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  • McKinney Calls for New Investigation, Release of Files on 9/11

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on October 5, 2008

    Wednesday, 10 September 2008 04:23
    Seven years ago, criminal terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the
    Pentagon were carried out on September by hijacked planes led to the
    deaths of thousands of people. A month later, key figures in the print
    and broadcast media and members of Congress were sent envelopes
    containing very lethal and highly weaponized anthrax, which led to the
    deaths of journalists and postal employees. After the initial shock
    diminished, there were calls for explanations, investigations,
    accountability and a reasoned response that did not include war. The
    administration ignored or openly opposed them. Instead we went into a
    call for permanent wars hat would last beyond our lifetime, changes in
    civil liberties both overt and covert, a takeover of state power by the
    executive branch, and the creation of a national security emergency
    state that would somehow protect us.

    Cynthia McKinney was one of the few voices of reason during that time in
    the Congress. Long an opponent of militarism and wars abroad, she also
    called for explanations and accountability when information began to
    come to light about multiple advanced warnings and apparent
    foreknowledge of the imminence and methods of the attack inside
    government intelligence agencies that still failed to prevent it. She
    supported calls by the families of the 9/11 victims for an official
    investigation in what was being termed a “failure of intelligence” even
    though it more closely resembled a failure of response, of standard
    operating procedures, and of government officials and agencies to
    respond and prepare for, or even comprehend the source of these attacks.

    With the formation of the 9/11 Commission at the insistence of the
    families and the public, press attention and investigative journalism
    began to reveal much more about the historical relationship of our CIA
    and Pentagon with the same terrorists who were allegedly behind the
    attacks, about the role the US has played in the history and
    international relations in the Middle East since WWII, about illegal
    covert operations that were hidden from the people and the Congress and
    funded by profits from illegal drugs, about the obstruction of
    investigations into the hijackers prior to the events, and about the
    inexplicable failure of defenses during the attacks. When the official
    9/11 Commission Final Report was released, it got wide attention and
    acclaim from the press, but the families said that 70% of their
    questions remained unanswered by this flawed investigation, and called
    for more hearings to get at the truth and to establish oversight and

    Vilified and misquoted in the press at the time, McKinney had raised the
    first of many serious questions about the events and accountability in
    an atmosphere of denial. But she was vindicated when others began to ask
    the same questions in light of the evidence. Unable to get the
    Republican controlled Congress to allow further hearings, she organized
    a day-long briefing on the remaining questions and the flawed
    assumptions, investigation, conclusions and recommendations of the 9/11
    Commission drawing on experts from across the country. A full transcript
    of that briefing appears at:

    Long an opponent of government secrecy and an advocate of transparency
    in democracy, McKinney introduced legislation to release all the
    government classified files on Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and death.
    When she discovered at another public examination of the 9/11 Commission
    findings, held in New Yoirk City as a Citizens Commission, that every
    footnote at the end of the official report refers to interviews,
    documents and forensic materials that were sealed from public view by
    the Commission until 2009, she began to call for release of the records
    and evidence that are the only way to verify the conclusions of the
    official investigation. Most of these files were not classified or
    secret to start with. An effort to use the Freedom of Information Act to
    file requests of all the agencies involved for each document failed to
    release a single record to date. She continues to push for a release of
    all pertinent records in the case.

    At this point, Cynthia McKinney stands in full support of the 9/11
    famlies groups and the public who are seeking to establish a fully
    independent and transparent public investigation into the historical
    background, the events, the official response and aftermath of 9/11. The
    full truth is not yet known or established in this critical event that
    has shaped American domestic and foreign policy in the last seven years
    and may for decades to come.

    McKinney is featured in a new British award-winning documentary called
    The Elephant in the Room
    ( about the
    public efforts to understand 9/11 and the Truth Movement.

    She will be speaking out on these issues in New York City on the
    anniversary of the attack. In the Truth TV section on this site there
    are videos of her earlier comments about 9/11.

    Press Conference
    St. Marks Church,
    131 East 10th Street (2nd Avenue & 10th Street, Manhattan)
    New York, NY 10003

    Vigil and Speeches
    6PM McKinney Speech
    Judson Memorial Church
    55 Washington Square South (this is just below West 4th Street so it’s
    just a few minutes away from the above)
    New York, NY 10012

    Buzzer Thirty event;sid=2008/9/1/205653/8542
    8-9:30PM – Tentative
    23-14 Ditmars Blvd. (Queens)
    Astoria, NY 11105

    1PM –- 5PM
    The Madison
    27 W 24th St (Between 6th Avenue and Broadway)
    New York, NY 10010

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