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Toward New Criminal Investigations into the Events of September 11

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Contact: Kyle F. Hence

9/11 Families and Survivors Group File Expanded Complaint Urging New Spitzer-led Investigations into 9/11 – Will Announce Press Conference and Further Steps Next Week


New York, NY (October 28, 2004) – Today a group of 9/11 victim family representatives, survivors and first responders files an updated 35-page Complaint and Petition with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Chief Investigator William Casey accepted the original Complaint/Petition from the Complainants on October 28th. In a call for truth and accountability, 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 his office has jurisdiction. Co-complainant Bob McIlvaine, who lost his son in the attacks, said this is now absolutely necessary so that “justice is finally done.

“The group which operates under a “Justice for 9/11” banner is posting the Complaint online at www.Justicefor911.org where those who wish to express their support can sign an electronic petition. “In essence the Complaint calls for criminal and civil probes into previously suppressed or ignored areas of inquiry identified by victim family members and others who have formally posed many questions to Congress, the 9/11 Commission, the FBI and other government agencies. Most of these questions have still not been addressed, let alone answered. There’s been zero accountability and full story behind 9/11 has yet to be told,” said Kyle F. Hence, spokesperson for the Steering Committee which will be announcing a Press Conference and further steps later next week.

The lead complainants who are seeking a meeting with lawyers at the AG’s office currently include Bob McIlvaine, who lost his son Robert in the World Trade Center collapse; Patricia Perry, who lost her son John, a New York City Police officer; Donna Marsh O’Connor who lost her daughter Vanessa Langer; William Rodriguez, a WTC maintenance worker and rescue effort hero; Jenna Orkin, Chairwoman of the World Trade Center Environmental Organization; Dr. Faiz Khan, Ground Zero triage physician; and EMT first responder, Megan Bartlett, founder of Ground Zero for Peace (who was recently hospitalized with malignant reactions to toxic WTC dust)

.The resubmission of the Complaint follows a number of significant recent developments including statements by WTC rescue workers that 3 “black box” flight recorders were found at Ground Zero (in direct contradiction to the 9/11Commission Report); the November 16th firing of whistleblower Kevin Ryan* from Underwriters Laboratories for publicly challenging the preliminary conclusions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigation of the World Trade Center collapses; and this week’s family member protests of NIST’s decision to hold most of its November 22nd Gaithersberg, Maryland hearings in secrecy.

The Complaint and its detailed evidentiary appendices are based upon years of independent research and investigation. Its legal form was triggered by three recent events: 1) the failure of the Kean Commission Report to provide a credible explanation of the 9/11 tragedies, to hold anyone accountable, or answer most of the questions posed by the 9/11 Family Steering Committee; 2) the August 30th Zogby 9/11 poll which showed that nearly half of NYC citizens believe government officials were “consciously” complicit in the attacks, and that two-thirds want a new investigation; and 3) the testimony and evidence put forth at the September 9, 2004 9/11 Citizens’ Commission hearings in Manhattan, organized by the watchdog and activist groups 9/11 CitizensWatch and 911truth.org.

The Complaint is also bolstered by the October 26th “9/11 Truth Statement” released by 911truth.org which calls for new and deeper investigations and was signed by over 100 American opinion leaders including former presidential candidates Nader, Badnarik and Cobb, scholars & celebrities, a former ambassador to Iraq and Deputy Director of the US Counterterrorism Task Force, as well as 50 supportive 9/11 families.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/28/04

Contact: David Kubiak & Kyle F. Hence

NY Attorney General’s Office Accepts Unprecedented Citizens’ Complaint Demanding Inquiry into 9/11 Crimes

NEW YORK CITY (October 28, 2004) — 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.

The complainants first held a press conference to explain the reasoning and determination behind their unique Citizens’ Complaint and Petition, which calls for criminal and civil probes into previously suppressed or ignored areas of inquiry identified by the 9/11 Family Steering Committee, 9/11 CitizensWatch and many independent researchers.

Bob McIlvaine
Bobby McIlvaine

The lead complainants currently include Bob McIlvaine (photo above), who lost his son Robert in the World Trade Center collapse; Patricia Perry, who lost her son John, a New York City Police officer; William Rodriguez, a WTC maintenance worker and rescue effort hero (photo below); Jenna Orkin, Chairwoman of the World Trade Center Environmental Organization; Dr. Faiz Khan, Ground Zero triage physician (photo below); and ambulance first responder, Megan Bartlett, founder of Ground Zero for Peace (who was recently hospitalized with malignant reactions to toxic WTC dust and unable to attend).

Willaim Rodriguez
Willaim Rodriguez
Dr. Faiz Khan, Ground Zero triage physician, speaks at NYC press conference
Dr. Faiz Khan

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 International 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% 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 (photo left), 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.”

Justice for 9/11 Steering Committee member, Kyle F. Hence
Kyle F. Hence

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 economic 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.

After signing the Complaint, members of the Steering Committee and several Complainants walked with a group of about 20 people to the lobby of 120 Broadway and presented the signed document and several evidentiary books to Chief Investigator William Casey in the office of the New York State Attorney General.Signatories prepare to deliver Complaint and Petition to Spitzer’s office. (Click on image for full-size.) Jenna Orkin is at center (in red). Immediately left of Orkin: Patricia Perry. Right of Orkin: Kyle Hence (smiling), Carolyn Betts, William Rodriguez (leaning forward). Right of Rodriguez: whistleblower Indira Singh; and attorney Phil Berg (in black), who is representing Rodriguez in Rodriguez v. Bush et al.The group cited The Terror Timeline by Paul Thompson, The New Pearl Harbor by David Ray Griffin, The War on Freedom by Nafeez Ahmed, and Crossing the Rubicon by Michael C. Ruppert as key resources that would be useful in any Grand Jury probe convened by the Attorney General.

