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Surprise! Zelikow says Shenon’s Lying

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February 07, 2008
DemocracyNow.org

EXCLUSIVE: Former 9/11 Commission Chief Philip Zelikow on Allegations
He Secretly Allowed Karl Rove & White House to Influence 9/11 Probe

Earlier in the week, we spoke to Philip Shenon, author of “The Commission:
The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation.” Shenon suggested
that Philip Zelikow–the executive director of the 9/11 Commission–sought
to minimize the Bush administration’s responsibility for failing to
prevent the September 11th attacks. Shenon also revealed that Karl Rove repeatedly
called Zelikow during the probe. Today Zelikow responds in his first broadcast
interview since the publication of Shenon’s book.

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Philip Zelikow, served as executive director of the 9/11 Commission. He
is now Professor of History and Director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs
at the University of Virginia.

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Book Alleges 9/11 Commissioner Philip Zelikow Minimized Scrutiny of Bush Admin
Failure to Prevent al-Qaeda Attack (2/5/2008)


February 07, 2008
DemocracyNow.org

The 9/11 Commission & Torture: How Information Gained Through Waterboarding
& Harsh Interrogations Form Major Part of 9/11 Commission Report

A new analysis by NBC News reveals that more than a quarter of all footnotes
in the 9/11 Commission report refer to controversial interrogation techniques.
Yet, Commission staffers did not question the CIA about its techniques. They
even ordered a second round of interrogations in early 2004 to get more information
from the detainees.

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CIA Director Michael Hayden acknowledged Tuesday that the Agency had used the
interrogation technique known as waterboarding on three individuals since the
attacks of September 11th. Hayden also claimed the CIA has practiced what he
called “enhanced interrogation techniques” on one-third of the around
one hundred prisoners he says have been detained. Hayden made the admission
in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

All three men that Hayden admitted had been subjected to waterboarding are
named in the final 9/11 Commission report. The commission relied on information
obtained from a number of suspected Al Qaeda members in US captivity, only ten
of whom are mentioned by name. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in particular emerges
in the report as the “principal architect of the 9/11 attacks.”

An NBC investigation released last week alleges that the Commission had long
suspected the information used for its report was the product of harsh interrogations.
The NBC analysis shows that more than a quarter of all footnotes in the 9/11
Commission report refer to controversial interrogation techniques. Yet, Commission
staffers did not question the CIA about its techniques. They even ordered a
second round of interrogations in early 2004 to get more information from the
detainees.

Philip Zelikow, served as Executive Director
of the 9/11 Commission. He is now Professor of History and Director of the
Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Robert Windrem, NBC News Investigative Reporter who
co-authored the analysis of the 9/11 Commission Report

Michael Ratner, the President of the Center for Constitutional
Rights.

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* NBC News: 9/11 Commission controversy