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9/11 Commission

A National Disgrace

Wolfowitz’s New Laughing Matter

A Review of the 9/11 Commission Report

by David R. Griffin,

author of The New Pearl Harbor – Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11
and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions —
A Critique of the Kean-Zelikow Report

 

Many people have said that this Report “reads like a novel.” It is indeed surprisingly good when judged in terms of criteria appropriate to works of fiction. But the 9/11 Commission was supposed to conduct a serious investigation into the question of who was responsible for the attacks of 9/11. Instead, it simply presupposed the official conspiracy theory, according to which the attacks were planned and carried out solely by al-Qaeda. The Commission entirely ignored all evidence for the alternative conspiracy theory, according to which the attacks succeeded only because of complicity by members of the US government.

Having written a book that summarizes much of the evidence supportive of this alternative theory (“The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11″), I read “The 9/11 Commission Report” to see how it handled this evidence. I found that it simply omitted most of it and distorted the rest.

For example, the Report simply repeats the official story about the 19 Arab hijackers, failing to mention that at least six of the named men have shown up alive. It even suggests that Waleed al-Shehri, who visited the US embassy in Morocco after 9/11, stabbed a flight attendant on AA 11 before it… Continue reading

Zelikow: Losing to the Bacteria

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Philip Zeilkow


Philip Zelikow, executive director of the Kean Commission, has compared popular doubts about the 9/11 Commission report to a dangerous disease. Nicholas Levis of 911Truth.org responds to his comments in the Washington Post of Oct. 7, 2004 …

An open Letter to Philip Zelikow and The Washington Post

By Nicholas Levis
911Truth.org
newyorkcity@snafu.de

[also featured at summeroftruth.org]

NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2004 –

Philip Zelikow, a high-level national security adviser to both Bush administrations, acknowledges that America faces a new infectious disease: lack of faith in the U.S. government’s 9/11 Commission report.

As executive director of the freshly-retired Kean Commission, Zelikow was a principal author of the 567-page document, which purports to explain everything that matters about September 11th, 2001.

Sales of the 9/11 report have far outpaced those of his earlier study in statecraft, “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed.” He co-wrote that book in 1999 together with one of his closest associates from the original Bush White House, Condoleeza Rice.

Despite blockbuster sales for the 9/11 report, Zelikow tells the Washington Post he is alarmed by the concurrent spread of “conspiracy theories” about the attacks, which he describes as pathogens:

“Our worry is when things become infectious, as happened with the [John F. Kennedy] assassination,” Zelikow says. “Then this stuff can be deeply corrosive to public understanding. You can get where the bacteria can sicken the larger body.” (1)

It’s too late, Dr. Zelikow. The “bacteria” are winning, and your own work is to blame.

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National Security Experts Speak Out: 9/11 Commission Falls Short

An open letter to Congress from 25 national security experts, including former FBI whistle-blower, Sibel Edmonds

Date: September 13, 2004

To The Congress of The United States: The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States ended its report stating that “We look forward to a national debate on the merits of what we have recommended, and we will participate vigorously in that debate.” In this spirit, we the undersigned wish to bring to the attention of the Congress and the people of the United States what we believe are serious shortcomings in the report and its recommendations. We thus call upon Congress to refrain from narrow political considerations and to apply brakes to the race to implement the commission recommendations. It is not too late for Congress to break with the practice of limiting testimony to that from politicians and top-layer career bureaucrats-many with personal reputations to defend and institutional equities to protect. Instead, use this unique opportunity to introduce salutary reform, an opportunity that must not be squandered by politically driven haste.

Omission is one of the major flaws in the Commission’s report. We are aware of significant issues and cases that were duly reported to the commission by those of us with direct knowledge, but somehow escaped attention.  Serious problems and shortcomings within government agencies likewise were reported to the Commission but were not included in the report. The report simply does not get at key problems within the intelligence, aviation security, and law enforcement communities.… Continue reading

Press Reaction to the Zogby Poll

Below are some of the media outlets who reported on the Zogby poll:

UPI

Washington Post

Al-Jazeera

Scoop

BigNewsNetwork

MotherJones Magazine

WorldNetDaily

UN Observer

Common Dreams

Truthout

World News

Democracy Now

Yahoo Financial News

Stop Bush

Newsmax

World Socialist

Philadelphia Daily News

Why still so many unanswered questions?

$14 million and 18 months later:

As 9/11 Commissioners continue nationwide tour, group calls on journalists and citizens to question them about dramatic omissions in their report . . .

