Wednesday, April 07, 2004

The Bush Administration: Our PUBLIC Speeches are Super Top-Secret Continuing its "unprecedented cooperation" with the 9/11 Commission by the unique tactic of being uncooperative, the Bush Administration has launched a new offensive form of defense. WASHINGTON - The White House has refused to provide the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a speech that national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was to have delivered on the night of the attacks touting missile defense as a priority rather than al-Qaida, sources close to the commission said Tuesday. With Rice scheduled to publicly testify Thursday before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, the commission submitted a last-minute request for Rice’s aborted Sept. 11 address, the sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity. But the White House has so far refused on the grounds that draft documents are confidential, the sources said. A spokesman for the commission would neither confirm nor deny the request, or the administration’s response. Trent Duffy, a spokesman for the White House, said only: “The White House is working with the commission to ensure that it has access to what it needs to do its job.” The Washington Post, citing former U.S. officials who have seen the Rice speech, reported last week that the speech was designed to promote missile defense as the cornerstone of a new national security strategy. It said the speech included no mention of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden or Islamic extremist groups. Another smooth move no doubt.
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