By Mark Channing Miller
The US attorney’s office has just agreed to take another look at who did 9/11.
The accepted view is that a handful of Muslim fanatics trained in U.S. flying schools commandeered four commercial passenger planes and aimed two of them at the World Trade Center, one at the Pentagon, with the fourth probably headed for the White House. The extent of destruction at the World Trade Center has made many architects, engineers, and other professionals believe that bombs had been pre-planted there, causing the horrific and extensive destruction that took 3000 lives.
It may now be the duty of a grand jury to look at evidence culled from eyewitness accounts, video, and laboratory evidence that insists some of the buildings were laced with explosives.
This newspaper was a witness to the start of this new investigation when a group calling itself the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry visited the WestView offices after they had delivered a petition to the United States Attorney on April 10 of this year.
Evidence at odds with government accounts of the destruction of three World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001, may be, or soon will be, in the hands of a federal Special Grand Jury, according to lawyers seeking an investigation by that entity.
The office of United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a letter that it had reviewed the Committee’s petitions submitted by the Lawyers’ Committee on 9/11 Inquiry on April 10 and July 30 and would comply with the provisions of United States Code 18, Section 3332, as they relate to the petitions.
The Nov. 7 letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, two sentences long, was signed by Michael Farrara, one of two chiefs of the D.A.’s Office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit on behalf of the unit and of United States Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. It was addressed to Attorney Mick G. Harrison, who was identified in it as the Committee’s executive director.
The letter does not say what specific actions the U.S. Attorney’s Office would take to comply with the cited federal law.
Lawyers’ Committee asserts that the law “is clear as to what these steps must be. This law states: ‘[a]ny such [United States] attorney receiving information concerning such an alleged offense from any other person shall, if requested by such other person, inform the [Special] grand jury of such alleged offense, the identity of such other person, and such attorney’s action or recommendation.’ This law also states that ‘(a) It shall be the duty of each such [special] grand jury impaneled within any judicial district to inquire into the offenses against the criminal laws of the United States alleged to have been committed in that district.’”
Lawyers’ Committee is a nonprofit public interest organization headed by Harrison and Attorney David Meiswinkle, which has been allied with 12 families of victims of the destruction of Sept. 11, 2001, in demanding a federal investigation of the events of that day.