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EDITORIAL:

We Must Have an Independent Investigation of 9/11

The rumors are roiling: could the tragedy of 9/11 have been averted? did the Bush administration have advance notice that something awful was likely to happen, and just let it happen? is there some kind of oil-drenched, defense-industry‚saturated conspiracy pulling the strings of our government and benefitting from post-9/11 profit prospects?

Millions of people are thinking such thoughts, outlandish as they may seem to millions of others who want to put 9/11 behind us and move on in our "war against terrorism."

The lack of an independent investigation is being widely viewed as a whitewash of the facts. The Bush/Cheney administration does not want such an investigation,offering as justification something to the effect of: "We are a nation at war. Such an investigation would be distracting."

Well, we are not at war--at least not in the congressionally-declared sense. We've been conducting a police action against Osama bin Laden (still at large) and members of the al Quaida organization (whose most guilty members were already killed in the 9/11 crashes). And we cannot declare indefinite war against unnamed persons dispersed all over the globe.

Rather, as a nation--and as individuals--we are on a state of alert. We must be alert not only to threats of violence from "evil" sources; we must also be alert fo even more evil threats to our liberty.

If the Congress of the United States could mount an independent full-scale micro-detailed investigation into former President Clinton's personal peccadillos in order to determine his fitness for office, surely it can see its way clear to call for an independent investigation of the far more portentious facts surrounding 9/11. Its continuing failure to do so is cause for alarm.

A congressional investigation will not allay the public's suspicions. All it will do is allow for posturing and grandstanding by politicians jockeying for the national limelight. We urge our readers to contact US Senators and request--demand--that they support the independent commission bill co-sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-Az.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.).


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This story was published on July 3, 2002.
  
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