Friday, December 01, 2006

Dems Renege On 9/11 Commission Recommendations

Having run this past election pledging to implement all of the recommendations set forth by the panel that examined the attacks of 9/11, Congressional Democrats are reworking the definition of 'all' to mean 'only those that we like'.

... with control of Congress now secured, Democratic leaders have decided for now against implementing the one measure that would affect them most directly: a wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation's intelligence agencies.


Because plans for implementing the commission's recommendations are still fluid, Democratic officials would not speak for the record. But aides on the House and Senate appropriations, armed services and intelligence committees confirmed this week that a reorganization of Congress would not be part of the package of homeland-security changes up for passage in the "first 100 hours" of the Democratic Congress.

Don't worry though. Of all the suggestions made by the Commission, this one was of the least importance.

"Of all our recommendations, strengthening congressional oversight may be among the most difficult and important," the panel wrote. "So long as oversight is governed by current congressional rules and resolutions, we believe the American people will not get the security they want and need."

And by 'least', I mean 'most'.

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