The remarkable and almost completely unreported fact is that six of the ten 9/11 commissioners, to include Chariman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, as well as Bob Kerrey, Tim Roemer, John Lehman, and Max Cleland, have all expressed concern that the commission was “misled,” “stymied,” “hampered by conflicts of interest,” and ultimately, forced to participate in a politically motivated coverup.
Chariman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, in their book and in interviews at the time, said the 9/11 Commission had been “set up to fail.”
So there are all kinds of reasons, we thought we were set up to fail. We got started late. We had a very short time frame. Indeed we had to get it extended. We did not have enough money. They were afraid we were going to hang somebody. — 9/11 Commission Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton
But it was very difficult, and Lee and I write in our book that we think the Commission was in many ways set up to fail. — 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean
The majority of the Commissioners complain that they had been “lied to,” “obstructed,” “undermined by the White House,” or set up with staff that had “conflicts of interest.”
Commissioner Max Cleland resigned because, as he stated, the investigation had been “deliberately compromised by the President of the United States.”
Commissioner John Lehman said, “we purposefully put together a staff that had, in a way, conflicts of interest. All of the staff had, to a certain extent, some conflicts of interest.”
The Commissioners had even considered bringing criminal charges against Pentagon officials who had deliberately lied to them.
In 2009, Commissioner Bob Kerrey said that 9/11 was a “thirty year old conspiracy.”
Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry