Sunday, October 31, 2004

If the Feds Won't Do It . . .  

Via Zemblan patriot J.D.: Unsatisfied by the evasions and equivocations of the 9/11 Commission, a coalition of angry citizens is demanding that the state of New York undertake criminal and civil probes into "previously suppressed or ignored areas of inquiry" related to the September 11 attacks:
On behalf of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Chief Investigator William Casey today accepted a Complaint and Petition from a group of New York City citizens including 9/11 family members, survivors and a Ground Zero triage physician. The Complaint demands that the AG open a criminal inquiry and/or grand jury investigation into the many still unsolved crimes of September 11, 2001 over which he has jurisdiction . . . .

In brief statements prior to signing the 20-page Citizens' Complaint, the complainants voiced their hope that the public would strongly support their call to Attorney General Spitzer and also urge him to finally investigate the victim families' questions that the 9/11 Commission would not touch. Explaining the timing of the action, organizers cited the very recent Zogby 9/11 Poll which showed that nearly half of New Yorkers believe officials in this government "consciously" allowed the 9/11 attacks to succeed, and that 66 percent wanted a new and deeper investigation. They further noted steadily accumulating evidence that belies the "official narrative" such as this week's breaking story on the "black box" recorders recovered from the WTC site, the existence of which the FBI and Kean Commission had both insistently denied.

Bob McIlvaine reported that during one of the 9/11 Commission hearings, Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste said, "This is not an investigation. This is an exposition". Justice for 9/11 Steering Committee member, Kyle F. Hence, who opened the event and introduced the Complainants, said that during recent Congressional hearings Commission Vice-Chairman, Lee Hamilton, openly admitted, "We did not answer all of the questions posed by victim family members."

Jenna Orkin stated there was strong evidence suggesting that the Executive Office of the President was responsible for last minute changes to an EPA press release that confirmed the safety of the air in lower Manhattan, clearing the way for the re- opening of Wall Street. "Here it appears that the government was willing to sacrifice the lives of Americans for purely economics ends." She opened her remarks by predicting that those who will die of exposure to toxic dust from the destroyed twin towers will ultimately far exceed those who died on the day of the attacks. Yet this painful story was relegated to a minor footnote in the 9/11 Commission Report . . . .

Attorney Carolyn Betts, legal consultant for the Complaint, noted this was the first Citizens' Complaint filed with a State's Attorney General that would become what she called a "living document" -- in other words, an evolving compilation of argument and evidence posted on the Internet in full public view. Organizers also noted that Americans could view the Complaint at justicefor911.org and those who wish to support it can sign a petition on the site.

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