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[Editor's Note: for the official website of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States
Regarding the 9/11 Commission Chairman's "conflict of interest" ]
The text below was prepared in response to the government sanctioned National Commission on 9/11 , which will be having open hearings in NYC on March 31st and April 1st 2003
Here is a list of key unanswered questions that many feel MUST be addressed by their investigation.
11 Top Talking Points & Questions
In examining these talking points, we ask the reader for an open mind, patience, and healthy skepticism. We ask that your embrace your responsibility to think for yourself, because no one else should do it for you. Some of what follows may be hard to accept or difficult to believe so we suggest that you revisit, check and double check difficult points via the web (see point #11 below) or otherwise.
Unanswered Questions (UQ) offers these Top 11 Talking Points & Questions as a starting point for thinking about responsibility for the tragedy of September 11th and as offering direct lines for further, more formal, inquiry by a Citizens' Investigative Commission on 9/11; a project now initiated and being facilitated by UQ.
:: Whistleblowers ::
FBI agents Colleen Rowley (Minneapolis), Kenneth Williams (Phoenix), and Robert Wright (Chicago), amongst others, have courageously come forward with evidence that their superiors derailed promising investigations that might have foiled the 9/11 attacks. While on the trail of terrorists, why were capable field agents blocked, thwarted, intimidated and undermined by their superiors at FBI headquarters? Surely claims of incompetence and inefficient bureaucracy is missing the point. At a recent press conference, Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch has even suggested possible treason. How does the FBI hope to explain this pattern of blocking of legitimate investigations by capable field agents? Or will they explain?
Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller by Coleen Rowley [edited version of 13 pp. memo]
"Agent: FBI Rewrote Moussaoui Request," John J. Lumkin; Associated Press, May 25, 2002
Agent Wright encountered stonewalling, negligence, indifference and outright opposition by his superiors and FBI HQ
:: Insider trading ::
After 9/11, investigations were launched around the world into suspicious pre-9/11 trading that clearly indicated detailed foreknowledge of the attacks. Bloomberg News documented massive spikes in put options (a bet the stock will fall) in specific companies whose stock did in fact fall precipitously once trading opened. Put option expert Phil Erlanger estimated that profits would have been in the billions of dollars. In a recent indictment, federal prosecutors accused Amr Ibrahim Elgindy of bribing an F.B.I. agent to gain prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks.
So, where does this money trail lead? Why have we learned nothing from the SEC about who placed these trades? Do we not have a right to know ?
"Massive pre-attack 'insider trading' offer authorities hottest trail to accomplices"; Kyle F. Hence; www.globalresearch.ca ; posted April 23, 2002
Index of stories on insider trading posted at From the Wilderness
"Stock Advisor Knew About Attack", US Suggests; Alex Berenson, May 25, 2002
Complete indictment of FBI linked insider trading circle (33pp)
:: Links to terrorists ::
According to published and confirmed mainstream reports Mohammed Atta was wired $100,000 by the Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI, just prior to the attacks. The man who approved this wire, General Mahmud was meeting with top officials of the US government, including Intelligence Committee Chairmen Representative Porter Goss (R-FL) and Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) on the morning of the attacks.
The FBI confirmed on ABC News (This Week, September 30, 2001) that the payment had come from banks in Pakistan. A short time later, former ISI director-general Lt-Gen Mahmud Ahmad retired amidst the scandal that linked him to the payment. This was published in The Times of India, Delhi, 9 October 2001 and AFP (Agence France Press), 10 October 2001
One might be forgiven for asking - is this the only case of ties between US organizations and those allied or connected to terrorists ? What of the Bush family's close ties to the Bin Laden family through their shared business concerns in the Carlyle Group, the 11th largest US defense contractor ? Are we in fact with the terrorists or against them ?
ISI ties to Taliban
Who is Osama Bin laden ?
