I was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator and am now a journalist. I am the author of three New York Times bestselling books -- "How Would a Patriot Act" (a critique of Bush executive power theories), "Tragic Legacy" (documenting the Bush legacy), and With Liberty and Justice for Some (critiquing America's two-tiered justice system and the collapse of the rule of law for its political and financial elites). My fifth book - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State - will be released on April 29, 2014 by Holt/Metropolitan.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Email to Justice Department

Dear Mr. Carr - In a statement to me today, 9/11 Commission Vice Chairman, Rep. Lee Hamilton, denied any knowledge of the episode the Attorney General described, and futher affirmed that the Commission had never been privy to any such information. This is what Rep. Hamilton said:

am unfamiliar with the telephone call that Attorney General Mukasey cited in his appearance in San Francisco on March 27. The 9/11 Commission did not receive any information pertaining to its occurrence."

In a statement to me last week, Philip Zelikow, the 9/11 Commission's Executive Director, said much the same thing, as did House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers in a letter to the Attorney General.

Was the alleged call described by the Attorney General disclosed to the 9/11 Commission? Does the Justice Department have any comment as to why the 9/11 Commission is unaware of the event which the Attorney General claims prevented the Bush administration from preventing the 9/11 attacks?