911 Truth Statement Demands Deeper Investigation


NEW YORK CITY, NY (Oct. 26, 2004)(Updated Sep. 11, 2009) – An alliance of 100 prominent Americans and 40 family members of those killed on 9/11 today announced the release of the 911 Truth Statement, a call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur. The Statement supports an August 31st Zogby poll that found nearly 50% of New Yorkers believe the government had foreknowledge and “consciously failed to act,” with 66% wanting a new 9/11 investigation.

Focusing on twelve questions, the Statement highlights areas of incriminating evidence that were either inadequately explored or ignored by the Kean Commission, ranging from insider trading and hijacker funding to foreign government forewarnings and inactive defenses around the Pentagon. The Statement asks for four actions: an immediate investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Congressional hearings, media analysis, and the formation of a truly independent citizens-based inquiry.

The Statement’s list of signatories includes notables spanning the political spectrum, from Presidential candidates Ralph Nader, Michael Badnarik, and David Cobb to Catherine Austin Fitts, a member of the first Bush administration, as well as Washington veterans like Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern. Other signers range from peace activists like Global Exchange’s Kevin Danaher to former US Ambassador and Chief of Mission to Iraq, Edward L. Peck; from environmentalists like Randy Hayes and John Robbins; from populist journalist Ronnie Dugger to renowned investigative reporter Kelly Patricia O’Meara.

The Statement also includes 43 noted authors, including New York Times #1 bestseller John Gray, as well as 18 eminent professors, historians, and theologians. Other notables include five-term Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, singers Michelle Shocked and Michael Franti, and actors Ed Asner and Mimi Kennedy.

The Statement was facilitated by 911truth.org, a leading coalition. The organization has also announced a press conference outside of Eliot Spitzer’s Manhattan office (corner of Cedar and Nassau) at 2:00PM on Thursday, Oct. 28th where 9/11 family members and victim group representatives will file a formal complaint demanding the first criminal investigation of 9/11 events by the New York Attorney General.

Page Update 9/9/2009: Following is the actual statement endorsed by these signatories, as referred to in the press release above.

The Statement

We Want Real Answers About 9/11

On August 31, 2004, 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 US 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.

In connection with this news, we have assembled 100 notable Americans and 40 family members of those who died to sign this 9/11 Statement, which calls for immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.

We want truthful answers to questions such as:

  1. Why were standard operating procedures for dealing with hijacked airliners not followed that day?
  2. Why were the extensive missile batteries and air defenses reportedly deployed around the Pentagon not activated during the attack?
  3. Why did the Secret Service allow Bush to complete his elementary school visit, apparently unconcerned about his safety or that of the schoolchildren?
  4. Why hasn’t a single person been fired, penalized, or reprimanded for the gross incompetence we witnessed that day?
  5. Why haven’t authorities in the U.S. and abroad published the results of multiple investigations into trading that strongly suggested foreknowledge of specific details of the 9/11 attacks, resulting in tens of millions of dollars of traceable gains?
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. What happened to the over 20 documented warnings given our government by 14 foreign intelligence agencies or heads of state?
  10. 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 reportedly had $100,000 wired to Mohamed Atta, considered the ringleader of the hijackers?
  11. Why did the 911 Commission fail to address most of the questions posed by the families of the victims, in addition to almost all of the questions posed here?
  12. Why was Philip Zelikow chosen to be the Executive Director of the ostensibly independent 911 Commission although he had co-authored a book with Condoleezza Rice?

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, a European parliamentarian, families of the victims, highly respected authors, investigative journalists, peace and justice leaders, former Pentagon staff, and the National Green Party.

As Americans of conscience, we ask for four things:

  1. An immediate investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
  2. Immediate investigation in Congressional Hearings.
  3. Media attention to scrutinize and investigate the evidence.
  4. The formation of a truly independent citizens-based inquiry.

Given the importance of the coming election, we feel it is imperative that these questions be addressed publicly, honestly, and rigorously so that Americans may exercise their democratic rights with full awareness.

In closing, we pray and hope for the strength to approach this subject with wisdom and compassion so that we may heal from the wounds inflicted on that terrible day.



Note: All organizations are mentioned for identification purposes only. Individuals have signed this statement as an act of their own conscience, not to signify organizational endorsement.

Update 9/11/2009: Signatories removed.
Posted by Janice Matthews, current Director, 911Truth.org
Following recent media-generated controversy over Obama appointee Van Jones’ signature on this Statement, he and two other signatories have requested their names be removed. That has been done.

