Mr. Kean's comments on Friday came as another member of the commission, Max Cleland, the former Democratic senator from Georgia, became the first panel member to say publicly that the commission could not complete its work by its May 2004 deadline and the first to accuse the White House of withholding classified information from the panel for purely political reasons.
'It's obvious that the White House wants to run out the clock here,' he said in an interview in Washington. 'It's Halloween, and we're still in negotiations with some assistant White House counsel about getting these documents %u2014 it's disgusting.'
He said that the White House and President Bush's re-election campaign had reason to fear what the commission was uncovering in its investigation of intelligence and law enforcement failures before Sept. 11. 'As each day goes by, we learn that this government knew a whole lot more about these terrorists before Sept. 11 than it has ever admitted.'
This is getting interesting. Of course, it would be unkind to subject the White House to loose forensic standards such as those used in either the kay report or the White House's various claims grossly exaggerating the contents of the Kay report.