Signatories prepare to deliver Complaint and Petition to Spitzer's office
Signatories prepare to deliver Complaint and Petition to Spitzer’s office. Jenna Orkin is at center (in red). Immediately left of Orkin: Patricia Perry. Right of Orkin: Kyle Hence (smiling), Carolyn Betts, William Rodriguez (leaning forward). Right of Rodriguez: whistleblower Indira Singh; and attorney Phil Berg (in black), who is representing Rodriguez in Rodriguez v. Bush et al.

Attorney Carolyn Betts (photo below), 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 and Petition at JusticeFor911.org and those who wish to support it can sign a petition on the site.

Attorney Carolyn Betts, legal consultant for the Complaint, speaks at press conference
Attorney Carolyn Betts

The group vowed to press their case regardless of upcoming election results, insisting that the search for 9/11 truth, justice and accountability is hardly a partisan concern, as witnessed by the Tuesday release of the 9/11 Truth Statement. The 9/11 Truth Statement also demands deeper new investigations and is signed by 100 prominent Americans spanning every faith and party, including former Republican officials, military officers, and three presidential candidates. The Justice for 9/11 Steering Committee includes representatives from 9/11 CitizensWatch911Truth.org and the World Trade Center Environmental Organization and was organized this month in New York City.

Photo Credit: Sufoto


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/26/04
911Truth.org & 9/11 CitizensWatch

Sept. 11 Families, New Yorkers To Petition New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer To Open Full Criminal Investigation of September 11 Attacks

Press Conference in Manhattan near 120 Broadway
Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2PM – Corner of Nassau and Cedar



New York, NY (10/26/04) A coalition of 9/11 victim family members, survivors and advocacy groups will deliver a formal complaint requesting a new criminal investigation of 9/11 events to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer this Thursday following a 2:00 PM press conference outside the Equitable Building (at corner of Nassau and Cedar Streets). The Complaint petitions the Attorney General to launch an independent in-depth criminal and civil probe of significant 9/11 evidence and lines of inquiry suggesting grave official misconduct including criminal negligence, criminal facilitation, and accessorial abetment of murder, assault, insider trading, obstruction of justice, and other violations of New York law.

The Complaint asks the Attorney General to exercise his powers to establish accountability for crimes under New York State law and recover damages incurred by state and local governments from corporations and individuals whose conduct furthered the criminal conspiracy. The Complainants, including victim family members Bill Dolye and Bob McIlvaine both of whom lost their sons, maintain that few if any of these charges or their bodies of supporting evidence were adequately explored or even addressed by the 2002 Joint Intelligence Inquiry or the 9/11 Commission which released its final report last July.

“For many New Yorkers, AG Spitzer is the last hope for establishing the truth about what happened on 9/11 and enforcing the law.” noted spokesperson David Kubiak. “Because administration officials have sought to federalize all 9/11 inquiries and classify evidence under the “state secrets” doctrine to preempt local probes and obstruct the Kean Commission, three years after the tragedy there is still has been no comprehensive, credible independent investigation completed. As the elected official ultimately responsible for public safety and criminal law enforcement in New York, the Attorney General clearly has jurisdiction here if he chooses to assert it. Given the scale of 9/11 carnage and the subsequent illnesses and incalculable damages suffered by New York and evidence of cover-up, his constituents are now telling him that he must. Fifteen New York legislators have even stepped up to endorse this demand so we’re at a very remarkable choice point in 9/11 history.

“Although the Complaint and its detailed appendices are based upon years of investigative journalism and independent research, their crystallization into legal form was triggered by three recent events: 1) the failure of the Kean Commission Report to provide a credible explanation of the 9/11 tragedies, to hold anyone accountable, or answer most of the questions posed by the 9/11 Family Steering Committee *; 2) the August 31st Zogby 9/11 poll** which showed that nearly half of NYC citizens believe government officials were “consciously” complicit in the attacks, and that two-thirds want a new investigation; and 3) the testimony and evidence put forth at the September 9, 2004 9/11 Citizens’ Commission hearings in Manhattan, organized by the watchdog and activist groups 9/11 CitizensWatch and 911truth.org. The Complaint is also foreshadowed in today’s release of the “9/11 Statement,” a call for trenchant new investigations signed by over 100 American opinion leaders including presidential candidates Nader, Badnarik and Cobb as well as 50 supportive 9/11 families.

Copies of the “9/11 Statement” and the Complaint will be available one half hour prior to the 2:00 PM Thursday press conference at the northwest corner of Cedar and Nassau Streets (NE corner of Equitable Building). The 9/11 Statement will be posted at http://www.911truth.org from 2:00 PM today. The Spitzer Complaint will be posted at www.justicefor911.org following the Thursday press conference. Further details to follow.

Contacts:David Kubiak, 911truth.org
Kyle F. Hence, 9/11 CitizensWatch
https://911independentcommission.org/unanswered-questions/

** Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks