Q. Is the Citizens 911 Commission Campaign's approach legally sound?
A. When writing about our current proposed initiative, critics liken it to the NYC experience and add that we “don’t even have a lawyer.” The Campaign didn’t have a private attorney at its inception (one of a limited number of firms with relevant experience refused to work with us because of the 9-11 stigma). But that does not mean we didn’t have sound legal advice.
Senator Gravel sought the assistance of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the country — the attorneys who draft or review initiatives for the judiciary and the executive departments of their respective state governments. Having had the experience of chairing the Legislative Counsel in Alaska when he was Speaker of the House, he discussed the concept of the proposed 9-11 initiative in depth with the Legislative Counsels of the states of California and Oregon, and they drafted the legal language. Massachusetts does not have a Legislative Counsel; they turn proposed initiatives over to the Attorney General, the chief legal officer of the Commonwealth. Several attorneys review it for the Attorney General, who then certifies it as legal and constitutional. It is his guess that more than ten attorneys in three states, who do nothing but review initiatives and draft legislation for their respective legislatures, have thus acknowledged the legality of our proposed 9-11 initiative.
Senator Gravel understands the skepticism of many Truthers about the 9-11 initiative when it was first proposed a year ago. What we are attempting has never been done before and now that the concept and the text of the law have been vetted by three government agencies, it is his hope that Truthers will reevaluate their reluctance to support the undertaking. He encourages any skeptic to review the research about direct democracy that he has been pursuing for the last 20 years, a concept that would change our paradigm of governance ––- a concept that has been vetted by political scientists and constitutional scholars. The National Initiative (ni4d.us) would not do away with representative democracy, but it would allow citizens to also be lawmakers in a governing partnership with their elected representatives.
The Campaign is currently (October, 2011 ) negotiating to permanently retain a private attorney from the Washington, D.C. area who is well versed in Federal Elections Commission mattersf.