Thursday, September 28, 2006

Amato interviewed Kristen Breitweiser

* Amato interviewed Kristen Breitweiser:
Kristen: Essentially, I wrote the book after spending four and a half years in Washington lobbying to get the 9/11 Commission created and the reforms from that final report enacted into law. And I wrote it because it was such an eye-opening experience to witness how Washington works, and how truly devastating it was to realize that many of our elected officials are simply not looking out for people like you and me. They’re really looking out for their own self-interest and you know, the large individuals and corporations that give them the campaign funding to get re-elected. And I don’t think that Washington should work that way, so I wrote a book to try and educate people about how the system works and why everyone needs to get involved, get educated, and engage in the political process.
Kristen: Yeah, I mean, we faced enormous resistance, and I don’t know why most of that resistance came from Republican officials, but for whatever reason that’s a fact. It did. It’s well documented in the media. That’s not to say that the Democratic officials were any champions of our cause. I think what really got us the commission was that the 9/11 families just refused to relent. We would not yield; we would not give up until we got a commission because we knew that we needed to learn lessons, mainly to make the country safer.
John: I hear you. What do you feel the 9/11 Commission did not do?

Kristen: Listen, there’s a whole laundry list of issues. They left a lot of unfinished business on the table. Whether you want to talk about Project Able Danger, whether you want to talk about the failure to fully address the whistleblowers that we brought in there. There’s a whole laundry list of things. Questions remain lingering, matters remain highly classified.

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