Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean and former US Rep. Lee Hamilton (D), the chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, were Tuesday's guests. Here are excerpts from their remarks:
(Kean) "It can make us safer. There is a chance of preventing some of these attacks. Whether it can prevent every attack, that is doubtful."
(Hamilton) "The president has put his position, his prestige, his credibility, on the line on this bill. This is the first test of that after his reelection. And I don't think the president wants to take a defeat on this bill."
(Hamilton) "I haven't heard any of them come up with an alternative. Do they accept the status quo? Why don't they say so? If they don't like our proposal, why don't they come up with a proposal of their own?"
(Kean) "What it does say ... is that the CIA director has a full-time job there. That means that same individual cannot be the chief intelligence agent of the country. What is going on there is another argument for creating a national intelligence director ... [who] can oversee the whole operation."