One member’s attempt to review confidential transcripts exposed a rift Friday within the independent commission examining the Sept. 11 attacks. Tim Roemer, a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, criticized the panel’s leaders for not demanding immediate and total access to documents compiled during a congressional inquiry of the terror attacks. The commission’s executive director, Philip Zelikow, said the panel will ultimately get unfettered access. Roemer, a former congressman from Indiana, tried to review transcripts of hearings held last year by the joint House-Senate intelligence committee. He learned that he lacked permission to see them, even though he served on the joint committee and therefore had read the material before. Roemer called the experience outrageous. He noted that the commission, by law, must build upon the work of the congressional inquiry, which found that organizational problems and human failings prevented intelligence agencies from unraveling the Sept. 11, 2001, plot. Full Story
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