I’m vaguely following the whole business of Condoleeza Rice, her bosses and their disconcerting unwillingness to testify to the 9/11 commission under oath and in public. Every morning and evening I hear more of the news about it in my car. What I do hear disturbs me. Government officials, testifying to a commission investigating the operation of the government, are unwilling to do it under oath? They are calling the shots about who they will testify to, under what conditions and for how long? That right there, ladies and gentleman, is what you call a warning sign that something is up.
It is an unpleasant irony that after two and a half years of hearing why – because we live in a different world after 9/11 – we Americans must yield back our liberties, accept less privacy in our lives, watch our constitutional protections whittled away, all in the name of safety and security. At the same time, our top officials in the executive branch use that as a reason why they deserve more protections (“executive privilege” for the National Security Advisor?), more privacy and basically calling the shots without being accountable to you and me. They work for us, you know, and I’m not happy with their job performance. If they aren’t even willing to tell me the truth about what they are doing, I’m thinking about firing the lot of them. How about you?