9/11 Families' questions for Bush
Evan Ravitz
9/11 Families' questions for Bush
Fri Feb 20 12:18:07 2004

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Subject: 9/11 Families' questions for Bush
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 22:43:10 -0700 (MST)
From: Evan Daniel Ravitz

If we could watch Bush & Co. answer these questions under oath live
on TV, we'd have a whole different world soon. Please forward
widely! -Evan

>From http://www.911independentcommission.org/

The Family Steering Committee Statement and Questions
Regarding the 9/11 Commission Interview with President Bush

February 16, 2004

The Family Steering Committee believes that President Bush should
provide sworn public testimony to the full ten-member panel of the
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States .
Collectively, the Commissioners are responsible for fulfilling the
Congressional mandate. Therefore, each Commissioner must have full
access to the testimony of all individuals and the critical
information that will enable informed decisions and recommendations.

Before an audience of the American people, the Commission must ask
President Bush in sworn testimony, the following questions:

1. As Commander-in-Chief on the morning of 9/11, why didn't you
return immediately to Washington, D.C. or the National Military
Command Center once you became aware that America was under attack?
At specifically what time did you become aware that America was under
attack? Who informed you of this fact?

2. On the morning of 9/11, who was in charge of our country while you
were away from the National Military Command Center? Were you
informed or consulted about all decisions made in your absence?

3. What defensive action did you personally order to protect our
nation during the crisis on September 11th? What time were these
orders given, and to whom? What orders were carried out? What was the
result of such orders? Were any such orders not carried out?

4. In your opinion, why was our nation so utterly unprepared for an
attack on our own soil?

5. U.S. Navy Captain Deborah Loewer, the Director of the White House
Situation Room, informed you of the first airliner hitting Tower One
of the World Trade Center before you entered the Emma E. Booker
Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. Please explain the reason why
you decided to continue with the scheduled classroom visit, fifteen
minutes after learning the first hijacked airliner had hit the World
Trade Center.

6. Is it normal procedure for the Director of the White House
Situation Room to travel with you? If so, please cite any prior
examples of when this occurred. If not normal procedure, please
explain the circumstances that led to the Director of the White House
Situation Room being asked to accompany you to Florida during the
week of September 11th.

7. What plan of action caused you to remain seated after Andrew Card
informed you that a second airliner had hit the second tower of the
World Trade Center and America was clearly under attack?
Approximately how long did you remain in the classroom after Card's

8. At what time were you made aware that other planes were hijacked
in addition to Flight 11 and Flight 175? Who notified you? What was
your course of action as Commander-in-Chief of the United States?

9. Beginning with the transition period between the Clinton
administration and your own, and ending on 9/11/01, specifically what
information (either verbal or written) about terrorists, possible
attacks and targets, did you receive from any source?

This would include briefings or communications from

• Out-going Clinton officials

• CIA, FBI, NSA, DoD and other intelligence agencies

• Foreign intelligence, governments, dignitaries or envoys

• National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice

• Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar

10. Specifically, what did you learn from the August 6, 2001, PDB
about the terrorist threat that was facing our nation? Did you
request any follow-up action to take place? Did you request any
further report be developed and/or prepared?

11. As Commander-in-Chief, from May 1, 2001 until September 11, 2001,
did you receive any information from any intelligence agency official
or agent that UBL was planning to attack this nation on its own soil
using airplanes as weapons, targeting New York City landmarks during
the week of September 11, 2001 or on the actual day of September 11,

12. What defensive measures did you take in response to pre-9/11
warnings from eleven nations about a terrorist attack, many of which
cited an attack in the continental United States? Did you prepare any
directives in response to these actions? If so, with what results?

13. As Commander-in-Chief from May 1, 2001 until September 11, 2001,
did you or any agent of the United States government carry out any
negotiations or talks with UBL, an agent of UBL, or al-Qaeda? During
that same period, did you or any agent of the United States
government carry out any negotiations or talks with any foreign
government, its agents, or officials regarding UBL? If so, what

14. Your schedule for September 11, 2001 was in the public domain
since September 7, 2001. The Emma E. Booker School is only five miles
from the Bradenton Airport, so you, and therefore the children in the
classroom, might have been a target for the terrorists on 9/11. What
was the intention of the Secret Service in allowing you to remain in
the Emma E. Booker Elementary School, even though they were aware
America was under attack?

