Nader supports new independent inquiry into 9-11

 by Peter Duveen

PETER’S NEW YORK, April 14, 2008--Ralph Nader, the consumer activist and independent presidential candidate, seems to think that the report of the commission assigned to investigate the events of 9-11 should not be the last word.

 "There are unanswered questions in the 9-11 investigation, and they should be answered," Nader said at a recent address at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. "How do you go from plausibility to evidence? You have a more independent inquiry."

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Ralph Nader addresses an audience at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. 

On the morning of September 11, 2001, airliners collided with each of the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center, after which they and a third nearby office building mysteriously collapsed. Other incidents on the same day at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania were also attributed to aircraft collisions.  All were pitched by the government as the result of a terrorist conspiracy, although it is widely believed that the government may have played a direct role in orchestrating the events.

After public cries for an investigation, President George Bush and Congress deputized the 9-11 Commission, which issued its report in 2004. While the report was praised by some, critics contended that it was not much more than a government whitewash.

 On another topic, Nader had kind words to say for presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

"Ron Paul is very good on foreign policy," he said. "He's a refreshing voice."

Nader also praised Paul for his outspoken opposition to the aggressive U.S. stance against Iran and the so-called “war-on-drugs.”

Paul is vying with John McCain for the Republican presidential nomination.

Nader’s remarks were made on April 5, and aired on C-SPAN today.

[Edited April 16, 2008 to correct date of Nader's address from April 4 to April 5, to insert byline and photo with caption, and change font.]