Apr 292004
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Editors

By:

Colleen Buhrer

J.J. Babb

Christopher J. Ortiz

Kyle Endres

Today, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney met with

the Sept. 11, 2001, commission. You can’t even call it testifying

because neither answered questions under oath. The meeting was

private, which we understand, but no notes were taken and no

stenographer was present.

Bush and Cheney agreed to meet with the commission, formally

known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the

United States, only under the terms that they would answer

questions together and not alone.

If they don’t have anything to hide, then why were they not

sworn in under oath? Bush has fought the commission every step of

the way, first by trying to prevent National Security Advisor

Condoleezza Rice from testifying and then by initially only giving

the commission an hour to ask questions.

The actions taken by the president undermine the commission’s

pursuit of investigating the events leading up to the Sept. 11

terrorist attacks. Having him, Cheney and former President Bill

Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore not answer questions

under oath begs the question, “Why bother?” If these leaders cannot

be accountable for the information they give, then what propels

them to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the

truth.

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