PD #14: ‘BUSH KNEW AND LET IT HAPPEN” - Mariani v. Bush et al
Joyce Lynn, Editor
Jan 29, 2004 20:37 PST
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‘BUSH KNEW AND LET IT HAPPEN” - Mariani v. Bush et al
IN THIS ISSUE:
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
“BUSH KNEW AND LET IT HAPPEN” - Ellen Mariani, 9/11 widow, files legal
suit detailing “a deadly and evil mixture” of the Bush and bin Laden
EXCERPTS OF ELLEN MARIANI’S OPEN LETTER TO G.W. BUSH
BEHIND EVERY TERRORIST, THERE IS A BUSH: Humor as an antidote to fear
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK:
Although the corporate media is rehashing and replaying the Dean Scream,
PD believes the recent monumental moment in television was at the end of
Paul O'Neill’s 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl. on January 11.
The former Treasury secretary revealed that G.W. Bush discussed regime
change in Iraq days after he took office in January, 2001.
Then, O’Neill, the former head of Alcoa, told Stahl he had no fear of
retribution from his former cronies. After all, he’s up there in years,
he has lived a good life, and he has lots of money. Then, the camera
zoomed in on O’Neill’s face. “Why would they attack me for telling the
truth?” he deadpanned.
The Bush administration attacks on O’Neill began the next day indicating
the gang in charge in Washington, D.C. has much to fear about the truth.
Ellen Mariani, whose husband died in the 9/11 attacks, has filed a
landmark case against the Bush, his father, and top administration
officials charging the Bush family with decades of manipulation of U.S.
policy for its own power and money.
A growing international people’s investigation of 9/11 is demonstrating
government complicity in 9/11. Day by day, the findings of these
journalists, researchers, and activists also illuminate the silence of
the corporate and even progressive media, which have steadfastly refused
to report on let alone investigate what really happened on 9/11.
PD believes the best way to prevent the next 9/11 is to expose what
really happened on September 11, 2001.
This issue details Mariani’s suit and reprints her personal letter to
G.W. Bush. This coverage of the legal action against Bush et al is in
keeping with my summer 2002 dream guidance to focus on the legalities
(or rather illegalities)of 9/11.
“BUSH KNEW AND LET IT HAPPEN” - Ellen Mariani, 9/11 widow, files suit
detailing “a deadly and evil mixture of the Bush and bin Laden regimes.”
On September 10, 2001, Ellen Mariani and her husband Louis “spent their
last day together as husband and wife on this earth.”
At about 8:00 a.m. the next day, September 11, George W. Bush sat down
for his Presidential Daily Briefing, which included references to the
heightened terrorist risk reported throughout the summer but “contained
nothing serious enough to call National Security Advisor Condoleezza
Rice.” The briefing ended about 8:20 a.m.
At 9:05 a.m., (Chief of Staff) Andrew Card walked up to Bush, who was
with a classroom of second graders at Booker Elementary School in
Sarasota, Florida, and reportedly whispered in his ear: “A second plane
has hit the World Trade Center. America is under attack.”
For the next 7 to 18 minutes, Bush continued to talk with the children
about a goat story as Mariani’s husband, who was a passenger on United
Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade
Mariani’s husband was murdered as the Commander-in-Chief dallied in a
second grade classroom reading a story about a pet goat.
This is Ellen Mariani’s description of her personal nightmare in the
daring suit she filed last month against Bush; his father, George H. W.
Bush, and top administration officials, calling them “aiders and
abettors and conspirators” who “intentionally and deliberately failed to
prevent the 9/11 attacks.”
Mariani alleges the defendants “let the attacks happen for one chilling
reason: to profit personally or politically from the so-called
‘International War on Terror.’”
“The reasons why 9/11 occurred are no longer a national security risk,
but a national security disgrace and tragedy,” Mariani declares.
Mariani believes Bush “allowed the attacks to take place to compel
public anger and outcry to engage our nation and our military men and
women in a preventable international war on terror for personal gains
Challenging the official version of 9/11, Mariani claims in her 62-page
filing that Bush and his father “hold the answers” to why 9/11 occurred.
