March 31, 2003, Monday
Undercutting the 9/11 Inquiry
Late Edition - Final
- It's hard to believe that everything related to the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks will not get the most thorough public scrutiny
possible. But the federal investigative committee so reluctantly
supported by the White House now seems in danger of being undermined.
As the first hearings open in Manhattan today, committee members are
chagrined to be going hat in hand to Congress for adequate financing.
White House assurances led them to believe needed funds would be
included in the supplemental war budget sent to the Capitol last week.
But the commission's $11 million request was not there.
Reasonable people might
wonder if the White House, having failed in its initial attempt to have
Henry Kissinger steer the investigation, may be resorting to budgetary
starvation as a tactic to hobble any politically fearless inquiry. The
committee's mandate includes scrutiny of intelligence failures and
eight other government areas.
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