Inhofe downplays significance of 9-11 report

Sunday, July 27th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Washington - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has dismissed the significance of a partially declassified report on the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Inhofe broke with other key lawmakers on the significance of the investigation and report.

The Oklahoma Republican was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee when the months-long investigation was conducted and completed.

He says the report's finding that crucial information was ignored is pinned on evidence found on only one page out of hundreds of thousands.

He also says Democrats are using the report in a politically motivated attempt to blame President Bush.

The report is almost 900 pages and represents a compilation of about one (M) million documents, 500 interviews and 22 hearings.

It is viewed by many as an unprecedented explanation of what worked and what didn't in the pre-September 11th United States.