The 9/11 Commission Report is constrained from telling the whole truth because the commission held non-partisanship as its most important guiding principle. (See the Harper’s Magazine piece). As a result, the commission recommendations focus only on the non-partisan problem of bureaucratic organization. Reorganizing the bureaucracy became the commission’s rallying call. So the Senate passed a bill creating a new head of Counterterrorism, as the commission recommended. The problem is we already have an agency that is supposed to oversee counterterrorism efforts, and that is the Department of Homeland Security. Fidelity to the truth is fundamental. The slightest deviation at the starting point can lead to a vast financial boondoggle in the end, and we will be none-the-safer.