Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Judicial Cover-Up of 9-11

Written by Christopher Bollyn
Feb. 11, 2009

"I would like some truth and accountability
-- and I want the public to hear it."
- Mike Low, father of Sara E. Low,
flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11.

The most steadfast fighters in the prolonged struggle for the truth of what really happened on 9-11 are the relatives of three victims who died at the World Trade Center. These dedicated families represent the last plaintiffs from the nearly 3,000 victims of 9-11. While I know of one other unresolved wrongful death lawsuit, all the other families of victims have reached out-of-court settlements. Although the 9-11 tort litigation is of immense historical importance to all Americans, it remains one of the most under-reported stories of our time.

About 97 percent of the families of the approximately 3,000 victims of 9-11 accepted money from the U.S. taxpayer-funded Victims Compensation Fund, thereby forfeiting their right to sue for accountability and compensation. Only 96 families refused to accept the government money doled out by "Special Master" Kenneth Feinberg, holding out for an open trial. Yet, after more than 7 years, not one victim's lawsuit has gone to trial --- 3,000 victims and not a single trial. What kind of justice is that?

"Special Master" Kenneth Feinberg doled out $7 billion in taxpayer funds to buy off 9-11 relatives.

Alvin K. Hellerstein, the federal judge managing the tort litigation process in the Manhattan district court has effectively delayed a 9-11 trial for years and used his power to force the grieving families to reach out-of-court settlements with the insurance companies. In this legal war of attrition nearly all of the 96 families have been forced to give up their struggle for truth and justice and accept cash settlements for the loss of their loved ones.

9-11 Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein has family ties to Israel.

In mid-December, the families of Mark Bavis, a 31-year-old hockey scout, Barbara Keating, 72, and flight attendant Sara Low, 28, asked Hellerstein to schedule an open trial against Massport, the airlines, and the passenger screening and airport security companies in Boston. Once again, however, Hellerstein delayed saying he must decide first on a defendant motion to have FBI and CIA agents testify about the threats of terrorism in the weeks prior to 9-11. The next court date for 9-11 relatives is scheduled for March 2, 2009.

Donald A. Migliori, attorney for the families, called the motion a ploy to "politicize" the case. Migliori said the families blame Massport, American Airlines, United Airlines, and the airport security companies who allowed terrorists, armed with box cutters and pepper spray, onboard Flight 11 and Flight 175 on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

The remaining families are demanding two things: an open trial to determine accountability for the 9-11 attacks and the removal of the court-imposed secrecy of the many thousands of pages of discovery material. Lawyers for the families have asked Hellerstein to release confidential discovery material obtained from airlines, security firms, and other defendants sued in the attacks.

Lawyers for the victims' families said the defendants had ”abused” the protections of the 2004 court order ”to shield from public view” virtually all materials turned over in the litigation. Furthermore, the essential 9-11 discovery material has been censored by Andrew E. Colsky, the gatekeeper of information under the Sensitive Security Information (SSI) program. Colsky, a Florida lawyer, was appointed by and served under the Israeli-American Michael Chertoff, the former secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Andrew Colsky, Chief Censor of 9-11 Evidence


One of the key defendants in the 9-11 tort litigation is a passenger screening and security firm, Huntleigh USA, which is owned by ICTS, a company closely tied to Israeli intelligence and run by Menachem Atzmon, a convicted criminal and political ally of Ehud Olmert. Olmert, it should be noted made a secret visit to New York City the day before 9-11. Judge Hellerstein's son lives on an Israeli settlement on the occupied West Bank and works for the Israeli government, something which should clearly be considered a conflict of interest for the judge managing the 9-11 litigation in which a defendant is an entity of Israeli state intelligence.

Joseph Hellerstein, the son of the federal judge managing the 9-11 tort litigation, lives on an illegal Israeli settlement on the occupied West Bank.

Saying that ”the public interest in the aviation security failures on September 11th is beyond dispute,” lawyers for families of two passengers and a flight attendant who were killed in the 9-11 hijackings asked Hellerstein on 14 January 2009 to release the huge number of secret documents which would reveal how the security failures occurred. The documents, which lawyers said number in the millions of pages, were obtained from airlines, security firms (such as Huntleigh USA), and other defendants.

"The public ought to know about the breakdowns in aviation security that allowed four commercial planes to become weapons of mass destruction," the lawyers for the three families wrote.

"We owe them a debt of gratitude, especially for their efforts to create a public archive of information," retired FAA Special Agent Brian F. Sullivan told the Boston Herald.

"I want some light to shine on all that happened leading up to 9-11 and on the day of 9-11," said Mike Low, father of Sara Low, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the first jet to hit the twin towers.

"My clients are adamant it will go to trial," Migliori said.


It is truly a matter of national importance for all Americans that the 9-11 plaintiffs receive an open trial and that all essential discovery material be made public. After 7 years, the on-going legal battle in federal court is the essence of the struggle to find the truth of what happened on 9-11. Judge Hellerstein has effectively delayed and obstructed justice for years and it would be highly unlikely for him to set a trial date when the 9-11 litigation is next taken up on March 2.

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1 comment:

  1. I knew Hellerstein was obstructing justice, didn't know he had a son in the West Bank, living on an illegal settlement.

    Jesus Christ, reading this article was like getting smacked in the face by a brick.

    Here's a comment from an article in Haaretz about the dreaded "anti-Semitism."

    First the story:

    Poll: 31% of Europeans blame Jews for global financial crisis

    A recent survey conducted by the Anti-Defamation League found that anti-Semitic attitudes in seven European countries have worsened due to the global financial crisis and Israel's military actions against the Palestinians....

    Now, the comment.

    Before you accuse Europeans of anti-semitism, ask whether it is true that there are many Jews in the finaincial industry and whether they were responsible for anthing. It is a factual question that can be answered factually. Then make the argument one way or another, instead of jumping to conculusions about anti-semitism.
    If we are taking measures against ALL Arabs because 19 of them comitted a criminal act on September 11, we can talk about ALL JEWS.
    You cannot have it both ways.

    What in the hell are so many Jewish gatekeepers doing surrounding and denying 9/11 truth to the victims?

    Why would our only "friend" in the ME have so many Jews/Zionists standing in front of and guarding the truth from being told?

    There's only ONE conclusion to be reached from denying and delaying justice to 9/11 victims.

    Whoever calls that "anti-Semite" shit is full of it and part of the coverup.