National Archives To Open 9/11 Commission Textual Materials

35%? - Jon


WHAT: The National Archives will open more than 150 cubic feet of records of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, an independent, bipartisan commission created by Congress. The Commission’s mandate was to provide a “full and complete accounting” of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and recommend how to prevent such attacks in the future.

On January 14th at 9 AM EST, Memoranda for the Record (summaries of 709 interviews conducted by the Commission), series descriptions, and folder title lists will be available online ( These records include information on the terrorists, past terrorist events, al Qaeda in general, and related subjects. The records also include information concerning the emergency responses to the attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.

WHO: Steven Tilley, Director of the National Archives Textual Archives Services Division, will brief the media about the review process and content of the records.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
9 AM (EST) on the web at
9 AM (EST) – Briefing
9:15 AM (EST) – Records opening
** Members of the press who need to obtain researcher cards should arrive at 8:30 am, or obtain their cards in advance of the opening. ***

WHERE: West Research Room, National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408
Please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.

Please Note: No artificial light may be used in the Research Room.

When the 9/11 Commission closed on August 21, 2004, it transferred legal custody of its records to the National Archives. Before it closed, the Commission voted to encourage the release its records to the fullest extent possible in January 2009. Because the Commission was part of the legislative branch, its records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The records that will open on January 14th represent 35% of the Commission’s archived textual records. Review and processing focused on the portion of the collection that contains unique documents created by the Commission and those that reveal the most about the scope of the investigation and the internal workings of the Commission and its staff. The arrangement of the records reflects the organization of the Commission with series consisting of front office files, team files, and files of individual staff members. Due to the collection’s volume and the large percentage of national security classified files, the National Archives staff was unable to process the entire collection by January 2009. The National Archives will continue to process materials.

These records have been screened for personal privacy and national security. Summaries of the interviews with New York City First Responders are closed under an agreement reached between New York City and the Commission. Graphic personal details concerning the victims of the attacks have been withheld.

Other Information
All researchers, including the media, must have a valid National Archives researcher card prior to gaining access to the records. Researcher cards may be obtained at the National Archives Building with a photo ID. Clean research room rules apply. Laptop computers and scanners are permitted.

The National Archives facility in Washington, DC, does not currently provide wireless access to the internet. Limited power is available. (Please charge computers before arriving.)

For those who do not have Internet access, on the day of the opening the Public Affairs office will distribute DVDs containing summaries of the 709 interviews. The National Archives New York City Regional Archives, located at 201 Varick Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10014, will also distribute these DVDs.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

Thanks for posting this Jon.

Thanks for posting this Jon.

Show "seriously" by genie00

It is....

genie00: "if bush/cheny pulled off an inside job it would be too glaringly obvious."

It is glaringly obvious. Well, it is obvious that they were both in some ways complicit in the 9/11 attacks

That sure is an interesting point of view.

Hi Genie00

I see that you have been a member of this site for 2 years and you still are buying the official conspiracy theory?


"Because the Commission was part of the legislative branch, its records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)."

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Why now?

Why wasn't this released years ago? Sorry. I forgot, one must not question the BIPARTISAN 9/11 Commission. If they voted to keep the public ignorant, well they must have had a good reason.

Anyone interested in classification issues may want to read the book Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life by Ted Gup. He details the post 9/11 trend of overwhelming secrecy. One issue in the book is the use of secrecy to conceal criminal conduct. Thus we have the claim of protecting national security interests being exploited to conceal criminal conduct that has in fact harmed national security. Pretty sick.

28 pages of the JI which deal with Saudi support for alHazmi/alMihdhar are still classified. The complete CIA IG report is still classified. So it seems likely that anything in the 9/11 Commission materials which deals with these matters will be redacted for "national security reasons."

I wonder

Does anyone know what specific type of information is to be released, For instance, NBC reports,

"The NBC News analysis shows that more than one quarter of all footnotes in the 9/11 Report refer to CIA interrogations of al-Qaida operatives who were subjected to the now-controversial interrogation techniques. In fact, information derived from the interrogations is central to the Report’s most critical chapters, those on the planning and execution of the attacks."

Are we going to be able to see these CIA interrogation reports?

Also what about the notes of Lynne Cheney and Scooter Libby. They were used ostensibly to contradict Norman Mineta's testimony regarding Dick Cheney and Flight 77.


"guys, do you really think the huge number of people involved in compling all this information would be able to contain it if all of it is a total lie ? if bush/cheny pulled off an inside job it would be too glaringly obvious"

The biggest lies of the 9/11 Commission are the glaring OMISSIONS, the things they refused to investigate (directly in violation of their mandate).

As for "glaring" things that are out there in the open already -- yet nobody does anything about them -- the US Senate tells us that "foreign governments" assisted hijackers in the USA. The White House CLASSIFIED this information, which is arguably "aid and comfort" to the "enemy" and in the language of the US Constitution: treason.

Glaringly, Bush sat there after being told "America is under attack" by Andrew Card at 9:03am. This refusal to act as the Commander in Chief of the military during an attack is also arguably treason (aid and comfort to the enemy). Bush's refusal to issue shoot down orders immediately arguably led to the successful attack on the Pentagon. Where were the surface to air, anti-aircraft missiles? Why did no Norad fighters receive and shoot down order until 10:15 to 10:30am?

These are "glaring" problems that are well known already.

World newspapers printed how PAKISTANI INTELLIGENCE was tied to the wire transfers to MOHAMMAD ATTA in Florida. Specifically, the head of ISI, Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad ordered the wire transfers, according to Indian Intelligence, who informed the FBI about it. Ahmad was ordered to resign immediately. His face has never graced the FBI's Most Wanted List however. Omitted from the 9/11 commission completely.

Similarly, 200 Israeli agents were detained, including the Urban Moving Systems front operation and the men caught "celebrating with cries of joy and mockery" the impact of the first plane into the towers, as they filmed. All OMITTED completely from the sham 9/11 Commission investigation.

I could go on, but better to read the link below.

70 Disturbing Facts About 9/11

John Doraemi publishes Crimes of the State Blog

johndoraemi --at--

Good points. And note the

Good points.

And note the date. Just days before the inauguration. When they determined this date (Jan 09) originally they must have known it was the last moments of the Bush Admin., yet still in his administration. Why? Probably because it's the last opportunity to push the "terrorist's hate us" button one more time.

In that case, it might be important to create a press release that focuses on the lack of info, the uselessness of what was released, and the fact that it only serves the same purpose as all of the Bush Admin crap -- to incite fear.

Because the only purpose of release meaningless 9/11 info is remind people who have forgotten about what the *terrorists* did to us, just like the release of other key videos and the fake threats -- even if utterly meaningless -- at key times. January 2009 is certainly "a key time".

I give up...

...I mean, they have 150 cubic feet of records!...Anything over 100 cubic feet and you have to tell the truth, right?...Case closed...Think I'll go watch Barney Fife re-runs.

- omniadeo