  1. Virginia Deane Abernethy, Ph.D., anthropologist, author, Population Politics
  2. Ed Asner, actor, activist
  3. Marshall Auerback, international portfolio strategist for David W. Tice & Associates, Inc.
  4. Catherine Austin Fitts, Asst. Secretary of Housing in the first Bush administration
  5. Keidi Obi Awadu, aka The Conscious Rasta, talk show host, LIBRadio
  6. Michael Badnarik, Libertarian candidate for President
  7. Byron Belitsos, publisher, Origin Press, author Planetary Democracy
  8. Philip J. Berg, Esquire, former deputy attorney general, Pennsylvania
  9. Medea Benjamin, activist, author, co-founder, Global Exchange and Code Pink
  10. Dennis Bernstein, investigative reporter, radio host of KPFA’s Flashpoints
  11. Steve Bhaerman aka Swami Beyondananda, author, political comedian
  12. Brad Blanton, Ph.D., psychotherapist, author, Radical Honesty
  13. Saniel Bonder, spiritual teacher and author, Great Relief
  14. Dr. Robert Bowman, USAF Lt. Col. (Rtd.), founder, Institute for Space and Security Studies
  15. John Buchanan, author, candidate for the Republican Party Presidential nomination, 2004
  16. Gray Brechin, Ph.D., author, environmental historian, professor, UC Berkeley
  17. Fred Burks, presidential interpreter for Bush, Clinton, Cheney, and Gore
  18. Norma Carr-Rufino, Ph.D., author, professor of management, San Francisco State University
  19. Angana Chatterji, Ph.D., scholar-activist and professor of anthropology
  20. Paul Cienfuegos, co-founder, Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County
  21. David Cobb, attorney, national presidential candidate, US Green Party
  22. John Cobb, Ph.D., theologian, co-author, For the Common Good
  23. Ernest Callenbach, founder/editor, Film Quarterly, author, Ecotopia
  24. Kevin Danaher, Ph.D., author, speaker, co-founder, Global Exchange
  25. Stephen Dinan, author, Radical Spirit
  26. Ronnie Dugger, journalist/author, co-founder, Alliance for Democracy
  27. Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ph.D., Director, American Center for Democracy, author, Funding Evil
  28. Daniel Ellsberg, author, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
  29. (Name removed by request 9/9/2009)
  30. Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University
  31. Michael Franti, musician, filmmaker, human rights worker
  32. Janeane Garofalo, actress, comedienne, talk show host, Air America Radio
  33. Jim Garrison, Ph.D., president, State of the World Forum, author, America as Empire
  34. Bruce Gagnon, Chair, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
  35. Ric Giardina, author, consultant, speaker, former Director of Trademarks and Brands for Intel
  36. John Gray, Ph.D., #1 bestselling author, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
  37. Stan Goff, 25-year Army Special Ops veteran, author, Full Spectrum Disorder
  38. Melvin Goodman, senior fellow, Center for International Policy, author, former Senior Analyst, CIA, professor, National War College
  39. Morton Goulder, Deputy Secretary for Intelligence and Warning under Nixon, Ford, and Carter
  40. David Ray Griffin, Ph.D., theologian, author, New Pearl Harbor
  41. Doris “Granny D” Haddock, campaign finance crusader, NH Democratic candidate for Senate
  42. Thom Hartmann, radio host; author, Unequal Protection
  43. Richie Havens, singer, songwriter, performer, artist
  44. (Name removed by request 9/9/2009)
  45. Randy Hayes, founder, Rainforest Action Network, US National Director, Direction Conservation
  46. Richard Heinberg, author, The Party’s Over, core faculty, New College of California
  47. (Name removed by request 9/10/2009)
  48. Rob Kall, editor, OpEdNews.com, president, Futurehealth, Inc.
  49. Georgia Kelly, executive director, Praxis Peace Institute
  50. Sean Kelly, Ph.D., author, professor of philosophy and religion, CA Institute of Integral Studies
