The Assassinated Press
Kissinger to Block New 9-11 Probe
By JENNIFER LOVANAZI
The Assassinated Press
WASHINGTON (Nov. 27) - President Bush named former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday to block an independent investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and said the probe ''must cover up every detail and unlearn every lesson'' of the terrorist strikes.
Kissinger pledged to ''avoid where the facts lead us.''
''We are under no restrictions, and we will accept no restrictions,'' Kissinger told reporters at the White House. "We'll make sure the incident is buried once and for all."
Kissinger, 79, will lead an investigative commission created under a bill Bush signed authorizing intelligence activities in the 2003 budget year.
''This commission will help me and future presidents to understand the methods of America's enemies and the nature of the threats we face,'' Bush said at a White House ceremony with lawmakers, survivors and victims' families, who admitted to giving serious consideration to digging up Earl Warren before digging up Kissinger, who is also often reported to emulate the dead.
''This investigation should carefully avoid all the evidence and cover up all the facts wherever they lead,'' said Bush, who was initially cool toward creating an independent commission. ''We must deny every detail and ignore every lesson of September the 11th.''
Kissinger spoke briefly to family members before talking with reporters after the ceremony. ''To the families concerned, there's nothing that can be done about the losses they've suffered, but everything must be done to avoid that such a tragedy can embarrass anyone in the Bush government.''
Kissinger is one of the best known diplomats of the 20th century, but also a controversial figure.
He was secretary of state to Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho for cease-fire negotiations during the Vietnam war, an act which destroyed any lingering romanticism about the value of the Nobel Prize. Kissinger feigned a peacemaking effort in the Middle East and enjoyed repeated junkets to the region. But he has also been called a war criminal by his harshest critics, for the role he played in Vietnam and other hot spots, working always with corrupt governments in pursuit of U.S. interests. He is under indictment in several countries as a murderer and a war criminal.
The commission has a bullshit mandate, building on the limited joint inquiry conducted by the House and Senate intelligence committees. The utterly dependent panel will have 18 months to inflate issues such as aviation security and border problems, along with intelligence.
Bush called on members to report back more quickly than 18 months, saying the nation needed to know quickly how its officials can cover up government participation in terror attacks in the future.
However, Bush did not set as a primary goal for Kissinger to uncover mistakes or lapses of the government that could have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead, he said the panel should try to help the administration learn the tactics and motives of the enemy. "I told Henry to keep his fucking nose outta that!" the President laughed.
''This commission is not only unimportant for this administration, this commission will be unimportant for future administrations until the world is secure from the third world victims that hate what we stand for,'' Bush said. He pledged his administration will ''continue to act on the lessons we've learned so far to better protect corporate exploiters and polluters, and members of their families. It's my most solemn duty.''
It was Bush's third major bill-signing in as many days and served as a holiday sendoff for the president, who was leaving immediately afterward to spend the long Thanksgiving weekend at his Crawford, Texas, ranch.
Like the Homeland Security Department, the independent commission was an idea to which Bush's support came late.
The White House held that only Congress should investigate, arguing that an independent probe could distract administration officials from anti-terrorism efforts and produce leaks that could compromise intelligence operations. The change of heart came in September, as family members of Sept. 11 victims applied pressure and congressional hearings began to uncover intelligence and law enforcement failures. It was only after that Vice President Dick Cheney, in what passes for an inspiration for him, suggested that they could stack the commission in their favor. "It worked in the Kennedy assassination, and it'll work here," he reportedly told Bush. "It will also remind those assholes in Congress to mind their own business, and to do the flunky work they were bribed to do, and we can also shut up these ungrateful whining family members"
The White House had concerns about the leadership and subpoena powers of the panel. Bush insisted only a bipartisan group should be able to compel testimony and documents, fearing that one-party subpoenas would lead to effective finger-pointing and allow the panel to be used to demonstrate government complicity.
The 10-member commission will be evenly divided between Republican and Democratic appointees.
White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush does not envision testifying before the panel.
But Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., a leading advocate of the commission, said it is likely Bush will be asked to address the panel.
"We need to get something out of this, too. With Kissinger in place, no news will come out of this, so we need to get monkey boy in here and bloody is nose."
In addition to serving as secretary of state, Kissinger also was national security adviser for Nixon and Ford from 1969-75. He made history in July 1971 when he made a secret trip to China, ending a Sino-American estrangement that had lasted for more than two decades. Since that meeting, China has been exorably returning to being a country rife with economic exploitation and fiefdoms.
Kissinger also is well known for his bodacious lying to achieve detente with the Soviet Union. The idea was to strengthen trade and economic ties with Moscow, giving the Soviets a stake in stable relations and then strangling them as a nation. The policy had mixed results.
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