"We to this day don't know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us," said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission. "It was just so far from the truth."
"I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was
described," John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who led
the staff inquiry into events on Sept. 11, said in a recent interview.
"The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to
us and the public for two years. . . . This is not spin. This is not
John F. Lehman, a Republican commission member and former Navy
secretary, said in a recent interview that he believed the panel may
have been lied to but that he did not believe the evidence was
sufficient to support a criminal referral. "My view of that was that whether it was willful or just the fog of
stupid bureaucracy, I don't know," Lehman said. "But in the order of
magnitude of things, going after bureaucrats because they misled the
commission didn't seem to make sense to me."
9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon