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Friday, Mar. 12, 2004 at 7:36 AM
There are six individuals who have the power to influence whether President George Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, General Richard Myers, will publicly testify under oath before the American people to explain why they sat at their desks and in a school classroom, failing to take decisive action on September 11, 2001, until after four planes attacked the United States and killed 3,000 Americans.
There are six individuals who have the power to influence whether President George Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, General Richard Myers, will publicly testify under oath before the American people to explain why they sat at their desks and in a school classroom, failing to take decisive action on September 11, 2001, until after four planes attacked the United States and killed 3,000 Americans and citizens from many other countries. This, despite knowledge of the hijackings earlier that morning before any of the four planes crashed.
Below you will find contact numbers and questions to initiate weekly communication with those who have the over-sight responsibility, public microphone, and/or power to influence the strength of the 9-11 Commission investigation. These actions may well determine whether those in charge on 9-11 publicly testify under oath and submit to questioning by Commission-assisted and experienced career prosecutors rather than appointed former government bureaucrats and/or legislators. Lawyers with prosecutorial skills prepare intensely for specific areas of interrogation and will be able to elicit truth and facts via questioning technique regarding the 3,000 death mass-murder investigation.
Sporadic public testimony and soft interrogation along with blatant conflicts of interest still exists on the Commission, even as key government officials and other players mostly meet with members in private behind closed doors--away from the scrutiny of the media and the public. The mere fact that Congress has not employed career prosecutors and a grand jury to be involved indicates that it is not serious about real accountability. Moreover, Congress--via its appointed Commission surrogates--may well be providing cover for members of the joint intelligence committee, many of whom also had access to the same pre-attack briefings about "planes used as weapons to be flown into buildings" seen by President Bush, Mr. Rumsfeld and General Myers. And as such, the actions of the three on 9-11 are indefensible once they were told of the hijackings earlier that morning, before any of the four planes had crashed during a period of nearly two hours without any military response from fighter jets able to exceed the speed of sound--jets that were in the air at the time on East Coast training missions on September 11.
Americans and others around the world are concerned that those with the most power to defend America on 9-11 and who failed to act for nearly two hours while planes crashed one by one are not being subpoenaed to testify publicly under oath instead of private conversations--effectively shielding them from American citizens. Such action permits elements of the final report to be adjusted toward political considerations which protects individuals from the kind of accountability that public testimony will undoubtedly engender, since key documents and briefings have not been released to the media even in redacted form. This, unlike President Clinton, who was subpoenaed and questioned by career prosecutors, and who testified publicly under oath prior to his impeachment by the House of Representatives in 1998.
During your contacts, request that Mr. Bush, Mr. Rumsfeld, General Myers and other high government officials be subpoenaed immediately to testify publicly under oath with the assistance of career prosecutors; and ask that Congress and the Commission not accept invocations of presidential immunity or use immunity, which was not afforded to President Clinton.
Starting immediately, we are asking Americans and others around the world who also seek truth and accountability regarding the mysteries of 9-11 to phone, fax and/or email the following six individuals once or twice per week until Mr. Bush, Mr. Rumsfeld, General Myers, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and other top government officials testify publicly under oath and are questioned by career prosecutors like those who interrogated President Clinton.
Fair is fair. Please demand answers to the 23 questions below--provided by the 9-11 Family Steering Committee. If one phone or fax is busy, try the alternative contact numbers provided until you get through to engage staff members with your concerns:
HOUSE SPEAKER J. DENNIS HASTERT
Speaker's Office Phone: 202-225-0600 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
D.C. House Office Phone: 202-225-2976 / Fax: 202-225-0697
Batavia District Office Phone: 630-406-1114 / Fax: 630-406-1808
Dixon Regional Office Phone: 815-288-0680 / Fax: 815-288-0743
Geneseo Regional Office Phone: 309-944-3558
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI
Minority Leader's Office Phone: 202-225-0100 / Email: email@example.com
D.C. House Office Phone: 202-225-4965 / Fax: 202-225-8259
San Francisco District Office Phone: 415-556-4862
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER BILL FRIST
Majority Leader's Office Phone: 202-224-3135
D.C. Senate Office Phone: 202-224-3344 / Fax: 202-228-1264
Nashville District Office Phone: 615-352-9411 / Fax: 615-352-9985
Memphis District Office Phone: 901-683-1910
Knoxville District Office Phone: 865-602-7977
Chattanooga District Office Phone: 423-756-2757
Jackson District Office Phone: 731-424-9655
Kingsport District Office Phone: 423-323-1252
SENATE MINORITY LEADER TOM DASCHLE
Minority Leader's Office Phone: 202-224-5556
D.C. Senate Office Phone: 202-224-2321 / Fax: 202-224-6603
Aberdeen District Office: 605-225-8823
Rapid City District Office: 605-348-7551
Sioux Falls District Office: 605-334-9596
9-11 NATIONAL COMMISSION CHAIRMAN THOMAS H. KEAN
President of Drew University, Thomas H. Kean
Phone: 973/408-3100 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Fax: 973-408-3068
Fax: 973-408-3242 / Fax: 973-408-3242
DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN F. KERRY
John Kerry for President, Inc.
