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August 9, 2005
FOS11 Statement Regarding White House Cooperation with the 9/11 Public Discourse Project
Families of September 11 (FOS11) is disappointed to learn that the Bush administration has not provided critical information to the former 9/11 commissioners. The New York Times recently reported commission members as saying: "the White House has failed to turn over any of the information requested by the 10 members of the disbanded Sept. 11 commission in their renewed, unofficial investigation into whether the government is doing enough to prevent terrorist attacks on American soil." The recommended actions which have not been carried out to date include the commission's call for a restructuring of Congressional oversight of the nation's spy agencies, as well as a major expansion of the government's nuclear nonproliferation efforts. In these times of continued threats against our citizens and our nation, we stand firm that our government must do all it can to counter and eliminate the terrorist threat.
The 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a non-profit organization founded by the 10 bipartisan commissioners, is engaging in noble work to determine what has and has not been done to make our country safer and more secure. Scores of people, including American and foreign diplomats and current and former members of Congress, have aided them in their work, testifying at their informational panels and providing up-to-date information on the status of terrorism prevention. The White House should follow their lead, and collaborate with the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, to shed light on all that the Administration has done to secure the homeland since the release of the 9/11 Commission Final Report. We know the 9/11 Public Discourse Project has been very active in sharing information before the general public in order to make our nation safer.
Having suffered the effects of counter-terrorism gone wrong, FOS11 is dedicated to ensuring terrorism prevention now goes right. We implore President Bush and his administration to embrace those working to make our country safer and aid them in their endeavor. There is too much at stake to engage in partisan politics or petty squabbles. Unless everyone works together, and information is shared, we will suffer the same gaps and failures that occurred in 2001.
• Read the NY Times article, 9/11 Group Says White House Has Not Provided Files
• Learn how to contact your elected officials.
• 9/11 Public Discourse Project, www.9-11pdp.org
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