– Dossier of open questions initiated at 911Truth.org

– Coming Sept. 7 in print form: “The 9/11 Omissions Report”

– Summer of Truth events in New York City: Aug. 27-Sept 17

– Public hearings to be held in New York, Sept. 9

– Town hall on Events of Sept. 11 at Manhattan Center Ballroom, 9/11/2004

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, August 27, 2004

A new campaign within the burgeoning September 11th truth movement is calling on journalists and citizens to confront the authors of “The 9/11 Commission Report” with key questions ignored in their report, and to demand full disclosure.

 

“Besides recommendations, the Commission was supposed to provide the full and definitive account of 9/11 events,” said David Kubiak, executive director of 911Truth.org. “Unfortunately, its evasions are so obvious that the Commission is effectively abetting a cover-up” His group is accompanying the Kean Commission’s nationwide tour with an online dossier of research on the report’s failures, available at the 911Truth.org website.

The initial version begins with just a few of the most obvious 9/11 Omissions:

  • Why does The 9/11 Commission Report ignore reports that the alleged 9/11 plotters received funds from the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI?
  • Why does the report fail to ask why the U.S. chain of command – Bush, Rumsfeld, Myers, Winfield – did nothing when it… Continue reading

General Myers’ Senate Testimony – 9/11/03

DOSSIER ON GENERAL MYERS’ ACTIVITIES ON THE MORNING OF SEPT. 11

Comments by “Stickdog”

General Myers was acting head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 11th. On September 13th, he is going for a nomination hearing to be made head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is the most important day of his life because on this day that Myers, an Air Force General with thousands of hours of time flying fighter planes, is acting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It’s the only day in history that the continental United States has ever been attacked from the air.

Myers claims he is at Senator Max Cleland’s office at 8:40 EDT. He sees on TV that the first plane has hit the World Trade Center. He claims on Armed Services Radio that at that point he went in and met with Cleland for an hour. Nobody called him and told him that a second plane had hit, that the air corridor had been closed between Washington and Cleveland, that a plane had been hijacked in Ohio and was flying back to the Pentagon. Then he also claims that when he walked out of Cleland’s office, he was handed a portable phone and it was the head of NORAD–the North American Aerospace Defense Command–telling him the Pentagon had been hit.

Now these are unbelievable assertions. Doesn’t the man have a beeper? Doesn’t the man have a cell phone? Doesn’t the man have a secretary who knows where… Continue reading

Press Picks Up on AWOL Chain of Command on 9/11

On the morning of September 11, Secretary Rumsfeld was having breakfast at the Pentagon with a group of members of Congress. He then returned to his office for his daily intelligence briefing. The Secretary  was informed of the second strike in New York during the briefing; he resumed the briefing while awaiting more information. After the Pentagon was struck, Secretary Rumsfeld went to the parking lot to assist  with rescue efforts…

At 9:44, NORAD briefed the conference on the possible hijacking of Delta 1989. Two minutes later, staff reported that they were still trying to locate Secretary Rumsfeld and Vice Chairman Myers  [acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on that day]. The Vice Chairman joined the conference shortly before 10:00; the Secretary, shortly before 10:30. The Chairman [Gen. Hugh Shelton] was out of the country.

– The 9/11 Commission Report, pp. 37-38

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2004 —

The official investigation of the September 11th events has failed to explain or even to ask why the top officials in the U.S. military chain of command were missing in action during the attacks, AWOL.

Long a subject for 9/11 researchers, the riddle of the absent leadership was highlighted in new articles by author Gail Sheehy in this month’s Mother Jones and last Saturday’s Los Angeles Times.

George W. Bush was moved to present a renewed defense of his actions on Sept. 11 in an interview published in last Thursday’s WashingtonPost.

Some background…

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The 9/11 Omissions Dossier (v 1.1)

AN EVOLVING RESOURCE

Gathering the best evidence developed by the September 11th research community

— Laying bare the fraud of the Kean Commission and its “9/11 Commission Report,” providing questions that anyone can pose to the Kean Commissioners on their national tour.

