CENTER RESCUE HERO SUES BUSH AND OTHERS UNDER RICO STATUTE, ALLEGES
WILLFUL COMPLICITY IN ATTACKS THAT KILLED 3,000.
PA, OCTOBER __22,_ 2004. On
September 11, 2001, William Rodriguez, a maintenance worker at the
World Trade Center in Manhattan, single-handedly rescued fifteen
people. The only employee with the master key to the North Tower
staircases, he led firefighters up the stairs, unlocking doors as he
went, aiding in the evacuation of hundreds of additional people who,
but for his efforts, might have perished. Although his job
description did not include saving lives, Rodriguez re-entered the
building three times after the first plane struck, and was the last
person to exit the North Tower alive. He survived the collapse
of the North Tower by diving beneath a fire truck to avoid the
avalanche of concrete and steel. After onsite treatment for his
injuries, Rodriguez plunged right back into rescue efforts at the
site. At dawn the next morning, Rodriguez returned to Ground
Zero from his home in Jersey City, to continue to aid in rescue
Later, Rodriguez became an unofficial spokesman for survivors, among
other things helping to secure an amnesty for undocumented aliens,
many of them Latinos, and in the creation of the World Trade Center
Memorial Fund. Although he lost his job of 19 years and his
means of livelihood - even falling into homelessness for a time -
Rodriguez has continued in the three years since 9-11 to continue his
work in honor of the heroes and the victims of that awful day, as
president of the Hispanic Victims Group, Director of the 9/11 United
Services Group, and member of the Family Advisory Council of the Lower
Manhattan Development Corporation.
Now, this native
of Puerto Rico and remarkable American hero is taking his 9-11
activism to an even higher level. He has commenced, as
Plaintiff, a federal court lawsuit against George W. Bush, Richard B.
Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld and others alleging that they and others
were complicit in the 9-11 attacks, and either planned the attacks, or
had foreknowledge of the attacks and permitted them to succeed, in
order to exploit a "New Pearl Harbor" to launch wars against
Afghanistan and Iraq. (The phrase "New Pearl Harbor"
comes from a declaration of principles by the neo-conservative
"Project for the New American Century," in which it is
proposed as an event needed to steel American public opinion to
support the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and U.S. military domination
of the Middle East.)
Attorney Berg acknowledges that Rodriguez's action will shock and
offend many Americans. But he urges critics to read the detailed
complaint, posted on the internet at www.911forthetruth.com,
before forming conclusions. "The 'Official Story' of
what actually took place on 9-11 is a lie," Berg flatly
maintains. "We do not pretend to have put together a full
and definitive account of how, and by whom, the attacks were carried
out. But information reported in mainstream media, and viewed in
the light of common sense and the laws of physics, demonstrate that
the 'Official Story,' examined closely, is not credible. The
'Official Story' contains an alarming number of inconsistencies
and implausibilities. The major media have reported many of the
raw facts, but have studiously avoided analysis, because doing so
would reveal that the government is lying to us. The 9-11
Commission, a suspect collection of government and intelligence
insiders, restated without question or examination all essential
elements of the 'Official Story' of the actual events of 9-11.
It failed almost completely to refute, or even to mention, the great
body of evidence that suggests the 'Official Story' cannot be
true, and it failed completely to hold anyone accountable. From
the foregoing facts, it ought to be obvious that a cover-up, or a
"limited hang-out" admitting only bureaucratic mistakes for
which no one is to be held accountable, has taken place and is
Berg maintains that many prominent figures in politics, the military
and the mass media consider the 'Official Story' of 9-11 to be
untrue. But while the truth is emerging bit by bit, thanks to
anonymous whistleblowers and researchers posting on the internet,
to date no one with the stake in being a Senator, a Presidential
candidate, or a media celebrity has found the courage to risk being
ridiculed as a "tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist."
Berg points out that the only Senator who has dared to publicly
question even parts of the 'Official Story," Senator Mark
Dayton of Minnesota, has received threats ominous enough to impel him
to shut down his Washington, D.C. office until after the coming
"Some facts cannot be denied," says Berg.
"Clearly, 9-11 was carried out by more than one person.
Therefore, by definition there was a conspiracy. What we're
arguing is that the true conspirators have abused their enormous power
and the trust of the American people to concoct and to sell to the
world a false conspiracy theory, to justify war and mass murder
for economic and political gain. Since the neo-cons, allied with
the President, said in almost so many words that they wished for a New
Pearl Harbor, why dismiss out of hand an allegation that they used
their undeniably sufficient power to actually bring it about?
Why has there been no full and transparent investigation?
Indeed, isn't it shocking that the federal government grabbed up all
of the physical evidence, and that no police authority has conducted a
true criminal investigation into 3,000 homicides? Instead of due
process of law, government officials and the mass media convicted
Osama bin Laden, and had names and photos of his 19 accomplices on the
internet, literally within hours of the attacks. The truth is
that there is no definitive evidence that there were any Arabs on
those planes, and even less proof concerning the supposed identities
of the alleged hijackers." Berg notes too that a poll taken
by the respected Zogby organization in August 2004 disclosed that half
the population of New York, including such unlikely "conspiracy
theorists" as those who identify themselves as "very
conservative" and as Evangelical Christians, believe the federal
government had foreknowledge of the attacks, and knowingly failed to
Asked why he
decided to bring this controversial lawsuit, Rodriguez explains that,
having survived the World Trade Center disaster when so many did not,
he feels he must learn the truth of what happened on that day.
"If what the government has told us about 9-11 is a lie," he
says, "somebody has to take action to reveal the truth.
Since that plane hit the North Tower on 9-11, like it or not my
life's meaning has become to reduce the number of victims, and the
amount of suffering from those attacks. If suing President Bush
is what I have to do to accomplish that, so be it."
Rodriguez notes that the events of 9-11 are directly related to the
deaths of thousands of people in two ongoing wars, attacks on
Constitutional liberties in the United States, the abuse and torture
of detainees around the world, and the use by the United States of
depleted uranium and other weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Admitting the obvious - that his client's legal fight against
powerful government figures is of the "David versus Goliath"
variety - Berg, a former deputy attorney general in Pennsylvania,
invites both financial support for his efforts, as well as assistance
from volunteer attorneys.
The action, filed in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on
10/22/04, is Rodriguez v. Bush, et al., Civil Action No.
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Complaint in Rodriguez v. Bush on the Internet at
further information contact:
Philip J. Berg, Esq.
706 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania 19444 USA
Telephone: (610) 825-3134
Cell phone: (610) 662-3005
Telefax: (610) 834-7659
Peter Phillips Ph.D.
Sociology Department/Project Censored
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928