Statements from the NYC CAN Executive Council - May 4, 2009


Dear Friends Around the World,

We, the 9/11 Family Members, First Responders and Survivors who make up the Executive Council of the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now, would like to announce our profound dedication to establishing an independent, impartial, subpoena-powered investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. We stand together with you, our fellow citizens, to place this important referendum on the New York City ballot on November 3, 2009.

Each one of us has a different story and a different reason for becoming part of this journey, but we have united for this purpose and this purpose alone: to establish an independent, impartial, subpoena-powered investigation into the events of September 11, 2001.

As 9/11 Family Members, First Responders and Survivors of those tragic moments, our lives were irreversibly devastated. Below, we describe our pain and our quest for closure. We hope you will join us in this quest – it is of paramount importance for our personal and collective healing, and for the betterment of our world.

Donna Marsh O’Connor, Mother of Vanessa Lang Langer:

As the world moves further and further away from the actual events of 9/11/2001 both in time and spirit, and as 9/11 effaces into yet another simple story cast in history, as the parent of Vanessa Lang Langer lost as the towers fell, I want to let it go. I want to stop talking about 9/11. I am tired of the questions unasked and unanswered. I am tired of the effort to burst yet another happiness bubble in our collective American psyche. And, too, I am tired of talking about Vanessa's death. Better for my family, in the immediacy of trying to live out our present days, to focus on Vanessa's life. To laugh at her memories and revel in pictures of her beautiful face. If it were only for the present and the joys I can still share with my children, my family and my fellow citizens, not just of this country but the world, I would let it go. I would so let it go.

But there is, after all literally, the future. And the future never relied so heavily on redress of questions unanswered in the present. To first ask and then answer what happened that day. Who committed this crime? Who should be held accountable? That is why I support the NYC CAN Ballot Initiative, and I ask for your support as well. It is beyond time for an investigation. It is beyond time.

Helen and Bob McIlvaine, Parents of Bobby McIlvaine:

Dear Citizens of New York City,

We lost our son Bobby on September 11, 2001. The death of a child is a pain like no other, compounded by the fact that this wonderful young man was murdered. When a crime as heinous as this takes place, it is assumed that justice will be served and the perpetrators will be discovered and punished. Much to our dismay, this has not taken place. We only want the truth.

Our only hope, at this juncture, is to support the NYC CAN Ballot Initiative, calling for an unbiased and non-political investigation of our son’s murder.

Jean Canavan, Sister-in-Law of Sean Canavan:

On September 11, 2001, my brother-in-law, Sean Canavan, was taken from our family in such a tragic way that there is no “getting over it.” That day was devastating for so many people but the pain is worsened when so many questions are left unanswered and no one is held accountable. How is it acceptable that the 9/11 Commission resulted in more questions than answers? How is it acceptable that Co-chairs of the Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, are able to publish a book stating that the Commission was “Set up to fail” and that they were lied to by NORAD officials? Are we to just accept what the government has told us? The truth is that we don’t know what happened because the truth hasn’t been told. There will continue to be speculation until an impartial, independent investigation is done and the truth is told, whatever that may be. New York City CAN do it.

Reverend Edith Beaujon, First Responder:

I was a First Responder at Ground Zero with the Red Cross working for several days without a mask. I have had numerous health problems that are related to working at Ground Zero including pneumonia, and an autoimmune syndrome that has been identified as related to being at Ground Zero. Now I have excess toxins in my body including mercury, lead, tin and others that are causing health issues, for which I have had to spend thousands of dollars.

I do not believe there was a thorough investigation of the events of 9/11 and I would like to see an independent investigation conducted.

Janette MacKinlay, Survivor:

As I watched the events of 9/11 unfold before my eyes from my apartment window directly across the street from the World Trade Center towers, I never dreamed it would change my life and the lives of people around the world in such a profound and destructive way. I was covered with dust as debris poured into our burst window. Every breath brought dust into me. At that penetrating and traumatizing moment September 11th became a permanent part of me. My recovery from PTSD has been one of art to heal my soul and psyche, and activism to right the wrongs committed that day.

