Greens Cite Reasons for a New, Independent 9/11 Probe
More investigation needed: Bush conflicts of interest; who paid for the 9/11 hijackings; the role of US foreign policy; exploitation of 9/11 to justify war on Iraq.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Leaders of the Green Partycalled the results of the 9/11 Commission avaluable first step in the probe of the September11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., but called for morefar-reaching investigation into the failure todiscover and prevent the attacks and into theWhite House's response to the attacks.
"Instead of merely extending the currentcommission, which Sen. Kerry favors, we need tosee a new, independent Commission to continue tothe investigation into the 9/11 attacks, withfamily members of 9/11 victims given a prominentrole," said Patrick Driscoll, Green candidate forCongress in California (5th District).
Greens note that, contrary to President Bush'sclaims that Americans are now safer, the U.S.response to 9/11 has increased the risk ofterrorism throughout the world. At home, theresponse has included curtailment of civilliberties, including the detention of thousandsof Americans without being charged with anycrime.
"There has been little discussion of how U.S.policy in the Middle East may have motivated theattacks and may lead to possible futureterrorism," said Peggy Lewis, co-chair of theGreen Party of the United States. "Thesepolicies include Bush's support for Sharon'soccupation of Palestine and apartheid in Israel,as well as the the invasion of Iraq based onfraudulent claims that Saddam Hussein was animmediate threat to the U.S. These policies areturning Arabs and Muslims against the U.S. Bushrhetoric about 'evil-doers' acting on their ownblind hatred of the West has aggravated, notclarified, the causes of terrorism."
The 9/11 Commission's report documented thefailure of intelligence, incompetency of the BushWhite House in responding to warnings, and roleof both the Clinton and Bush administrations infailing to take threats seriously. But Greenscite a list of other points that have not beenadequately investigated: