Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon’s initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.
Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources. Staff members and some commissioners thought that e-mails and other evidence provided enough probable cause to believe that military and aviation officials violated the law by making false statements to Congress and to the commission, hoping to hide the bungled response to the hijackings, these sources said.
(I moved this up in case you missed it.) You gotta see this!
Breaking news this morning. This was a major decommissioning site for nuclear weapons:
One person has been killed and four injured, one seriously, by an explosion at the southern French nuclear plant of Marcoule.
There were no radioactive leaks after the blast, caused by a fire near a furnace in a radioactive waste storage site, a French nuclear official said.
A security perimeter has been set up because of the risk of leakage.
The plant produces MOX fuel, which recycles plutonium from nuclear weapons, but does not include reactors.
The explosion hit the plant at 1145 local time (0945 GMT).
“For the time being nothing has made it outside,” said a spokesman for France’s Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
Ground Zero high school grads coming down with serious illnesses:
I mean, isn’t this what we’ve been doing for 10 years?
There may come a day I will dance on your grave
If unable to dance, I will crawl.
This song still cracks me up. Grateful Dead: