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Bush appoints Kissinger to head 9/11 investigation

Bush appoints Kissinger to head a cover-up scheme to distract the American people....
Nov 27, 12:18 PM (ET)

By JENNIFER LOVEN

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush named former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday to lead an independent investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and said the probe "must uncover every detail and learn every lesson" of the terrorist strikes.

Kissinger pledged to "go where the facts lead us."

"We are under no restrictions, and we will accept no restrictions," Kissinger told reporters at the White House.

Kissinger, 79, will lead an investigative commission created under a bill Bush signed authorizing intelligence activities in the 2003 budget year.

"This commission will help me and future presidents to understand the methods of America's enemies and the nature of the threats we face," Bush said at a White House ceremony with lawmakers, survivors and victims' families.

"This investigation should carefully examine all the evidence and follow all the facts wherever they lead," said Bush, who was initially cool toward creating an independent commission. "We must uncover every detail and learn every lesson of September the 11th."

Kissinger spoke briefly to family members before talking with reporters after the ceremony. "To the families concerned, there's nothing that can be done about the losses they've suffered, but everything must be done to avoid that such a tragedy can occur again."

Kissinger is one of the best known diplomats of the 20th century, but also a controversial figure.

He was secretary of state to Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho for cease-fire negotiations during the Vietnam war. Kissinger also made a determined peacemaking effort in the Middle East and made repeated trips to the region. But he has also been called a war criminal by his harshest critics, for the role he played in Vietnam and other hot spots, working at times with corrupt governments in pursuit of U.S. interests.

The commission has a broad mandate, building on the limited joint inquiry conducted by the House and Senate intelligence committees. The independent panel will have 18 months to examine issues such as aviation security and border problems, along with intelligence.

Bush called on members to report back more quickly than 18 months, saying the nation needed to know quickly how it can avoid terror attacks in the future.

However, Bush did not set as a primary goal for Kissinger to uncover mistakes or lapses of the government that could have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead, he said the panel should try to help the administration learn the tactics and motives of the enemy.

"This commission is not only important for this administration, this commission will be important for future administrations until the world is secure from the evildoers that hate what we stand for," Bush said. He pledged his administration will "continue to act on the lessons we've learned so far to better protect the people of this country. It's our most solemn duty."

It was Bush's third major bill-signing in as many days and served as a holiday send-off for the president, who was leaving immediately afterward to spend the long Thanksgiving weekend at his Crawford, Texas, ranch.

Like the Homeland Security Department, the independent commission was an idea to which Bush's support came late.

The White House held that only Congress should investigate, arguing that an independent probe could distract administration officials from anti-terrorism efforts and produce leaks that could compromise intelligence operations. The change of heart came in September, as family members of Sept. 11 victims applied pressure and congressional hearings began to uncover intelligence and law enforcement failures.

The White House had concerns about the leadership and subpoena powers of the panel. Bush insisted only a bipartisan group should be able to compel testimony and documents, fearing that one-party subpoenas would lead to ineffective finger-pointing and allow the panel to be used merely to score political points.

The 10-member commission will be evenly divided between Republican and Democratic appointees.

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush does not envision testifying before the panel.

But Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., a leading advocate of the commission, said it is likely Bush will be asked to address the panel.

In addition to serving as secretary of state, Kissinger also was national security adviser for Nixon and Ford from 1969-75. He made history in July 1971 when he made a secret trip to China, ending a Sino-American estrangement that had lasted for more than two decades.

He is the only secretary of state to have held down the job of national security adviser at the same time. He served in both posts from October 1973 to October 1975, when he left the NSC while retaining his role as secretary of state.

Kissinger also is well known for his efforts to achieve detente with the Soviet Union. The idea was to strengthen trade and economic ties with Moscow, giving the Soviets a stake in stable relations and perhaps taming Moscow's expansionist ambitions. The policy had mixed results.

HMMMMM..... I wonder what they'll find?

