Immediately upon reciept of this editorial from David Kubiak (see item directly below) I passed it on to CitizenWatch media list and within 12 hours in was posted at the UN Observer and PRAVDA! I've just been informed by the Editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper that they will be running stories on the suit in their next two issues. Momentum is clearly building and they've really just got started.
GNN (Guerilla News Network) also wrote a constructive critique of the RICO filing (see below). Ellen, her lawyer and her support team (including yours truly) are now gearing up for public events and press conferences including in New Hampshire where she lives and where there is a great concentration of press in the lead up to the primaries. These may converge with John Buchanan's Republican challenge (johnbuchanan.org) to Bush in the New Hampshire primary who is putting the 9/11 and war profiteering issue at the forefront of his campaign.
Michael Elliot or 911review.org also wrote a brief analysis and his site links directly to the compliant. (see below).
Finally, Phil Berg, lawyer for Ellen has launched a fundraising campaign to support the litigation. Ellen has refused the government money from its Compensation fund. He is seeking contributions. (see below). Please support the work of his legal team if you are able. While their legal filing may not be complete or perfect we feel that it is a very important legal action that could if nothing else bring more focus on the issues the media continue to largely ignore.
Please stay tuned for an activist alert in support of Kristen Breitweiser's appointment to the 9/11 Commission.
Kyle F. Hence
9/11 IN NEVERNEVERLAND
Widow's Bush Treason Suit Vanishes in Blink of Media Eye
by W. David Kubiak
"The decision 'not to do the story' appears to be multiplying all over the nation." -- Fred Powledge, ACLU
"Whoever said `no news is good news,' was BADLY misinformed."
-- Dan Rather
Think you're already amazed, alarmed or appalled enough by the state of US journalism today? Chew on this a while and think again.
Grieving New Hampshire widow who lost her man on 9/11 refuses the government's million dollar hush money payoff, studies the facts of the day for nearly two years, and comes to believe the White House "intentionally allowed 9/11 to happen" to launch a so-called "War on Terrorism" for personal and political gain.
She retains a prominent lawyer, a former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, who served with distinction under both Democrats and Republicans and was once a strong candidate for the governor's seat.
The attorney files a 62-page complaint in federal district court (including 40 pages of prima facie evidence) charging that "President Bush and officials including, but not limited to Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Ashcroft and Tenet":
1.) had adequate foreknowledge of 911 yet failed to warn the county or attempt to prevent it;
2.) have since been covering up the truth of that day;
3.) have therefore abetted the murder of plaintiff's husband and violated the Constitution and multiple laws of the United States; and
4.) are thus being sued under the Civil RICO (Racketeering, Influence, and Corrupt Organization) Act for malfeasant conspiracy, obstruction of justice and wrongful death.
The suit text goes on to document the detailed forewarnings from foreign governments and FBI agents; the unprecedented delinquency of our air defense; the inexplicable half hour dawdle of our Commander in Chief at a primary school after hearing the nation was under deadly attack; the incessant invocation of national security and executive privilege to
suppress the facts; and the obstruction of all subsequent efforts to investigate the disaster. It concludes that "compelling evidence will be presented in this case through discovery, subpoena power, and testimony [that] Defendants failed to act and prevent 9/11 knowing the attacks would
lead to an 'International War on Terror' which would benefit Defendants both financially and politically."
Press releases detailing these explosive allegations are sent out to 3000 journalists in the print and broadcast media, and a press conference to announce the filing is held in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on November 26th (commemorating the end of the first futile year of the
independent National 9/11 Commission).
Imagine the world-churning implications of these charges. Imagine the furor if just one was proved true. Imagine the courage of this bribe- shunning widow and an eminent attorney with his rep on the line. Then imagine a press conference to which nobody came.
(Well, more precisely, imagine a press conference at which only FOX News appears, tapes for 40 minutes, and never airs an inch.)
Now imagine the air time, column inches and talk show hysteria that same night devoted to the legal hassles of Michael, Kobe, and Scott Peterson, and divide that by the attention paid to our little case of mass murder, war profiteering and treason. (OK, this is really a trick question because no number divided by zero yields any answers whatsoever, which evidently in this case is the result preferred.)
When you present documented charges of official treachery behind the greatest national security disaster in modern history and the press doesn't show, doesn't listen, doesn't write - just what in fact is really being communicated? That despite all the deaths, lies, wars, and bizarre official actions that flowed from 9/11 there's actually nothing there to be investigated at all? That addressing desperate victim families' still unanswered cries for truth is not a legitimate journalistic concern? That news will now be what the corporate media say it will be, so drink your infotainment Kool-Aid and kindly shut up?
