Ellen M. Mariani (911 Widow) Open Letter
To The President Of The United States
November 27, 2003
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
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
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
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
3. Where are the "voice recorders" from Flight 11 and
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
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
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!