9/11 Citizens Watch

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9-11 Citizens Watch is a "citizen-led watchdog network established to support independent investigation, research and analysis into the attacks of September 11th and its political and economic aftermath."[1]

The group was formed in March 2003 to monitor the work of the 9/11 Commission, and following the publication of the 9/11 Commission Report released a commentary entitled "The 9/11 Omission Report."[2]

History[edit]

Kyle Hence, a professional yacht captain and semi-professional photographer, launched unansweredquestions.org in May 2002 in an attempt to increase media coverage of his "unanswered questions" relating to the September 11, 2001 attacks. This group hosted some of the first conferences of the 9/11 Truth Movement at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and, along with the Jersey Girls and other 9/11 victims family members, called for a full investigation of the attacks to be performed. In November 2002, a full investigation by the 9/11 Commission was announced.

Subsequently, the 9/11 Family Steering Committee and 9/11 Citizens Watch were created to monitor the work of the Commission. The groups played a role in forcing the resignation of Henry Kissinger, the original Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, and also called, unsuccessfully, for the resignation of the Commission's Executive Director, Philip Zelikow, based on concerns about conflict of interests.[3]

The Christian Science Monitor reported that, in anticipation of the Commission hearings, 9/11 Citizens Watch launched ads in Washington newspapers calling for fuller disclosure. It reads: "We deserve full disclosure on 9/11: The families of 9/11 victims and Americans everywhere demand that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore testify publicly under oath to the 9/11 commission."[4] Of these, only Condoleezza Rice gave testimony to the Commission.

Following the release of the 9/11 Commission Report in July 2004, 9/11 Citizens Watch published their commentary of it: "The 9/11 Omission Report", in which they allege that many of their "unanswered questions" were not even addressed by the report.

On September 9 and 11, 2004, 9/11 Citizens Watch, along with 911Truth.org, cosponsored two large successive inquiries in New York: "The 9/11 Citizens Commission: The Omissions Hearings" and "Confronting the Evidence: 9/11 and the Search for Truth," a research-focused evidentiary forum.[2]

9/11 Citizens Watch also co-sponsored the first Zogby International 9/11 opinion poll in August 2004. The poll claims that "Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and “Consciously Failed” To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York’s Attorney General".[2]

Press Coverage[edit]

9/11 Citizens Watch has been mentioned in articles by the Washington Times,[5] the New York Times,[3] Scoop[6] and The Christian Science Monitor.[4] A letter from the group was published by From The Wilderness[7] and a news conference by the group was reported on by C-SPAN.[8] The group has also been listed as a resource for an episode of NOW, a PBS newsmagazine.[9]

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