Los Angeles Citizens' Grand Jury
Findings of Fact: August
On the Attacks of September 11, 2001
We the People of the United States of America, having considered the devastating consequences of the failure of all government, judicial and media institutions to establish truth and accountability in law regarding the crimes of September 11, 2001 and the official cover-up that followed; drawing on our Common Law for precedent and authority, convened a Citizens' Grand Jury at the Patriotic Hall in the City and County of Los Angeles, California, on October 23, 2004.
An Official Story of the 9/11 attacks has been established by the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security (May 2002); the House-Senate Joint Intelligence Community Investigation (December 2002); the United Kingdom Government dossier (October2001); and the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States also known as the Kean-Hamilton 9/11 Commission Report (July 2004). All refused to consider evidence contrary to the official explanation of the events of 9/11; failed to consider means, motive or opportunity; and determined that it was outside their mandate to establish legal responsibility or any accountability for the failures to follow established procedures and inexplicable negligence that contributed to or caused the 9/11 attacks.
After consideration of evidence and expert witness testimony, the Los Angeles Citizens Grand Jury, comprised of 25 fully sworn and responsible citizens in the Common Law tradition declares: it is our mandate to identify individual and institutional responsibility for the events of 9/11, and;
- The Official Story regarding the events of 9/11 is, in its entirety, a propaganda fabrication involving collusion between government, private individuals, and corporate media institutions;
- The attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ensuing anthrax attacks, are not outside attacks that happened to America but are crimes that happened in America;
- Motive, means and opportunity must be considered, and no suspect held above the law, regardless of where they reside or what position they held or currently hold;
- That probable cause does exist for civil and criminal indictments. Appropriate criminal, civil and political penalties must be pursued against individuals and institutions for treason, mass murder, perjury, criminal negligence, insider trading, destruction of public and private property, obstruction of justice, and crimes against humanity.
The Citizens Grand Jury concludes that:
The official account of the events of September 11, 2001 as contained in public statements by George Bush, Richard Cheney, George Tenet, Richard Myers, Ralph Eberhart, Donald Rumsfeld, Condolezza Rice, Robert Mueller, Tony Blair, Rudolph Guiliani, Larry Silverstein, Richard Clarke, the Kean-Hamilton Commission to Investigate Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, and others, is physically impossible, untenable, contradictory, and fraudulent. It ignores vast bodies of conclusive and overwhelming evidence. It is, therefore, rejected as a propaganda fabrication designed to justify the unleashing of aggressive war in Afghanistan and Iraq, while hiding the activity of a private, extra-legal, and anti-constitutional network of officials in the United States government, high ranking military officers, and individuals within private corporations and political institutions, who actively prepared, promoted, organized, assisted, fomented, and/or passively enabled the September 11 attacks and the cover-up that followed.
The Citizens Grand Jury rejects the following specific contentions of the United States Government Official Story:
a. That 19 Arab suicide hijackers with box cutters - in a conspiracy with Osama bin Laden from a laptop in a cave in Afghanistan - did independently overtake four civilian airliners and defeat the entire multi-trillion dollar air traffic control and air defense of the United States military on the morning of September 11, 2001.
b. That by successfully crashing two of those planes, American flight # 11 and United flight # 175 (into both towers of the World Trade Center) they were able to completely demolish not only both steel, concrete re-enforced Towers but buildings 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the WTC complex;
c. That no black boxes from the two WTC planes were found;
d. That a rookie pilot with minimal flight training, questionable skill, and no experience, was able to fly American flight #77 into the Pentagon, making an 270 degree turn, fly a few feet off the ground, and crash into the least populated and newly re-enforced part of the Pentagon, leaving no debris from a 757, nor damage commensurate with a 757 crash; leaving no black box, nor surveillance videos other than the five frames already released;
e. That a final plane, United Flight # 93, after being overtaken by hijackers was overtaken by passengers and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, causing debris to be spread as far as 8 miles away;
f. That the reasons standard operating procedures were not followed by FAA/NORAD, and that the country was left undefended for one hour and 40 minutes, were innocent mistakes due to the "fog of war", bureaucratic bungling and a "lack of imagination" because "the nation was not on a war footing;"
g. That "no one could have imagined that planes would be used as weapons" or that the Administration "would have moved heaven and earth" to prevent the attacks from happening;
e. That on the morning of 9/11/2001 the Administration did their very best, to manage the crisis and minimize the damage.
The Citizens Grand Jury finds that:
1. At least eight of the alleged hijackers identified by the FBI were alive after 9/11, none of their names were on the flight manifest lists, and no physical evidence of any of their bodies' remains were found at any of the attack sites, nor were any of the names of any of the alleged hijackers on any of the flight manifests of any of the four airplanes, and that evidence linking the specific identities to the incidents appears - at best - planted to assure association, but illogical given the nature of the crime to be committed and the personalities involved; the government's assertion that the alleged 19 hijackers operated without being detected by official surveillance is untenable, and evidence is strong that the alleged hijackers - whatever their identities and whatever their involvement - acted in coordination with a faction within the government itself.
