WHEN THE HEAT IS ON, BUSH TEAM USES NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION FOR POLITICAL COVER -- (House of Representatives - July 21, 2004)
(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, just 3 days prior to the release of the 9/11 Commission report critical of the Bush
administration's lack of attention on terrorism, a 7-month-old FBI investigation of former National Security Adviser
Sandy Berger was leaked to the media. The timing of the leak is sort of curious.
Previously, the Bush team has used national security information and memos to disparage 9/11 Commission members
who they did not like. Now, tomorrow, the 9/11 Commission is preparing to release their report, and we know it will be
bad for the Bush administration. We know we were not as safe as we should have been on September 11, and we still
mourn the thousands who died that day.
The Bush administration opposed the creation of the commission. They fought against giving the commission enough time to complete its work and tried to limit the documents the
commission could see.
President Bush and Vice President Cheney sought to limit any questions they received from the commission and
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice tried to avoid testifying publicly at all.
Now, the commission's report is done and the questions it raises are, Are we as safe as we should be today? How much
progress have we made in correcting homeland security deficiencies?
Unfortunately, the Bush administration has a lot of work left to be done.