The following statement by the 9/11 “Jersey” widows was e-mailed to the Muckraker
Report at 12:34 pm on June 18, 2007. The editors of the Muckraker Report support
Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg, and Lorie Van Auken in their call for the declassification and release of
documents related to 9/11. If you haven’t done so already, we urge you
to sign their petition. We also urge you to immediately
contact the elected officials listed below in the “ACTION ALERT” and ask that they release the CIA Inspector General's
Report on September 11th immediately.
September 11th Advocates
Regarding Declassification and Release of Documents
June 18, 2007
The Public's Right to Know - Declassification and Release of Documents petition [http://www.petitiononline.com/july10/petition.html]
surpassed 15,000 signatures. As promised, we have
hand delivered it to lawmakers in Washington, DC.
during our meetings with lawmakers, we discussed the declassification and release of all transcripts and documents relating
to the July 10, 2001 meeting that took place between former CIA Director George Tenet and then National Security Advisor,
Condoleezza Rice, the redacted 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (JICI) and the
CIA Inspector General’s report, “CIA Accountability With Respect To The 9/11 Attacks,” as mentioned in the
Almost six years have passed since September 11, 2001, yet critical information continues
to be withheld from the American public regarding the attacks. Included in this
statement is an “Action Alert” and background information explaining the importance of transparency in our government.
Since there is currently active legislation (Wyden-Bond Amendment attached to bill #S.4)
regarding the CIA Inspector Generalšs Report, we decided, for the moment, to focus our attention on this particular document.
After reviewing the evidence produced by the Joint Inquiry of Congress into the 9/11 Attacks,
both Republican and Democratic Congressmen agreed that a CIA Inspector General review into individual responsibility was necessary.
Faced with the facts, these Congressmen understood that accountability in the Intelligence Community was crucial. Their intent was that a final declassified CIA/IG report was to be released to the public and where deemed
appropriate by the report, for personnel at all levels to be held accountable for any omission, commission, or failure to
meet professional standards in regard to the events of September 11, 2001. Americans
have the right to know that competent people are serving them in these strategic positions - our safety depends on it.
Once again, we need your help to get this declassified report released as soon as possible!!
**** ACTION ALERT ****
Please call and/or fax the following people. Tell them it is of the utmost importance to
the future safety of the American public that the CIA Inspector General's Report on September 11th be released immediately!
The White House
Comments: (202) 456-1111 - Fax (202) 456-2461
of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, DC 20511
Michael Hayden, Director CIA
(703) 482-0623 - Fax (703) 482-1739
Members of the Senate Select Intelligence
D. Rockefeller IV, W. Virginia
(202) 224-6472 - Fax (202) 224-7665
(202) 224-3841 - Fax: (202) 228-3954
A. Mikulski, Maryland
D. Feingold, Wisconsin
(202) 224-5323 - Fax (202) 224-2725
(202)-224-5274 - Fax (202) 228-2183
Whitehouse, Rhode Island
(202) 224-2921 - Fax (202) 228-6362
S. Bond, Missouri
(202) 224-2023 - Fax (202) 224-6295
(202) 224-4224 – Fax (202) 224-5213
(202) 224-3521 – Fax (202) 224-0103
(202) 224-5251 - Fax (202) 224-6331
J. Snowe, Maine
(202) 224-5344 – Fax (202) 224-1946
Burr, North Carolina
(202) 224-3154 - Fax (202) 228-2981
In February of 2002, The Joint Inquiry (JICI) was formed by the Senate and House Select
Committees on Intelligence in order to analyze what information related to the attack was available to the intelligence community
prior to September 11, 2001. The JICI found systemic failures and offered recommendations
on improving intelligence community operations. In their investigation, the JICI
reviewed relevant documents, held public and closed hearings and interviewed numerous members of the intelligence community.
In December 2002, the final report from the Joint Congressional Committee investigating
9/11 requested that the CIA's Inspector General review the specific roles of individuals, since according to the committee's
report: "Assured standards of accountability are critical to developing the personal responsibility, urgency, and diligence
which our counterterrorism responsibility requires."
To underscore the need for accountability the report requested that: "the Inspector General
at various agencies including the CIA, were instructed to conduct investigations and reviews to determine whether and to what
extent personnel at all levels should be held accountable for any omission, commission, or failure to meet professional standards
in regard to the identification, prevention, or disruption of terrorist attacks, including the events of September 11, 2001.”
Senator Richard Shelby, who served on the Joint Inquiry and was privy to all intelligence
information reiterated the importance of accountability in his additional views in the JICI, "...because we face a grave ongoing
threat, we must begin reforming the Community immediately. Otherwise we will be unable to meet this threat ... If we are indeed
at war, accountability is more important now than ever, for it is through insisting upon accountability that life-threatening
problems may best be fixed....”
Because of the JICI recommendation, CIA Inspector General, John L. Helgerson, spent 17
months exploring every area of the agency's performance prior to 9/11. According
to numerous media accounts following this extensive review, the IGšs final report stated that certain individuals failed to
meet an acceptable standard of performance, and it recommended that their conduct be assessed by an internal review board
for possible disciplinary action. The final report was then given to Porter Goss,
the CIA Director at that time.
