Sunday, March 28, 2004

I’ll See Your Bet and Raise You Two Depositions

From the New York Times:

Ex-Bush Aide Calls for Testimony on Terrorism to Be Opened

The debate over whether President Bush and his advisers failed to respond adequately to the threat of terror before Sept. 11, 2001, moved today to another front, the Sunday morning talk show circuit, with calls from both sides for more public disclosure.

A former White House counterterrorism adviser who testified before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks called for classified records to be made public, while the chairman of the panel urged the national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to testify in public.

Richard A. Clarke, the former White House terrorism chief, said on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” that he favored the declassification of his testimony two years ago at a Congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, along with such other materials as memos and e-mail messages.

Republicans in Congress had been pressing for the declassification of Mr. Clarke’s testimony to examine whether the claims in his book and in more recent, public testimony are in sync.

Note to the Bush Administration: the only time you can bluff with 100% certainty is when you’re holding the fifth ace.