From: Paul Wolf
Subject: Re: [NEWS]: Probe: U.S. Knew of Jet Terror Plots
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 19:16:38 -0400
Organization: Posted via Supernews, http://www.supernews.com
Sept 13, 2002
Dear Member of Congress:
Earlier this year, Congresswoman McKinney (D-GA) called for an
independent commission to investigate the events of 9/11. Congress
responded with a secret intelligence committee inquiry. As a result,
the American people haven't learned much at all about what happened.
The best analysis shows that more than 30 minutes passed between the
first report of a hijacking and the crash of Flight 11 into the north
tower of the World Trade Center. It seems unacceptable that we don't
have a way to respond to airline hijackings in that amount of time.
Last April the Congresswoman outraged her enemies and prompted a sharp
rebuke from the White House when she said:
"We deserve to know what went wrong on September 11 and why. After
all, we hold thorough public inquiries into rail disasters, plane
crashes, and even natural disasters in order to understand what
happened and to prevent them from happening again or minimizing
the tragic effects when they do. Why then does the Administration
remain steadfast in its opposition to an investigation into the
biggest terrorism attack upon our nation?"
I hope you will support Senator Lieberman's bill or whatever similar
legislation may be introduced in the House. I'm sure the events of
September 11th can be investigated in a public manner without revealing
any of our national security secrets.
The Complete 9/11 Timeline
by the Center for Cooperative Research
Support for independent 9/11 commission?
September 12, 2002
By Dana Bash
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Members of Congress stood united as they marked the
first anniversary of the September 11 attacks. But will they also stand
together to support an independent commission to investigate 9/11
Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut says he's likely to offer
an amendment to the Homeland Security bill to create such a commission,
perhaps next week.
A GOP congressional source says that as many as four or five Republican
senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee may now be willing to
support an independent commission, even though the Bush administration
is against the idea.
Apparently frustrated by the minimal progress the Joint Congressional
Intelligence Committee is making, senators who were once reluctant to
support an independent commission now believe it may be the only way
to get some answers as to why intelligence agencies were caught
flat-footed on September 11.
The joint committee's funding runs out in February, and lawmakers on
the committee say they have been met with consistent resistance in
getting information from the agencies they are investigating.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, now supports the idea and even Senate
Intelligence Chairman Bob Graham, D-Florida, who was reluctant to vote
for a commission earlier this year, now says through a spokesman he
would vote for it if it came up.
As for Lieberman, he knows the "Big Mo" when he sees it.
"Both Senator McCain and I feel this is an appropriate vehicle. What
could be more appropriate than the Department of Homeland Security
bill to make certain we know everything we can know about September
11?" Lieberman said.
Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, told reporters
earlier this week he is still skeptical of any and all commissions
because no one pays attention to them.
GOP demands McKinney apology
By Amy Fagan
THE WASHINGTON TIMES, April 13, 2002
Republicans were outraged and Democrats were on the defensive yesterday
over comments by Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney suggesting that the Bush
administration knew of impending terrorist attacks before September 11
but did not stop them.
"All I can tell you is the congresswoman must be running for the hall
of fame of the Grassy Knoll Society," said White House Press Secretary
Republicans demanded that Democrats denounce the comments the Georgia
Democrat made on "Flashpoints," a show on KPFA radio in Berkeley, Calif.
"Such statements have no place in a country united behind a common goal
and against a common enemy," said House Majority Leader Dick Armey,
Texas Republican. He urged "[Rep. Richard A.] Gephardt and all Democratic
leaders" to condemn Mrs. McKinney's remarks before someone takes them
On the March 25 radio show, Mrs McKinney, 47, said: "We know there were
numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11th. What did this
administration know, and when did it know it, about the events of
September 11th? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent
people of New York who were needlessly murdered?"
Mr. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat and the House minority leader, was
trying to track down yesterday the full transcript from the radio
interview, his spokesman Erik Smith said.
"We don't agree with everything she says, and we're confident that a
congressional inquiry will answer anyone's questions," he said,
referring to a House-Senate panel investigation of the September 11
Mrs. McKinney did not respond to Mr. Fleischer's comments but did
release a lengthy statement.
It said: "I am not aware of any evidence showing that President Bush
or members of his administration have personally profited from the
attacks of 9-11. A complete investigation might reveal that to be the
She also said on the radio show that the administration stole the
election and with its "questionable legitimacy has been given
unprecedented power to fight America's new war against terrorism." She
added that "persons close to this administration are poised to make
huge profits off America's new war."
Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, asked
yesterday: "Was this communicated to her by a psychic? Where did that
One of Miss McKinney's fellow Georgia Democrats, Sen. Zell Miller,
came out strongly against her comments, calling them "dangerous and
"I hope President Bush will remember that this is the same
congresswoman who - during each of his State of the Union addresses -
arrives early to get a coveted aisle seat, then leans way over as
Bush walks down the aisle, hoping he will give her a kiss for all to
see on national TV," Mr. Miller said in a statement.
Mr. Gephardt's spokesman said Republicans were focusing yesterday on
Mrs. McKinney's comments to draw attention away from the conviction
Thursday of Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., Ohio Democrat, on several
charges, including racketeering, bribery and fraud.
"Part of me thinks that Republican efforts to focus on McKinney are
trying to distract people from Republican leadership's apparent
defense of a convicted felon serving in Congress," Mr. Smith said.
"I haven't heard a word from Republican leadership about Traficant's
fitness about serving in office."
Richard Diamond, spokesman for Mr. Armey, dismissed that. "He's not
our member. He's part of the Democratic caucus, not the Republican
caucus," Mr. Diamond said of Mr. Traficant.
Mrs. McKinney's on-air comments also suggested that President Bush's
father, former President George Bush, and other former high-ranking
members from both parties were enriched by the attacks through their
employment with the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based investment firm.
"For example, it is known that President Bush's father, through the
Carlyle Group had - at the time of the attacks - joint business
interests with the bin Laden construction company and many defense-
industry holdings, the stocks of which have soared since September
11," Mrs. McKinney said.
Mrs. McKinney, who is serving her fifth term in Congress, has a
history of controversy. After September 11, she angered many people
by criticizing New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani for turning down
a $10 million donation from a Saudi Arabian prince. The prince had
suggested that U.S. policies in the Middle East were partly to
blame for the terrorist attacks.
The Southeastern Legal Foundation in Atlanta sent a letter yesterday
to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct requesting
an investigation and sanction of Mrs. McKinney for her statements.
At least one Republican went a little easier on her, saying that
such an investigation was not necessary.
"I think they were pretty irresponsible comments," said Rep. Jack
Kingston, Georgia Republican and longtime friend and colleague of
Mrs. McKinney. "I don't think anyone's taking them seriously. But
she has the right as a member of Congress to say what she wants or
believe what she wants."
Mr. Kingston, who served with Mrs. McKinney in the Georgia House in
the 1980s, called her a "savvy politician" and said this incident
will not affect her political career.
"I've known her for a long time, and these somewhat irrational
statements pop up from time to time, and she gets through them.
She gets elected," he said.