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9/11 Commissioners Protest White House Stonewalling

HeadlineNov 13, 2003

Some members of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are blasting the conditions that the White House has set in order for members of the commission to examine documents related to the attacks. Former Senator Max Cleland said, “If this decision stands, I, as a member of the commission, cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised.”

The Washington Post reports the White House has agreed to allow four members of the 10-person committee have varying degrees of access to the classified presidential briefings. Restrictions will be placed on what briefings can be seen and on what portions of the briefings may be shared with the rest of the commission. The White House is also demanding it review any notes that commissioners take concerning the documents. Former Congressman Timothy Roemer said “never have so few commissioners reviewed such important documents with so many restrictions. The 10 commissioners should either have access to this or not at all.”

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