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The Best Man? 27.Nov.2002 11:32

jlii

Henry 'Hank'Kissinger will not be personally searching for the 'truth'to 911 in the following countries, France, Germany, Chile, Brasil as there are arrest warrants for him there. In his last visit to France he narrowly escaped arrest and left the county. It is worth noting that in the Chilian warrants all the evidents are US Goverment flies concerning his orders to murder. If you need a Christmas bombing this is your guy, but truth! Clearly there is no insult George W. Bush won't unlease on the world.

Kissinger Launches Probe 27.Nov.2002 12:55

Tom Ridge

People of the world measure effects of Kissenger's probe...
Kissinger Launches Probe
Kissinger Launches Probe

You have to be kidding me 27.Nov.2002 13:05

Ludd

Henry Kissinger?? Are you kidding? That's like asking Goebbels to investigate the Reichstag fire. What kind of sick joke is this country turning into?
That does it! I'm running off to the hills to start the revolution! Who's with me?

Why did it get so quiet?

War Criminal to Head "Independant " probe! 27.Nov.2002 13:27

dxt

Bush's choice of Henry Kissinger, as outrageous and absurd as it is, outlines the depth of corruption and transparant immorality of this administration.


Could they do anything more to appear as evil, corrupt and guilty as they are? It's as if they're thumbing their noses at conspiracy theorists, but at least they're also creating more converts out of those previously skeptical.

In case anyone doesn't see the absurdity of Bush's new head of the "Independant" 9/11 probe, this is who he is:

 http://www.zpub.com/un/wanted-hkiss.html
 http://www.eclipse.net/~tgardnet/kiss/kisskill.html
 http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0611-03.htm
 http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/International_War_Crimes/Kissinger_Pinochet%20.html
 http://www.trialofhenrykissinger.org/
 http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m1111/1809_302/69839383/p1/article.jhtml?term=kissinger
 http://www.resist.org.uk/reports/archive/misc/kissingerinfo.html

September 11, 1973-----September 11, 2001 27.Nov.2002 15:02

heh

nice one--

Kissinger concocts Salvador Allende's assassination in 1973 . . .

and covers up the September 11, 2001 events . . .

frightening indeed 27.Nov.2002 15:21

jungle jim

If it weren't for this news being posted all over the official news channels I would swear this was a put on.

I mean, I thought kissenger was DEAD! haha shows what I know.

Seriously, I dont know why I am even shocked anymore by the current admin's antics. Whats next?

from the bbc 27.Nov.2002 15:26

above the smoke

Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 22:29 GMT
Kissinger to lead attacks probe
Bush (r): "Follow all the facts wherever they lead"

President Bush has appointed the controversial veteran US diplomat Henry Kissinger to head a new independent commission to investigate the 11 September attacks on New York and Washington.


I think it is abominable that the families of the victims have had to fight this hard to get something that should have been a given on 12 September

Monica Gabriel
Widow of 11 September victim
The commission was initially opposed by the White House but has been set up following pressure from families of those who lost their lives in the attacks.

The BBC's Justin Webb in Washington says the success of the commission is by no means assured and there is intense political debate about what its central purpose is.

Mr Bush is stressing the lessons that might be learned about the future plans of America's enemies.

But some commission members are likely to want to concentrate more on intelligence failings in the US government.

Help understand

Mr Bush signed the bill into law in front of legislators, survivors and members of victims' families.


The success of the commission is not assured


"This commission will help me and future presidents to understand the methods of America's enemies and the nature of the threat we face," Mr Bush said.

The 10-member commission has been given 18 months to examine issues such as aviation security and border problems, along with intelligence.

It has a broad mandate, building on the limited joint inquiry conducted by the House of Representatives and Senate intelligence committees.

He called on Dr Kissinger as chairman of the commission to "follow all the facts wherever they lead".

Dr Kissinger promised a full investigation. "We are under no restrictions and we would accept no restrictions," he said.

'Tainted'

His appointment has met with a mixed reaction.

Monica Gabriel, whose husband was killed on 11 September, told the BBC's Newshour programme: "[He] was certainly not on the short list we were hoping for. Is there anyone who is not tainted?"

