Citizens demanding answers to 9-11

“The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning.”—CIA intelligence report, July 5, 2001 (Newsweek, 5-1-2003)

That report to the White House was made 66 days before Sept. 11. When we recall those chilling images of jetliners crashing into the World Trade Center, many of us remember what President Bush was doing and how he reacted.

The president was visiting a grade school in Sarasota, Fla. when he was informed of the attack. He continued to listen to a child’s story about a pet goat and made a leisurely departure several minutes later.

In Washington, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard Meyers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked at their desks until the planes crashed. They had been informed about the hijackings between 8:10 and 8:25 a.m. that day.

When Eleanor Hill, staff director for the 9-11 Joint Intelligence Committee, testified before the panel, she was blocked at the last minute from disclosing who in the White House got that July 5 briefing. Newsweek said an unidentified source told it that the recipient was Bush himself.

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice conducted a news conference on May 16, 2002, after the New York Post ran a big headline that said simply, “Bush knew.”

When the transcripts were released by the White House and CNN, they did not contain the name of Gen. Mahmud Ahmad, the head of Pakistani intelligence. He had met with administration officials just days before the attacks. Right after that meeting, he sent $100,000 to Mohammed Atta to further his terrorist efforts in this country.

Rice declined to testify publicly before the 9-11 commission on the advice of White House lawyers. Bush has stonewalled on any testimony, then said he would talk privately for one hour and now says he won’t insist on a time limit, but must still have a closed-door session.

Dr. Lynn Castrianno-Galente lost her brother on 9-11 when he was crushed to death in the north tower of the World Trade Center. She has been trying determinedly to get answers to the tragedy of Sept. 11.

Here is part of a letter she sent to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of Illinois: “The Columbia space shuttle commission was created in less than 24 hours after that disaster and is better funded than the Sept. 11th independent commission. That commission enjoyed unfettered access to all relevant data sources and actually has working hypotheses as to what happened. Yet, here we have the greatest terrorist attack occurring on our soil and we are limping along.

“Throughout the process, there has been foot dragging and reluctance to provide the entire commission with access to relevant information. This is unacceptable.

“The Bush administration has done everything in its power to appear cooperative, yet at the same time not provide much information to this commission. When it has allowed only a subset of the commission to view it and has banned these commissioners from taking notes.”

The response of right-wing ideologues like Rush Limbaugh on radio and those on television and in print has been to attack the families of 9-11 victims, calling them “Democratic consultants” and claiming they are financed by the Kerry foundation.

Journalist Tom Flocco and others have joined forces to launch a campaign for open, public testimony by President Bush on the attacks of Sept. 11.

As part of the campaign, angry Americans are flooding politicians with letters, e-mails, faxes and phone calls demanding open testimony under oath by the president. They want him to answer a series of questions prepared by the Family Steering Committee for the 9-11 independent commission.

Mike Ruppert, publisher of From The Wilderness publications, commented: “I have never been a fan of e-mail and fax campaigns because I have never seen them rise to the level where they could literally gridlock the political system or where they were specifically targeted at people whose lives needed to be disrupted to make them respond to popular will.

“It’s happening. We are witnessing a miracle. Thanks to journalist Tom Flocco and Bill Douglas of the, the offices of key political leaders ducking the biggest 9-11 questions are being gridlocked.”

Flocco and Ruppert urge all Americans to demand the truth about these events. For more details on the campaign, see Tom

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