:: Thursday, April 15, 2004 ::
More on the melt-down of the 9/11 commission from Andrew C. McCarthy over at N.R.O.
He seems appropriatly miffed and outraged at Chairman Tom Kean's claim that "people ought to stay out of our business[,]" in regard to questions surrounding Jaime Gorelick's place on the panel.
Let's start with the most obvious: The work of the 9/11 Commission is America's business; it is not the private aerie of its ten plugged-in appointees. America expects its tribunals to exude integrity, to be above crass suspicions that the fix is in or that decisions are being made based on something other than a dispassionate review of the relevant circumstances. A tribunal, like the 9/11 Commission, cannot achieve that standard of probity if it has, sitting as a judge, a person whose conduct is at the core of what must be judged.
This ain't quantum physics. It's elementary. Consequently, Kean's obtuseness — like that of his fellow commissioner Slade Gorton, who so thoughtfully pronounced that criticisms of Gorelick's status were "garbage" — makes the commission's entire body of work suspect. Even Kean's defense of Gorelick bespeaks a thorough-going ignorance about what is at issue. He says that she is among the hardest working and most bipartisan of all the commissioners; the first assertion is no doubt true, the second is dubious, but more importantly both are wholly beside the point.
You really should read the whole thing and then keep a very watchfull eye on the whole process.
:: Mark 3:34 PM [+] ::