Author Archives: Ken Freeland
No shortcuts to 9/11 justice — a 9-11cc editorial
An email promotion of a petition to the White House for a new investigation of the events of 9/11 has been making the rounds of the 9/11 truth movement this week. (For those interested, its details follow below our editorial.)
Long story short: the petition appeals to the Obama Administration to appoint and fund and independent prosecutor and empanel a federal grand jury to investigate the crimes of 9/11. Such online petitions to the White House work as follows: garner 25,000 signatures inside of a month — get a guaranteed response by the Obama administration. So what harm could that do, eh?
Here's our thinking: The chances of Obama Administration support for any truly independent look at 9/11 are even more remote than for the Congressional support which for over a decade has proven to be virtually non-existent (the honorable Cynthia McKinney's heroically conscientious example notwithstanding). When previously urged to investigate members of the Bush Administration for various war crimes, crimes against humanity and/or abrogations of the US Constitution, Obama's droll response was: “We need to look forwards, not backwards.” This evasive approach is hardly that of a votary of Justice. Justice is focused on looking backwards, in order to clear the future from the residue of past injustice. Obama has demonstrated opposition to this obligation, and has shown no sign since of changing his mind.
So, the counterargument runs, why not put him on record as opposing this independent investigation –isn’t there some value in that? There may be some minor benefit to “outing” Obama's position on that question, though we consider his position easily inferrable from his past utterances.
The real danger of this petition is that it could excite some of its signatories into believing that the end they justly seek might actually be accomplished by this futile means. To this danger we raise a red flag: the last decade of futile efforts by 9/11 truthers has demonstrated conclusively that petitioning the government for 9/11 justice is a dead end, and it makes no difference whether we are talking about the legislative, executive or judicial branch of that government. The official 9/11 narrative is a shibboleth of established power and policy, and if this were not so, the harder work of organizing, funding and implementing the Citizens 9/11 Commission Campaign would not be necessary. But it is necessary: if we want true justice for 9/11 victims, for their families and for the casualties of foreign and domestic policies that have proceeded from the convenient cover story provided by our government, we are going to have to do it ourselves.
There is no shortcut to 9/11 justice. Only our direct-democracy Campaign, by relying on state ballot initiatives and joint powers agreements between the states quite outside of government decision-making, offers a realistic approach to an independent investigation of 9/11.
We applaud the honorable motives of the White House petition's author, and can only agree with its stated purposes. It is only our abiding recognition of the unsuitability of the political means it relies on — the Obama Administration with its abominable track record — that qualifies our support.
Our appeal to people of conscience
Please join us in the important work of creating an independent Citizens' 9/11 Commission to reopen the 9/11 investigation!
We need your help to create a real investigation that is:
- free of governmental interference
- fully funded by we, the people
- vested with subpoena power
This objective can reached through the exercise of direct democracy. This means placing a ballot initiative before voters in states that have an initiative law. Our initial goal is to qualify in at least one state during the election year of 2014. After that, our task will be to wage an historic campaign to pass each initiative into law.
Once we begin seating the new commission in one of the winning states, then any other state, county and city will be able to legally and financially support the effort. soon, the entire country could be on record at the grassroots level for supporting a new commission – at which point nothing can stop us!
You can participate in the Citizens 9/11 Commission's campaign by becoming a sponsor, by making a financial donation, by forming an affiliated action group, and in other ways! First, please click on the “JOIN THIS CAMPAIGN” button to enlist as a campaigner, then click on the tabs underneath our banner to learn more about the other ways you can help the Citizens 9/11 Commission Campaign succeed.
“When in the Course of Human Events…"
Thus begins the Declaration of Independence. It asserts that we the people, given a choice, will not stand for ever-increasing tyrannical measures being imposed on us by our government. Our forebears saw it as their mission to provide this choice: They devised a strategy, executed a tactical plan, and launched a revolutionary new approach to government that sought to constrain state power and keep it answerable to we the people.
On the eleventh of September 2001, our nation was brutally traumatized by murderous attacks that occurred on American soil. In light of the available evidence and testimonies which have been extensively reviewed by discerning, independent investigators, it appears that the bulk of the official story about how these attacks were carried out is, in all probability, one big lie. If the attacks of 9/11 had been treated as the crimes that they were, if all of the forensic evidence had been reviewed by court of law, it would surely have come to light that the Bush Administration and certain military officers were not forthcoming in their versions of what actually occurred on that fateful day. Indeed, the official conspiracy theory advanced by the government has so many holes in it that no grand jury in the country would have handed down an indictment of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda on such a flimsy premise. Yet well over a million innocent Afghans and Iraqis have already lost their lives in the military prosecution of this kangaroo-court case. Deep down inside, we all know what was really high-jacked on 9/11: Our national integrity—justice, civility and our country’s claim to carry the torch of righteousness for the rest of the world. The time is past due for the public to stand up to our government, just as our revolutionary founders stood up to theirs, and to demand a real investigation of the events of 9/11 and its aftermath as the vital step to restoring justice and the rule of law. Just as our founding fathers opposed a tyrannical government that usurped the will of the people to pursue imperial expansion, so must we. And just as our forebears did, we need an actionable plan to accomplish our mission.
