Christopher J. Ortiz
President Bush has allowed security adviser Condoleezza Rice to
testify publicly and under oath in front of a Congressional panel
investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
This is a reversal from Bush’s prior stance of not allowing Rice
testifying, leaving himself and the administration open to attacks,
from Republicans and Democrats alike, including presidential
nominee John Kerry.
Bush argued that allowing Rice to testify would set a precedent
of a president’s advisers being compelled to testify in the
However, if Bush had not allowed Rice to testify, it would have
gone completely against the commission’s mission.
It is crucial and important that the public is allowed to listen
to the facts and truth that come out of this investigation of the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
It is also important to have Rice and government officials
testify under oath to add validity to their testimony.
We are glad Bush reversed his policy on this matter.
The public has earned the right to learn what happened (if
anything) that allowed the attacks to happen and what the
government did and did not know leading up to Sept. 11, 2001. The
government owes it to the people.