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Schlub..Is this confirmation enough for you...Here is the statement released by the The 9/11 Family Steering Committee:
For Immediate Release: January 31, 2011
Statement of September 11th Advocates Regarding FBI Translator Behrooz Sarshar’s Redacted Testimony To The 9/11 Commission
The 9/11 Commission’s mandate was to provide a “full and complete accounting” of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and recommend how to prevent
such attacks in the future.
As family members who actively fought for the establishment of the 9/11 Commission and served on The Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission
(FSC), we find it appalling that once again we must question the thoroughness and credibility of the 9/11 Commission and its Final Report.
A pattern of ignoring whistleblowers persisted throughout the Commission’s tenure, even though Governor Kean, the Chairman, promised the FSC that no
credible witnesses would be turned away. The list of whistleblowers that should have been interviewed by the 9/11 Commission included former and
current intelligence agents, analysts, translators and others. It was only after repeated attempts by the FSC that former FBI translator, Mr. Behrooz
Sarshar, was finally interviewed by them. The “Memorandum for the Record” containing this interview was just released on January 1, 2011
According to previously published sources, in April 2001 Mr. Sarshar, in his position as FBI interpreter/translator, attended a meeting between a
long-term, reliable FBI asset and two additional FBI agents from the Washington Field Office. That FBI asset told the two FBI agents that his sources
in Afghanistan had information of an al-Qaeda plot to attack America in a suicide mission involving planes. It would appear that when Mr. Sarshar
filed his reports within the Bureau, they were titled “Kamikaze Pilots”.
After leaving the FBI in 2002, Mr. Sarshar provided the same information to various Congressional offices and investigators, such as staffers for the
Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Patrick Leahy. The Justice Department’s Inspector General also interviewed him.
Thus, we were shocked to find that Mr. Sarshar’s relevant information was missing from the “System Was Blinking Red” section of the 2004 Final
Report issued by the 9/11 Commission. Now, six and a half years past the publication of the Final Report, the transcript of Mr. Sarshar’s interview
has been released with all of its substance redacted. In light of the fact that the majority of his information does not meet the standard for
classification, which is to protect “sources and methods”, it is unclear as to why that information was blocked. Covering up incompetence, or
worse, malfeasance, is not a valid reason for classification. So, what happened to Mr. Sarshar’s warnings once he filed his reports? This is exactly
the type of essential information the Commission should have used in order to write its final report and issue recommendations. How does the
Commission justify omitting information from a credible source within one of our own intelligence agencies?
By their own admission, a large portion of the 9/11 story was based on the tortured, third party interrogations of Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the alleged
“Mastermind” of the 9/11 plot. Does this make any investigative sense? What criteria did the Commission use to determine whom they would interview
and whom they would ignore? One must wonder how many others were similarly omitted. It also seems that the nation’s intelligence agency(ies) had
information that included kamikaze pilots and planes being used as weapons. So how does the Commission reach its absurd conclusion that 9/11 was a
“failure of imagination”?
Based on just these facts alone, one could surmise that the Commission was more intent on conforming to a predetermined storyline rather than a
truthful compilation of the facts revealed through an objective, thorough and effective investigation, that left no stone unturned.
As the public has a right to know this information, we request that the transcript of Mr. Sarshar’s interview be immediately declassified.
Furthermore, we respectfully request that the former Chairman, Governor Thomas Kean, Vice-Chairman, Mr. Lee Hamilton and the Executive Director of the
9/11 Commission, Mr. Philip Zelikow, promptly answer the questions herein.
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Lorie Van Auken