Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Los Angeles Times Editorial 5/21/2003

Declassify the 9/11 Report

The appearance of a government cover-up concerning what happened Sept. 11, 2001, would not increase public confidence in officials' ability to fix what went wrong. Even so, the Bush administration continues to block the release of last year's House-Senate 9/11 panel report. It raises the question: What's to hide?

When the report was completed in December, the investigators voted to quickly release as much material as possible. An intelligence review committee, led by the CIA, was supposed to speedily vet the material to make sure no national security secrets were disclosed or valuable sources compromised. The review committee came back with an extensive set of redactions in February, according to people who saw the report and described it as "gutted."



No matter how hard I try, I can't even conjure up a scenario under which the GOP Wurlitzer would ever have allowed the Clinton administration to get away with this. It's disgraceful and smacks of a cover-up.



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