Campaign Phone: 202-548-6800 / Fax: 202-548-6801 / Email: email@example.com
D.C. Senate Office Phone: 202-224-2742 / Fax: 202-224-8525
Boston District Office: 617-565-8519
Springfield District Office: 413-785-4610
Worcester District Office: 508-831-7380
Fall River District Office: 508-677-0522
[Use these questions (and any others you may have) during your weekly phone-fax-email contacts]:
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED FROM THE 9-11 FAMILY STEERING COMMITTEE
Before an audience of the American people, the Commission must ask President Bush in sworn testimony, the following questions:
1. As Commander-in-Chief on the morning of 9/11, why didn’t you return immediately to Washington, D.C. or the National Military Command Center once you became aware that America was under attack? At specifically what time did you become aware that America was under attack? Who informed you of this fact?
2. On the morning of 9/11, who was in charge of our country while you were away from the National Military Command Center? Were you informed or consulted about all decisions made in your absence?
3. What defensive action did you personally order to protect our nation during the crisis on September 11th? What time were these orders given, and to whom? What orders were carried out? What was the result of such orders? Were any such orders not carried out?
4. In your opinion, why was our nation so utterly unprepared for an attack on our own soil?
5. U.S. Navy Captain Deborah Loewer, the Director of the White House Situation Room, informed you of the first airliner hitting Tower One of the World Trade Center before you entered the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. Please explain the reason why you decided to continue with the scheduled classroom visit, fifteen minutes after learning the first hijacked airliner had hit the World Trade Center.
6. Is it normal procedure for the Director of the White House Situation Room to travel with you? If so, please cite any prior examples of when this occurred. If not normal procedure, please explain the circumstances that led to the Director of the White House Situation Room being asked to accompany you to Florida during the week of September 11th.
7. What plan of action caused you to remain seated after Andrew Card informed you that a second airliner had hit the second tower of the World Trade Center and America was clearly under attack? Approximately how long did you remain in the classroom after Card’s message?
8. At what time were you made aware that other planes were hijacked in addition to Flight 11 and Flight 175? Who notified you? What was your course of action as Commander-in-Chief of the United States?
9. Beginning with the transition period between the Clinton administration and your own, and ending on 9/11/01, specifically what information (either verbal or written) about terrorists, possible attacks and targets, did you receive from any source?
This would include briefings or communications from:
a. Out-going Clinton officials
b. CIA, FBI, NSA, DoD and other intelligence agencies
c. Foreign intelligence, governments, dignitaries or envoys
d. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice
e. Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar
10. Specifically, what did you learn from the August 6, 2001, PDB about the terrorist threat that was facing our nation? Did you request any follow-up action to take place? Did you request any further report be developed and/or prepared?
11. As Commander-in-Chief, from May 1, 2001 until September 11, 2001, did you receive any information from any intelligence agency official or agent that UBL [bin Laden] was planning to attack this nation on its own soil using airplanes as weapons, targeting New York City landmarks during the week of September 11, 2001 or on the actual day of September 11, 2001?
12. What defensive measures did you take in response to pre-9/11 warnings from eleven nations about a terrorist attack, many of which cited an attack in the continental United States? Did you prepare any directives in response to these actions? If so, with what results?
13. As Commander-in-Chief from May 1, 2001 until September 11, 2001, did you or any agent of the United States government carry out any negotiations or talks with UBL, an agent of UBL, or al-Qaeda? During that same period, did you or any agent of the United States government carry out any negotiations or talks with any foreign government, its agents, or officials regarding UBL? If so, what resulted?
14. Your schedule for September 11, 2001 was in the public domain since September 7, 2001. The Emma E. Booker School is only five miles from the Bradenton Airport, so you, and therefore the children in the classroom, might have been a target for the terrorists on 9/11. What was the intention of the Secret Service in allowing you to remain in the Emma E. Booker Elementary School, even though they were aware America was under attack?
15. Please explain why you remained at the Sarasota, Florida, Elementary School for a press conference after you had finished listening to the children read, when as a terrorist target, your presence potentially jeopardized the lives of the children?
16. What was the purpose of the several stops of Air Force One on September 11th? Was Air Force One at any time during the day of September 11th a target of the terrorists? Was Air Force One’s code ever breached on September 11th?
17. Was there a reason for Air Force One lifting off without a military escort, even after ample time had elapsed to allow military jets to arrive?
18. What prompted your refusal to release the information regarding foreign sponsorship of the terrorists, as illustrated in the inaccessible 28 redacted pages in the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry Report? What actions have you personally taken since 9/11 to thwart foreign sponsorship of terrorism?
19. Who approved the flight of the bin Laden family out of the United States when all commercial flights were grounded, when there was time for only minimal questioning by the FBI, and especially, when two of those same individuals had links to WAMY, a charity suspected of funding terrorism? Why were bin Laden family members granted that special privilege--a privilege not available to American families whose loved ones were killed on 9/11?
20. Please explain why no one in any level of our government has yet been held accountable for the countless failures leading up to and on 9/11?
21. Please comment on the fact that UBL’s profile on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives poster does not include the 9/11 attacks. To your knowledge, when was the last time any agent of our government had contact with UBL? If prior to 9/11, specifically what was the date of that contact and what was the context of said meeting.
22. Do you continue to maintain that Saddam Hussein was linked to al Qaeda? What proof do you have of any connection between al-Qaeda and the Hussein regime?
23. Which individuals, governments, agencies, institutions, or groups may have benefited from the attacks of 9/11? Please state specifically how you think they have benefited.
The Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission
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