The well-documented omissions and distortions in the 9/11 Commission Report have left a black cloud of doubt over America. A new independent investigation is imperative to lift this cloud. The future safety and well being of our children and grandchildren depend on this, as does the future safety and well being of everyone around the world. It is for these reasons I pray we can have the unity of purpose to support NYC CAN. All of our support is critical. Every person counts. We need to seize this moment.

William Rodriguez, Survivor:

The events of 9/11/01 changed the lives of everybody in the new millennium. This event also changed my life forever. I came to work that day not expecting to be a witness of the horror, despair and desolation that was 9/11. On that horrible day I went floor by floor trying to help people as I was one of the few people in the complex with a master key. I helped evacuate many lives, and yet, though they say I am a hero, they, the government officials, the 9/11 Commission and the major media, have all ignored or edited my story: many explosions occurred that morning, explosions that were not related to the impact of the planes. As I learned later, my story did not fit the story the government told. My testimony was omitted from the final report. At long last though, the New York Coalition for Accountability Now, sponsors of this ballot initiative, are aiming to bring about a real investigation of what really happened that day. That is why I wholeheartedly endorse their efforts and have agreed and am honored to join their Executive Council. We need to bring closure for the victim’s families, friends and survivors, for us all, and the only way to do that is to bring about a full and thorough investigation of 9/11. NYC CAN can do it!*

Thank you for your continued support.


Donna Marsh O’Connor
Helen and Bob McIlvaine
Jean Canavan
Edith Beaujon
Janette MacKinlay
William Rodriguez

The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now

* Mr. Rodriguez's statement updated: May 4, 2009.

How Much Subpoena Power?

Can a locally generated "popular" investigation exercise investigative power over federally controlled information and personnel?

I expect that the Feds will fight hard and even dirty (e.g.: questioning the legitimacy of this effort, etc.) to contain information now under their control.

No doubt about it....

The Feds will fight hard and dirty to not comply, but that will only make them appear guilty of covering-up and worse. Besides, people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Meyers, Sliverstein are not currently federal government officials. Nor are Mineta and Richard Clarke. Etc.

I would like to see 9/11 Commissioners subpoenaed. The spotlight should also be cast upon the likes of Philip Zelikow and John Gross.

And just the means for allowing expert eyewitness testimony will itself go a long way even without any subpoenas. The point is this thing gets us some spotlight for getting out what we ALREADY have. The very fact that it gets on the ballot will elevate our whole movement.

AE911Truth + NYC CAN = Milestone '09

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

NYC CAN Janette MacKinlay, Survivor:

slam dunk

the key to the investigation is simply based on it being fair, following the evidence, and it will have plenty of substantive testimony by people who were there like William Rodriguez. This will lead to an authoritative report of an investigation that supersedes the bogus 'official' 9/11 commission report.

William Rodriguez knows all too well, people who testified contrary to the government version were never heard.

i believe a fair investigation will uncover a cover-up, a fascist-type deception of truth, reality and science, and prove demolitions brought down the towers and building 7. It will have real testimonies .. real questions.. a real report..

this will lead into the next step..
uncovering more on who - what - why
via an international venue.. like the world court..

but first base is most critical.. getting the tens of thousands of dollars to support the petition drive to make sure the question for a new investigation will be on the November 3, 2009 ballot. Then the spotlight for truth will shine in NYC and provide hope for all of us betrayed by the actions and inaction of our so-called representative-elected government.

I am planning to go to nyc 9/11 to support the campaign for a YES VOTE -

but only if 3,000 $25 contributing truthers support it. so we need not only to donate, but to keep donating and/or finding others to donate. this campaign really connects the world to what NYC has gone through. if we have enough numbers.. and effort.. to support '09 Truth - a real investigation.. peace and justice is possible..

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Please God, Oh please let this work !!!

Im gonna go ahead and let myslef get excited about this.
It has to work, it just has to!!!!

God help us!


Boy do I understand where Donna is coming from. I feel the same way. A real investigation is way overdue. I have been a truther for about 7 years now and I still don't get it. The fact that 9/11 was an inside job is so obvious I find it hard to believe people still believe the official story. What is happening to this country and our people? Would somebody please explain it too me. I am at a loss for words.

in a nutshell: "Programmed Obliviousness"

"What is happening to this country and our people? Would somebody please explain it too me. I am at a loss for words."

hope that helps.

