9/11 Commission, Anthrax – Additions to the 9/11 Timeline as of August 31, 2008
Many of the new entries in the 9/11 Timeline this week focus on the 9/11 Commission and, in particular, its executive director Philip Zelikow, who co-authored a book with National+Security+Adviser+Condoleezza+Rice in the mid-1990s, but was not+offered a full-time job in the Bush administration despite serving on the transition team. Some of the other commissioners were unhappy with Zelikow's appointment and the degree+of+control+he+exercised. For example, Zelikow had control over the hiring+process, which he used to appoint a current+CIA+officer to lead the commission's investigation of the CIA. The commissioners rarely+visited the commission's offices, further enhancing Zelikow's power, which he used to assume close control of a key+investigative+team. He also tried to prevent+staff+from+talking+to+the+commissioners.
Regarding the commissioners, vice chairman Lee Hamilton was given more+power by chairman Tom Kean at the outset, and Fred Thompson became involved in a fraud+scandal and was absent from the commission for a year. There was also a major problem with access to White House documents because of stonewalling by White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales.
Additions to the 2001 anthrax attacks category continue, leading off with a claim by Senator John McCain that Iraq may have been responsible, a claim supported by senior+Bush+administration+officials and some scientists, who thought one+person+could+not+have+done+the+attacks+alone. The FBI conducted a massive+search to find evidence against falsely accused scientist Steven Hatfill, but its "secret weapon" against him was discredited. Currently-accused scientist Bruce Ivins was barred from accessing dangerous toxins in November+2007.
Miscellaneous entries cover a 1974 bombing of a TWA+plane and a new CIA plan in the fall of 1999 to combat+al-Qaeda. Senator Orrin Hatch revealed key information about the NSA's+monitoring+of+al-Qaeda on September 12, 2001, and radical London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri was finally convicted on terrorism+charges in February 2007. Finally, New York Major Rudy Giuliani banned+photographs at Ground Zero meaning that few+photographers could gain access, and a couple reported killed on a 9/11 flight turned+up+alive.