  51. John Joseph Kennedy, Democratic Write-in Presidential Candidate for 2004
  52. Mimi Kennedy, actress, Dharma and Greg, progressive activist
  53. Faiz Khan, M.D., Triage Emergency Physician on 9/11, Assistant Imam
  54. David Korten, author, When Corporations Rule the World
  55. Frances Moore Lappe, author, Diet for a Small Planet; founder, Small Planet Institute
  56. Scott M. Legere, 25 year radio broadcaster as Scott Ledger, Tampa FL
  57. Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, TIKKUN Magazine, author, Healing Israel/Palestine
  58. Michael Levine, bestselling author of Deep Cover, journalist, 25-year veteran of the DEA
  59. Joanna Macy, Ph.D., eco-philosopher, author
  60. Enver Masud, founder, The Wisdom Fund, author, The Truth About Islam
  61. John McCarthy, former Special Forces Captain, president, Veterans Equal Rights Protection Advocacy
  62. Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, co-founder, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
  63. Cynthia McKinney, five-term Congresswoman from Georgia
  64. Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., author, professor, co-founder, Green Earth Foundation
  65. Mark Crispin Miller, media critic, author, professor, New York University
  66. Joseph W. Montaperto, New York City Fire Department
  67. Leuren Moret, geoscientist, radiation specialist, environmental commissioner
  68. Ralph Nader, Independent candidate for President
  69. Craig Neal, author, co-founder, The Heartland Institute, former publisher, Utne Reader
  70. Jeff Norman, executive director, Tour of Duty
  71. Jenna Orkin, Esquire, World Trade Center Environmental Organization
  72. Kelly Patricia O’Meara, investigative journalist, public relations
  73. Michael Parenti, Ph.D., author, Superpatriotism and The Terrorism Trap
  74. Edward L. Peck, former US Ambassador and Chief of Mission to Iraq, former Deputy Director to the White House Task Force on Terrorism
  75. Peter Phillips, Ph.D., professor, Sonoma State University, director, Project Censored
  76. Henri Poole, Internet pioneer, board member, Free Software Foundation
  77. Robert Rabbin, author, speaker, creator of TruthForPresident.org
  78. Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., sociologist, author, The Cultural Creatives
  79. John Renesch, business futurist, author, Getting to the Better Future
  80. John Rensenbrink, professor emeritus, Bowdoin College, co-founder, US Green Party
  81. John Robbins, author, founder, EarthSave International
  82. William Rodriguez, 9/11 rescue effort hero, founder, Hispanic Victims Group
  83. Neal Rogin, Emmy-award winning writer, performer, social observer
  84. Allen Roland, Ph.D., psychotherapist, published author and peace activist
  85. Rosemary Radford Ruether, professor of feminist theology, Graduate Theological Union
  86. Michael Ruppert, publisher/editor, From The Wilderness, author, Crossing the Rubicon
  87. Chris Sanders, founder, Sanders Research Associates
  88. Karl W. B. Schwarz, President, CEO, Patmos Nanotechnologies, LLC
  89. Peter Dale Scott, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, author, Drugs, Oil, and War
  90. Firefighter Kevin Shea, FDNY Hazmat Operations
  91. Michelle Shocked, singer/songwriter, activist
  92. Indira Singh, risk management and computer systems consultant
  93. J. Michael Springmann, attorney, former Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
  94. Douglas Sturm, Ph.D., university professor emeritus, Bucknell University
  95. Marjorie Hewit Suchocki, Ph.D., theologian, author
  96. Chuck Turner, Boston City Council
  97. James W. Walter Jr., venture investor, philanthropist, founder of Walden Three
  98. Dan Whaley, E-commerce pioneer, founder of GetThere.com, acquired for $750M
  99. Burns H. Weston, J.S.D., Professor of Law Emeritus, Director, Center for Human Rights, U-Iowa
  100. Howard Zinn, professor, historian, author, A People’s History of the United States

