“It has taken three years for the details of the terrorist plot of 9/11 to emerge. The fateful turns that led to the attacks have finally entered the public discourse. Their lessons, however, have yet to be learned. The first lesson is that the highest officials in government did not want us to know the truth.” — Bill Moyers, Andrew Meier, Sherry Jones
September 11, 2004 was a time of sad remembrance and deep reflection for all Americans. For some, it was also a day to ask for honest answers to troubling questions, as yet unanswered, about the events of 9/11.
A grass roots national movement of truth-seekers is gathering momentum and gaining credibility with each day. A growing library of evidence has been compiled, which refutes the “official” story of what happened with exhaustive research and precise analysis. Books by David Ray Griffin and Jim Marrs, along with numerous articles, DVDs, and web sites deconstruct the story presented by the government and used as the pretext for its international war on terrorism, leaving dozens of unanswered questions. The amassed material is as compelling as it is heartbreaking.
It is worth noting here that two weeks ago, on August 30, Zogby International, the official North American political polling agency for Reuters, released a poll that found nearly half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of those in New York state believe U.S. leaders had foreknowledge of impending 9/11 attacks and “consciously failed” to act. Of the New York City residents, 66% called for a new probe of unanswered questions by Congress or the New York Attorney General.
On Saturday, to mark the third anniversary of these attacks, thousands of people across America attended conferences to confront the almost unthinkable: senior members of the Bush administration had prior knowledge of, or were complicit in, the attacks of 9/11. In San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, and elsewhere, leading researchers, authors, videographers, and activists stood before thousands of their fellow citizens to shine a bright, inquiring light on this long dark shadow. In Toronto, the Bloor Cinema hosted the world premier of two films that cast new and skeptical light on the events of 9/11. In Japan, TV Asahi, Japan’s 2nd largest television network, aired a two-hour investigative documentary on the unanswered questions of 9/11, starring David Ray Griffin, author of The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11.
David Ho, in his 9/9/04 article for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, quotes Kyle Hence, communications director of 9/11 CitizensWatch, “‘The 9/11 commission report failed to answer the majority of questions posed by victims’ family members.’ He said unanswered questions concerning the attacks include those about ‘multiple specific warnings from overseas, the spiking of FBI investigations, terrorist financing, the lack of defensive air response and the inadequately explained breakdown of the national chain of command that morning.'”
Other questions remain to be answered, including:
- Why were standard operating procedures for dealing with hijacked airlines not followed that day?
- Why were the extensive missile batteries and air defenses around the Pentagon not activated during the attack?
- Why hasn’t a single person been fired, penalized, or reprimanded for the gross incompetence we witnessed that day?
- Why has Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator who claims to have knowledge of advance warnings, been publicly silenced with a gag order requested by Attorney General Ashcroft and granted by a Bush-appointed judge?
- How could Flight 77, which reportedly hit the Pentagon, have flown back towards Washington D.C. for 40 minutes without being detected by the FAA’s radar or the even superior radar possessed by the US military?
- How were the FBI and CIA able to release the names and photos of the alleged hijackers within hours, as well as to visit houses, restaurants, and flight schools they were known to frequent?
- What happened to the over 20 documented warnings given our government by 14 foreign intelligence agencies or heads of state?
- Why did the Bush administration cover up the fact that the head of the Pakistani intelligence agency was in Washington the week of 9/11 and had $100,000 wired to Mohamed Atta, considered the ringleader of the hijackers?
Another unanswered question has to do with the rarely-mentioned third building to collapse on that fateful day: WTC 7. Larry Silverstein, the controller of the destroyed WTC complex, stated plainly in a PBS documentary that he and the FDNY decided jointly to demolish the Solomon Bros. building, or WTC 7, late in the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. How could WTC 7 be intentionally demolished unless there was a prior decision to rig the building with explosives, a process which takes weeks, if not months, of expert planning and implementation?
In an attempt to find answers to these and other questions, two lawsuits have been filed against Bush administration officials, one by Ellen Mariani (wife of Louis Neil Mariani, who was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center), represented by attorney Philip Berg; and another by by Stanley Hilton, a San Francisco attorney and former aide to Senator Bob Dole, whose $7 billion lawsuit is on behalf of the families of 14 victims of 9/11, numbering 400 people nationwide.
Those who are demanding deeper inquiry now number in the hundreds of thousands, including a former member of the first Bush administration, a retired air force colonel, families of the victims, highly respected authors, investigative journalists, peace and justice leaders, former Pentagon staff, and the National Green Party.
What is the goal of this national 9/11 truth movement? Perhaps the most succinct summary is found on the web site of 911truth: “Truth is the point. Without truth, there can be neither choice nor Democracy. And without Democracy there can be neither peace nor justice. In other words, those who have sought peace and justice must now fight first for truth and freedom.”
This story is of vital interest to the American public. TruthForPresident.org invites all citizens, especially media professionals, to join in this search for truth, no matter where it leads. National security is best served by the truth, not by covering the truth.
Sources and Related Material:
The New Pearl Harbor by David Ray Griffin, Olive Branch Press, 2004
Inside Job: Unmasking the 9/11 Conspiracies by Jim Marrs, Origin Press, 2004
ROBERT RABBIN is a writer, speaker, and spiritual activist. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and the creator of TruthForPresident, an online spiritual activism resource: www.TruthForPresident.org.