By Peter Phillips

Former US Senator Mike Gravel is calling for a Citizens 9/11 Commission.

“As each anniversary of 9/11 rolls by, the import of this tragedy looms ever larger in our history. Especially looming like storm clouds on the horizon of American politics are the unanswered questions about these events. And as new evidence and new whistleblowers come forward seemingly every week, the import of the 9/11 truth movement multiplies in historic significance. All of this points to the urgent need for a new, independent investigation with subpoena and other grand jury powers-a citizen’s commission that is truly free of partisan political interference,” wrote Mike Gravel on June 3, 2011.

Gravel added, “As we approach 9/11’s tenth anniversary, we are reminded­ each time we pick up a newspaper­ that the government’s “official 9/11 story” resulted in three interminable wars: Afghanistan, Iraq, and the War on Terror. The official line also conveniently sets the stage for the Patriot Act that abridged so many of our liberties and civil rights, plus a long list of other abuses such as egregious torture of “terror suspects” in the name of national security. Our dilemma ten years later reminds me of a prescient statement made by James Madison: “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

Senator Gravel spoke April 28 about his plan for direct democracy in the US. about how his primary objective is to build a nationwide grassroots movement in support of a new commission, saying that, “The issues surrounding 9/11 are national and global in character. We can capitalize on that awareness by injecting the creation of a new commission as a wedge issue in the presidential contest in 2012 and all the key political races.”

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