Manipulation of CNN and White House transcripts of Dr. Condoleezza Rice's May 16th Press Conference. (listen to original audio-video file), June 29, 2002
:: Do warnings imply foreknowledge ? ::
In the aftermath of the attack, the administration stated that they had had no warnings of an attack. Nine months later they conceded that they had received general warnings of possible 'traditional' hijackings by Al-Qaeda. In actual fact, numerous detailed reports were received from foreign intelligence groups and leaders in terrorist attacks. The Bush administration received specific warnings from Israel, Germany, Egypt, UK, and Russia, amongst others; some very specific. In light of detailed terrorist threat assessments, foiled plots or discovered plans involving planes as missiles, and G-8 air defense measures last summer, all well before 9-11, is it not preposterous and deceptive for the administration and the President to suggest that no one could have imagined that planes might be used as weapons?
Is it not reasonable to ask who specifically received these warnings and what specifically was done in response? Why, in fact did the warnings not lead to a heightened state of readiness and an aggressive response by US Air Defenses on September 11th (as opposed to the opposite - see next talking point below) ?
"CIA Admits Foreknowledge of 9/11", Larry Chin, Online Journal, May 6, 2002
"Air Force officer disciplined for saying Bush allowed September 11 attacks: Hijacker attended US military school;" Jerry Isaacs; World Socialist Website, Monterey County Herald; June 21, 2002
"Specificity of Method" Warnings, Kyle F. Hence [UQ Co-founder]; 5/18/02
"Echelon Gave Authorities Warning Of Attacks"; Ned Stafford; Newsbytes, May '02
:: Air Defenses ::
The first hijacking was known by Boston ATC at 8:28, (Village Voice, amongst others). The Pentagon admits to being aware of one hijacking at 8:40, (Boston Globe) and two hijackings by 8:50 (General Myers). General Myers told the Senate on Sept. 13th that "we did scramble fighter aircraft... after the Pentagon was struck". That is, fighters were scrambled at 9:40, a full hour later. A story that fighters were launched from Otis AFB and Langley AFB appeared in the press on Sept. 14th. Why the delayed report ? Rough calculations of the time and distance traveled show they would have been flying at less than half their top speed. Surely this was a situation requiring emergency measures?
Flight 93 was in the air, with the hijacking confirmed, for more than half an hour before it crashed, but no interceptors launched from Andrews AFB, only 10 miles and mere minutes flight time away - even after a second (hijacked-confirmed) plane had struck the WTC (according to "official" government military sources). All this flies in the face of standard procedure. Why was the air response so inadequate?
Sept 11: Unanswered Questions (140pp. deep analysis)
Szamuely, George, ‘Nothing Urgent,’ New York Press, Vol. 15, No. 2,
Zwicker, Barry, ‘The Great Deception: What Really Happened on Sept. 11th Part 2,’ MediaFile, Vision TV Insight, 28 January 2002,
McMurtry, John, ‘Decoding 9-11’
:: An 9/11 Investigation ? ::
According to Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General for the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (1990-1996), 682 hijackings have occurred worldwide since 1972. All were thoroughly investigated. Nearly a year has passed and the four hijackings of 9-11 have neither been investigated by the FAA nor the subject of pubic hearings. A congressional investigation by a special joint House/Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has met behind closed doors, repeatedly delayed open hearings (most recently until September, 2002) and had their chief investigator resign.
Precedent for convening immediate Investigative Commissions on issues of national security has been clearly established in the case of the Pearl Harbor and the JFK assassination. Why is this so vehemently blocked and resisted by the Administration and others? Why, according to Senator Daschle, did both the President and the Vice-president lobby him for no investigation whatsoever? Why did 8 committees investigate Enron and only a single one, behind closed doors so far, undertake an in-depth investigation of 9/11?
"Inquiry of Intelligence Failures Hits Obstacles"; Greg Miller; Los Angeles Times; May 4, 2002
Congresswoman McKinney Presses for Investigation of Bush Administration Links to 9-11; April 12, 2002
:: Legal Action ::
Increasingly victims' family members are taking the lead in asking questions of their government and insisting on an independent commission. Julie Sweeney, a past guest on Oprah who has refused what she refers to as 'government hush money' to instead pursue legal action, said that it is "patriotic to ask questions." Recently, members of three victims' families groups were present and posed questions at a national press conference (where Sweeney was a presenter) organized by UnansweredQuestions.org. Class-action lawsuits against government agencies and airlines suggests that enough evidence may exist to move on a legal front to find accountability and the truth. Why are Bush administration lawyers seeking to limit the victims' families access to global evidence in their suits against the airlines? Why have they sought torte reform to limit damages?
