| 9/11 CitizensWatch |
(9-11 Truth movement)
|Founder||• John Judge|
• Kyle Hence
|Interest of||"Philip Cross"|
9-11 Citizens Watch is a "citizen-led watchdog network established to support independent investigation, research and analysis into the attacks of September 11th and its political and economic aftermath." The group was formed in March 2003 to monitor the work of the 9/11 Commission, and following the publication of the 9/11 Commission Report released a commentary entitled "The 9/11 Omission Report."
John Judge, the founding director of Coalition on Political Assassinations in 1994, had a long history investigating assassinations of prominent 20th century Americans and the resulting government commissions. Kyle Hence, a professional yacht captain and semi-professional photographer, launched unansweredquestions.org in May 2002 in an attempt to increase media coverage of his "unanswered questions" relating to the September 11, 2001 attacks. This group hosted some of the first conferences of the 9/11 Truth Movement at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and, along with the Jersey Girls and other 9/11 victims family members, called for a full investigation of the attacks to be performed. In November 2002, a full investigation by the 9/11 Commission was announced.
Subsequently, John Judge and Kyle Hence co-founded 9/11 Citizens Watch and, with the 9/11 Family Steering Committee, were created to monitor the work of the Commission. The groups played a role in forcing the resignation of Henry Kissinger, the original Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, and also called, unsuccessfully, for the resignation of the Commission's Executive Director, Philip Zelikow, based on concerns about conflict of interests.
In anticipation of the Commission hearings, 9/11 Citizens Watch launched ads in Washington newspapers calling for fuller disclosure. The ad read: "We deserve full disclosure on 9/11: The families of 9/11 victims and Americans everywhere demand that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore testify publicly under oath to the 9/11 commission." Because of the wild variety of theories on the web, Hence said, "Unless we get full disclosure, people will be able to argue that aliens did it." Of those mentioned in the ad, only Condoleezza Rice gave testimony to the Commission. However, Hence said he “did not find the testimony of Miss Rice to be credible.”
Following the release of the 9/11 Commission Report in July 2004, Hence was critical of the report saying it was a "catalogue of compromises, flawed premises, conflicts of interest, unanswered questions, neglected areas of inquiry and ignored whistleblowers". Hence also said, "The report being released today by this so-called independent commission cannot possibly be deemed definitive or authoritative as an account for the events of 11 September - not by any stretch of the imagination." The day after its release, 9/11 Citizens Watch published a preliminary critique of the process and the report and months later, their commentary of it: "The 9/11 Omission Report", in which they allege that many of their "unanswered questions" were not even addressed by the official report.
On September 9 and 11, 2004, 9/11 Citizens Watch, along with 911Truth.org, cosponsored two large successive inquiries in New York: "The 9/11 Citizens Commission: The Omissions Hearings" and "Confronting the Evidence: 9/11 and the Search for Truth," a research-focused evidentiary forum.
9/11 Citizens Watch co-sponsored the first Zogby International 9/11 opinion poll in August 2004. The poll stated that "Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and “Consciously Failed” To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York's Attorney General".