While popular attention is focused on whether (or, rather, how much) George W. Bush lied to stampede the country into invading Iraq, and blogging elites are comparing notes on the Administration's bald-faced attempts to deny they ever, ever said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a much less-heralded commission is quietly fighting a bureaucratic war with the Administration. The outcome of that struggle will shape the final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States —AKA the 9/11 commission, which has just issued its second interim report .
As the Washington Post reports, the Administration is stonewalling the 9/11 Commission for all it's worth. It is not at all obvious how this one will play out, and some of the early signs are not good—according to the Post,
The slow pace in acquiring documents and testimony — along with the commission's decision to refrain from issuing findings until it is closer to completing a report — has angered many families of victims of the terrorist attacks. Representatives from one group, the Family Steering Committee, issued a “report card” yesterday awarding the commission a “D” in most areas and urging it to better inform the public.
The 9/11 commission is co-chaired by former representative Lee Hamilton, a man of integrity, so there's still hope for a fair and informative report. One to watch.