Lee Hamilton: The 9/11 Commission's Mandate Was "To Tell The Story Of 9/11"

I stumbled across this article from the Statesman Journal, and saw what Lee Hamilton was passing off as the mandate for the 9/11 Commission.

He states:

We had two mandates. One was to tell the story of 9/11, and I think we did that reasonably well. The story that we told has stood up and will certainly become the starting point for anybody who investigates 9/11.

As you can see on the 9/11 Commission's very own website, their mandate was to:

"provide a “full and complete accounting” of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and recommendations as to how to prevent such attacks in the future."

If the "story" that the 9/11 Commission told us was only the "starting point", then how can it be a "Full and Complete Accounting" of the attacks of September 11th?

At first, I was angry with Mr. Hamilton for not telling us the truth about what their mandate was.

Then, it occurred to me. He wasn't lying.

Philip Zelikow, a man who's expertise is "the creation and maintenance of, in his words, “public myths” or “public presumptions” was in charge of the 9/11 Commission.

Knowing that, I have little doubt that what we were told about 9/11 was, in fact, a "story."

The families, the sick first responders, the soldiers deployed in the Middle East, the innocent civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the people of the world deserve better than a "story".

They deserve the truth.


I think when he says he is going to tell the story, he's saying as in "what happened".


They didn't. So in effect, we were told a "story."

"It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this."

never mind

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