— Drawing up a blueprint for a criminal investigation that does not exclude valid bodies of evidence as unthinkable, simply because they point to a circle of complicity within the U.S. and allied governments or among U.S. elites. DRAFT of Aug. 31, 2004

This online 9/11 Omissions Dossier aims to unite research with activism. We are in the process of adding links to the best articles or corroborating items for each of the items listed below. We will also be publishing new articles and dossiers on individual topics. This collection is being presented to the members of The Citizens’ Commission on 9/11: A panel of citizens who are convening for “The Omissions Hearings” at the Symphony Theater in New York City on Sept. 9, 2004, to be chaired by the once and future congresswoman Hon. Cynthia McKinney. At the end of the day’s hearings, the citizens’ commissioners will be asked to recommend the most suitable venue or venues for future action from among the possible options (i.e., torts, court cases, articles of impeachment, petitions to international bodies, a truth commission, more informal or spontaneous types of political action, etc.). –911Truth.org and supporters


The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 172: “To date, the U.S. government has not been able to… Continue reading

Rumsfeld on 9/11

9/15 Victoria Clarke WBZ interview ( http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2001/t09162001_t0915wbz.html ):

Well, the terrible moment was actually earlier at about 8:40, 8:45 when we realized a plane and then a second plane had hit the World Trade Center. And immediately the crisis management process started up. A couple of us had gone into the secretary’s office, Secretary Rumsfeld’s office, to alert him to that, tell him that the crisis management process was starting up. He wanted to make a few phone calls. So a few of us headed across the hallway to an area called the National Military Command Center. He stayed in his office. We were in these rooms maybe 200 feet away where we felt the concussion. We immediately knew it was something bad. We weren’t sure what. When it first happened, we didn’t know what it was. But again, all the wheels were in motion. Everybody was doing what they were supposed to be doing.

The secretary was in his office, really not that far away from the side of the building that got hit by the plane. He and another person immediately ran down the hallway and went outside and helped some of the people, some of the casualties getting off the stretchers, etc. When he came back in the building about half an hour later, he was the first one that told us he was quite sure it was a plane. Based on the wreckage and based on the thousands and thousands of pieces of metal. He was… Continue reading

FAA Communications with NORAD On September 11, 2001

FAA clarification memo to 9/11 Independent Commission

May 22, 2003

Image of FAA logo
NORAD ShieldWithin minutes after the first aircraft hit the World Trade Center, the FAA immediately established several phone bridges that included FAA field facilities, the FAA Command Center, FAA headquarters, DOD, the Secret Service, and other government agencies. The US Air Force liaison to the FAA immediately joined the FAA headquarters phone bridge and established contact with NORAD on a separate line. The FAA shared real-time information on the phone bridges about the unfolding events, including information about loss of communication with aircraft, loss of transponder signals, unauthorized changes in course, and other actions being taken by all the flights of interest, including Flight 77. Other parties on the phone bridges, in turn, shared information about actions they were taking. NORAD logs indicate that the FAA made formal notification about American Flight 77 at 9:24 a.m., but information about the flight was conveyed continuously during the phone bridges before the formal notification.

 

Editor’s Note: Much has been written about the anomalies surrounding the lack of air defense on 9/11. Here are a few important updates.

http://www.journalof911studies.com/resources/2013AugustLetterSchreyer.pdf

http://www.911truth.org/new-911-timeline-entries-training-exercises-false-hijack-reports-bush-on-911-and-more/

http://www.911truth.org/two-days-before-911-military-exercise-simulated-suicide-hijack-targeting-new-york/

http://www.911truth.org/the-f-16s-that-failed-to-protect-washington-on-911-was-the-langley-jets-emergency-response-sabotaged/

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Transcript of Sen. Dayton’s remarks on NORAD

Friday, July 31, 2004 at Congressional hearings on “The 9/11 Commission Report”

(Transcribed by Kyle Hence of 9/11 Citizens’ Watch)

Senator Dayton: Thank you Madame Chairman, and I , I also want to commend you for holding this hearing in quick response to the 9/11 Commission’s Report. Mr. Chairman, Mr. Co-chairman, I want to say again to you that we are all indebted to you, to the other eight members of the Commission and the staff for this critically important work that you have provided the nation.

It is a profoundly disturbing report because it chronicles in excruciating detail the terrible attack against our homeland, the despicable murder of so many American citizens and the horrible destruction to countless other lives and liberties throughout this nation.

And because of the utter failure to defend them [American citizens] by their federal government, by their leaders, and the institutions that were entrusted to do so and because of serious discrepancies between the facts that you’ve set forth and what was told to the American people, to members of Congress, and to your own Commission by those, some of those authorities.

There’s way too much to cover here but I will begin.

According to your report the first of the four airliner hijackings occurred on September 11th at 8:14 Eastern time. At 10:03 AM, almost two hours later, an hour and forty-nine minutes to be exact, the fourth and last plane crashed before reaching its intended target, the U.S. Capitol, because of the… Continue reading

Senator Dayton: NORAD Lied About 9/11

Sunday, August 1, 2004

By Nicholas Levis

Photo of NORAD headquartersMark Dayton has become the first U.S. senator to challenge the rush to consensus that “The 9/11 Commission Report” settles the open questions of Sept. 11, 2001.

