The Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry was set up in New York in February 2018. In April 2018, it filed a 52 page petition and 57 pieces of evidence before the Attorney General (the A-G) of the Southern District of New York. After the six month statutory period had elapsed, the A-G appointed a Grand Jury to examine the brief.

At this stage, the Lawyers Committee is not challenging Bush’s version of the 9/11 attacks. It is not stating an opinion on the impact of two planes that crashed into two of the three buildings destroyed. It focuses exclusively on the presence of explosives in the towers WTC1, WTC2 and WTC7. It states that the role they played on that date constitutes a federal crime that has not been prosecuted for the time being.

The current A-G, S. Berman, was in the past a partner of Rudy Giuliani for two years. Mr Guiliani was the Mayor of New York at the time of the 9/11 attacks. Mr Giuliani called his citizens to evacuate the twin towers (WTC1 and WTC2), on the grounds that they could collapse as a consequence of the impact of the two planes (one plane against each of the two buildings). As it happens, these towers had been built to withstand far more violent shocks.

The Grand Jury hearing should take place in 2019. This will be the first time, eighteen years after the crime, that the US civil court (and not a military court) will make a decision on any aspect of a 11 September attacks.

Anoosha Boralessa