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Another 911 Truth Movement Mistake - re: the Families
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July 20, 2004

Below is the 911 Family Steering Committee's latest statement, signed by all members including the 4 Jersey Girls. Read it. What's clear is that the Family Steering Committee is NOT in "the mainstream of 9/11 truth research (i.e., U.S. government complicity)". There's actually not a hint of gov't complicity in their statement. In fact, they want to help the Kean Commission disseminate its findings. "We do not want the recommendations and findings of this report to sit idly on a shelf until after the next attack - to do so would be to dishonor and defile the memories of our loved ones. We look forward to working cooperatively with the Commission and government officials towards this end." Actually, the Family Steering Committee should have no fear, as the New York Times noted in an article entitled "Sept. 11 Commission Plans to Push Its Recommendations" (""We need to take this out of the Beltway, to take it into the country," he [Felzenberg] said. "We certainly hope that the recommendations become policy and that we act with all deliberate speed in making that happen. That means that the commissioners will continue to speak out. There have already been a lot of invitations for them to speak at prominent forums around the country." read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/19/politics/19panels.html?ex=1091238182&ei=1&en=2aa0079986396844).

What's clear is that the families are not in the vanguard of the 911 truth movement, they're not even in the mainstream of the 911 truth movement AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE PORTRAYED AS SUCH by any self-proclaimed 911 truth movement leaders in any actions or press conferences simultaneous with the release of the Commission's report, since they clearly believe that it was "deadly mistakes and failures" which caused the attacks.

We in the movement are seeking justice for the families, and for all those who have subsequently and will be killed by the 'war on terror' pretext the attacks enabled. However, since the families don't get it, presenting them to the public won't assist the public in getting it. Get it? People will erroneously assume that the families, having been hurt the most, have the best handle on the truth. The fact that the families don't get it at this late and important date is our failure, not theirs. We had the information but we obviously haven't been able to present it persuasively to the families. They have bought, as exemplified in their press release below, the government's limited hangout hook, line, and sinker. (Or they may have been pressured to only disseminate that - who knows? After all, the real perpetrators of the attacks must be very aware of what an unstoppable and persuasive effect the families could have if they got it and sought to disseminate it & consequently would do the necessary to ensure that this doesn't happen. And who amongst us having lost one family member already would willingly risk another?). So, sure it would be unbelievably helpful and expedite our efforts to the nth degree if the family members were willing to spread the real 911 truth rather than assist the Kean Commission in the coverup of same, but that's just not the case, so we've got to recognize it and deal with it, which means we've got to do it on our own. It is for us to take the risks anyway, not the grieving families. It is for us to inspire them, not the other way around. And if a family member's presence helps you get on t.v., but what you say on t.v. in the guise of representing the truth movement is a reinforcement of the true perpetrators statement, then you shouldn't be on t.v. Remember, at least do no harm.

(And I do realize, by the way, that the Family Steering Committee is not ALL the families, but they have been the most visibly critical of the Kean Commission in the past and made earlier statements that hinted at more than negligence in the past, although they are clearing not doing so now. The 3 family members presented by Kyle Hence of 911 Citizens Watch at their press conference aired by CSPAN the day after the last public 911 Commission hearing, whose speeches demonstrated even more 911 ignorance, for example, are not signatories to the below.)

(8/8/04 Update: This is one of the few things that Mike Ruppert and I agree about, see http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/072604_choose_side_summary.shtml
although I note he's been silent in the face of the self-proclaimed 911 truth leadership's continued championing of family members' support for the 911 Commission.)


-----Original Message-----
From: ADuncan282@aol.com [mailto:ADuncan282@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 6:04 AM
To: ADuncan282@aol.com
Subject: FSC Statement Regarding the Final Report

The Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission Statement Regarding the Final Report

July 20, 2004

Since December of 2002, and the passage of Public Law 107-306, the Family Steering Committee has scrupulously followed the course of the 9/11 Commission. In fact, from the Commission's very inception, the FSC sought to maintain a close working relationship with the Commission by providing it with our documented research, along with the questions it generated, and by communicating our concerns about the progress of the investigation.

While we believe that our concerns were acknowledged, we had also hoped that more of our questions and those of the American public would be fully addressed during the public hearings, or at the very least, discussed in the prepared staff statements. Yet today, many of our collective questions remain unanswered. (NOTE: Our questions are posted at www.911independentcommission.org.)

These questions must be comprehensively addressed and clearly answered by the Commission in the final report so that everyone is able to understand and assess our nation's past and current security policies, protocols and procedures. Our objective has always been to better protect and defend our nation from the ongoing threat of terrorism.

Although we have made some progress since September 11th, preliminary 9/11 Commission reports and witness testimony illustrate that we remain vulnerable and at great risk of a future attack. Many of the deadly mistakes and failures that contributed to the terrorists'; success on 9/11 have yet to be corrected. The "vital dialogue and debate" that our elected leaders espoused has been cast aside because of election year politics. The vulnerabilities in our security network cannot be rectified until they have been identified through a process in which issues are thoroughly examined, witnesses are fully questioned, accountability is wholly assigned and sound conclusions are ultimately drawn. It is only after this vetting process that we - the American people - can be confident that critically important changes and reforms will be expeditiously implemented.

While there were great acts of heroism performed by many people on 9/11, there were also colossal systemic failures that occurred. Many of these failures can be attributed to government agencies and institutions whose very responsibility it was to keep New York City, Washington, D.C., airline passengers and the rest of America safe. And, while a thorough examination of these types of failures might prove politically uncomfortable for some, the nation must have the courage to withstand constructive criticism so that we can fix these problems, as they continue to plague our national security apparatus to this very day.

There is much work that remains to be done, and it is our hope that the Commission's final report will serve as a guide for our elected leaders to the areas and issues that must be addressed, assessed and reformed. We do not want the recommendations and findings of this report to sit idly on a shelf until after the next attack - to do so would be to dishonor and defile the memories of our loved ones. We look forward to working cooperatively with the Commission and government officials towards this end.

Finally, because of the political environment in which this report will be issued, we respectfully request that discussion of its findings and recommendations transcend partisan, election-year politics. We call upon President Bush and Congress to expedite implementation of the needed reforms in order to ensure the security of our great nation. Time is of the essence.

The Family Steering Committee

Carol Ashley, Mother of Janice Ashley, 25

Bill Harvey, Widower of Sara Manley Harvey, 31

Kristen Breitweiser, Widow of Ronald Breitweiser, 39

Patty Casazza, Widow of John F. Casazza, 38

Beverly Eckert, Widow of Sean Rooney, 50

Mary Fetchet, Mother of Bradley James Fetchet, 24

Monica Gabrielle, Widow of Richard Gabrielle, 50

Mindy Kleinberg, Widow of Alan Kleinberg, 39

Carie Lemack, Daughter of Judy Larocque, 50

Sally Regenhard, Mother of Christian Michael Otto Regenhard, 28

Lorie Van Auken, Widow of Kenneth Van Auken, 47

Robin Wiener, Sister of Jeffrey Wiener, 33

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