In the April, 2002 article, “Misguided White Guy,” (PD #6), this
publication pointed out the possibly corrupt financing cycle of policy
and profit by G.H.W. Bush and cronies from his tenure in government.
Some of these people are high officials in the current administration or
executives in Bush’s private business ventures.
This publication put forth the argument in its article “Law of
Conspiracy; Conspiracy of Silence” in October, 2002 (PD # 8) that Bush
and other top administration officials were guilty of the same
conspiracy to commit murder of which they accused John Walker Lindh, the
American found with the Taliban in Afghanistan, because they remained
silent before, during, and after the events of 9/11. The article argued
that if Bush administration officials deliberately
withheld information for political or financial gain they could be
charged under the law of conspiracy.
A range of theories about what happened on 9/11 has emerged. The Bush
administration’s story is that a guy with a long white beard living in a
cave in Afghanistan surprised the $40 billion a year U.S. intelligence
community by hijacking domestic airplanes and crashing them into symbols
of U.S. economic dominance and war. Independent journalists,
researchers, and activists have put forth evidence to support scenarios
that Bush knew about 9/11 and let it happen (Mariani’s suit) and/or that
9/11 was an inside job -- an operation of shadow elements of the U.S.
In a personal letter to Bush released with the filing, Mariani writes,
“On the morning of the attack, you and members of your staff were fully
aware of the unfolding events ,yet you chose to continue on to the Emma
E. Booker Elementary School to proceed with a scheduled event and ‘photo
op.’” (Excerpts of the letter follows this story.)
In addition to Bush, other defendants include George H.W. Bush, former
director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice-president, and
president of the U.S.; vice president Richard Cheney; attorney general
John Ashcroft; secretary of defense Donald H. Rumsfeld; CIA director
George Tenet; Department of Transportation secretary Norman Y. Mineta;
chairman of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations Peter G.
Peterson; National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and special master
of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001
Kenneth R. Feinberg.
Since Mariani filed a civil action last September 12, she says a ‘fire
storm” has erupted around Bush’s refusal to comply with the Commission
investigating 9/11. As a result, on November 26 Mariani filed an
amended complaint that includes obstruction of justice.
Mariani charges the defendants violated the U.S. Constitution and
provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)
Act. Mariani, who lives in New Hampshire, filed her suit (case no.
03-5273) in the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of
Pennsylvania. The U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence
were signed in Philadelphia, which is in the Eastern District.
Philip Berg, Mariani’s lawyer, was a former Deputy Attorney General of
Pennsylvania and candidate for governor of Pennsylvania. He has woven
information from independent 9/11 researchers, activists, and his own
investigation into a spellbinding tale that alleges decades of Bush
family malfeasance. (Philip J. Berg, Esquire, 9/11 For The Truth, 706
Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-1711, 610-825-3134, PJBfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Kyle F. Hence, co-founder of the activist organization 9/11
CitizensWatch, has worked closely with Mariani and other victim
families. He said about Mariani’s case, “We feel that it is a very
important legal action that could if nothing else bring more focus on
the issues the media continue to largely ignore.”
Edward Hurley of the Sarah McClendon Study Group, which sponsored a
press conference with Mariani and Berg at the National Press Club in
Washington, D.C. last month, said Mariani’s suit presented “a richly
documented case for criminal negligence if not complicity at the highest
reaches of our government.”
The Mariani complaint is online at www.911forthetruth.com
Mariani asserts Bush, Cheney, and Rice have engaged in a “pattern of
criminal activity and obstruction of justice” in violation of the public
trust and laws of the United States to achieve their personal goals and
Mariani claims that by influencing national security policy as public
officials or private citizens the Bush family has profited in arms and
oil. She says the pattern dates back to their dealings with Nazi
Germany during World War II.
“This historical context will shock Americans who depend on the
mainstream media for their political information,” Mariani states.
Mariani says the key to the charges is George H. W. Bush and his long
government involvement as CIA director (1976-1977), vice president
(1980-1988), and president (1989-1992) as well as his subsequent
business relationships. The latter includes his association with the
Carlyle group, an equity fund that deals with weapons manufacturing.
