Open Letter and Introductory Statement
Signed by the Ad-hoc Organizing Commitee of the 9/11 Truth Alliance and endorsed by a wide range of people.*
(*NOTE to Endorsers, past and future: please see the draft of a new, much shorter version, below - if you wish to endorse it in this shorter form, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
January 6, 2003
Dear fellow citizens and friends,
We are a group of activists, artists and researchers who are deeply concerned about the direction in which the American government is heading, and the state of global politics in general.
Since the horrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, our culture has been increasingly colored by an ominous cloud of suspicion, fear, misinformation... gathering our people unto an ever-greater reliance on war as the cure for all ills.
This state of affairs did not start with the events of Sept. 11th, yet it has been greatly worsened by them. It's now clear that the lessons from 9/11 have not been learned; and further, there is far more to this catalyst for the "war on terrorism" than what we have been told.
As a group, we stand amongst a large and growing community of people who have spent many hours re-examining what occurred on and around that terrible day. This review has left us appalled at the web of contradictions, the fragile "evidence," the accountability denied; and we recognize, in the media's willingness to accept the government line (with little more than a whisper of criticism), a deeply troubling indication as to the state of our Republic.
Now, over one year later, we are poised on the brink of a vastly expanded war in the Middle East, a direct consequence of the fear that erupted into flames when those two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers.
We do not claim to have the complete and final answers as to what happened in and around that day. What we have is an enormous (and ever-growing) mass of unanswered questions, the weight of which has now accumulated into a clear sense of purpose.
We are writing to inform you of our intent to lay the foundation for a national citizens' investigation into the events of Sept. 11th, 2001; and we invite all of you to consider this your commission, to recognize here our commitment to place ourselves at the service of the American people.
To this end, we of the 9/11 Truth Alliance have formed an ad hoc "organizing committee."
We have committed ourselves to carrying out various tasks necessary to make a "citizens' commission" a visible reality within a few months time - and we are doing so in such a way as to make this commission unlike any other.
Our primary focus is to empower you, the citizen, to express yourself, to engage in meaningful dialogue, and find your own answers... that we may all become better neighbors -and so ensure a brighter future for our children.
Thus, while we proceed with the foundation -holding preliminary hearings in a handful of cities- we also intend to place a wide variety of resources, tools, and techniques at your disposal, that you may organize your own hearings in your own local cities, towns, districts in concert with all others, along a common front.
We invite your participation at any and all levels -from the grassroots researcher, organizer, to those who are now developing a common, internet database by which all our findings may be collated into a single, organized resource for all to add to and use.
For a citizens' investigation to be credible, we must raise our criteria for evidence and findings to the very highest level, (citation of sources, clear logic, lucid language, honorable commissioners, etc.). At the same time, our emphasis on grassroots participation welcomes a wide variety of contributions... from expert testimony to inspired theatre, from casual get-togethers to full scale conferences.
There will be no 'litmus test' for participation. While many have clearly accepted the official explanations and others have already come to their own, alternative conclusions, we simply intend to reserve judgment until all the evidence
Some may say, "The federal government will be holding its own, National Commission. Why not wait and see what they come up with?"
We say, "Why not come and join our 'government liaison committee' by which we intend to monitor and assess the progress of the said commission?" >From the evidence we have seen thus far, we do not hold out much hope that it will be more than a whitewash. As citizens, we remain vigilant in our observance.
Others may say, "Commissions never solve anything," or "9/11 is old news."
That's why we say that this investigation must be more a movement of concerned citizens than just a mechanical weighing of facts. In the light of our ongoing march to war, and the wholesale sacrifice of the Bill of Rights for an illusory security, this movement is both urgent and timely.
Some may say, "What's to discover? Usama Bin Laden and his network hijacked some planes and flew them into buildings."
To you we say, "Study the evidence. We think you will be amazed and shocked at how flimsy the "official" explanations actually are - and how the media seems prepared to not take a closer look.
We have no time for those who would dismiss our misgivings as "conspiracy theory" (a term most often used by people who haven't done their homework).
