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August 18, 2011
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Unprecedented Effort for New Investigation to be Launched on 9/11 Anniversary

 (Boston, MA) Senator Mike Gravel announced today the inauguration of a citizens’ campaign to authorize a new investigation of the events of September 11, 2001. Sen. Gravel has filed a proposed ballot initiative that is expected to be approved by the Attorney General of Massachusetts by September 7. [The text of the initiative is posted below or available as a PDF: Initiative Petition for a Massachesetts Law.] If adopted by the voters, the new law would create an independent, citizen-led investigatory commission that would be seated in Massachusetts and be vested with subpoena power and the power to take testimony under oath. “I personally initiated this effort to create a new 9/11 commission,” stated Gravel, “in response to the unending outpouring of calls for a new investigation—in the light of new evidence—from Americans across the political spectrum. Because our gridlocked Congress is obviously incapable of taking up this issue, I believe that state initiatives are our best alternative approach. Massachusetts is an optimal state in which to begin this work.”

Gravel is a former two-term Senator from Alaska and a 2008 presidential candidate who is also considering a run for the presidency in 2012 at the urging of grassroots groups. The Senator is currently chair and founder of the Citizens 9/11 Commission Campaign (, a California-based citizen’s group that is filing similar ballot measures in other states, notably Oregon and Alaska.

Gravel pointed out that thousands of courageous Americans have lent their names to the call for a new investigation, including over 220 senior military, intelligence, and other government officials; over 1,500 engineers and architects; over 250 pilots and aviation professionals; and over 400 professors. (See “Polls have also repeatedly shown that millions of Americans seriously doubt the official story about 9/11,” Gravel stated. “On the tenth anniversary of these events, it is obvious that we urgently need citizen action to get a new investigation.”

Senator Gravel traces his interest in the issue to the charge leveled by the co-chairs that the original 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, that the Commission they led was “set up to fail,” as stated in their 2006 book, Without Precedent. Gravel pointed out that, according to an Associated Press review article (August 4, 2006), “the Sept. 11 commission was so frustrated with repeated misstatements by the Pentagon and FAA about their response to the 2001 terror attacks that it considered an investigation into possible deception.” Co-chair Kean stated: “We to this day don’t know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us. It was just so far from the truth. It’s one of those loose ends that never got tied.” Gravel also noted that the Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, John Farmer, openly stated that “At some level of the government, at some point in time . . . there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened.”

Statewide Ballot Initiative Campaign for a New 9/11 Commission

Senator Gravel—a native of Massachusetts—will kick off the ballot initiative campaign on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a two press conferences, followed by a 12-day tour of the state.

The first press conference will be held on September 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm at the Boston Logan International Airport 9/11 Memorial. (The new memorial commemorates the 206 victims of the 9/11 attacks who had ties to Massachusetts.) The second will be held the following day at 11:00 am on the steps of the Massachusetts state house on Beacon Hill.

Senator Gravel will be supported in the state by a coalition of Massachusetts 9/11 advocacy groups and local concerned citizens led by Rich McCampbell, a Cambridge-based biotech engineer, and Rich Aucoin, former Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor who has worked in senior positions in three previous initiative campaigns. Working with Gravel, the statewide alliance will create awareness and raise the funds needed for running a petition campaign. The group’s slogan is 9/11—Never Forget. Vote YES to remember 9/11.”

In cooperation with Senator Gravel, McCampbell, Aucoin, and a group of 20 Massachusetts voters submitted the proposed initiative law on August 3. Its formal certification by the Attorney General’s office of Massachusetts is due no later than September 7.

In his public appearances in key cities and towns through the state, Gravel will explain the intent of the proposed law to voters, who will then be asked to support the petition campaign, the first step in the group’s work. According to the Massachusetts initiative law, supporters must collect a minimum of nearly 70,000 valid signatures from registered voters by early December of 2011.

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