9/11 Victims’ Families File Petition for Federal Grand Jury Investigation

Ted Walter

Yesterday morning, attorneys from the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, together with more than a dozen family members of 9/11 victims, filed a petition with the interim U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman, demanding that he present evidence of unprosecuted federal crimes at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, to a special grand jury.

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David Meiswinkle, Esq., of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, at a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall, holds the petition just filed with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

According to the 52-page petition, which is accompanied by 57 exhibits, federal statute requires the U.S. Department of Justice to relay citizen reports of federal crimes to a special grand jury. The unprosecuted crime alleged to have taken place on 9/11 is the bombing of a place of public use or a government facility — as prohibited under the federal bombing statute or 18 U.S.C. § 2332f — as well as a conspiracy to commit, or the aiding and abetting of, said offense.

The petition states, “The Lawyers’ Committee has reviewed the relevant available evidence . . . and has reached a consensus that there is not just substantial or persuasive evidence of yet-to-be-prosecuted crimes related to the use of pre-planted explosives and/or incendiaries . . . on 9/11, but there is actually conclusive evidence that such federal crimes were committed.”

A federal grand jury has broad powers to investigate the alleged crimes and to return an indictment for signature and prosecution by the U.S. Attorney. The petition notes, “If any crime ever warranted a full special grand jury inquiry, the mass murder of thousands on our nation’s soil on 9/11 clearly does.”

Lawyers’ Committee Executive Director Mick Harrison expressed “cautious optimism” that the U.S. Attorney would fulfill his mandatory duty to present the reported evidence to a grand jury, his optimism based on the fact that the law offers the U.S. Attorney no discretion in whether to do so. However, in the event the U.S. Attorney does not bring forth the evidence to a grand jury, Mr. Harrison said, the petitioners reserve the option of bringing a mandamus action in federal court. A mandamus action, if successful, would compel the U.S. Attorney to fulfill his legal obligation.

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Bob McIlvaine, one of 15 victims’ family members who signed the petition to the U.S. Attorney, speaks at the April 10th press conference at New York City Hall following the filing of the petition.

For the time being, the Lawyers’ Committee will let the process run its course. “We intend to step back now for a reasonable time and be respectful of the confidential nature of the grand jury proceedings, although we have offered to assist in the presentation of this evidence to a special grand jury,” Mr. Harrison commented.

This will not be the first time that interim U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman has dealt with crimes that intersected with U.S. national security matters. According to The New York Times, “In 1987, Mr. Berman was hired by Lawrence E. Walsh to serve in the independent counsel’s office in Washington, which was then investigating the Iran-contra affair.” The newspaper reported that Mr. Berman “helped convict Thomas G. Clines, a former senior operative for the Central Intelligence Agency, on tax fraud charges related to the Iran-contra affair.”

However, any expectation that Mr. Berman will make good on his duty to present the reported evidence to a grand jury must be tempered by the fact that, immediately prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, he was a law partner of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, whose role in destroying physical evidence of the crimes in question is well-documented. Still, the mandatory nature of the law and the redress available through a mandamus action mean it is well worth the attempt to put the evidence in front of a grand jury, in the opinion of the Lawyers’ Committee.

The Culmination of Hard Work and Collaboration with AE911Truth

The voluminous and detailed petition filed by the Lawyers’ Committee and backed by more than a dozen 9/11 family members is the culmination of years of hard work and collaboration. It all began when several attorneys who signed the AE911Truth petition started working together in 2014 and later decided to form this organization.

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, AE911Truth and the Lawyers’ Committee held a two-day symposium called Justice In Focus at New York City’s Cooper Union. There, several expert witnesses affiliated with AE911Truth testified before a distinguished panel of attorneys representing the Lawyers’ Committee, including the late Ferdinando Imposimato, Honorary President of the Supreme Court of Italy.

Today, that testimony makes up a significant portion of the 52-page petition and 57 exhibits filed with the U.S. Attorney. Videos of the Justice In Focus symposium can be viewed in AE911Truth’s video gallery. The above-mentioned expert testimony is in the video titled “Sunday Morning Events” as well as in the videos of Dr. Leroy Hulsey and Dr. Graeme MacQueen.

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Legal panelists evaluate the evidence given by more than a dozen AE911Truth technical and building professionals, who testified at the September 2016 Justice In Focus symposium.

In the year and a half since that landmark event, AE911Truth has collaborated with the Lawyers’ Committee on developing civil litigation strategies for pursuing 9/11 Justice. Most recently, AE911Truth provided technical feedback on the petition to the U.S. Attorney and conducted outreach on behalf of the Lawyers’ Committee to mobilize victims’ family members to sign the petition.

