Friday, June 18, 2004
9/11 tapes and closed-door testimony
Despite all the high secrecy surrounding the briefing, a half-dozen different [9/11] family members were so horrified by voice evidence of the airlines' disregard for the fate of their pilots, crew and passengers that they found ways to reveal some of what they heard on those tapes, and also what they felt. To them, the tapes appeared to show that the first instinct of American and United Airlines, as management learned of the gathering horror aboard their passenger planes on Sept. 11, was to cover up.
The response of American's management on duty, as revealed on the tape produced at the meeting, was recalled by persons in attendance:
"Don't spread this around. Keep it close."
"Keep it quiet."
"Let's keep this among ourselves. What else can we find out from our own sources about what's going on?"
"It was disgusting," said the parent of one of the victims, herself a veteran flight attendant for United Airlines. "The very first response was cover-up, when they should have been broadcasting this information all over the place."
There's also a little more about Sibel Edmonds, who's now teamed up with Daniel Ellsberg:
"The whistleblower pair were protesting yet another delay by Judge Reggie Walton of the District Court of Columbia in determining whether Edmonds' closed session testimony to Congressional inquiries can be declared state secrets by U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft.
"In a statement, Edmonds called Ashcroft's legal moves anti-freedom of speech and anti-due process.
"Ellsberg's common cause with Edmonds is founded on his own battle to make public a top secret study of US decision-making in Vietnam, known as the Pentagon Papers."