Saturday, August 09, 2003

Sleeping with the Enemy

Dwight Meredith asks tough questions about the composition of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States, which is:

chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

In particular, he is concerned about Jamie Gorelick.

"For Jamie Gorelick, answering a simple question is not enough. Gorelick is a litigation partner in the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Gorelick was formerly the number two person at the Department of Justice where she held the position of Deputy Attorney General of the United States. According to Newsweek, Gorelick’s firm has agreed to represent Prince Mohammed al Faisal in the suit by the 9/11 families. The families contend that al Faisal has legal responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. While her firm is representing Saudi interests against the 9/11 families, Ms. Gorelick is a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States."

How can an attorney for the the Saudis sit on the Commission? The answer, according to Just One Minute, is that Gorelick is the Democrat's political rep on the Commission. In particular, she is Hillary's: a significant player in the Clinton scandals - briefly, she was perceived as Bill and Hillary's woman in the Justice Dept after Webb Hubbell left. Gorelick's brief, according to Newsmax, is to spin the story of September 11 as a Bush cover-up.

But it is not just the Democrats who are turning the Commission into a partisan carnival. Former Secretary of State James Baker is reported to be putting in a good word for the Saudis. Maybe we should label the gasoline pumps at each of our service stations, 'the Saudi Arabian legal defense fund'.

The Saudi Arabian lobby has metamorphosed into a national security menace, whose minor manifestation may have been the September 11, 2001 attacks. There should be continuous pressure on both parties to definite a war plan which will end the Saudi menace for good. Saudi Arabia delenda est.