In hearings last Friday, Sen. Dayton (D-MN) raised an obvious point: if the timeline of air defense response as promoted in the Kean Commission’s best-selling book is correct, then the timeline presented repeatedly by NORAD during the last two years was completely wrong. Yet now no one at NORAD is willing to comment on their own timeline!

When the official story of 9/11 can be changed repeatedly without anyone ever being held accountable, we have no right to ever again expect honest government. Please read the following story and do your part to support Sen. Dayton for highlighting the contradiction, and to encourage the media to follow up.

(See Transcript of Sen. Dayton’s remarks of July 31.)

Background: Evolution of the Official Story

From the beginning, the 9/11 investigations, official and alternative, have been about timelines: what happened, who knew and who did what, when, where and how.

Written by the government’s Kean Commission, the just-published “9/11 Commission Report” presents a timeline of air defense response that differs radically from all of the previous official stories.

Since Sept. 11 government representatives have in fact promoted a series of mutually contradictory narratives of how the nation’s air defenses responded to the unfolding attacks. Various chronologies were presented at different times by the high military command, the North American Air Defense command (NORAD), the Federal Aviation Administration, and now the Kean Commission.…

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What are we doing?

The goal of our efforts here for the next three months should be to expose the truth of 9/11 before the election – or before whatever event is arranged to upstage the election.

And what is “the truth”?

The truth is that from the first, the 9/11 events were exploited without compunction to the benefit of the military-industrial-intelligence complex and the Bush cabal. 9/11 was used to justify long-planned invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan that may have otherwise been politically infeasible – to push through a long-standing domestic wish-list of repressive measures like the USA PATRIOT Act – and to shift trillions in budgeting priorities from butter to guns. The administration declared a perpetual “War on Terrorism” that “will not end in our lifetimes” (Cheney), which has been waged largely against peoples and countries universally acknowledged to have had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, as with the unprovoked invasion of Iraq. As a response to anti-American terrorism, this strategy seems intentionally designed to make the problem much worse in the long run. Before 9/11, the hardliners of Project for a New American Century admitted they needed an enemy. Now they are making sure that there will always be one.

Based on the open-source evidence available to date, the truth of 9/11 is that the attacks could not have happened in the way they did without help on the inside of the U.S. government or within the vast hidden government apparatus. A real investigation (by whatever body) would have… Continue reading

Cui Bono 9/11?

by Catherine Austin Fitts, former Asst. Secretary of Housing

(Click here for original)

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature”s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The Declaration of Independence

UnAnswered Question #1: Cui Bono?

Graphic for cui bonoA spirited and global citizens’ media was birthed by our hunger to learn the truth that lay inside the graves of those who gave their lives on 9/11. This citizens’ media brought forward the questions that people throughout the world raised and wanted answered.

These are the UnAnswered Questions of 9/11. These UnAnswered Questions are powerful. The persistence of the citizens’ media in raising them and demanding answers has illuminated the failure of those responsible to explain what happened or why.

These UnAnswered Questions have been supplied to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States — by the families of those who died that day, by 9/11 CitizensWatch and many others. To date, the Commission has declined to seriously investigate or address them. Those who have attended Commission hearings anticipate a report that justifies more 9/11 and war profiteering ? more otherwise unjustified public budgets and private profits for large banks, defense contractors and other large corporations.…

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Headlines from 2004

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Essentials for activists

JUDGE: GROUND ZERO PERIMETER IS PUBLIC PROPERTY
THE COURT: That’s the sidewalk. It says he was on the sidewalk. LT. GILBERT: The train station it is all sidewalk to the exit. The entrance and exit that is part of the station. THE COURT: But the sidewalk is a public place. It is not part of the premises of the Port Authority. MS. KELLY: Your Honor, it is the possession of the Port Authority. That entire area is the property. THE COURT: It is your possession? It is the possession of the Port Authority? MS. KELLY: Ground Zero is technically the property of the Port Authority. THE COURT: Not the sidewalk surrounding Ground Zero, that”s a public sidewalk. Both cases are dismissed. MR. BLANK: Can I ask they be dismissed on constitutional grounds? THE COURT: Go away.

