Presidential candidates should announce key Cabinet members
before the November election so they can get security clearances as soon as the
president takes office, the September 11 Commission told Congress, The
Associated Press reported.
Without that, there will be a “very dangerous hiatus”
between presidential administrations when no one is officially leading
America’s security forces, commission members Fred Fielding and Jamie Gorelick
told a Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee.
Specifically, the commission said that the candidates should
announce their picks for national security adviser and the secretaries of the
State and Defense departments.
“We must recognize that the time of transition is a time of
great vulnerability for our country,” Fielding said. “As we know that
terrorists study and look at our mistakes, this is a prime time for them to
attack because it is a period which people are going out and people are coming
in and there is no one in charge.”
The intention is that “no later than 30 days after
inauguration, there would be an up-and-running government,” Gorelick said.