This is excerpt from NYCCAN's memorandum to NY supreme court..
the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) falsely announced that the air at “Ground Zero” was safe to breathe.
Relying on the EPA assurances which they trusted to be true, New York City residents and workers returned to their homes and jobs in the World Trade
Center area. Health officials say they are not yet able to pinpoint the number of casualties directly linked to Ground Zero exposure. Advocacy groups
claim the death toll has already topped 800.
After the horrific events of September 11, 2001, it took the federal government 442 days to establish the federal 9/11 Commission to investigate the
attacks. As Respondent has touched on (see Respondent’s memorandum at page 8), by comparison, the Warren Commission was established to investigate
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy seven days after his assassination, and the first of nine investigations into Pearl Harbor (which
lasted five and a half years) began two days after the attack.
The federal government’s delayed response in investigating 9/11 is explained in large part by the Bush Administration’s unwillingness to
investigate the attacks. On January 25, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney asked Senate majority leader Tom Daschle to limit an upcoming congressional
inquiry into intelligence failures. President Bush repeated the request to Daschle in a private meeting with congressional leaders on January 29,
• President Bush and Vice President Cheney refused to testify publicly under oath.
They finally made a deal with the Commission to testify on April 29, 2004, with specific conditions:
o They would testify together,
o They would testify behind closed doors,
o They would not be under oath, and
o Their testimony would not be recorded electronically or transcribed
Two years after the federal 9/11 Commission issued its report, Kean and Hamilton
published an inside account of their work in a book entitled Without Precedent, wherein they stated that “The Commission was set up to fail.”
According to Terrell E. Arnold, Former Deputy Director of the Office of Counter-
Terrorism and Emergency Planning at the U.S. State Department, “They [the federal 9/11 Commission] have brought us no closer than we were on
September 12, 2001 to resolving how it was executed and by what enemy. They tell us repeatedly that it was the work of al Qaida, but they have yet to
show us the proofs. They told us the official version of what happened that day, but their story is laced with contradictions, and the facts visible
on the ground at the time belie much of the official account.”
Bob Kerrey, another member of the federal 9/11 Commission, added, “It might take “a permanent 9/11 commission” to end the remaining mysteries of
September 11 and called for “a permanent 9/11 Commission.”
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta’s testimony indicating that Vice
President Dick Cheney may possibly have issued a de facto “stand-down
order” while in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), an
order that if in fact was executed, did not prevent AA Flight 77 from hitting
the Pentagon. The commissioners did not question Mineta or Cheney (or the “young man”) about the nature of the order Cheney had given. The 9/11
Commission Report would later state that Cheney did not enter the PEOC until 9:58, twenty-on minutes after AA 77 allegedly hit the Pentagon.
Mineta: “During the time that the airplane was coming in to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President,
‘The plane is fifty miles out…The plane is thirty miles out.’
And when it got down to ‘The plane is 10 miles out,’ the young man also said to the Vice President, ‘Do the orders still stand?’ And the Vice
President turned and whipped his neck around and said, ‘Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?’ Well at the
time I didn’t know what all that meant…”
Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton: “The flight you’re referring to is the…”
Mineta: “The flight that came into the Pentagon.”
[edit on 7-10-2009 by conar]