Campaign To Appoint 9/11 Widow On 9/11 Commission
MEDIA ALERT: Campaign launched to appoint 9/11 Widow on 9/11 Commission
A mass email campaign has begun reaching out to tens of thousands of concerned citizens encouraging them to lobby Senator Daschle to appoint Kristen Breitweiser to take the place of departing Max Cleland, who will likely be confirmed at the Import-Export Bank tomorrow (Tuesday).
- Kyle F. Hence
URGE DASCHLE TO RESCUE THE CREDIBILITY OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION BY APPOINTING KRISTEN BREITWEISER TO REPLACE MAX CLELAND
The 9/11 Independent Commission's inquiry into the greatest national defense disaster in American history is in trouble. A majority of members have been tarnished with conflict of interest allegations for their ties to airlines, oil companies, and the Bush Administration. The commission is also under fire for not requiring witnesses to testify under oath and for allowing administration "minders" to chaperone its private deposition interviews. The Administration is not cooperating, the media is missing in action, and the Commission's clock is running out. With two-thirds of its mandated life already passed, it is still awaiting access to critical documents from the FAA, NORAD and the White House.
To make matters much worse, it has also just lost Max Cleland, one of the few commissioners untainted by conflict of interest problems and certainly the most outspoken with regard to the facts. (e.g., "As each day goes by
we learn that this government knew a whole lot more about these terrorists before September 11th than it has ever admitted." NY Times 10/26/03) He was also the sole member to speak out against the Commission leaders' deal allowing the White House to severely limit and censure access to requested Bush briefing documents. As he raged to Wolf Blitzer on CNN (11/13/03),
""This is a scam, it's disgusting. America is being cheated... We shouldn't be making deals. If somebody wants to deal, we issue subpoenas. That's the deal."
Nine days later Bush disqualified him from the Commission by appointing him to the board of the Export-Import Bank.
(Ref: "New Job Takes Cleland Off 9/11 Panel" - http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20031123-091108-4750r.htm)
Sen. Tom Daschle must now select Cleland's replacement, and victim families and advocate groups are lining up to urge that he nominate Kristen Breitweiser, co-chair of September 11th Advocates and founding member of the 9/11 Commission's "Family Steering Committee." Breitweiser
lost her husband Ronald in WTC Tower Two and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the 9/11 Commission when the congressional 9/11 joint intelligence inquiry was restricted, redacted and stonewalled.
As a knowledgeable and trusted representative of the 9/11 victim family community, Breitweiser has been widely called "conscience of 9/11." It is difficult to imagine another commission candidate who would bring her degree of commitment and honesty to this most vital task. Her inclusion would help guarantee the Commission's integrity and greatly restore public trust in its proceedings and commitment to the truth.
Please contact Tom Daschle immediately and ask him to appoint Kristen Breitweiser to the 9/11 Commission to repair the panel's credibility, ensure full accountability, and restore the nation's peace of mind. No more political operatives or party insiders, we need an honest citizen for this mission.
Fax: (202) 224-6603 - Washington, DC Office
Email form: http://daschle.senate.gov/webform.html
Tel: Washington DC (202) 224-2321;
Rapid City: (605) 348-7551; Sioux Falls: (605) 334-9596
REFERENCE LINKS FOR KRISTEN BREITWEISER
FAMILY STEERING COMMITTEE
THE 9/11 INDEPENDENT COMMISSION
TO JOINT COMMITTEES ON INTELLIGENCE
September 18, 2002
of Breitweiser's 8/13/02 "Donahue" Interview
9/11 MOMS BATTLE BUSH
-- Gail Sheehy's Breakthrough Mainstream Story
on the Abiding Questions, Grief and Fury among
9/11 Victim Family Members Two Years Later
New York Observer, 8/25/03
OF 9/11 : Soledad O'Brien's "American
Morning" Interview with Kristen Breitweiser
CNN, November 17, 2003
WATCHING DC 9/11
-- A "Mind-Numbingly Boring" Propaganda Film
by Kristen Breitweiser
A 9/11 widow reviews Showtime's film about President
Bush's "heroic" actions on and after that fateful morning.
Ref: "BUSH KNEW - A NATIONAL REQUIEM"
Riveting "Take Back the Media" Animation
on Bush's Actual Behavior on the Morning of 9/11
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL (EXCERPT)
December 5, 2003
The latest setback to the independent commission studying the 9/11 terrorist attacks is the impending loss of Max Cleland, the former Georgia senator who has been a strong voice for full disclosure of government information. Once Cleland has left the commission, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) must replace him quickly with someone who can hit the ground running.
The 9/11 families have closely followed the commission's work from day one. So Daschle should consider choosing Cleland's successor from among the leaders of the family groups, someone who could jump into the commission's work without first climbing a steep learning curve.