Hopeful and optimistic

Many people here in San Diego know nothing about 911. I would say about 80% of the time I tell people “I’m involved with the 911 truth movement;” they have no idea what I am talking about. I would say 90% of the people I talk too have never heard of WTC 7. When I bring up the topic most people are curious and open. This may be part of the reason.

Multiple Independent Investigations

I don't know a lot about NYCCAN, but if it could be used to emphasize the explosive evidence in the April 3, 2009 paper by Harrit et al., I'm for it. That, in addition of course, to testimony, etc.

We don't see that happening through DC, so at least the NYCCAN may offer a chance. I believe it is well-worth donating to.

Concerns about investigations being compromised are well-founded, but this one seems like it might at least stand a chance of going somewhere, even if it primarily leads to something that opens more doors into what happened on 9/11, and, thence, to further investigations.

This brings up an important point. Often people speak of an "independent investigation." What I favor most is (are) multiple independent investigations.

If we can get one key or first investigation going, I believe that others will follow. We will probably end up with investigations going on concurrently in many different places in our country and perhaps the world.

Vote Fraud Fear

I am thrilled this is getting on the ballot but I also KNOW for a FACT that the machines can flip votes! There are numberous DVDs that show how both the 2000 & 2004 elections had major fraud. It is possible for the machines to be set up so that the votes are switched to No's.

Someone tell me this has been thought of and there is a plan in place to ensure this cant happen. Is it possible to ensure? Im very very worried about this. You know, there will be people opposing it saying it will cost the taxpayers to hold this investigation/commission. They will then, if they switch the votes to No, then they will say, "well, you had your chance and the voters have spoken" and that will be that, no more chances. They will shut down future objectors with that excuse. We can't let them flip the votes! What can we do to ensure that they cant do that?

I've seen these documentaries

and the IT arguments made are solid and correct. My advice is: NEVER EVER vote using machines.

I know! its is very Real

so what do we do? we cant win in a situation like this where they can manipulate the outcome! and you know, with something this explosive, they will definately do it. If they will do it for the presidential campaigns, they will certainly do it for something this huge.

i hate it when people on here are pestimistic but dang it, i just know if it this whole thing just gets on the ballot, it will be too easy for them to alter the outcome---they've done it before! so, what do we do?

is there any way to just have the damn committee formed with the signatures collected? does it have to be "voted" on ?
im very worried about this.

One way to combat it

is to conduct exit polls. If the difference is too far outside of the margin of error, fraud has been committed, as was the case in 2000 and 2004 (And possibly 2006 and 2008, haven't looked at the evidence yet). Another way is to demand a paper trail. Both are not a real solution in my book, but it's better than nothing. A real solution is not to vote using machines. That is not to say fraud can't be committed with paper voting, just that it is harder, and not automated and centralized.

In Ireland, and here in the Netherlands, campaigns to revert to paper voting have been partially and/or fully successful. One way they've gone about it is to raise the issue that is popular in establishment politics: security. Call the 'security' of the voting machines into question. However, that argument doesn't last long: we generally consider voting machines safe if only the 'government' has access. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

For reasons of brevity I'm not going to get into the technical challenges that must be confronted when building secure voting machines, personally I believe there can be no such thing. There is just too much potential for powerful automated (and, if desired, centralized and remote controlled) vote flipping.

Mind you that there are a gazillion other tactics to sabotage votes and elections.


Didn't mean to be too cynical though ;-)

No Computerized Voting Machines in NY

This is the response i received from Ted Walter with NYCAN concerning my email about my fear of the votes being flipped:
(i hope it kosher to paste it here)

"Hi Tonya,
Thanks for your support and for sharing your concern. This is a concern of mine as well. I believe New York is one of the few places to not use computerized voting machines, therefore it may be more difficult for the votes to be flipped. Nonetheless, we should bring in an election integrity expert to look at the voting system in New York and figure out what risks there are and how to safeguard against them. Thank you for bringing our attention to this important matter. Please do all you can to spread the word about NYC CAN.
Warm Regards,
Ted Walter"

I am grateful that the computerized machines will not be an issue and also grateful that NYCAN is looking at every angle of protecting the integrity of the will of the people.

Thanks to NYCAN

Glad to hear

And Ted Walter is right, even if there is no electronic voting system, an audit is always a good thing.