9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean to Endorse John McCain for President
by Justin A. Martell
According to an article that appeared on www.politico.com, "Thomas H. Kean, who chaired the 9/11 Commission, will endorse Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) for president on Monday as part of a high-stakes new push by the campaign to focus voters on national security..."
The endorsement will happen tomorrow afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts. This endorsement should come as no surprise, considering Senator McCain has frequently endorsed the "findings" of the 9/11 Commission. In 2006, McCain even wrote the forward to the book authored by Popular Mechanics, Debunking 9/11 Myths.
In fact, at an event at Franklin Pierce University on November 18th, McCain was confronted by Student Scholars for 9/11 Truth member Katherine Walker. Walker's father survived the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. In reference to McCain's endorsement of the Popular Mechanics book, Walker asked the Senator "Why would you lend your name to a book meant to stifle those affected by 9/11 who are still seeking justice, accountability, and closure?" McCain then reiterated his trust in the 9/11 Commission final report, which was followed by wild applause from the mostly "conservative" crowd.
Obviously an endorsement from a member of the 9/11 Commission would appear impressive to those with only a superficial view of the work of the 9/11 Commission. Let us examine some of the details surrounding the commission charged with providing "the fullest possible account of the events surrounding 9/11."
First, the Bush Administration opposed the creation of the 9/11 Commission. The commission was formed only because government officials caved in to pressure from family members of 9/11 victims.
Also, many of the commissioners had ties to the very people and departments with which they were investigating. An excellent example of this is Executive Director, Philip Zelikow. The details of Zelikow's career provide ample reason to suspect that he would not be motivated to hold the Bush Whitehouse accountable for the possibly deliberate failures on the morning of September, 11th 2001.
Zelikow is an academic who's area of expertise is in the creation and maintenance of public myths. He also worked together with Condoleezza Rice in the first Bush White House as advisors to former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft. On top of being director of European security affairs, Zelikow also served as a personal aide to George H. W. Bush.
A few years after leaving the White House, Rice and Zelikow co-authored a book together titled "Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft."
Zelikow then directed a foreign policy strategy group called the Aspen Strategy Group. The group's members included Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz.
Then, in the year 2000, Zelikow and Rice worked together again when George W. Bush appointed the two as members of his transition team for the National Security Council.
Former White House terrorism expert Richard Clarke later claimed that he not only he briefed Condoleezza Rice on the growing threat Al-Qaeda posed to the nation, but also that Zelikow was present for several of the briefings.
Shortly after the events of 9/11, Zelikow was appointed by President Bush to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which advised the implementation of post 9/11 policies.
Despite the protests of the 9/11 family members, Zelikow was appointed Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission. "Jersey Girl" Lori Van Auken asked, "Did he interview himself about his own role in the failures that left us defenseless? This is bizarre."
If that's not enough, former 9/11 Commissioner Max Cleland resigned from the Commission, stating: "It is a national scandal"; "This investigation is now compromised"; and "One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up".
The 9/11 Commission, under the influence of Zelikow, did not investigate any information that contradicted the Bush Administration's account of the attacks. After examining an abundance of information about the commission's methods of conducting its "investigation," it seems as though Director Kean did nothing to challenge the direction in which the commission's final report was headed.
The Family Steering Committee later declared that the 9/11 Commission did not answer 70% of their questions. "Jersey Girl" Kristen Breitweiser called the 9/11 Commission's report "utterly hollow."
In conclusion, when Senator John McCain receives his endorsement from Thomas Kean, it will most likely be hailed by the media as an excellent endorsement from the man who had the expertise to get to the bottom of what happened on September 11th, when in reality Kean participated in one of the most grandoise cover-ups in United States history. Meanwhile, the "Jersey Girls," along with 9/11 Rescue Workers, First Responders, other family members, and concerned citizens will continue pushing for a new investigation into 9/11. Why? Because in reality, Thomas Kean chaired a commission that has done a major disservice to the victims of 9/11, their families, America, and the rest of the world.
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