Information about the Bush family history is beginning to surface in the
media including the book, American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and
the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush by Nixon White House aide
Kevin Phillips (January 2004) and Republican John Buchanan’s challenge
to Bush in the New Hampshire primary which has 9/11 and war profiteering
at its core.
According to Mariani’s filing, just as Adolph Hitler played “the
anti-communist card to win over skeptical German industrialists,” the
Bush family melds political and business interests. “As history and
evidence proves, the Bushes got their start as key Hitler supporters,”
the suit claims.
Mariani says Prescott Bush, George H.W. Bush’s father, was Hitler's
“propaganda manager” in New York until Franklin D. Roosevelt confiscated
She asserts George H. W. Bush’s long government involvement and his
business relations with the bin Laden family yield “a deadly and evil
mixture of the Bush and bin Laden regimes.” She says Bush also
conducted *personal business and national security deals” with another
alleged terrorist, Saddam Hussein.
Mariani asserts that in the late 1970’s and throughout the 1980’s,
“Defendants were allies with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein during
the former Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and Iran-Iraq war
respectively.” She says during these times “personal and political deals
were made and it is believed upon discovery, these dealings hold the
truth” about 9/11.
The complaint says Cheney still holds Halliburton stock options totaling
more than $26 million. Halliburton passed the Standard & Poor's Index by
nearly 40% during the past year because of millions of dollars in
Department of Defense contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She maintains G.H.W. Bush’s share in the Carlyle Group's defense-related
profits will show similar appreciation since Bush launched the
so-called War on Terror.
Mariani reserves blistering anger for Kenneth Feinberg, administer of
the compensation fund of the Air Transportation Safety and System
Stabilization Act. Mariani calls the fund “a ploy” to silence lawsuits
that could expose Bush’s failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks.
She said Feinberg allowed the Red Cross to stall donations to victim
families to increase the families’ financial difficulties. “Many just
decided to give up and submit to Feinberg's fund in return for absolving
the government of future accountability,” Mariani charges.
The deadline for 9/11 families to file claims with the fund has passed.
Of the official 2,976 deaths, 2,851 families filed claims forsaking
future litigation against the government, airlines, airports, or
Mariani asserts if G.W. Bush, the Department of Defense, and NORAD had
responded “expeditiously” and according to protocol, her husband and
“thousands of other innocent people might still be alive today.”
She said as president G.W. Bush is “solely responsible” for “lapses” in
intelligence agency actions leading to 9/11. A joint House and Senate
Intelligence Committee last July attributed these “lapses” to the CIA
Mariani asserts 9/11 has served as “a pretext for a never-ending war
against the world, including preemptive strikes against defenseless, but
resource rich countries.” It also has served as a pretext for “draconian
measures of repression” in the U.S., including the Department of
Homeland Security and Patriot Act.
The suit outlines historical roots of war-provoking deception such as
Operation Northwoods, which the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed in 1962.
It included a plan the U.S. to shoot down civilian airplanes and blame
the act on Fidel Castro as a pretext for launching a war against Cuba.
The Kennedy administration nixed the plan.
Other war-propelling hoaxes include the sinking of the Maine; the
bombardment of Pearl Harbor, which evidence indicates President
Roosevelt knew about, and the Gulf of Tonkin “provocation,” which led to
escalation of the Vietnam conflict.
Less than a month after the February 27, 1933 Reichstag fire at the
German parliament, which the Nazis blamed on the Communists, Hitler
became Supreme Commander of Germany setting the stage for the repression
and horror which followed.
To substantiate the foreknowledge claim, the suit says on August 6,
2001, one month before the 9/11 attacks, Condoleezza Rice provided a
written brief to Bush at his Texas ranch which warned Osama bin Laden
might hijack U.S. aircraft.
The suit claims “the single most damning indictment” was the failure of
the Department of Defense/NORAD to follow normal military protocol as
standard procedure. “It is a matter of routine procedure for
fighter-jets to intercept commercial airliners to regain contact with
“Flights 175, 77, and 93 had the same pattern of delays in notification
and in scrambling fighter jets, delays that are unimaginable considering
a plane had, by this time, already hit the World Trade Center.”