"S.F. attorney: Bush allowed 9/11"; David Kiefer, San Francisco Examiner, 6/11/02
Mary Schiavo's speech before the National Air Disaster Alliance and Foundation 2001 Autumn Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 29, 2001
(Updated December 7, 2001 to reflect the changes in the law as signed by the President on November 19, 2001)
UQ Wire: "DOJ To Attempt Shut Down of 9/11 Evidence", by Tom Flocco
:: Rewarding Failure and Incompetence ::
Outside of airport security screeners, UQ knows of no instances of firings or reprimands issued as a result of 9/11 events. This despite the obvious failure of intelligence and air defenses, which, given the warnings received implies at the very least gross incompetence, egregious negligence if not worse. Rather than holding responsible individuals directly accountable, and insisting upon answers, we are instead rushing ahead and rewarding them with rich financial bonuses and budget increases.
This comes on the heels of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld pre-9/11 confirmation in Congressional testimony that the Department of Defense had undocumented 'adjustments' (ie. money unaccounted for) of $2.3 trillion. For comparison, the total federal outlay in the 2002 budget comes to just over $2 trillion. This staggering figure demands that we seek full disclosure of what's happened to taxpayer funds. Why are we throwing good money after bad without holding any one accountable for the worst breach of national security in history?
"The Real Deal on 9:11: Rewarding Failure"; Catherine Austin Fitts, Issue #2, Global Outlook magazine, published by www.globalresearch.ca .
"Not Important? Think Again!;" Chris Sanders, Sander Research, London, UK
:: Anthrax ::
Suspicions continue to swirl around an FBI investigation going nowhere after eight months of investigation. Despite early attempts to blame Iraq, it is now an established fact that all the Anthrax came from a US Army facility at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. Furthermore, respected scientist Dr. Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, has suggested that the FBI is dragging its feet even though it has a clear prime suspect within the US defense establishment. Recently it has surfaced that the White House was put on Cipro on the very morning of September 11th, more than a month before the attacks. Are we being subjected to a campaign of fear (ie 'terrorism') by people within our own government ?
Report: Iraq Behind Anthrax Attacks. Oct. 15, 2001 (sources The Guardian, including quotes from a CIA official)
Capitol Hill Anthrax Matches Army's Stocks
Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, Analysis of the Anthrax Attacks
Whitehouse on CIPRO
:: Sleeping at the wheel ? ::
Shortly after taking office, Ashcroft sent a memo to department heads outlining his seven top priorities. Counter-terrorism was not one of them. Two Star General Donald Kerrick commented "Clinton's advisors met nearly weekly on how to stop bin Laden... I didn't detect that kind of focus from the Bush administration." A June 29th 2002 AP story states "President Bush's national security leadership met formally nearly 100 times in the months prior to the Sept. 11 attacks yet terrorism was the topic during only two of those sessions, officials say." In light of all the warnings described above and increased 'noise' or 'chatter' they now report receiving during the spring and summer of '01, why did they not give this matter the attention it deserved? How does this reconcile with Ashcroft's personal decision to heed an FBI threat assessment and not fly commercially in the weeks leading up to the attack?
"Before 9-11, Terrorism was low priority for the Bush Administration"; AP/NYTimes; June 29, 2002
"Avoiding the real questions"; Jane's Intelligence Digest; May 28, 2002
:: 20 web sites sources::
The following are 20 websites, in no particular order, selected from the hundred or more web sites that examine this subject.
http://www.copvcia.com / www.fromthewilderness.com
Any one of the these talking points (with supporting evidence and sources) taken on its own raises profoundly disturbing questions that require further attention. However, taken together, they build a compelling case that, at the very least, justifies our demand for a full, open and aggressive investigation as to accountability for, and culpability in, the attacks of September 11th.
Remember, these are only a starting points, and a 'first tier' of questions and talking points. Other sets of questions, and deeper analysis is already offered by other groups and investigators. It is our intention to facilitate the formation of a Citizens' Investigative Commission on 9/11 to take this one step further while building a grassroots activism campaign that seeks an aggressive, full and open governmental investigation with full subpoena power.
Further questions and source links will be offered via UQ in the future.
We shall never forget the heroes, and all those that gave their lives in the attacks of September the 11th 2001.
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