Family Members

  1. Joanne Barbara, wife of FDNY Asst. Chief of Dept. Gerard Barbara
  2. Gayle Barker, sister of William A. Karnes, WTC
  3. Michele Bergsohn, wife of Alvin Bergsohn, Cantor Fitzgerald
  4. Derrill Bodley, father of Deora Bodley, passenger on Flight 93
  5. Kathryn C. Bowden, sister of Thomas H. Bowden, Jr. WTC1, 104th floor
  6. Janet Calia, wife of Dominick Calia, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC1
  7. Maggie Cashman, wife of William Joseph Cashman, United Flight 93
  8. Lynne Castrianno Galante, sister of Leonard Castrianno, 1WTC, 105th floor
  9. Elza Chapa-McGowan, daughter of Rosemary Chapa, Pentagon
  10. Bruce De Cell, father-in-law of Mark Petrocelli North Tower, 92nd floor
  11. Ralph D’Esposito, father of Michael D’Esposito, WTC, 96th floor
  12. Loisanne Diehl, Surviving Spouse, Michael D. Diehl, WTC2, 90th floor
  13. Adina D. Eisenberg, sister of Eric Eisenberg, WTC
  14. Jonathan M. Fisher, son of Dr. Gerald Paul “Geep” Fisher, Pentagon
  15. Michael J. Fox, brother of Jeffrey L. Fox, Tower 2, 89th floor
  16. Laurel A. Gay, sister of Peter A. Gay, AA Flight 11
  17. Irene Golinsky, wife of Col. Ronald F. Golinski USA RET, Pentagon
  18. Lori, Jerry, and Beatrice Guadagno, sister and parents of Richard Guadagno, Flight 93
  19. Kristen Hall, daughter of fallen firefighter Thomas Kuveikis 9/11
  20. Kurt D. Horning, father of Matthew D. Horning, WTC Tower One, 95th floor
  21. Jennifer W. Hunt, wife of William C. Hunt, Euro Brokers
  22. John Keating, son of Barbara Keating, passenger on AA Flight 11
  23. L. Russell Keene II, father of Russ Keene III, WTC2, 89th floor, KBW
  24. Peter Kousoulis, sister died in WTC
  25. Paul & Barbara Kirwin, parents of Glenn Davis Kirwin, Cantor Fitzgerald 105th floor
  26. Barbara Krukowski-Rastelli, mother of William E. Krukowski, NYC firefighter
  27. Laura and Ira Lassman, parents of Nicholas C. Lassman, died in WTC, Tower One
  28. Johnny Lee, husband of Lorraine Greene
  29. Alicia LeGuillow, mother of Nestor A. Cintron III
  30. Francine Levine, sister of Adam K. Ruhalter, who died on 9/11
  31. Bob McIlvaine, father of Robert McIlvaine, WTC, Merrill Lynch
  32. Mary McWilliams, mother of FF Martin E. McWilliams- Engine 22
  33. Daryl J. Meehan, brother of Colleen Ann Barkow, WTC 1, 105th floor
  34. Elvira P. Murphy, wife of Patrick Murphy, WTC 1
  35. Natalee Pecorelli, sister of Thomas Pecorelli of Flight 11
  36. James L Perry, M.D and Patricia J. Perry, parents of John W. Perry, Esq., NYPD Officer 9/11
  37. David Potorti, brother of James Potorti, North Tower, WTC, Marsh & McLennan
  38. Terry Kay Rockefeller, sister of Laura Rockefeller, North Tower, WTC
  39. Grissel Rodriguez-Valentin, wife of Benito Valentin, WTC1, 94th floor
  40. Alissa Rosenberg-Torres, widow of Luis Eduardo Torres, post-9/11 mother, writer
  41. Elaine Saber, mother of Scott Saber
  42. Julie Scarpitta, mother of Michelle Scarpitta, WTC Building 2, 84th floor
  43. Paula Shapiro, mother of Eric Eisenberg, WTC2
  44. Elizabeth Turner, wife of Simon Turner, lost on 11th September 2001
  45. Adele Welty, mother of Firefighter Timothy Welty, FDNY, Squad 288
  46. Joan W. Winton, mother of David Winton, WTC, South Tower, 89th floor
  47. David Yancey, husband of Vicki Yancey, American Airlines Flight 77
  48. Nissa Youngren, daughter of Robert G. LeBlanc, flight 175

Late Signatories (starting toward 200 …)

  1. Rita M. Haley, President, National Organization for Women, New York Chapter
  2. Immortal Technique, Harlem-based hip-hop artist with Viper Records, Revolutionary I&II
  3. Bob Kirkconnell, served in the U.S. Air Force 27 years, reaching the rank of Master Sergeant
  4. Dennis Kyne, former Army air medic, 18th Airborne Corps during Gulf War I, musician, author, “Support the Truth”
  5. Paul Landis, author, “Stop Bush Now!”
  6. Eric H. May, former Army military intelligence officer and media essayist
  7. Charles Shaw, Editor, Newtopia Magazine, National Peace Action Coordinator, National Green Party
  8. Peter Erlinder, professor, William Mitchell College of Law, past-President National Lawyers Guild
  9. Daniel Robert Rezac, 2004 Vice-Presidential Write-In Candidate, former Aviator & Armor Officer, Army National Guard, B.S.B.A.
  10. Joel Horwitz, lost beloved cousin in WTC 1
  11. Jessica Murrow, lost husband Stephen Adams, Beverage Manager, Windows on the World, WTC 1
  12. Ellen Mariani, lost husband Neil on Flight 175
  13. Jean Hunt, disabled survivor of Pentagon attack
  14. Ralph & Brigitte Sabbag, lost son Jason in WTC 2

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