In the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials
reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin
Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline
hijackings and suicide operations, according to a previously
undisclosed report from the 9/11 commission.
The Bush administration has blocked the public release of the full,
classified version of the report for more than five months, officials
said, much to the frustration of former commission members who say it
provides a critical understanding of the failures of the civil aviation
Blocked until after the elections, mind you.
The second topic is Jane Mayer of the New Yorker‘s investigative piece on "extraordinary rendition," the government’s policy of outsourcing interrogation to countries with interrogation policies that are not acceptable under US standards – outright torture. It appears as though the policy was begun by the CIA under the Clinton Administration, which is pretty disappointing. The Bush Administration has greatly expanded the program post 9/11, and refuses to talk about it.
Jane Mayer asks, where is the accountability? Why haven’t more heads rolled in Washington? Why, indeed.