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29 Jan 2002

President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) to limit the congressional investigation into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, congressional and White House sources told CNN Jan. 29. The request was made at a private meeting with congressional leaders that morning. Sources said Bush initiated the conversation. He asked that only the House and Senate intelligence committees look into the possible breakdowns among federal agencies that may have allowed the attacks to happen, rather than a broader inquiry that some lawmakers propose, the sources said The discussion followed a rare call to Daschle from Vice President Dick Cheney Jan. 25 to make the same request. "The vice president expressed the concern that a review of what happened on Sept. 11 would take resources and personnel away from the effort in the war on terrorism," Daschle told reporters. Daschle said he has not agreed to limit the investigation. "I acknowledged that concern, and it is for that reason that the Intelligence Committee is going to begin this effort, trying to limit the scope and the overall review of what happened," he said. "But clearly, I think the American people are entitled to know what happened and why." The heads of both House and Senate intelligence committees have been meeting to map out how to hold a bipartisan investigation and hearings. Outstanding questions include what would be made public, what would remain classified, and how broad the probe would be.

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail

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