Mariani also charges Peter G. Peterson, chairman of the board of the
Council on Foreign Relations, provided Bush and other officials “with
critical national security advice contrary to the best interests of the
Mariani said she hopes “revealing the truth of 9/11” will mean no longer
can “so few control so many for self gain and personal agendas.”
ELLEN MARIANI’S OPEN LETTER G.W. BUSH (Excerpts)
This “open letter” is coming from my heart. I want you to know that I am
neither a Republican nor a Democrat and that this is not an attempt to
"bash the Government.”
You Mr. Bush should be held responsible and liable for any and all acts
that were committed to aid in any "cover up" of the tragic events of
September 11, 2001. As President you have a duty to protect the American
people. On September 11th you did not instruct your staff to issue a
nationwide emergency warning/alert to advise us of the attack on
America. We had to receive the news of the attacks via the news
networks. . . .
When you took no responsibility towards protecting the general public
from the possibility of attack, you were certainly not upholding the
oath you spoke when you took office. In that oath you pledged to uphold
the Constitution of the United States of America.
On the morning of the attack, you and members of your staff were fully
aware of the unfolding events yet you chose to continue on to the Emma
E. Booker Elementary School to proceed with a scheduled event and "photo
op.” While our nation was under attack you did not appear to blink an
eye or shed a tear. You continued on as if everything was "business as
usual". . . .
We the families of 9/11 victims need to have answers to the following
1. Why were 29 pages of the 9/11committee report personally
censored at your request?
2. Where are the "black boxes" from Flight 11 and Flight 175?
3. Where are the "voice recorders" from Flight 11 and Flight 175?
4. Why can't we gain access to the complete air traffic control
records for Flight 11 and Flight 175?
5. Where are the airport surveillance tapes that show the
passengers boarding the doomed flights?
6. When will complete passenger lists for all of the flights be
7 Why did your brother Jeb (the Governor of Florida) go to the
offices of the Hoffman Aviation School and order that flight records and
files be removed? These files were then put on a C130 government cargo
plane and flown out of the country. Where were they taken and who
ordered it done?
It has been over two years since hundreds of our lost loved ones
"remains" have still yet to be identified and their remains placed in a
landfill at Fresh Kill. We want our heroes brought back and given a
public and proud resting place where we all can pay our respects and
honor them. These innocent people never had a chance as they were taken
from us on that sad September Day.
In the court of public opinion Mr. Bush, your lies are being uncovered
each day. My husband, all of the other victims and their families and
our nation as a whole, has been victimized by your failed leadership
prior to and after 9/11!
I will prove this in a court of law!
Ellen M. Mariani
BEHIND EVERY TERRORIST, THERE IS A BUSH: Humor as an antidote to fear
To calm the public’s fears of orange terrorist alerts, 9/11 activists in
the Bay Area are planning large doses of humor aimed at what they are
calling the “world's most powerful terrorist organization” - the U. S.
“Behind Every Terrorist, There is a Bush -- an evening of comedy,
music, a sprinkling of art, film and censored truth” will be held
Sunday, February 1 at 7 p.m. at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, San
Francisco, and Monday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Spangenberg Theatre,
Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, California.
The programs will feature comedians Will Durst and Bill Santiago and
Rene Hicks. The evening will also include musician David Rovics, and
Spoken Word by Drew Dellinger.
The comedy events will benefit an international citizen inquiry into
9/11 March 26-28 in San Francisco.
The event organizer is activist Carol Brouillet. Sponsors include
Veterans for Peace, American Legion Post 315; The 911 Truth Alliance;
Free Speech Radio-KPFA 94.1, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Tickets are $12-$22 through the City Box Office (415) 392-4400
Copyright © 2004 Joyce Lynn
JOYCE LYNN is a journalist including eight years as a political reporter
in Washington, D.C. After she moved to San Francisco, she turned from
writing about the politics of social welfare issues to matters of the
mind. She initiated the POLITICAL DIARY in the aftermath of the 2000
election when dreams predicted with 100% accuracy its outcome and told
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