15. Please explain why you remained at the Sarasota, Florida,
Elementary School for a press conference after you had finished
listening to the children read, when as a terrorist target, your
presence potentially jeopardized the lives of the children?

16. What was the purpose of the several stops of Air Force One on
September 11th? Was Air Force One at any time during the day of
September 11th a target of the terrorists? Was Air Force One's code
ever breached on September 11th?

17. Was there a reason for Air Force One lifting off without a
military escort, even after ample time had elapsed to allow military
jets to arrive?

18. What prompted your refusal to release the information regarding
foreign sponsorship of the terrorists, as illustrated in the
inaccessible 28 redacted pages in the Joint Intelligence Committee
Inquiry Report? What actions have you personally taken since 9/11 to
thwart foreign sponsorship of terrorism?

19. Who approved the flight of the bin Laden family out of the United
States when all commercial flights were grounded, when there was time
for only minimal questioning by the FBI, and especially, when two of
those same individuals had links to WAMY, a charity suspected of
funding terrorism? Why were bin Laden family members granted that
special privilege—a privilege not available to American families
whose loved ones were killed on 9/11?

20. Please explain why no one in any level of our government has yet
been held accountable for the countless failures leading up to and on

21. Please comment on the fact that UBL's profile on the FBI's Ten
Most Wanted Fugitives poster does not include the 9/11 attacks. To
your knowledge, when was the last time any agent of our government
had contact with UBL? If prior to 9/11, specifically what was the
date of that contact and what was the context of said meeting.

22. Do you continue to maintain that Saddam Hussein was linked to al
Qaeda? What proof do you have of any connection between al-Qaeda and
the Hussein regime?

23. Which individuals, governments, agencies, institutions, or groups
may have benefited from the attacks of 9/11? Please state
specifically how you think they have benefited.


FSC Statement Regarding the Failure
of the 9/11 Independent Commission to Subpoena the White House

February 10, 2004

The Family Steering Committee (FSC) is outraged by the failure of the
9/11 Independent Commission to subpoena the White House for complete
access to the Presidential Daily Briefings.

The public needs to be aware that the President's statements on Meet
the Press, on February 8, 2004, were misleading.

He stated that he is "cooperating" with the 9/11 Independent
Commission. Yet the Commission has been negotiating for access to
these documents for over 10 months with no success. While the
Commission negotiates with the Executive Branch, this nation remains
at risk.

We therefore respectfully request that President Bush:

1. Release all material requested by the Commission. Such information
must be provided to all Commissioners so that it can be made part of
their Final Report;

2. Testify under oath before the Commission in a public hearing as to
his Administration's actions leading up to and including 9/11 as well
as the immediate response to the attacks;

3. Support an extension of time for this Commission so it is able to:

a. Conduct the full schedule of public hearings, inclusive of
high-ranking officials as witnesses (under oath);

b. Access (for all 10 Commissioners) to all relevant documents,
including all PDBs (Presidential Daily Briefings), PDDs
(Presidential Decision Directives), and NSPDs (National
Security Presidential Directives), and the working notes behind those

c. Thoroughly investigate all relevant facts with regard to this
nation's preparedness for, and immediate response to, the
attacks on 9/11, including all available testimony from federal
whistleblowers, former and present federal agents/officials, and
certain members of foreign governments.

This Administration must legitimately cooperate. Professing
cooperation while limiting the time and resources of the Commission,
and restricting access to important documents and key witnesses, only
serves to further erode the safety and trust of the American people.


FSC Statement Regarding
The Importance of Gaining Access to the NSC

February 8, 2004

In May 2002, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice made a
statement that she did not know that planes could be used as
missiles. She further stated that the United States government did
not have specific information regarding the 9/11 attacks.

