Robert Parry: Who to Trust on a Truth Commission?

(In this piece, Parry shows why any Commission with Lee Hamilton as a guiding light is guaranteed to produce pablum... Lee was only rising to his prior standards with the 9/11 Commission Report.)

Who to Trust on a Truth Commission?

While a truth commission to examine the crimes of the Bush administration has a certain appeal – especially if there’s not going to be a tough special prosecutor bringing criminal charges – there still would be the issue of who could fill the job of getting at the truth.

That's because over the past three decades, the Washington media/political establishment has shown itself stunningly inept at conducting serious inquiries that can penetrate even the most implausible cover stories if a probe’s target has influential friends in high places.

Instead, investigations into difficult questions have usually settled for politically convenient half-answers, especially when the Democratic love of bipartisanship confronts Republican anger over holding accountable someone like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Dick Cheney or George W. Bush...



Article. Did the media even report on Hamilton's role regarding the October Surprise/Iran-Contra cover-up investigations when he was being considered for the Vice-Chair of the 9/11 Commission? I certainly don't remember hearing about it at the time.

Edit: Apparently not.

His replacement, Hamilton, served in Congress for more than 30 years. During that time, he chaired both the International Relations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

He also chaired the committee that investigated the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan administration.

At least, not the "cover-up" portion of it.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?


I'm afraid Mr. Parry is running late.

Decoy statement

"Democratic love of bipartisanship confronts Republican anger"

Is this some kind of disturbing euphemism for "criminal cover ups are just politics"?

(The rest of the article is excellent, I learned a whole array of new insightful things about Iran-Contra and the mechanisms of cover ups.)

Conspiracy by common criminal past

Hamilton considers himself as one of the best friends of good ol' Dick Cheney since the October surprize cover up.