9-11 panel urged to use 'every power'
The commission established to inquire into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Thursday was urged by senior lawmakers to complete the work of a congressional inquiry into the perceived intelligence failures that allowed suicide hijackers to kill some 3,000 people. “I urge you to use every power you have been given by Congress to obtain the information you need to fulfill the mission the law gives you,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., told the 10-member panel during its second public hearing. “Be unflinching,” Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., the most senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, urged the commission. Several lawmakers from the House and Senate intelligence committees told the panel of their frustrations during a months-long investigation last year by a specially constituted joint inquiry tasked to get to the bottom of the failures by the nation’s 15 separate intelligence agencies. And they urged the commissioners to complete their work, fill the gaps in their findings and demand access to documents and witnesses they were denied. Full Story