Thanks to YT for calling our attention, in the Truth Action forum, to the following statements by 9/11 family members.
The first is a letter by two of the famed “Jersey Girls,” Lorie Van Auken and Mindy Kleinberg, who, in 2002, successfully pressured Congress to create the 9/11 Commission. According to YT, their letter, below, was published in the New York Times on December 26, 2007:
The CIA Tapes: Our Need to Know
To the Editor:
Our government’s official story regarding the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, tells us that 19 Arab hijackers successfully defeated the United States military by hijacking four commercial airliners within two hours on a budget of approximately $400,000. These men, armed only with small knives, box cutters and Mace, were able to knock down the World Trade Center towers in New York City and strike the Pentagon.
Because our loved ones were murdered on 9/11, we felt that the details of how the hijackers succeeded should be thoroughly investigated, so we fought for an independent 9/11 Commission. It seemed logical that our government would want to know what happened so as to prevent another attack.
When the legislation for the 9/11 Commission was passed, it gave the commissioners full subpoena power. Unfortunately, that subpoena power was rarely used.
You report that “the panel made repeated and detailed requests to the Central Intelligence Agency in 2003 and 2004 for documents and other information about the interrogation of operatives of Al Qaeda.” But while the panel did make “document requests” to the C.I.A., it did not subpoena the C.I.A. for the documents and tapes.
A subpoena would have meant that the C.I.A. would have had to answer the commission as to whether the documents and tapes existed, and the agency would have had to explain its reasons for not turning these documents and tapes over to the panel. We would have had a paper trail about the evidence.
You also report, “In interviews this week, the two chairmen of the commission, Lee H. Hamilton and Thomas H. Kean, said their reading of the report had convinced them that the agency had made a conscious decision to impede the Sept. 11 commission’s inquiry.”
The question is: Are Americans satisfied with this?
The 9/11 Commission did not fulfill its mandate to thoroughly investigate the 9/11 attacks. A real investigation into the events of Sept. 11 that examines all of the evidence has never been done and is still needed.
Lorie Van Auken
East Brunswick, N.J., Dec. 22, 2007
YT also relayed a statement by Donna Marsh O’Connor, Mother of Vanessa Lang Langer (who had worked in WTC Tower 2, 93rd floor), published on 911blogger:
Kean and Hamilton issued a statement today, January 2, 2008 (only six-plus years since 9/11/2001) that was “just-inned” on CNN. They published an editorial in the New York Times today. Their position: Their work was blocked, the investigation tainted. They repeatedly asked for tapes from the CIA that were never provided. They came just short of calling for a real investigation. They (as they have done since the beginning) left that work to the victims’ families.
Will you now cover 9/11 truth, not as a series of destructive conspiracy theories, but as a movement inhabited by sane citizens from all walks of life (scientists, CIA whistleblowers, theologians, professors, researchers, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and more) as well as family members of the victims who deserve as patriotic Americans the answers to the lingering questions of that day? Will you now take up the call first put together in mainstream media by the four heroic widows from New Jersey?
My daughter, Vanessa Lang Langer was pregnant and pulled from the pile whole and intact on 9/24/2001. She was found ten feet from an alley. Five minutes after the first plane hit Tower I, she was on the phone to the uptown office of Regus Business International, telling a colleague that those in Tower II were told they were safe. That five minutes and the seventeen minutes between those planes (yes, I do believe there were planes) were two lifetimes in my own world. She must have been running for her life, fully conscious of how much she had to protect and how endangered she came to be. If you can’t hear the reasonable request of one family, one mother, you don’t care about family at all. You believe the beginning and end of your moral existence reaches only to what is easy for you to do. You don’t consider those acts necessary to good citizenship, those acts that you leave out, to have any significance.
It is much easier to be a good person than it is to be a good people.
America does not need an investigation. It can easily bury the truth about 9/11 the way it buries and encodes all of its evils. It can easily be like Germany pre Hitler. It can meander its way to more violence, to more war, to growing hate. Or individuals with some powerful means of communication can change this horrible script. For once, for once in our history, can we examine our evil tendencies before they flourish into full example.
Good persons who craft of us a good people speak against established norms.
I am begging you to be more.
We need an investigation into the events of 9/11/2001 in order to be sure that culpability is assigned, that all subpoena powers are used, that all of those who helped to grow the events of that cataclysmic day, or those who were negligent or criminally negligent, or those who perpetrated crimes before during and after that day are prevented from using their powers in such a way ever again. Ever again.
To those who perished on 9/11, justice here on earth is not necessary. You cannot help them.
You can help the remaining citizens of this country and the world. When will you say its time?
