From the Telegraph (India):
The Pakistan foreign office had paid tens of thousands of dollars to lobbyists in the US to get anti-Pakistan references dropped from the 9/11 inquiry commission report, The Friday Times has claimed.
The Pakistani weekly said its story is based on disclosures made by foreign service officials to the Public Accounts Committee at a secret meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday.
It claimed that some of the commission members were also bribed to prevent them from including damaging information about Pakistan.
The magazine said the PAC grilled officials in the presence of foreign secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan and special secretary Sher Afghan on the money paid to lobbyists.
“The disclosure sheds doubt on the integrity and honesty of the members of the 9/11 inquiry commission and, above all, the authenticity of the information in their final report,” it said.
(via Protein Wisdom).
Well, this is disgusting, although it is not a surprise, sadly. Pakistan is a US ally on the War on Terror where the anti-US sentiments are very important. So this can be a compensation to the Pakistani Government. Anyway, I think that even in that case the links should be known. What happened in 9/11 was so terrific, everything must be known.
Read the comments: they are worth it. And these links:
By the way, in The Java Report I read that they have identified the falling man of 9/11:
Five years after the horror of September 9, 2001, the falling man has finally been identified as Jonathan Briley, a 43-year-old who worked in a restaurant at the top of the north tower.
Over the years, his family has always assumed he perished in the building. Now, learning he had jumped is almost too much to bear.
His father, Alexander, a Baptist minister, has still not come to terms with the manner of his son’s dying. “I can’t talk about it,” he says. “My life’s work is telling people that they have to go on after tragedy, but I can’t do it for myself.”
A documentary about ‘The Falling Man’ will be aired on the British TV channel 4 tomorrow. Briley was one of dozens who chose to end their own lives by jumping, rather than face the horror of being burned alive.
Difficult decision. But as Dr. Rusty Shackleford, from the Java Report, says: “the struggle against Islamofascism is not about race, but about a murderous and totalitarian ideology“.
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