- WASHINGTON -- Frustrated
by Bush administration restrictions, a former senator said yesterday he
might quit the special commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
- Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), now president of New York's
New School University, told the Daily News that resigning is "on my
list of possibilities" because the administration continues to block
the full panel's access to top intelligence officials and materials.
- "I am no longer ... feeling comfortable that I'm
going to be able to read and process what I need in order to participate
in writing a report about how it was that 19 men defeated every single
defensive system the U.S. put up to kill 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11,"
- The commission said yesterday that President Bush and
Vice President Cheney would meet privately with only the panel's two chairmen
- although former President Bill Clinton and his vice president, Al Gore,
said they would meet with all 10 members.
- The White House recently allowed only three commissioners
and their staff director to read secret CIA briefings on Al Qaeda given
to Bush and Clinton before the 2001 attacks.
- Meanwhile, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) yesterday
refused pleas by Bush to extend the commission's May 27 deadline by two
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