AE911Truth will follow with great interest any developments related to the pending grand jury petition and report on them as news becomes available.

In the meantime, the Lawyers’ Committee is inviting all members of the public to add their names to the grand jury petition. We heartily encourage all supporters of 9/11 Truth and Justice to visit the Lawyers’ Committee website and sign the petition, so that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York will know that thousands of people are watching.

The petition can be read at LawyersCommitteefor9-11Inquiry.org.


Ted Walter is the director of strategy and development for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth). In 2015, he authored AE911Truth’s Beyond Misinformation: What Science Says About the Destruction of World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2, and 7, and in 2016, he authored AE911Truth’s World Trade Center Physics: Why Constant Acceleration Disproves Progressive Collapse. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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3 thoughts on “9/11 Victims’ Families File Petition for Federal Grand Jury Investigation”

  1. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth is a big NO in my opinion. Nothing good or right or just or truthful comes out of that entity.

    This lawsuit follows the same pattern of lawsuit regarding the victims of Sandy Hook event. There are ulterior motives for the lawsuit and those do not involve truth and justice.

    There has never been proof and evidence of victims as a direct result of either event, but there is considerable evidence of vicsims.

    So I see this case will be based on a law that applies to bombing. The best explanations of possible and probable causes of the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings on 9-11 are not based on the ever present phrase, or like phrase, used by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth — explosives and/or incendiaries. This lawsuit simply assumes AE911Truth’s definition of bombing.

    I did not read very deep into this article because I have over the years observed and read enough from AE911Truth. I from the very beginning regard that organization on the same level of honor and veracity as the “parents” of Sandy Hook vicsims.

  2. Thanks to Professor Tracy for posting this important information. It is now almost 17 years and counting and those in our corrupt government who promote injustice have won so far. This all shows that this part of our legal system desperately needs to be changed. Lawyers have far too much influence in all such matters. There are a few good and honest lawyers. However there are also many who are not and are dishonest. Most of them love secrecy where their evil deeds are hidden forever. Local city attorneys routinely have secret meetings with public officials outside of the view of taxpayers. They very likely tell these elected officials to basically do as they please, violate any law or part of the Constitution because these lying lawyers will take care if any problems arise. This is all a shameful disgrace.

    The Grand Jury system is badly broken and must be changed. Citizens must have the power to convene grand juries especially when corrupt lying lawyers fail to do the job as in this case. The longer justice is delayed, the worse it gets. Witnesses die off. Memories fade. Evidence is destroyed or “lost”. “Delay of justice is injustice.”

    Frankly our whole Congress should be arrested and charged and jailed for selling the country out to Israel. There is a mountain of evidence and facts that Israel did 9/11/01 aided by traitors Bush and Cheney and the four star generals who obviously did not lift a finger on 9/11/01 to “defend” the country that day, their most basic responsibility. Even if they were ordered to stand down by traitor Bush, that would have clearly been an illegal order which they should have disobeyed but wasn’t. They have been provided almost unlimited resources to defend this country. Experts mostly at the Ph.D. level, are available in every field to anticipate every possible mode of attack on this country. Yet these despicable traitors did not lift a finger did they? Did you observe any of those planes which struck the towers shot down? No you didn’t nor did anyone else. Yet not a word, not a peep of criticism of these despicable traitors who retired on lavish pensions and live the good life when they should all be sitting in a jail cell for life along with traitors Bush and Cheney. This is a perfect example of how the scum rises to the top. They are immune from punishment for the most gross, unspeakable crimes against this country, all in secret, protected by the full military armed force of this totally corrupt criminal outlaw government operating against every principle of the Constitution. Shame, shame shame on thse expletives deleted.
    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9-11/Israel_did_it

    Quote:

    • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4] yet Silverstein “felt a compelling urge to own them”. Silverstein had breakfast in “Windows on the World” restaurant (located in North Tower 107th Floor) every morning. [5] but broke this routine on the morning of 11 September 2001. Silverstein’s two children, who also worked in the WTC, were also absent from work that day. Larry Silverstein was paid a little over $4.5 Billion in insurance money as a result of the destruction of the WTC complex. [6] Silverstein was on personal friendship terms with Zionist media-magnate Rupert Murdoch, former Israeli president Ariel Sharon, as well as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Silverstein was such good friends with Netanyahu that, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz he would speak with him on the phone every sunday. [7]
    • Video – Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?”

    Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

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