Christopher J. Ortiz
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