McKinney Hosts 9/11 Brain Trust at Annual Black Caucus Conference

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Press Advisory — September 9, 2005
Contact: John Judge 202-225-1605

On September 23 and 24, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus will host two “brain trust” panels at their annual legislative conference to be held at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Avenue, NW, Washington, DC on the topic of what was omitted from the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report, unanswered questions that remain and their inadequate recommendations which have failed to make the country safer, to address the true sponsors and causes of the attacks and to properly balance civil liberties and secrecy, security and war. The event is free and open to the public. Members of Congress, academicians and authors will present information on the road that led to 9/11, the response that followed, and the unexamined evidence and assumptions that framed the official report. Speakers will include John Cooley (author of Unholy Wars). C. William Michaels (author of No Greater Threat), Richard Falk (author of The Great Terror War), David Ray Griffin (author of 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions), Barbara Rosenberg (molecular biologist), James Bamford (author of A Pretext for War), Rep. Curt Weldon (on Able Danger), Benjamin Barber (author of Fear’s Empire), Natsu Saito (author of Confronting the Crime of Silence), Athan Theoharis (author of The FBI and American Security) and James Ridgeway (author of 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11). There will be a showing of related documentary films on Saturday.

A brief agenda for the events appears below:

Moderator: Rep. Cynthia McKinney

Friday, September 23, 2:00 – 4:50 pm in Room 146-B

Panel: The Road To 9/11

Unholy Wars in Central Asia: Mujahadin, the CIA and Russia, John Cooley, author of Unholy Wars

Panel: The Road Since 9/11

The 12 Steps to Building a National Security State, C. William Michaels, author of No Greater Threat

Empire Won?t Save You: Rights and Civil Liberties in Peril, Richard Falk, author of The Great Terror War

3:35 – 4:50 pm

Panel: What the Commissioners Chose to Ignore

David Ray Griffin, author, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions

Where was NORAD on the Morning of 9/11?, Sen. Mark Dayton (D-MN) (Videotape of hearings)

Anthrax: A Missing Chapter in the 9/11 Commission Report, Barbara Rosenberg, molecular biologist

War for Sale: 9/11 and the Abuses of Intelligence, James Bamford, author of A Pretext for War

Able Danger: Military Intelligence and the 9/11 Hijackers, Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA)

Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Documentary films on 9/11

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Panel: Post – 9/11 Liberty v. Security

The War on Terror: Where is Jihad vs. McWorld Taking Us?, Benjamin Barber, author of Fear?s Empire

Implications of the Patriot Acts, Natsu Saito, co-editor of Confronting the Crime of Silence

The FBI and Security, Athan Theoharis, author of The FBI and American Democracy

Unanswered Questions on 9/11, James Ridgeway, author of 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11

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