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Manhattan DA disclaims authority to prosecute 9/11 murders

http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news-section/41-articles/824-manhattan-da-disclaims-authority-to-prosecute-9-11-murders.html

Cyrus Vance's office ignores evidence, law, and offer to confer privately

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Cy Vance, District Attorney for NY County, claims he has no jurisdiction to investigate 9/11 or prosecute anyone for their involvement in it.

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth has for years sought an impartial investigation, under public auspices, of the collapse of the Twin Towers and Building #7 at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Until we were recently advised on the applicable law, we had not petitioned for a grand jury investigation of the 9/11 event. We have been advised by counsel that various current and former officials in the federal government of the United States might have a conflict of interest with regard to initiating or conducting a genuine investigation. Various officials appear to be covering up the truth about the destruction of the three WTC towers – a crime that could be prosecuted under state laws relating to murder, arson, treason, and others. Therefore we have been advised to petition the key state public prosecutor with jurisdiction over the 9/11 event, requesting a meeting between our counsel, representatives from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and Cyrus Vance, district attorney in and for New York County, which has jurisdiction over downtown Manhattan, and/or such members of his office as he should designate.

On February 14, 2012, by FedEx delivery, as authorized by the AE911Truth board, we formally petitioned through our counsel William H. Schaap of the New York Bar, who serves on our behalf in the State of New York, supported by John Remington Graham of the Minnesota Bar, a criminal lawyer with past service as a chief public prosecutor and grand jury experience in his State. We assured Mr. Vance of complete confidentiality of discussions, and exclusion of any news media fanfare. We agreed to abide by such reasonable and prudent conditions as Mr. Vance himself should establish for the meeting we proposed. We made a detailed offer of proof, and outlined concrete evidence by video presentation. In order to avoid political pressure on his office, we urged that Mr. Vance cooperate in securing appointment of a special prosecutor of eminent standing who would appear before a grand jury to offer evidence of crimes against the State of New York in connection with the 9/11 event.

We followed up with another letter on June 19, 2013. Mr. Schaap received a telephone call from an assistant district attorney on July 10, 2013, to which we responded on August 9, 2013. For the convenience and information of the public, we here provide file copies of the letters by Mr. Graham dated February 4 as transmitted by Mr. Schaap by FedEx delivery on February 14, the follow-up letter by Mr. Schaap dated June 19, and the follow-up letter by Mr. Graham dated August 9.

Mr. Vance claimed early on in our correspondence that 9/11 is an exclusively federal matter – as if murder, arson, and even treason were not matters of state jurisdiction. They obviously are. No response has been received to our refutation of his stance on that point.

We believe that the public has a right to know that the buck has been passed once again on a specious pretext concerning a question which is politically too hot to touch, lest the American people learn the truth and demand appropriate reforms.

With this effort we have made a responsible, proper, fair-minded, and discreet attempt to secure a formal, objective investigation of the 9/11 event under suitable public auspices. The public is invited to read the attachments and draw your own inferences and conclusions.

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Mr. Vance's stance is remarkable:

"Mr. Vance claimed early on in our correspondence that 9/11 is an exclusively federal matter – as if murder, arson, and even treason were not matters of state jurisdiction. They obviously are. No response has been received to our refutation of his stance on that point."

I'm so glad to see legal efforts being made in order to " to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" -- a Constitutional right, First Amendment. I congratulate these efforts to seek redress of grievances.