2. The government's assertion that the four supposedly hijacked airliners were taken over and piloted by the four accused hijackers (with minimal flying experience and low level piloting skill) is at or beyond the limits of physical and technical reality. The planes were probably guided to their destinations and targets by remote control, publicly known to be operational for a number of years.
3. The government's assertion that the failures of air defense were caused essentially by crisis confusion described as the "fog of war" is untenable. Air defense on 9/11/2001 was probably sabotaged by moles operating from within the government and military, who were part of, or acting in concert with, the above-referenced network of individuals who organized and carried out the 9/11 attack. This is supported by the following:
a. 67 times in the year prior to June, 2001, all systems worked perfectly when a plane went off course or out of communication;
b. Military aircraft were not scrambled until after the Pentagon was hit; then flew at a fraction of the speed they were capable of flying;
c. A new directive came out of the Pentagon in June, 2001 that required that all requests to NORAD for intercepting hijacked airliners had to be approved by the Secretary of the Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. His direct control resulted in the apparently anticipated events of 9/11;
d. Rumsfeld falsely testified that NORAD was not focused on protecting the country from within, but rather from attacks from outside the country - even though multiple warnings had been received of the possibility of an attack from within the United States. NORAD's charge has long been to protect the nation's skies from within and without;
e. The NORAD timeline was completely changed from what was reported directly after 9/11, to what was reported in the 9/11 Keane Commission Report;
f. Five War Game Exercises, under the various directions of Vice President Cheney, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and NORAD were underway the morning of 9/11, involving the insertion of false radar blips onto radar screens, live-fly hijack drills, and a mock Cold War hijack exercise, that took our F-16's to Alaska and Northern Canada, leaving only four pairs of fighter jets to deal with what looked like 22 possible hijackings;
g. At least one air traffic controller was confused asking, "is this an exercise or the real thing"; the war games were not openly discussed or explained in the Keane-Hamilton Commission Report or Congressional Hearings; evidence was destroyed, altered or withheld;
h. An FAA manager destroyed the audio taped accounts of air traffic controllers;
4. There is no evidence supporting the government's assertion that American flight #77, a Boeing 757, hit the Pentagon. The damage to the Pentagon was inconsistent with a 757 crash; there was a total absence of debris from this aircraft; the action of the attacking vehicle was consistent with a military rather than a civilian aircraft; American flight #77 was last confirmed by air traffic controllers over Ohio, not Washington; eye witness reports vary so widely that their relevance is questionable; and the five frames of surveillance video released by the Pentagon had an incorrect date stamp, and showed no evidence of a 757; some other type of aircraft, possibly a Global Hawk, A-3, or cruise missile, must therefore be considered.
5. The government's assertion that the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York collapsed as a result of the impact of aircraft and of the subsequent fire is physically impossible. The fall of the World Trade Towers cannot be explained without the hypothesis of a pre-planned, controlled demolition.
a. The Towers were designed by the architect to withstand multiple impacts of a Boeing 707 airplane;
b. No steel building has been brought down by fire prior to 9/11, nor since;
c. Environmental Health Laboratories (a division of Underwriters Laboratories) certified the WTC steel for its ability to withstand fire, and their tests on the steel from the WTC indicate that "the buildings should have easily withstood the thermal stress caused by pools of "burning jet fuel;"
d. The Towers collapsed at near free-fall speed, that is, without structural resistance, as the fires were subsiding, and exhibited such indications as molten steel, seismic shocks, and being pulverized to dust, all of which are only consistent with extremely powerful, high explosives;
e. Witnesses in the buildings testified they heard, felt and saw the effects of numerous explosions after the planes hit the Towers and before the collapse.
f. The crime scene was immediately placed off limits to investigators, and the physical evidence destroyed, contrary to law. The destroyed steel structure of the World Trade Towers was quickly shipped overseas to China and India for recycling by Controlled Demolition Inc., a building demolition company, while forensic investigators - including FEMA's Building Assessment Performance Team - were not allowed access to the structural steel nor allowed to take photos of Ground Zero to ascertain the real cause of the Towers' collapse.
6. The government's assertion that World Trade Center 7 collapsed at 5:20 PM EDT on September 11, purely as a result of fire is physically impossible, and further suggests an inside job. The nature of the collapse of WTC 7, a 47 story steel framed building, is consistent with a controlled demolition of the conventional implosion type, which is confirmed by the video taped admission provided by the Lessor, Larry Silverstein, that he instructed the fire department commander to "pull it" (the term used to initiate a controlled demolition). He then continued, "and we watched the building collapse." Controlled demolitions take weeks, often months, to set up, which invalidates the government's assertion, and the 9/11 Kean-Hamilton Commission's conclusions that the alleged 19 hijackers accomplished all the results of 9/11 by their own efforts with no insiders' assistance.
