There are two weeks befor the Congressional Enquiry into 9/11 reaches a crunch.
I think that is a suitable time to get the ATS 9/11 research program under way as well. People who have followed the various 9/11 threads will see
that the following have expressed interest in being on revolving research teams.
The following members have confirmed interest in the past two weeks:
Apologies if I have missed anyone, and if you have an interest, add a note to this thread.
The first proposed topic (each topic to last approx. 4 weeks) is insider trading on Put Options (stock exchange and futures markets) that occured in
the week prior to 9/11/2001 - who, what, why, how has this been stonewalled, what is the truth.
I will formalize a proposal to dragonrider this week. Discuss any ideas on this thread, and we will also set up some guidelines and responsibilities.
I am thinking we might call this team "Emergency Team" in reference to 9/11.
As far as I'm concerned this will be a self-managing team, no single leader required unless it is felt absolutely necessary, and the team composition
should be finalized by September 30.
Go to town here with ideas!
The story below is the state of play with the Congressional Enquiry, I think we can extend what comes out of that considerably.
White House Faces Crunch Time on 9/11 Files
September 25, 2003
Two weeks and counting.
After that, the independent commission investigating the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001, says it is going to blow the whistle. Again.
"We spend a long time on negotiating on access," said former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana, the 9/11 commission co-chairman. "And we have laid down
a marker here in which we indicate that we need this information in two weeks' time. So we are approaching a crunch point, I believe."
You may wonder why, two years after the attacks that slaughtered more than 3,000 people and set the United States on a course of indefinite war, it
has come down to these two weeks. The families of Sept. 11 surely do. It is nine months, after all, since the commission - the only one empowered to
fully probe the events of that day - was established. There are only eight more left until, by law, it expires.
The answer is that the White House has never wanted this commission. It fought against it for a year. Once it became politically impossible to stop,
the administration engaged in a rear-guard action to slow its work, a stall meant to last until May, when the panel goes out of existence. Documents
and witnesses were coming forth with such determined sluggishness that Hamilton, a Democrat, and his Republican counterpart, former New Jersey Gov.
Thomas Kean, voiced concern about being thwarted. Since their extraordinary public complaint in July, much has gone better. Surprise.....
.....Information withheld from Congress included the president's daily brief, especially a crucial one produced in August 2001 that warned of
possible terrorist attacks, including hijackings. Information relating to the development of a Bush counter-terrorism policy before 9/11 also was kept
from the lawmakers.....
....In two weeks' time, this president must decide. He can live up to the rhetoric of cooperation and allow a full and fair inquiry into the
catastrophe that redefined his presidency and all of our lives. Or he can assert executive privilege, withholding from the panel whatever White House
documents, pretty much, he chooses.....
....The commission then would be duty-bound to tell us what these are. How could it do otherwise? The truth is not to be found in acquiescence.
The choice, when it is made, will have nothing at all to do with national security, though this would undoubtedly be the claim. It is, in the end, a
matter of political security and how this White House decides to define it.
[Edited on 17-10-2003 by MaskedAvatar]