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9/11 Commission

The 9/11 Commission

After delaying for over a year the formation of a special commission to investigate the attacks, President Bush finally yielded to pressure from families of the victims to appoint The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, which is also known as the 9/11 Commission or Kean Commission. The Commission produced the 9/11 Commission Report, which is the subject of the book The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions by David Griffin.

The report begins with the following description of itself:

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title: The 9/11 Commission Report
authors: 9/11 Commission

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

While the Commission's self-characterization as "bi-partisan" is disingenuous given the wholesale cooperation of Democrats and Republicans alike in the 9/11 cover-up, its use of "independent" is a bold-face lie, unless it was meant to describe the Commission's independence from the truth.

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title: The 9/11 Commission Report
authors: Jim Hoffman

The 9/11 Report

The 9/11 Commission Report: An Elaborate Fiction

On July 22, 2004, the "National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States" , also known as the "9/11 Commission," published its final Report, the "9/11 Commission Report". The Report became a best-seller and was hailed in the corporate media as the definitive Report on the attacks. However, the Report is more accurately characterized as the definitive narrative of the official myth of 9/11. As David Ray Griffin points out in his scholarly book, The 9/11 Commission Report; Omissions and Distortions, the Report systematically excludes almost every fact that doesn't support the official story. 1

Omissions and Distortions

Most of what we document on this website has been omitted from the Commission Report, particularly the contents of the analysis section. Indeed, the omissions are so numerous they could fill a book, and do -- David Griffin's 339-page Omissions and Distortions. Here we list only some of the more egregious omissions, falsehoods, and contradictions in the Report.

The 911Research page goes on to list dozens of egregious omissions and distortions in the report, most of which were earlier documented in Griffin's book.

One of the more interesting omissions in the huge report is its failure to so much as mention the total collapse of the 47-story steel-framed skyscraper to the north of the World Trade Center complex, the first-ever collapse of a steel-framed high-rise building to be blamed on fires.

One of the more interesting distortions of the report is its sole structural description of the Twin Towers:

the outside of each tower was covered by a frame of 14-inch-wide steel columns; the centers of the steel columns were 40 inches apart. These exterior walls bore most of the weight of the building. The interior core of the buildings was a hollow steel shaft, in which elevators and stairwells were grouped. [emphasis added]
In this construction photo, the tower's core structure dominates the left half of the image. The commission described it as a "hollow steel shaft". (Click image to enlarge.)

The following excerpt from an e-mail message by 9/11 Truth activist Nicholas Levis provides some interesting details on the conduct of the Commission:

  • The Kean Commission (9/11 Commission) was created only after 14 months of pressure from September 11 victims' families, who for their efforts at first got the failed nomination by George Bush of Henry Kissinger as chairman. He declined, but the Commission consisted of appointees with obvious conflicts of interest, and was seriously underfunded ($14 million as opposed to the $67 million devoted to investigating Clinton's stray member or $30 million for the space shuttle disaster). Its work was met with resistance from the White House. Bush met with the Commission only on the condition that he be questioned in the Oval Office, jointly with Cheney, and off the record. (See "A Brief History of the Kean Commission," http://justicefor911.org/Appendix6_KeanCommission_111904.php)
  • The majority of the nearly 400 questions submitted for investigation to the Kean Commission by the September 11 victims' families who lobbied the inquiry into existence (the Family Steering Committee) were not even addressed in The 9/11 Commission Report. (See http://justicefor911.org/Appendix4_FSCQuestionRatings_111904.php)
  • The executive director and thus head of research for the Kean Commission, Philip Zelikow, is a close associate of Condoleezza Rice (they co-authored a book) and was a Bush 2000 transition team member who participated in meetings on the terrorist threat. He has now returned to Rice as a top aide at the State Department. The Family Steering Committee tracking the hearings called for his resignation due to grave conflict of interest in March 2004; this unfortunately went unreported in the major media and was completely ignored by the Commission.
  • Kean Commission member Max Cleland dropped out of the proceedings in December 2003, saying "Bush is scamming America" and that he didn't want to participate in a cover-up by the Commission of what the government knew about 9/11 in advance. (Off the record he has since said the Bush administration knew the attacks were coming.) This also got near-zero press coverage.
  • The report of the Commission does not even bother with redactions, or a summary of its own omissions. Unlike all other government reports relating to national security issues, we do not even have an idea of how much was left out.
  • At the end of October, 2004, a firefighter with the New York Fire Department as well as a Ground Zero recovery worker came forward to claim that the three of the four "black boxes" from the aircraft at Ground Zero were found during the clean-up work (Philadelphia Daily News, 10/28/04), contrary to the government's longstanding assertion that no trace of these devices was ever discovered, which assertion was reiterated in The 9/11 Commission Report (Ch. 1, fn. 76, p. 468).
  • The Commission's determination of the time of the UA 93 crash in Pennsylvania (10:03 am) requires us to believe that by coincidence, a separate natural seismic event in the area three minutes later caused a tremor of a magnitude similar to that of a plane crash.
  • The 9/11 Commission Report goes so far as to suggest that the issue of terror financing is irrelevant: "To date, the U.S. government has not been able to determine the origin of the money used for the 9/11 attacks. Ultimately the question is of little practical significance." (p. 172)

