Below is a transcript of the end-of-the-year fundraising appeal Attorney Mick Harrison of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry makes in the video described in the entry of earlier today. He emphasizes that the committee’s efforts are not about merely “historical” occurrences of the “9/11” attacks and the anthrax attacks, both in 2001, but rather about their ongoing consequences and U.S. government corruption related to them that affect Americans “in the moment.”
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I’m Mick Harrison, the litigation director for the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry. The Lawyers’ Committee is a non-profit. We’re dedicated to transparency and accountability regarding the tragic attacks of 9/11, the crimes that were committed leading up to 9/11, the crimes that were committed during 9/11, and the crimes that have happened because of 9/11, which are ongoing, and our investigation of the anthrax attacks shows that there was government corruption involved.
Our goal is to bring the full truth out about those crimes, to hold the wrongdoers accountable, which hasn’t happened yet, and hopefully in the process eliminate these unjustified wars on terror and compromises to our civil liberties.
The unique aspect of the Lawyers’ Committee in our work, so far, has been, one, our independence and integrity, which lets us go where no one else is willing to go, politically, and to bring the truth out.
Because we bring the force of the law to bear on these issues, which really no other 9/11 group has done until now, we’re able to bring the pieces together not only from a scientific and investigatory venue but in terms of what they mean legally, and what are the legal implications and how can they be acted on legally.
As part of our investigation, not only did we interview a number of Army officials who were very knowledgeable about [the anthrax attacks], we talked to the former FBI project director of the anthrax investigation, which they call “Amerithrax,” Richard Lambert, and he did review our petition—we asked him to look at it, the petition we submitted to Congress—and he basically said it was the most thorough and competent work on the subject that he’d seen so far. And given that he was the FBI investigator in charge for four years, you know, it means something.
What we bring that’s unique to the task of exposing the truth about what happened and correcting the problem is bringing the power of the law to bear. And as a lawyers’ organization we can not only put the pieces of the puzzle together in terms of an investigatory effort and the evidence, but we can see how the law applies to the evidence and how we can use legal tools to hold the wrongdoers accountable, to force more evidence out that has been kept secret by the government, to work with Congress and to use the laws to fix the problem.
It’s important to realize that this is a problem of the moment. It’s not a historical problem. Our organization has “9/11” in the title, but we’re really not just focused on 9/11. We’re talking about government corruption, the need for transparency and accountability in the moment. We’re talking about ongoing wars that are unjustified in the moment. We’re talking about compromises to our civil liberties in the moment.
The problem I think we’ve seen in the last few years is how far the government of the United States can go astray if we don’t do what we need to do to hold it accountable.
We hope we’re entering a new era where we may have a chance to get back to what America should be. And the Lawyers’ Committee is doing what we can to move us in the right direction by exposing the corruption of the past that is still influencing our present and our future.
And we need your help to solve the problem. I hope you all will do what you can do to help us, and we’ll do what we can to help you.
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