As National Security Advisor, it was Condoleezza Rice's job to know
that the historical record was replete with instances of terrorists
planning to use planes as missiles. Yet, as admitted in her own
words, she did not. Furthermore, as National Security Advisor, it was
Condoleezza Rice's job to coordinate information from the
intelligence community and make policy decisions and recommendations
to the President, in conjunction with other NSC members, about
dealing with terrorist threats. By Ms. Rice's own admission, she and
her fellow NSC members apparently failed in this capacity, too.

The Clinton national security team gave three extensive briefings on
the present danger of al Qaeda to the incoming Bush administration.
Donald Kerrick, three star general, was Deputy National Security
Adviser under President Clinton and served for the first four months
of the Bush Administration on the National Security Council. General
Kerrick has said that he wrote a memo for the Bush NSC stating, "we
will be struck again." General Kerrick states that he received no
response to his memo and was not included in any meetings.

It has also been reported that Richard Clarke, head of counterrorism
on the NSC, was very frustrated during the first nine months of the
Bush Administration. Clarke was reportedly frustrated because he
tried to get the principals committee (the central body of top
national security figures in the Administration) to take up terrorism
as an issue. The principals in the Bush Administration, according to
Clarke, finally discussed terrorism only once when they decided
against funding the unmanned predator drone plane over Afghanistan
prior to 9/11.

Also reported in the media are the statements and facts regarding the
Iraqi war plan. Paul O'Neill writes that the Bush Administration had
the Iraq war plan drawn up and finalized in the first few weeks of
the Bush Administration. The Bush Administration has not denied this
fact. Rather, the Administration has anecdotally stated that every
incoming Administration has a desk full of work to sift through,
prioritize, and explore. Apparently, the Bush Administration made its
number one priority the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. In doing so, Bin
Laden and his al Qaeda network were ranked lower in priority. Why?
Especially since we now know that Iraq was not an "imminent threat"
while Al Qaeda apparently in the midst of planning an attack on 9/11
clearly was an imminent threat.

Once again, this issue revolves around the vital flow of intelligence
information. Why was information detailing the clear and present
danger of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda "downplayed" by this
Administration while at the very same time, apparently, the
intelligence information regarding Saddam Hussein and Iraq was
peppered up. Both of these facts regarding the Bush Administration's
clear failure to prioritize matters of national security have cost
lives. Three thousand people were murdered on the morning of 9/11,
and thousands have been killed in the war in Iraq.

President Bush aptly stated on Meet the Press (2/08/04) that it is
the President's most solemn responsibility to keep this country
secure. President Bush also stated that commissions, in general, must
take their time and learn lessons from the past because we live in a
dangerous world. Asked if he would submit to questioning by the 9/11
Independent Commission, President Bush replied, "Perhaps, perhaps."
On Meet the Press, President Bush also said he was cooperating with
the 9/11 Independent Commission, and specifically cited the agreement
on Presidential Daily Briefs.

In light of President Bush's admission of the importance of
cooperation, the 9/11 Independent Commission must request President
Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, Secretary
of State Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice to testify in an
open hearing while under oath to answer the following questions.

Questions that need to be answered:

1. Why did the Bush Administration fixate, prioritize, and explore
the necessity to go to war in Iraq, while ignoring the clear and
present danger of Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda who nine months later
killed three thousand people on American soil? Was it the structure
of the NSC that caused this failure?

2. Who determined the prioritization of terrorism issues in the early
months of the Bush Administration? Who was consulted regarding such
policy decisions? Who wrote the Presidential Decision Directives
(PDDs) carrying out such policy decisions? More importantly, what was
the nature and substance of those PDDs?

3. Has the 9/11 Independent Commission adequately addressed this
issue—namely the failure of the Bush Administration, its NSC, and its
Cabinet to properly assess imminent threats posed to this nation's

• Has the 9/11 Independent Commission gained full access to
individuals and information to properly investigate this issue? If
not, what areas of access must still be gained?

• Who has the 9/11 Independent Commission questioned regarding this

• Has the 9/11 Independent Commission made any "deals" with
Administrative officials with regard to the scope of access
surrounding this issue? If so, what areas of access are blocked to
the 9/11 Independent Commission, as a whole or in part?

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