‘Set up to fail’: The tortured history of the 9/11 Commission

As politicians from both parties call for a “9/11-style” investigation into the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol, reporter Michael S. Rosenwald of the Washington Post reminds us that the 9/11 Commission’s investigation was marred by politics.

The chair and vice chair of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, wrote a book in 2006 about their attempts to investigate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The first chapter of that book, Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission,  read, “Set up to fail”.

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