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Investigate 9/11

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Previous official investigations of the 9/11 attacks have fallen woefully short of the standard deserved, especially by the victims’ families. The 9/11 Commission was described by co-chairmen Kean and Hamilton as “set up to fail,” and admitted that its aim was not “to assign individual blame.” The 9/11 Commission was riddled with conflicts of interest, was far from transparent, ignored or distorted key pieces of evidence, and, according to insiders, ultimately reached predetermined conclusions. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, charged by Congress with scientifically investigating the WTC Towers and Building 7 collapses, failed to follow standard building fire investigation procedures, produced reports based entirely on suspect computer models, and avoided the facts that most needed explaining. This paper details the shortcomings of previous investigations, and then proposes benchmarks and guardrails for a new investigation. First, the scientific investigation must proceed simultaneously with and continuously inform the search for suspects. The new investigative body should also comprise members of business and academia who have no ties to the suspects and did not benefit from the crime. It should have full subpoena power, and be well funded and transparent. Specific proposals are offered to satisfy these benchmarks and guardrails.
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Gourley, James. "Investigate 9/11" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 03, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373193_index.html>

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Gourley, J. , 2009-11-03 "Investigate 9/11" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373193_index.html

Publication Type: Paper "Policy Proposal"
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Abstract: Previous official investigations of the 9/11 attacks have fallen woefully short of the standard deserved, especially by the victims’ families. The 9/11 Commission was described by co-chairmen Kean and Hamilton as “set up to fail,” and admitted that its aim was not “to assign individual blame.” The 9/11 Commission was riddled with conflicts of interest, was far from transparent, ignored or distorted key pieces of evidence, and, according to insiders, ultimately reached predetermined conclusions. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, charged by Congress with scientifically investigating the WTC Towers and Building 7 collapses, failed to follow standard building fire investigation procedures, produced reports based entirely on suspect computer models, and avoided the facts that most needed explaining. This paper details the shortcomings of previous investigations, and then proposes benchmarks and guardrails for a new investigation. First, the scientific investigation must proceed simultaneously with and continuously inform the search for suspects. The new investigative body should also comprise members of business and academia who have no ties to the suspects and did not benefit from the crime. It should have full subpoena power, and be well funded and transparent. Specific proposals are offered to satisfy these benchmarks and guardrails.


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