Senate Intelligence Committee:
In August 2005, after almost one year of reviewing the report and giving certain individuals
a chance to rebut the claims against them, CIA Director Porter Goss, finally released the report to Congress. After an additional
six weeks, Goss rejected appeals from both congressional intelligence committees to make it public. No action has ever been
taken against the individuals named by the Inspector General and presumably many are still at their jobs.
Correspondence then began between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA requesting
the declassification and release of the report. The requests are as follows:
- August 2005 - Request for declassification and release by Chairman
Roberts to then CIA Director Porter Goss. DENIED!
- January 2006 - Request for redaction and release by Senator Wyden to
Director Goss. DENIED!
- May 2006 - Issue of declassification and release raised again during
confirmation hearings for new CIA Director General Michael Hayden, who stated in a letter to Senator Wyden that he “intended
to examine the issue.”
- June 2006 - Committee staff prepared a proposed redacted version of
the Executive Summary of the report, which Chairman Roberts sent to General Hayden for Comment.
- August 2006 - General Hayden notified the Committee that he did not
intend to declassify the report.
- September 2006 - Chairman Roberts forwarded the proposed redacted Executive
Summary to DNI Negroponte and requested that he work with the Committee to determine what redactions would be necessary in
order to release the report.
- November 2006 - Negroponte declined to do so.
- January 2007 - Upon the organization of the Committee in the current Congress, Chairman Rockefeller,
Vice Chairman Bond and Senator Wyden wrote to Director Negroponte with their comments on his [Negroponte’s] November
letter and again highlighted the need for this report to be declassified and made public.
- March 2007 - Senate Bill S.4, legislation enacting the 9/11 Commission
recommendations to make America more secure, including the amendment to release the CIA’s IG report on 9/11, passed
with a vote of 60-38.
- June 2007 - The Bill, S.4, remains stalled, the Commission recommendations
have yet to be implemented and the CIA/IG report remains hidden.
In his Newsweek article of January 31, 2007, Michael Isikoff said the following:
"The report, prepared by the CIA's inspector general, is the only major 9/11 government review that
has still not been made publicly available.”
"When it was completed in August 2005, NEWSWEEK and other publications reported that it contained sharp
criticisms of former CIA director George Tenet and other top agency officials for failing to address the threat posed by Al
Qaeda, as well as other mistakes that might have prevented the attacks.”
Isikoff goes on to say, "What's really behind the intelligence community's refusal to release the report,
the senators suspect, is a desire to protect the reputations of some of the main figures.”
The May 17, 2007 Associated Press article by Katherine Shrader said the following:
"It's amazing the efforts the administration is going to stonewall this," Wyden said. "The American
people have a right to know what the Central Intelligence Agency was doing in those critical months before 9/11.... I am going
to bulldog this until the public gets it.”
in June 2005, the inspector general's report examined the personal responsibility of individuals at the CIA before and after
the attacks. Other agencies' reviews examined structural problems within their organizations.
Note: The press release below has been issued by the “Jersey Widows”.
For Immediate Release
June 18, 2007
Statement of September 11th Advocates
Regarding the Release of the CIA Inspector General's Report Post 9/11
June 18, 2007
"The report, prepared by the CIA's inspector general, is the only major 9/11 government
review that has still not been made publicly available." -- Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, January 31, 2007
Almost six years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001, yet critical information
continues to be withheld from the American public regarding the attacks.
In 2002, after reviewing the evidence produced by the Joint Inquiry of Congress into the
9/11 Attacks, both Republican and Democratic Congressmen agreed that a CIA Inspector General review into individual responsibility
was necessary. Faced with the facts, these Congressmen understood that accountability
in the Intelligence Community was crucial. Their intent was that a final declassified
CIA/IG report be released to the public and where deemed appropriate by the report, for personnel at all levels to be held
accountable for any omission, commission, or failure to meet professional standards in regard to the events of September 11,
2001. To date, despite enormous efforts from the Senate Intelligence Committee, nothing has happened.
Michael Isikoff wrote in his January 2007 Newsweek article that, "When it [the CIA/IG report]
was completed in August 2005, NEWSWEEK and other publications reported that it contained sharp criticisms of former CIA director
George Tenet and other top agency officials for failing to address the threat posed by Al Qaeda, as well as other mistakes
that might have prevented the attacks."
Isikoff goes on to say, "What's really behind the intelligence community's refusal to release
the report, the senators suspect, is a desire to protect the reputations of some of the main figures."
Since sources and methods are not revealed in a declassified report, national security
is protected and thus not an excuse for withholding this document. Since when
does embarrassment meet any standard for keeping a government report secret? Isn’t
it time for our elected and appointed officials to do the job that they were sent to our Nationšs Capitol for: to protect
the public and not reputations?
Americans have the right to know that the problems identified in this report have been
addressed and corrected. We have the right to know that competent people are
serving us in strategic positions our safety and security depends on it. Incompetence costs lives.
Legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden D-OR and Kit Bond R-MO, calling for the
release of the 9/11 CIA/IG report, already exists, has passed the Senate and has strong bipartisan support. Yet, the White
House and the CIA continue to refuse to release the already declassified version of the report.
It is sadly and abundantly clear that, once again, only heightened public pressure on the
Administration and the CIA will force accountability. We call on the public and
the press to demand the release of the declassified version of the 9/11 CIA’s Inspector General Report.
Lorie Van Auken