Where's the 9/11 Public Archive?
As the last of the litigation resulting from the September 11, 2001 attacks comes to a close, now is the time to capture the tremendous amount of information about aviation insecurity in the lead up to 9/11 which has been revealed as a result of legal discovery.
The Motley Rice law firm, which represented the majority of the wrongful death plaintiffs, spoke about creating a 9/11 Public Archive which would incorporate pertinent discovery information. It has been over two years since the last wrongful death case settled and we have yet to see that archive come to fruition. It is still a good idea.
Last year, Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled against World Trade Center Properties in their attempt to seek damages against the airlines for the attacks on the Twin Towers. Mr. Silverstein's appeal of that decision begins early this month with opening briefs scheduled for February 5, 2014. Where Mr. Silverstein was the lease holder of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 and where he has been so instrumental in rebuilding the new World Trade Center, wouldn't it be appropriate for his law firm, Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer (FZWZ) LPP, to create a 9/11 Public Archive of discovery information and present it to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum for scholarly review and research? Not only would this help fill in some of the gaps left in the 9/11 Commission Report, but it would also help the American people to hold aviation authorities accountable so as to afford us better security moving forward.
The American people haven't heard the full story about that fateful day, because the 9/11 Commission never fully investigated the airlines' role. Nor has the full story come out through litigation yet. So far, not a single wrongful death or property damage case has ever gone to trial. That is why it is so important to take advantage of the opportunity we now have before us to capitalize on the legal discovery which has been conducted over the past ten years. This may be the last chance to fully understand the failures that led to 9/11 and to acquire the knowledge which will allow us to protect ourselves against future attacks.
Ideally, Mr. Silverstein would be successful in his appeal and the World Trade Center Properties case would move towards trial, where the airlines' role, as pertains to aviation security, or the lack thereof, in the lead up to September 11, 2001 could be examined in detail. If the appeal is not successful, there would still be an opportunity to create a public archive and capture what has been revealed about aviation insecurity and terrorist surveillance in legal discovery.
I would strongly urge Motley Rice and FZWZ to consider offering their joint discovery to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in the form of a 9/11 Public Archive.