Mainstream Criticism of the Commission

The Commission report has also been vigorously attacked by writers who have apparently not examined the evidence that the attack was an inside job. In a cover article in Harpers Benjamin DeMott blasted the report as a whitewash.

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title: Whitewash as Public Service: How The 9/11 Commission Report defrauds the nation
authors: Benjamin DeMott
The plain, sad reality--I report this following four full days studying the work--is that The 9/11 Commission Report, despite the vast quantity of labor behind it, is a cheat and a fraud. It stands as a series of evasive maneuvers that infantilize the audience, transform candor into iniquity, and conceal realities that demand immediate inspection and confrontation. Because it is continuously engaged in scotching all attempts to distinguish better from worse leadership responses, the Commission can't discharge its duty to educate the audience about the habits of mind and temperament essential in those chosen to discharge command responsibility during crises. It can't tell the truth about what was done and not done, thought and not thought, at crucial turning points. The Commissioners' immeasurably valuable access to the principals involved offered an extraordinary opportunity to amass material precious to future historians: commentary based on moment-to-moment reaction to major events. But the 567 pages, which purport to provide definitive interpretations of the reactions, are in fact useless to historians, because a seeming terror of bias transforms query after commissarial query--and silence after silence--into suggested new lines of self-justification for the interviewees. In the course of blaming everybody a little, the Commission blames nobody--blurs the reasons for the actions and hesitations of successive administrations, masks choices that, fearlessly defined, might actually have vitalized our public political discourse.

Given the numerous lies and contradictions not mentioned by DeMott, we might describe his piece as praising the Report with faint condemnation.


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Thomas Kean sits on the board of oil giant Amerada Hess, is co-chairman of Homeland Security Project, and is a CFR member.
Lee Hamilton is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and a CFR member.
Richard Ben-Veniste represented insurance beneficiaries of the multi-billion dollar payouts for the destruction of the WTC.
Fred Fielding was the White House counsel to Nixon, and became famous as the "Deep Throat" in the scandal.
Jamie Gorelick represented Saudis against a lawsuit by 9/11 victims' families.
Slade Gorton served 2 years on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Bob Kerrey is vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence. He killed unarmed civilians in the Vietnam War.
John Lehman, a former Secretary of the Navy, was disgraced in the Tailhook and other scandals.
Timothy Roemer is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
James Thompson is charman of the Chicago-based law firm Winston and Strawn, whose clients have included American Airlines, Boeing, and a number of WTC tenants.
Philip Zelikow serves on Bush's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and was part of the Bush/Cheney transition team. While not officially part of the Commission, as the chief of staff, he wielded more power than any of the ten figure-heads.