Filipino Youth for Peace

Young Filipinos opposed to the US war on Iraq

Open Letter To The President Of The United States

Mr. Bush,

This ”open letter” is coming from my heart. I want you to know
that I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat and that this is not an
attempt to ”bash the Government”.

You, Mr. Bush, should be held responsible and liable for any and
all acts that were committed to aid in any “cover up” of the tragic
events of September 11, 2001. As President you have a duty to protect
the American people. On September 11th you did not instruct your staff
to issue a nationwide emergency warning/alert to advise us of the attack
on America. We had to receive the news of the attacks via the news
networks.

In the months leading up to the attacks you were repeatedly
advised of a possible attack on American soil. During your daily
intelligence briefings you were given information that had been
uncovered that the very real possibility existed that certain
undesirable elements would use commercial aircraft to destroy certain
“target” buildings. You never warned the American people of this
possible threat. Who were you protecting?

When you took no responsibility towards protecting the general
public from the possibility of attack, you were certainly not upholding
the oath you spoke when you took office. In that oath you pledged to
uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

On the morning of the attack, you and members of your staff were
fully aware of the unfolding events yet you chose to continue on to the
Emma E. Booker Elementary School to proceed with a scheduled event and
“photo op”. While our nation was under attack you did not appear to
blink an eye or shed a tear. You continued on as if everything was
“business as usual.”

In the days following the attacks all air traffic was grounded
and Americans, including myself, were stranded wherever they had been
when the flight ban was imposed. I was stranded at Midway Airport in
Chicago, unable to continue on to California for my daughter’s wedding.
Imagine my surprise when I later found out that during this “no fly”
period a number of people were flown out of the country on a 747 with
Arabic lettering on the fuselage. None of these people were interviewed
or questioned by any local, State or Federal agencies. Why were they
allowed to leave and who exactly was on that flight. We know for a fact
that some of the people on the flight were members of (or related to)
the royal family of Saudi Arabia and members of the Bin Laden family.
Were these people allowed to leave because of the long-standing
relationships that your family has with both families?

It is my belief that you intentionally allowed 9/11 to happen to
gather public support for a “war on terrorism.” These wars, in
Afghanistan and Iraq, have not accomplished what you stated were your
goals. Why have you not captured Osama Bin Laden? Where are Saddam’s
weapons of mass destruction? All that has happened is a bill that is
passed before Congress for 87 billion dollars to rebuild what you
ordered blown to bits. As an American who lost a loved one in the “war
on terror” I do pray and support our troops who were sent to Afghanistan
and Iraq by you. These troops have and will continue to die for your
lies. As an American I can make this statement as it appears that
associates of your family may stand to prosper from the rebuilding of
Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr. Bush, the time has come for you to stop your control over us.
Stop blocking the release of certain evidence and documents that were
discovered by the 9/11 Investigation Commission if you have nothing to
hide proving you did not fail to act and prevent the attacks of 9/11.
Your reason for not releasing this material is that it is a matter of
“national security.” When in fact I believe that it is your personal
credibility/security that you are concerned with. You do not want the
public to know the full extent of your responsibility and involvement.

After 9/11 the Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act were
passed. Both of these allow the government to tap your telephone, search
your home, and seize whatever they feel they need to do on a whim. They
can do this without a judge’s review or a warrant. I feel that this is
in direct conflict with our rights as stated in the Constitution and
Bill of Rights.

We the families of 9/11 victims need to have answers to the
following questions:

1. Why were 29 pages of the 9/11committee report personally
censored at your request?

2. Where are the “black boxes” from Flight 11 and Flight 175?

3. Where are the “voice recorders” from Flight 11 and Flight
175?

4. Why can’t we gain access to the complete air traffic control
records for Flight 11 and Flight 175?

5. Where are the airport surveillance tapes that show the
passengers boarding the doomed flights?

6. When will complete passenger lists for all of the flights be
released?

7. Why did your brother Jeb (the governor of Florida) go to the
offices of the Hoffman Aviation School and order that flight records and
files be removed? These files were then put on a C130 government cargo
plane and flown out of the country. Where were they taken and who
ordered it done?

It has been over two years since hundreds of our lost loved ones
“remains” have still yet to be identified and their remains placed in a
landfill at Fresh Kill. We want our heroes brought back and given a
public and proud resting place where we all can pay our respects and
honor them. These innocent people never had a chance as they were taken
from us on that sad September Day.

In the court of public opinion, Mr. Bush, your lies are being
uncovered each day. My husband, all of the other victims and their
families and our nation as a whole, has been victimized by your failed
leadership prior to and after 9/11!

I will prove this in a court of law!

Ellen M. Mariani