The head of the 9/11 Incident Committee told Senator Guardian that failing to launch a similar investigation into the Jan. 6 riots in the U.S. Congress was a “loss of democracy.”
Thomas Keane leads a team of people holding a public hearing. study secret intelligence Interviews with two presidents and pursued conspiracy theories to produce a 567-page report on the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington of September 11, 2001.
The former Republican New Jersey governor argued for an equivalent committee to study congressional uprisings. But that effort was thwarted on Friday when Republicans in the Senate used their first legislative opposition to Joe Biden’s presidency, halting Democrats to gain a 60-vote majority. It is necessary to set up the dashboard.
“It upset me because there was no real public reason to deny it,” Kean, 86, said by phone from Far Hills, New Jersey. “I guess some people are afraid of what they find. That’s not a good reason to decline.
“I think if it’s done right. The 9/11 committee method works, and may be effective to find out about this particular event. Why did these people invade the town hall? who are they They are allies too. Is it a big conspiracy? Do you have any plans to do anything in the future? Why couldn’t the Capitol be better protected?”
Kean added: “These are all questions that we may not have the answers to. It’s time for us to know this. And I’m sorry we won’t go It was a mistake and a loss for the country and a loss of democracy.”
Kean was appointed chair of the 9/11 commission by George W Bush. Most of the advice was adopted by Congress. including the need to share intelligence between agencies. under a single national director
Kean believes that the commission’s work including cooperation between Democrats and Republicans. Offer a valuable blueprint
“I think when you find something that works,” he said, “repetition is not a bad thing. There are a lot of things that don’t work and that don’t work – they shouldn’t be repeated – but here’s what works.
“We recounted the history of the 9/11 attacks that are now used in college textbooks. and no one disputes the important facts therein.
“We have made 41 recommendations, most of them promulgated by Parliament. We have had the biggest reorganization in years. And most importantly, there hasn’t been that attack since. The structure we have set up seems to work.”
Kean also supports efforts to form a Covid-19 committee to learn lessons from America’s mismanagement in the epidemic. But he suspects it may eventually be done by the private sector rather than the government.
Some critics have described January 6, 2021 as America’s darkest day since September 11, 2001. The country was shocked when Donald Trump supporters stormed the building. Congress to try to block Biden’s endorsement as the winner of the presidential election. five people died
Democrats pushed for a committee that would scrutinize law enforcement decisions that day. Failures in intelligence and security planning and the Pentagon’s response Along with Trump’s role before and during the chaos.
In a speech near the White House on Jan. 6, Trump told supporters: He “fought like hell” to support his lie that his defeat was the result of election fraud. He was indicted for inciting a riot. But was acquitted when just seven Republican senators voted for his fault.
The law allows the committee to be set up through the House of Commons with 35 Republican supporters, but on Friday. Only six Republican senators voted in favor. Five out of six voted to judge Trump in his impeachment trial.
The outcome of the Jan. 6 effort to form a committee has prompted criticism that Republicans prioritize Trump for preserving Democrats.