"She [9/11 Commission Panelist Jamie Gorelick] is in my mind one of the finest members of the commission, one of the hardest working member of the commission and, by the way, one of the most non-partisan and bi-partisan members of the [9/11] commission," panel Chairman Thomas Kean (search), the former Republican governor of New Jersey, told reporters Wednesday. "So people ought to stay out of our business."
Um, can you say non sequitur? “Stay out of our business” is the wrong response to the people regarding actions of a governmental hearing and its members’ possible conflicts of interest, sir. You remember 'we the people', don't you?
Gorelick, former assistant attorney general under the Clinton Administration, is a signatory on the 1995 law that prevented the FBI and the CIA from exchanging information. This law, considered to have been a hindrance to tracking terrorists in the United States, was rescinded by the Patriot Act as a result of the attacks on 9/11. So, Gorelick may indeed be a fine member of the commission and one of the hardest working members of the commission and, by the way, one of the most non-partisan and bi-partisan members of the 9/11 commission, but she still has a conflict of interest in this matter and should resign from the panel.