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9/11 investigator faults White House
Register Staff Writer
Max Cleland, a member of an independent national commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, charged Tuesday that the White House is stonewalling the panel over the release of documents.

Cleland, a former U.S. senator from Georgia, campaigned in Iowa Tuesday for U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Cleland, a Democrat, said in a telephone interview that the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States will decide soon whether to issue subpoenas for the documents, including daily terrorism briefings prepared for President Bush.

"This is November, and the White House is playing footsie with the 9/11 commission," Cleland said. "They're slow-walking this thing. They want time to run out."

Jim Morrell, a White House spokesman, said the president supports the commission's work and is cooperating "to make sure they have all the materials they need to complete their work."

The commission is conducting an investigation of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and their causes. The panel's report is due by May 27.

Cleland said he believes the Bush administration knew more about the buildup to the Sept. 11 attacks and the dangers posed by the al-Qaida terrorist network than officials have disclosed.

Bush said last week that his staff is cooperating with the commission, but he stopped short of saying whether the White House would hand over the documents, which he described as "very sensitive."

Cleland, a former member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it's clear there was an intelligence breakdown.

"We never connected all the dots. We didn't have a system to do it," he said. "The intelligence community is an uncoordinated, turf-oriented bureaucracy that is loathe to share information with anybody."

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