After the attacks of September Eleventh, the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission lobbied for a credible account of what happened without preconceptions about its ultimate finding. The government stonewalled for 14 months, then created the 9/11 Commission. Its senior staff produced an outline of the inquiry's Report, prescribing what it would conclude prior to the investigation. The families presented over a thousand questions for the inquiry to investigate. Yet only nine percent were addressed, others glimpsed, and seventy percent ignored. In Unanswered Questions, by delving into their press releases, Ray McGinnis introduces readers to behind-the-scenes struggles of the families to keep the inquiry on track. Drawing from mainstream sources, he explores some of the unanswered questions the Commission omitted in its Report.
While there is no consensus among the families regarding the Report, McGinnis shows readers why the Commission's findings, instead of being definitive, are dubious. There were myriad oddities in the conduct of its investigation. And the Commission's Report, by what it ignores, raises more disturbing questions. Two decades after the attacks, McGinnis agrees that the way to honor those who died is to become acquainted with the September Eleventh families' unanswered questions - and why they still matter.
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Table of Contents
PART ONE: FROM GRIEF
Chapter 1 Calamity
Chapter 2 The Search For Answers
Chapter 3 The Complete 9/11 Timeline
PART TWO: FAMILY STEERING COMMITTEE STATEMENTS TO THE 9/11 COMMISSION
Chapter 4 Family Steering Committee Report Card for the 9/11 Commission, September 2003
Chapter 5 Executive Director Zelikow and Transition Briefings
Chapter 6 An Open Letter to former Mayor Giuliani from the Family Steering Committee, May 22, 2004
Chapter 7 The Final Report
Chapter 8 The 9/11 Commission's Recommendations
PART THREE: THE FAMILY STEERING COMMITTEE'S UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
Chapter 9 Question to NORAD
Why weren't NORAD Jets able to Intercept the Hijacked planes if they were Airborne Within Eight Minutes of Notification?
Chapter 10 Question to the FAA
Why were these four planes able to evade all radar?
Chapter 11 Questions to the CIA/SEC/FBI
Was the CIA monitoring the financial markets in the weeks preceding September 11th?
To the CIA/SEC/FBI: What are the names of the individuals and financial institutions who placed "put" orders on American Airlines and United Airlines for the 3 weeks prior to 9/11?
Chapter 12 Question to Mayor Giuliani
Why was the World Trade Center steel was removed so quickly, without being examined, from the scene of a mass murder?
Chapter 13 Question to President George W. Bush
As Commander-in-Chief on the morning of 9/11,why didn't you return immediately to Washington DC or the National Military Command Center once you became aware that America was under attack? At what time were you made aware that other planes were hijacked in addition to Flight 11 and Flight 175?
Chapter 14 Question to the Port Authority/WTC/City of New York
What is the name of the individual who made the announcement in 2WTC who told workers to return to their offices? Why were the roof access doors locked? Why was there no roof-top evacuation?
Chapter 15 Question to Vice President Dick Cheney
Did you have open lines with the Secret Service, NORAD, the FAA, and DOD? Who was in the Situation Room with you?
Chapter 16 Question to Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld
How is it possible that the National Military Command Center, located in the Pentagon and in contact with law enforcement and air traffic controllers from 8:46 a.m., did not communicate to the Secretary of Defense also at the Pentagon about the other hijacked planes especially the one headed to Washington?
Chapter 17 Question to President George W. Bush
Who approved the flight of the bin Laden family out of the United States when all commercial flights were grounded ... a privilege not available to American families whose loved ones were killed on 9/11?
Chapter 18 Question to the CIA
Please explain the role of the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence agency, in aiding bin Laden and/or the al Qaeda from 1998 through the present.
Chapter 19 Question to Mayor Giuliani
On 9/11, no aircraft hit WTC 7. Why did the building fall at 5:20 PM that evening? Does "pull" mean demolished?
PART FOUR: ACCEPTANCE AND DISSENT
Chapter 20 The Story of Record
Chapter 21 Cover-up?
Chapter 22 The Missing Accounts: FDNY
Chapter 23 Campaigns for a New Independent Investigation
Chapter 24 September Eleventh Narratives
INDEX OF NAMES