(While the 9/11 blackout is the most flagrant sign of current media dysfunction, it hardly stands alone. Where, for example, was our free and fearless press when Pentagon powerbroker Richard Perle confessed to a London audience last month that yes indeed, our war on Iraq was illegal as hell? He calmly explained that "in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing [it] would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone, and this would have been morally unacceptable." (Guardian/UK, 11/20/03) And what news have we seen of the thousands of Depleted Uranium deaths and birth defects now desolating Afghanis, Iraqis and our own Gulf War troops? And whose looking into the $1.2 trillion the Pentagon admits is "missing" or the half trillion in laundered funds now propping up our banks? And how many times have you seen it reported that unbid Iraq contracts have pushed the worth of VP Cheney's 433,333 Halliburton stock options to $26 million plus? But to return to 9/11, the funny business has just begun. If you thought press performance after JFK's death was a cynical farce, you ain't seen nothing yet.)
A few years back Harold Evans of the London Sunday Times, observed that the challenge facing American newspapers "is not to stay in business -- it is to stay in journalism.'' As corporations' authoritarian, profit-driven consciousness comes to dominate both media and governance, you can expect a lot more serial celebrity scandals and even less news on the way things work or anything that really counts.
There is a clear method and message in this obscurantist madness. All this media consolidation and tightening control is strategically aligned with deregulation, privatization, social program-gutting deficits and free trade regimes. They are all convergent tactics to enforce corporations' full spectrum dominance over democratic humankind. If your progressive or conservative instincts bid you to arise against this coup, standing with our 9/11 widow is a good place to start. Her name is Ellen Mariani, her lawyer is Phillip Berg and their complaint is now online at
http://www.nancho.net/911/mariani.html. Read it and weep, wail, or whack out a dozen letters to the editors around your town, but for god's sake make some noise. When 9/11 bombshells fall silent in the corporate media's forest it's up to us to make them resound.
- End -
W. David Kubiak is director of Big Medicine, a research and education institute studying the corporate takeover of our country, culture and consciousness. His email is email@example.com.
Paul Rafferty posted this essay at the UN Observer
9/11 IN NEVERNEVERLAND, by W. David Kubiak
Good critical commentary on the suit - comments will be heeded in future "amendments"... (according to Attorney Phil Berg)
Mariani RICO suit mentioned in:
The Philadephia Enquirer
Posted on Wed, Dec. 03, 2003
A third have not filed for 9/11 fund
From Michael Elliot:
Ellen Mariani has filed a revised civil claim in Pensslvania against Bush Jr., Bush Sr., Cheney et al., claiming that they deliberately failed to prevent 9/11 for personal gain, and that their subsequent acts constitute an 'on-going pattern of criminal activity and obstruction of justice' that supports filing the claim under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO).
The claim is very well written, and clearly draws on the Internet research. We have converted a copy of the revised Mariani claim on the net at:
The claim itself stands alone as a well written essay on 9/11; One section we particularly liked was the explicit naming of the defendants as "aiders and abettors and conspirators":
39. Plaintiff asserts from the mountain of evidence that will be produced and based upon her RICO Act claim, Defendant GWB et al., are exempt from the Act's jurisdiction in New York because Defendants will be directly connected to their true standing in the "911" attacks as "aiders and abettors and conspirators" who intentionally and deliberately "failed to act and prevent" the "911 attacks on the United States of American leading to the murder of Plaintiff's husband Louis Neil Mariani and thousands of other innocent people for many years to come, to advance their agendas,including but not limited to an "International War On Terror."
We think that the evidence now is even stronger than what they have so far presented, and will work with the plaintiff's counsel, Philip Berg esq., to provide them with all the help and results of our 9/11 research.
We note in passing that Mrs. Mariani was previously represented by Mary Schiavo, and Philip Berg wrote this about her change of lawyers in a press release date Sept 10, 2003 (available at thepowerhour.com):
For two years Mrs. Mariani has fought not just United Airlines, but her attorneys as well, firing both the Nolan Law Group and Mary Schiavo of Baum, Headlund, Aristei, Guilford and Schiavo due to their inability to exercise Mrs. Mariani's rights to the truth. Mrs. Mariani is now
represented by the Law Offices of Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, PA. Through Mr. Berg's office, Mrs. Mariani will now initiate acquisition of all relevant facts and will pursue discovery even to the highest levels of government regarding the secrets of 9-11.
From Ellen's Lawyer Phil Berg, Esq.:
I am so excited - a few minutes ago, December 3, 2003, there was a knock at my front door and a gentleman "Charles P......." told me he just heard Ellen Mariani and myself on the "Alex Jones" Radio Show, a nationwide show broadcast from Texas to 100 stations around the country, and he handed me $9.11 cash, the first contribution of many to come.
Together, we will find out the "truth."
$9.11 for the "truth"
Phil, for and on behalf of Ellen Mariani
Philip J. Berg, Esquire
911 For The "Truth"
706 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-1711
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