witness we interviewed," he said, adding he was "very unresponsive and unhelpful."
Meanwhile, a progressive blogger says information reported this week about Ashcroft demands a follow up.
The story comes upon one of the most remarked passages of Washington journalist Bob Woodwardâ€™s new book, â€œState of Denialâ€?. That being that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was told about the threat of an Al-Queda attack on July 10th, 2 months before the 9/11 attacks.
Rice originally denied the report. Then a State Department spokesman acknowledged later this week that Rice in fact, had met with CIA director George Tenet and counter-terrorism head Cofer Black. Woodward quotes the 2 as saying that Rice essentially blew off their warnings.
What didnâ€™t get much coverage this week was a report that Ashcroft and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld received that same CIA briefing about an imminent al-queda attack.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News reporter Will Bunch â€“ thatâ€™s a very important development. Thatâ€™s because Ashcroft stopped flying on commercial airplanes shortly after that briefing, back in July of 2001, as reported at that time (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?was in the worksâ€?)
And Bunch says the missing piece of the puzzle about that report is that just a few days before Ashcroft decided not to fly on commercial planes, he had just received a CIA briefing about the potential of Al Queda using airplanes in some fashion.
Will Bunch, in his blog â€˜attytoodâ€™, writes that this interesting revelation a new, impartial and thorough investigation of the 9/11 attacks. He writes that those who say the terror attack has already been investigated...he believes it hasnâ€™t been (roll tape#2 o.q.â€?and then it happenedâ€?)
Critics of the 9/11 commission have become emboldened within the last year. Dozens of websites have sprouted on the Internet, questioning the official investigation, and a film that presents a wide array of 9/11 conspiracy theories â€œLoose Changeâ€? continues to draw attention from the Internet.
But the fairness and accuracy of â€œLoose Changeâ€? has been questioned by the editors at Popular Mechanics, among other sources. Nevertheless, Will Bunch of Attytood.com says incidents like this revelation about John Ashcroft need to be investigated (roll tape#3 o.q.â€?on that dayâ€?)
Former Attorney General John Ashcroftâ€™s memoir, â€œNever Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice," has just been published.