And she criticised the delays in creating the commission. "I think it is abominable that the families of the victims have had to fight this hard to get something that should have been given on 12 September."


But Stephen Push, a spokesman for the victims' families, was more positive.

"We look forward to working with him to make the commission effective in uncovering the problems that led to the 11 September attacks," he said.

Veteran diplomat

The White House initially opposed the commission, arguing that an investigation would be better conducted by Congress in order to preserve national security secrets.

But under pressure from the families of the victims and Congress, Mr Bush backed down.


Dr Kissinger: the first "shuttle" diplomat?

The Democratic and Republican parties will each nominate five members to the commission.

Dr Kissinger, 79, is one of the best-known and most controversial figures in 20th-century diplomacy.

He was both secretary of state and national security adviser to Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho for ceasefire negotiations during the Vietnam war.

Dr Kissinger is remembered for his determined efforts for peace in the Middle East, when his numerous trips to the region prompted the creation of the term "shuttle" diplomacy.

But he is also accused of conniving in repression by brutal former regimes allied to the US such as in Pakistan and Indonesia, and of involvement in setting up Operation Condor - a covert plan by several South American countries to assassinate political opponents.

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he's a fucking war criminal 27.Nov.2002 16:29

above the smoke

He drug the vietnam war out for 4 fucking years. The natives got what they wanted anyway. The same thing they told the colonial french, the japanese, the colonial french, then the hearts and minds establishment.
Our country , you go. we never quit. Our country, you go. Kiss is a gifted liar. hundreds of billions more tax dollars to the military industrialists, tens of thousands more dead and wounded, and 4 years of shitting on my youth.
14 months and what do we get? A watered down dog and leper show. The junta has burned up the propaganda press on 9-11. The gaping holes in the official version and the massive counterspin used on any other version tells all.

"Who profits from the crime commits the crime."
- Seneca the Younger 4 B.C. - 65 A.D.

 http://www.apfn.org/apfn/rule.htm

Jesus! This is Getting Absurd! 27.Nov.2002 17:19

Andrea

"Connecting the dots" has long been the mantra of conspiracy nuts, but it's beggining to look like "they" will just provide the whole picture, painted and signed. Cheney, Poindexter, Kissenger...soon we'll have mr.Anderson of Union Carbide in charge of the EPA!
When will our reform minded comrades wake up and see the need for complete revolution. "Homeland security", "information awareness", and rumors of the creation of a "domestic spy agency" (their words, not mine), is it that hard to see?

The old fox guarding the henhouse routine 27.Nov.2002 18:07

ranger

Those of you who were skeptical about 9-11 conspiracists should open your eyes with this choice. You don't think Bush is hiding something?

wait, it gets worse.... 27.Nov.2002 18:24

connect the dots

"Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government."

Former Sec'y of State Henry Kissinger speaking at Evian, France, May 21, 1992 Bilderburgers meeting. Unbeknownst to Kissinger, his speech was taped by a Swiss delegate to the meeting.


frfom the website:
 http://www.ccmep.org/

on this page:
 http://www.ccmep.org/hotnews2/chilling071102html.htm
wait, it gets worse....
wait, it gets worse....

andrea................ 27.Nov.2002 19:36

above the smoke

epa is in worse hands. dyncorp. they defoliate the americas, and so much more. check out their website toots and meet big brother.

Kissinger's croaking, hollow voice 27.Nov.2002 23:09

GRINGO STARS gringo_stars@attbi.com

"Henry Kissinger,
How we're missin' ya,
And wishing you were heeeeeere!"
-- Monty Python, "Henry Kissinger song"

Evil Henry put carpet bombing to use for the first time when he and a so-drunk-he-was-speaking-to-the-Lincoln-portrait Richard Nixon came up with the idea over countless gin-and-tonics (no schitt - the Nixon tapes are bizarrely scary). When those two bombed Cambodia, more bombs were indiscriminately dropped on that country in two months than all of the bombs dropped by both sides during the entirety of WWII. I still can't drink gin-and-tonics because of that.