Donna Marsh O’Connor
Mother of Vanessa Lang Langer, WTC Tower II, 93rd floor
In response to YT’s posting of the above, Hocus Locus relayed a transcript (from video) of an earlier televised statemnt by Donna Marsh O’Connor, said to have been broadcast on C-SPAN on 9/11/2006. The following transcript is taken from Orleans’s Journal:
“this is my motivation (she holds up picture of her daughter). george w. bush says “god bless america”. he already did. blessed us over and over and over again. and on that day–on that day–it was men who cursed us. not god. and it has been in the hands of men ever since, to investigate everything; the events leading up to, during, and the events post 9/11.
“i know, on a daily basis, the press covers the event post-9/11 but i feel, frankly, abandoned. if i question anything about the official story i’m called a conspiracy theorist. my daughter was on the 93rd floor of tower two and five minutes after the first plane hit she was on the phone to the park avenue office of regis business international where she worked, in the trade center offices. four or five months pregnant, depending on if you listen to the family myth or what the medical examiner told me when he looked at the fetal bones.
“she was at her desk, telling the park avenue office that the port authority police and those in the building were told they were safe, that they should stay at their desks.
“they were not safe. but she was almost saved. my daughter’s body was one of only about 283 whole and intact bodies. the funeral director–they pulled her out of the rubble on september 24th–the funeral director told me, when they notified us on july 6th and he picked up her body, that she looked exactly as i would have expected her to look. so i asked to see her.
“and i did get support from hillary clinton’s office, but my son-in-law wouldn’t let me see her without him seeing her. and i couldn’t put him through that.
“it took me four years for the courage to see those final pictures. this is a picture of my daughter without make-up. she would have been appalled to have been shown without make-up. she was stunning. and i always feared that her beauty would put her in danger.
“she went to work that day; in the glove compartment of her ford explorer–at that point in time the most dangerous car in america–i lectured her about that–was the positive pregnancy test kit. all she ever wanted was that child. all she ever wanted was the child who would be walking with me, five years old, today.
“roughly, about the time my daughter was on the phone to her park avenue office, thanks to paul thompson i know that is roughly the time that george w. bush–the president of this country–walked into a school to lecture to children. he didn’t rush to command central. he didn’t order evacuations of any of our major skyscrapers, including and especially tower two.
“my daughter was found ten feet from an alley, whole and intact. she wasn’t crushed, she didn’t fall. she had injuries–blunt trauma to her head, her neck, her femur. her autopsy report is public record.
“i have two sons; one of them, at the time, was her best friend–he was fourteen years old. and he spent september 12th researching all of the phone numbers of all of the emergency rooms in new york city because this was an impossibility–my daughter would have run for her life. my daughter would have run not to make her brothers the saddest human beings on the face of the planet.
“and all i asked for, when the first news reporter from my local area in upstate new york came to tell me she was going to allow me to tell a beautiful story of my daughter–all i asked that day was why could i not fly home from toronto but osama bin laden’s family and some saudi nationals whose names i still don’t know were flown out of the country in our airspace. i was grounded. they were not. i asked her that day: where was norad? where were our defense systems? and instead, she told the two minutes of the beautiful story i told about my fierce and loving daughter.
“and that’s what it’s been like for five years. the first thing members of the press always ask me and sometimes individual family members will ask me: where are the rest of the family members? why aren’t you all questioning? and i will tell you that for five years, in my small community in upstate new york, i’ve been posing questions. and my kids have been loved by some and shunned by others because their mother is a “conspiracy theorist”.
“i am not a theorist. i was a theorist at syracuse university for twenty two years when i taught writing and rhetoric and american public discourse and i can’t do that anymore. i haven’t seen my daughter in five years. except that she is the screen saver in my mind.
“and this government has made me a victim of conspiracy theories because they haven’t answered fully, or allowed anyone to ask the true questions of september 11th.
“and that’s what i’m asking from you today. for exposure.
“we are not crazy. we have questions. we demand answers. i don’t want to be paternalized by my government. i am a parent. and i want to be able to raise the rest of my children to go to work, to live their lives, to do as rudy giuliani told us shortly after september 11th to save the economy…to go shopping. i want to tell them this is their land, this is their country.
“we are never again are going to be safe. we never were safe. there isn’t a man or woman, politician, on this globe who can save us. but we can make ourselves safer by refusing to continue to cover up. don’t look for stars to tell you the answers.
“we’re asking for a new investigation into the events of september 11th and this time a truly bipartisan, global–with families invested from the beginning, middle and though out the end.
“god blessed america. and look what we did with it.”
P.S., 2/10/2008: There is now a link to this post from a thread in The 911oz Public Forum — Australian Research on 9/11.