7. The government's assertion that United Flight 93 crashed because of actions by the hijackers or a struggle in the cockpit is unlikely, given the wreckage was distributed over eight miles from the point of impact, similar to the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion. No plane debris larger than a telephone book could be found at the alleged crash site, and that a military plane was witnessed near Flight 93 before the plane's destruction. All evidence points towards the hypothesis that United 93 was shot down by a US military aircraft and/or by the detonation of an onboard bomb, or both.
8. The government's year and a half delay in the establishment of a Commission to investigate the events of 9/11, the government's control of the so called "independent" Commission by various means, the Commission's omission of significant evidence, and its refusal to address accountability, as well as its refusal to investigate insider trading of American Airlines and United Airlines put options; the wholesale seizure and destruction of evidence, the systematic intimidation of witnesses by the FBI, gag orders by the Justice Department, and a series of other incidents point unmistakably to an organized cover-up on the part of certain factions of the US government, military, and media establishment. These individuals are accessories-after-the-fact to the 9/11 crime itself.
9. Certain individuals, corporations and institutions significantly profited from the events of 9/11 and the ensuing "endless war on terror" that followed. Other individuals did not do their appointed jobs or demonstrated significant incompetence, and were not held accountable. Several of these key individuals were promoted, apparently for a "job well done," rather than punished or reprimanded.
DEMAND FOR PRODUCTION OF
The Los Angeles Citizens' Grand Jury, in its Common Law capacity, acting for and on behalf of the American People, demands that the following evidence be released to Congress, to the Courts, to the public, and to the Los Angeles Citizens' Grand Jury.
1. The FBI, National Reconnaissance Office and all other agencies of the US federal government are asked to immediately release, with no redactions, omissions, or alterations, the videotapes and satellite imagery shot between 9 AM and 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time, on September 11, 2001 by all surveillance cameras within two miles of the Pentagon and by any and all surveillance satellites bearing on the same area, including but not limited to, the videotapes shot by cameras at all gas stations and the Sheraton Washington Hotel. These tapes were seized by the FBI on or shortly after 9/11, and only 5 frames of one tape have been made available to the public.
2. Any and all documents generated by, and in relation to, the entity known as "Terrorism Task Force" created by George W. Bush by Executive Order on May 8, 2001, and chaired by Richard Cheney, are to be immediately released and published in full, including the full text and secret protocols of that Executive Order with no redactions, omissions, deletions, or alterations. This includes all relevant files of all 46 federal agencies, including but not limited to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the CIA, NORAD, and the Department of Defense, which, according to press reports, were made subject to coordination by Vice President Cheney under the auspices of that Executive Order. These agencies must produce documents, meeting minutes, and other records relevant to the so-called "Cheney Terrorism Task Force." This demand also includes the text of the report of the Terrorism Task Force, which, according to press accounts, was scheduled to be delivered on or about October 1, 2001.
3. All US federal government and military agencies must release any and all documents, records, logs, and other information regarding the war games, drills, exercises, maneuvers and related activities, be they headquarters, staff, field, or live-fly exercises, pertaining to any and all exercises taking place on or about September 11, 2001, or in the time immediately prior and/or subsequent to that date, including but not limited to:
a. Amalgam Virgo
b. Vigilant Guardian
c. Vigilant Warrior
d. Northern Vigilance
e. Northern Guardian
f. Drill at the National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly VA
g. Tripod II, New York City
4. The FBI, FAA, NORAD and the Dept of Transportation release and publish in full, with no redactions, omissions, or alterations the contents of all black boxes retrieved from the four crash sites of September 11, 2001 and all records of ground-to-cockpit communications of the allegedly hijacked American Airlines flights #11 and #77 and United Airlines flights # 93 and #175.
The Citizens Grand Jury finds that probable cause exists for indictment and criminal prosecution of those individuals who knowingly participated in the crimes of 9/11, whether they be in government, the military, or private institutions, as well as those whose political agendas were furthered after gross negligence or compliance, and those that demonstrated complicity after-the-fact by participating in the cover-up of the truth of 9/11.
We, therefore, call upon statesmen, thinkers, journalists, investigators, artists, scientists, jurists, academics, humanitarians, religious leaders, activists and other eminent personalities from around the world, to establish an Independent International Truth Commission on the Crimes of 9/11 to refute the fabrications, falsifications, omissions, and distortions of the Kean-Hamilton 9/11 Commission Report, and to establish the evidentiary basis for a truthful, objective, and accurate account of those events that inflicted death and injury to citizens of 83 countries on September 11, 2001 and that have been used to justify war on two sovereign nations since, as well as to usurp individual freedoms at home.
We also support the formation of other Citizens' Grand Juries throughout the United States to demand truth and accountability, to re-claim our constitutional republic, and to end the "endless war on terror" rationalized by the events of September 11, 2001.
A draft text of these findings was presented and agreed to by the Los Angeles Citizens' Grand Jury on October 23, 2004; and submitted to the Grand Jury for its final approval on August 26, 2005.