Pod Theory, “Whatzits” and the Pentagon Controversy
Frustrated 9/11 researchers may naturally wish for an instant smoking gun, a killer clue like the one invariably discovered by detectives on the TV show CSI, something to finish off the official story in a single blow. Unfortunately, this impulse invites a lot of breathless misinformation, spurious theories, or e-mail reports from fabricated whistleblowers. Many of these notions are packaged as bombshell revelations in the area of physical evidence. Read on for a discussion of “pod theory,” “whatzits” and the Pentagon controversy…

October 2004

September 11 Mom: An Open Letter to George W. Bush

The Explosion of the 9-11 Truth Movement — U.S. Media’s Dirty Little Secret

by Bill Douglas

Published in Newtopia Magazine

A mass movement and a mountain of disturbing evidence has been growing beneath the radar of U.S. media. The U.S. media (including alternative media) has done an extraordinarily superhuman job of “hearing” “seeing” and “speaking no evil.” However, almost immediately after 9-11-2001’s horrendous attacks on New York and Washington D.C., many researchers, ordinary citizens, and journalists [who’ve been given  precious little print in U.S. papers or TV] began to smell something rotten . . . not in Denmark . . . but rather, right here in the good ol’ US of A.

This movement’s early roots began when many people scratched their heads in wonder at “how 4 commercial jet liners could fly hijacked for nearly an hour and a half the morning of 9-11, without any Air Force  fighter interceptor jets turning a wheel until it was too late,” as stated by acclaimed Canadian TV journalist, Barry Zwicker. Zwicker’s powerful documentary “The Great Deception,” which suggests top Bush Admin. officials were likely complicit in the 9-11 attacks, aired on Canada’s Vision TV network which is viewed by millions of Canadians. Unfortunately Americans in the U.S. have been “protected” from viewing this critical documentary. Researchers, like Zwicker and others, quickly learned that in 2001 before the 9-11 attacks 62 aircraft had been intercepted by Air Force fighter interceptor jets, and usually within 10 to 15 minutes of going off course.

Yet bizarrely, on 9-11 four commercial jets were hijacked off course for about… Continue reading

Why is there a 9/11 truth movement?

SF 9/11 Truth Conference march on City Hall photo

Photo Credit: Jan Hoyer, www.digitalstyledesigns.com


IN THE THIRD YEAR AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, the U.S. government still has not answered the most important questions about what really happened. And the official 9/11 Commission has failed to ask.

For too long we have allowed the government to operate in the shadows.

Fighter planes were not dispatched in a timely manner to intercept the 9/11 flights – in blatant violation of longstanding, standard operating procedures. Why? Why did the U.S. chain of command (Bush, Rumsfeld, Gen. Myers) by their own admission remain inactive during the actual attacks?

On the morning of Sept. 11 itself, the U.S. military conducted scheduled wargames to rehearse scenarios that included plane hijackings and an “errant aircraft” crashing into a government building (AP, Aug. 2002).

Even granted this was a coincidence: How can high officials like Condoleeza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld get away with testifying that “no one could have imagined” planes would be used as weapons against buildings?

Why won’t the government identify who made profits by short-selling the stock of United Airlines, American Airlines and the WTC re-insurers in the week before the attacks? Where did the many known advance warnings of the attacks originate? Were these warnings really missed?

The Kean Commission (the official 9/11 investigation currently making headlines) was called to life only after Sept. 11th families lobbied stubbornly for 14 months. The same families have demanded the resignation of the Commission’s executive director, Philip Zelikow, for his evident conflicts of interest. Although Zelikow… Continue reading

The Condoleezza Rice-Philip Zelikow Connection: The Kean Commission and its Conflicts of Interest

MAY 16, 2004:

Condoleezza Rice is a household name. But most Americans still have never heard of the man who wrote a book with her, Philip Zelikow.

As the executive director of the Kean Commission, Zelikow is responsible for framing the agenda. He leads the research staff. He decides what evidence the commission sees.Image of Rice and Zelikow

In April, the world media focused on Rice’s appearance before the commission. She claimed, not for the first time, that no one could have imagined terrorists would use hijacked planes as weapons against buildings. This is a demonstrable falsehood, which Bush himself inadvertently exposed a week later. (See “Bush, Rice and the Genoa Warning”)

Rice’s testimony received mostly bad reviews. The commission was credited with investigative fervor. Few reports bothered to note that in the late 1980s, Rice and Zelikow worked closely together on George H.W. Bush’s national security staff.

Zelikow and Rice co-authored a 1999 book about their experiences in the first Bush White House, “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft.” The book presents “a detailed and fascinating account of behind-the-scenes discussions and deliberations” during the fall of the Soviet empire, according to Library Journal.

Zelikow again served alongside Rice as a member of the Bush transition team in 2000- 2001, when he took part in White House meetings on the terror threat. Since this was of interest to the 9/11 investigation, the Kean Commission recently called Zelikow as a witness, in a closed-door session.

Now imagine if the judge in a trial was a close associate of the star witness.…

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