Kristen Breitweiser is a 9/11 widow and activist who along with other 9/11 widows known collectively as the “Jersey Girls” pressured the govt to conduct a formal investigation into 9/11. This article originally appeared as a blog post at Huffington Post. 9/11 widows Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg, and Lorie Van Auken also signed their names to this blog post. So says Parry, who gives no link – RB
Shying Away from 9/11 Evidence
Kristen Breitweiser, Consortium News, May 3 2016
Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton wrote an op-ed last week in Pindostan Today, trying to “temper” feelings surrounding the release of “the 28 pages.” Kean and Hamilton wrote:
The 28 pages have generated a lot of public speculation over the years and have been described as a ‘smoking gun’ implicating the Toads in the deadliest terrorist attack carried out on Pindosi soil. What often gets lost in those theories is that the 28 pages were based almost entirely on raw unvetted material that came to the FBI. That material was written up as possible leads for further investigation, and the 28 pages were a summary of some of those reports and leads as of the end of 2002, all of them uninvestigated.
What Kean and Hamilton fail to acknowledge is the reason the “raw, unvetted material” was left “uninvestigated” was strictly because of the 9/11 Commission’s Staff Director, Philip Zelikow, who has too many conflicts of interest to list in this article. Suffice it to say that a critical portion of the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report can be seen as merely a fairy-tale rendition or intelligence “legend” of Zelikow’s design. Zelikow’s own Staff Statement talks about an “intelligence story.” Chapters 5 & 7 provide most of the vital pieces of information surrounding the 9/11 plot, citing ‘KSM’s nterviews’ (RB) as their primary source. Why any responsible historian, such as Zelikow professes to be, would base an official accounting of the worst terrorist attack since Pearl Harbor on the bogus ramblings of a tortured
terrorist (or patsy or fuck knows what – RB)? That’s why anything and everything that comes out of Zelikow’s mouth should be questioned for its veracity and motive. If the person in charge of torturing KSM wanted to obscure the role of the Toads, is it surprising that KSM would say what his torturer wanted to hear? And is it a surprise that the person or persons in charge of KSM’s torture wanted to obscure the Pindosi government’s own awareness of the threat, and indeed specific knowledge of many of the terrorist activities before the attack? Indeed, regarding the 9/11 Commission’s treatment of the role in the 9/11 attacks, Zelikow’s hand is easily detected. Look at these three items:
- Zelikow blocked and then fired Dana Lesemann when she tried to investigate the uninvestigated leads in the 28 pages. Where were Tom and Lee when this happened?
- It was only Zelikow and Dieter Snell who were granted access and able to question Omar Bayoumi, a man who stands at the center of any possible Toad connection to the 9/11 attacks. Why were Zelikow and Snell the only ones permitted to interview such a key individual?
- It was Zelikow and Snell who “rewrote” the entire section of the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report dealing with the Toads, leaving out all the damning, incriminating information. Where is that missing information today? Available for public review?
So please, when Kean and Hamilton say that they “found no evidence linking the Toads to the 9/11 attacks,” pay careful attention to the cute use of their words, “found no evidence,” because there may not have been any soprt of conclusive proof, but there were certainly indications and evidence that required further and immediate follow-up. In addition, note when Kean and Hamilton talk about access granted to the 28 pages being given to “relevant” staff. Which staffers were deemed relevant? Who decided who they were? Zelikow? Everyone had security clearance, so why didn’t all investigative staff have access to the 28 pages? (well, as I’ve said before, TS clearance in itself doesn’t get you access to anything operational; you need SCI read-in to that ‘compartment’ first – RB). Kean and Hamilton proudly state that their report is unclassified and available to the public. But while their final report is unclassified, the source documents for that report remain classified and hidden from the public. And unlike redacted reports where you can readily see what is being kept secret by the dark lines crossing out words, with the 9/11 Commission’s Final Report, we’ll never know how much other pertinent information was kept out and classified by Zelikow. As someone who has looked for specific documents on the National Archives website, I can state emphatically that many of the 9/11 Commission’s most vital and damning documents remain redacted, withheld, classified and/or unavailable to the public. Consider how Kean and Hamilton characterize the 9/11 Review Panel. In reality, it did nothing more than tie up the loose, uncomfortable (damning) ends that would inevitably (have been) created with the release of the 28 pages. Was the Panel’s purpose to uncover the entire 9/11 story, or to stop further inquiry that would eventually uncover the entire truth? I do agree with one section of Kean and Hamilton’s editorial. They write:
The 9/11 attacks were the worst mass murder ever carried out in Pindostan. Those responsible deserve the maximum punishment possible. Therefore, accusations of complicity in that mass murder from responsible authorities are a grave matter. Such charges should be levied with care.
I just hope that both Kean and Hamilton mean what they say when they talk about those responsible and complicit in the 9/11 attacks “deserving the maximum punishment possible.” I hope their definition of complicity is as broad as mine, including actions before and after the crime and actors from inside and outside Pindostan. So for example, let’s just say that our CIA (or a rogue element of it) tried to recruit two 9/11 hijackers in San Diego, who were already in contact with agents of the Toads. In carrying out that task, the CIA worked with those Toad agents, in the recruitment process. Thus, all the Toad contacts and support for the hijackers detailed in the 28 pages (the so-called “smoking gun”) necessarily reveals the CIA/Toad cooperation in dealing with those two 9/11 hijackers. Incidentally, this might explain why DCI Brennan has joined the chorus in stating that all information released in the 28 pages is “uncorroborated, unvetted information.” Will Kean and Hamilton support holding the CIA officials accountable? Will Cofer Black and James Pavitt be held accountable? George Tenet? John McLaughlin? What about John Brennan? Or Michael Hayden? Bob Mueller? Richard Clarke? Too late for Sandy Berger and those docs he stuffed in his socks, but what about Bill Clinton? Bush? Cheney? Rice? And Obama? How about Zelikow, and all others who have known the truth for years and kept silent? When Kean and Hamilton say complicity is a “grave matter,” I hope they follow through on their word. Clearly, much will depend on how good a job was done by the 9/11 Review Panel, but putting that aside, I certainly hope the government does not expect the 9/11 families to ignore 15 years of their cover-up and capitalized “opportunities” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. I’m quoting Condi Rice in the immediate wake of the attacks. She said:
How can we capitalize on these opportunities?
That’s right, she called the mass murder of 3,000 innocent people an “opportunity” that should be “capitalized upon.” Recently, we’ve seen that even though decades have passed since Dennis Hastert committed his despicable deeds, he was eventually caught and held accountable for the cover-up of those deeds. To me, this demonstrates that the truth will always emerge. Fifteen years after the 9/11 murders, we have uncovered a part of that truth, let us hope it does not take another 15 years for the whole truth to emerge. Rest assured, we will never give up nor will we ever go away.