We demand evidence, credible inquiry, commitment to find the truth, and a faith in the ability of the people to reason things out. If no one else is going to step forward, then we must.
Citizens, friends, our nation has been swept up in a tide of vengeance and price-tag patriotism. We have been given no meaningful opportunity to publicly discuss the stubborn mysteries surrounding 9/11. We are being denied our right to direct the course of our democracy -even as our civil liberties are being stripped away; and beneath all this, there lies a dark day, whose real meaning has yet to be unveiled.
Help us to uncover the truth, cleanse the air, and reveal the best of what this nation can be.
Become better informed, or simply know that we are working alongside you, wherever and whenever you take a stand for integrity, and responsible public office...
We will be there.
the "ad hoc Organizing Committee"
9/11 Truth Alliance:
working towards a
National Citizens' Commission
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PROPOSED SHORTER VERSION OF THE STATEMENT
(The content is identical; but it is shorter & snappier.)
August 30, 2003
Dear fellow citizens and friends,
Since September 11 2001, our culture has been increasingly tainted by fear. While a thousand pressing questions remain unanswered (and indeed, seldom asked), bombastic talk of patriotism and national security has been used to browbeat the American people into obedience and uncritical conformity. Our Bill of Rights is now in tatters while our leaders prescribe perpetual war as a quack cure for all the world’s ills. Yet we still know next to nothing about what led to the events of that terrible day.
We have been hijacked by a corrupt and arrogant ruling class - and we feel it’s time to fight back. We have a right to demand accountability from our elected leaders, and a duty to defend our democratic liberties. We believe that a free press worthy of the name should demand straight answers from those who presume to govern us. And we now know that much of what we have been told about 9/11 is not just inadequate but frankly nonsensical. The threadbare "official account" of the WTC and Pentagon attacks raises far more questions than it answers. It is an insult, not just to our intelligence, but to the victims of Sept. 11, and to the countless men, women and children who have lost their lives since then in the course of a futile and disingenuous War on Terror.
A community of people have carefully re-examined what occurred on and around September 11, 2001. The preliminary results of their investigations are already deeply disturbing. Our government’s explanation of what happened on that day is a web of contradictory statements, half-truths, face-saving evasions, pious platitudes and plain lies.
Remember: we are talking about one of the most dreadful crimes in recent history; it is wholly reasonable to expect a full, open, unprejudiced and independent investigation of that crime. Those who would glibly dismiss our misgivings as "conspiracy theory" are generally too lazy or too frightened to ask the most obvious questions. What’s more, such people are apparently so absent-minded as to have forgotten both Watergate and the Iran-Contra affair.
We do not claim to have the complete and final answers as to what happened on and around September 11, 2001; we intend to reserve judgment until all the evidence is in. What we do have is an enormous (and ever-growing) mass of unanswered questions, the weight of which has now accumulated into a single clear purpose:
We intend to form a National Citizens' Investigation into the events of Sept. 11th, 2001; and we invite all of you to consider this your commission, to join in our commitment to demanding the answers our elected representatives still owe us.
To this end, we of the 9/11 Truth Alliance have formed an ad hoc organizing committee. We are working flat-out to make a Citizens' Investigation a visible reality within a few months time - and this commission will be unlike any other in history. It will support and empower an electorate increasingly tired of being lied to by corrupt politicians of all parties, angered by the cult of greed and self-serving secrecy in American public life, and appalled at the damage inflicted on our country’s good name less than two years after an outpouring of sympathy from around the world.
As we proceed with the foundation of the Citizens’ Investigation - holding preliminary hearings in a handful of cities - we will also place a wide variety of resources, tools, and techniques at your disposal, so that you may organize your own hearings wherever you live. We are building a common front across all party-political lines. We invite your participation at any and all levels.
We owe it ourselves and to our children to ensure we have a government we can trust. Help us to uncover the truth, and reveal the best of what this nation can be.
(ABOVE IS DRAFT OF A PROPOSED SHORTER VERSION OF THE STATEMENT.)