Although there is no avenue for a national Initiative in the U.S. at this time, 24 states have ballot initiative laws which enable the people to pass laws directly through elections—laws of the people, by the people and for the people. We see this as the best available option to achieve a real 9/11 investigation, because the U.S. Congress (along with our slavish mass media) has entrenched itself in the obviously flawed 9/11 Commission Report as the final word on the matter (recall that some members of the 9/11 Commission themselves have admitted that they were routinely misled and "doomed to fail”). Our Campaign is actively involved in filing initiatives in states that have initiative laws in place and is committed to seeing the passage of at least one such initiative in the 2012 (presidential) election cycle. Each initiative will empower an independent 9/11 Commission — free of governmental interference yet having full subpoena power — and will contain language that allows each state to link up with other states in a unifying, joint-powers arrangement that supports a single, national commission.
OUR FUNDING GOALS
Typically, a state initiative campaign goes through four phases: filing, certification, the signature-gathering campaign, and the electoral campaign. We will pursue these four steps in as many states as proves practical. The success of a signature-gathering effort in a state gives us the option to pursue an electoral campaign in that state if we believe we can succeed. Of course, to the extent that activists voluntarily assume responsibility for signature collection, the costs to the Campaign can be correspondingly reduced, but even under the best of circumstances, volunteers are normally able to collect only ¼ to â…“ of the total number of signatures required.
MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER
It won't be cheap, it won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight, but the support of enough caring citizens will assure our ultimate success. The Citizens’ 9/11 Commission Campaign has at its helm a steering committee of committed individuals. Last year, with the expert assistance of California’s Office of Legal Council, we drafted an initiative measure to serve as a foundation to be used in state referendums nationwide to legislate an independent 9/11 investigation and that includes provisions for “joint powers” that will enable collaboration between different states. Last Fall, a 9-11cc initiative campaign was certified and launched in Massachusetts, however the Campaign was unable to attract the financial resources needed to fund a full-fledged professional campaign in that state in time for the 2012 election cycle. So now we are regrouping for a 2014 effort.
No one should be above the law, yet the real perpetrators of 9/11 are most likely still at large, protected by government lies and cover-ups. We know what our revolutionary forefathers did when faced with an intransigent, imperialistic government. They wrote: “We pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” They developed a plan of action and saw it through. The price of “liberty and justice for all” is the same as ever. The CItizens’ 9/11 Commission Campaign is pledged to rescue our national honor from those who have disgraced it through an enormous miscarriage of justice called the “global war on terror.”
Our Campaign needs feedback, moral support, publicity, local actions in support of the campaign, statewide organizational efforts in initiative-law states, and most importantly at this juncture, financial donations. Please contribute in whatever way you can.
(Stuart DeUsoz, Byron Belitsos, George Ripley, and Ken Jenkins contributed to this article.)
“Reinvestigate 9/11″ top demand in Occupy Wall Street poll
A poll taken about whether "reinvestigate 9/11" should be a demand of the Occupy Wall Street movement drew a record 72,000 votes, 83% of which were in favor!
Is your city under "occupation?"
Reach out to the "occupiers!"
Click here to download and print out 9-11cc flyers for distribution at Occupation sites (and elsewhere)!
An actionable choice for a change!
A post by Ken Freeland
"Finally we have an actionable choice: If we don't want to continue living by what most of the world recognizes as our national lies about 9/11, we can show we mean business at the ballot-box by empowering a real investigation of 9/11 that will help bring its real perpetrators to justice and restore our national sense of decency."
Greetings fellow campaigners!
I am more excited than I can say by the wonderful opportunity to help the Citizens 9/11 Commission Campaign communicate its case to the people, many of whom are, like me, fed up after 10 years of government cover-up and intransigence. This official response from our elected officials persists despite the efforts by so many of us to compel them to conduct a real investigation into the horrendous events of September 11, 2001. And so we the people have no choice as citizens but to do it ourselves. In my introductory statement to the Steering Committee, I wrote the following:
It is my feeling that the 9-11cc has a real chance of success, but its ability to progress rapidly will likely depend on touching something deeper in the American people than the often arcane scientific disputes with the government's mendacious 9/11 narrative. While some of us may respond on the level of scientific argument, the majority of Americans, as polls repeatedly demonstrate, have doubts about what they are being told by our government concerning 9/11 (and hopefully about the jingoistic foreign policy which flows from it), yet are quickly bewildered by the complexity of the 9/11 truth movement's frequently contradictory (and increasingly contentious) explications. What is this deeper chord which needs to be struck in order to resonate with average Americans? I suggest that the answer may lie in focusing, not on 9/11 truth itself, nor even on a laudable effort to empower a citizens' initiative per se (although this is clearly the indispensable tactic to channel it), but rather, on that deepest common denominator of the body politic, the question of JUSTICE itself. 9/11 is, in its essence, an unsolved crime.