Philadelphia lawyer Phil Berg has never tried
to climb Mt. Everest. In the past, he’s always attempted “legal
mountains” within his reach. But since filing a 2004 federal RICO
lawsuit against President Bush and others for complicity in 9-11, the Pennsylvania
attorney finally knows what it’s like to try to scale the world’s
“I thought it was going to be tough, but I didn’t
think this tough,” Berg told AFP from behind a mountain of legal paperwork
in his one-man Philadelphia office. “I am undermanned, overworked
and under-financed, but still optimistic that justice will prevail.
“Either our government made 9-11 happen or let it happen.
I am going after them for foreknowledge, failure to warn and actively covering
up the crimes they committed.
Remember, Nixon was thrown out of office only for a coverup.
These people, including Bush, have done much more,” said Berg in an
“We need to bring these criminals in government to justice
for killing over 3,000 Americans [and] the thousands who have needlessly
died in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Without much support or media attention at home, Berg has
left on a seven-stop European tour to try and raise money and awareness
about the U.S. government’s involvement in 9-11. The speaking tour
begins in Amsterdam then continues to Berlin, Paris, Madrid, London and
Berg is joining American entrepreneur Jimmy Walter,
the tour’s sponsor, who has taken up residence overseas after spending
millions here to alert the public about the truth behind 9-11. Berg and
Walter together hope to combine efforts to raise needed money for the 9-11
lawsuit, as well as showing Europeans that many Americans disagree with
Bush and his imperialistic foreign policy agenda. AFP correspondent
Christopher Bollyn is also traveling with them. Although
millions of Americans now agree with Berg about the U.S. government’s
complicity in 9-11, Berg said the movement hasn’t gained momentum
because the mainstream media together with the government has hidden the
truth from the American people.
“Hopefully the foreign press will be more receptive
to our cause, and the word will get back home,” said Berg, who claims
the American media has purposely ignored his lawsuit against Bush in order
to protect the administration against any type of public backlash.
“This is a major lawsuit with worldwide implications,
but the media has chosen to ignore it. Why?” asked Berg, saying the
lack of public attention has not damped his efforts at getting at the truth
And the extensive 237-page complaint, filed in November 2004
on behalf of WTC maintenance worker William Rodriguez,
attempts to get at the truth while unraveling the complicated fact-scenario
involving the government’s hand in 9-11 before, during and after the
Although Rodriguez doesn’t claim to know everything
about the government’s complicity, he is going to testify that he
heard strange explosions before and after the jetliner struck one of the
Rodriguez, working at the WTC on the morning of 9-11, claims
to have heard detonated bomb explosions. Besides the timing of the suspicious
bomb blasts, Rodriguez claims they occurred on lower floors of the high-rise.
Independent investigators said both towers suspiciously fell
“like a house of cards,” claiming that Rodriguez probably heard
pre-arranged detonated bomb blasts, strategically placed and timed to make
it appear that the jetliner was the cause of the collapse.
From the beginning, the government has always held firm to
the story that burning jet fuel after impact brought down the towers. However,
critics claim the government’s theory is impossible since much more
was needed in order to bring the towers down so quickly. They claim it is
more likely that explosive devices were placed in the towers and detonated
when the jetliners made impact.
Besides trying to disprove the government’s theory behind
the WTC collapse, Berg’s suit goes much further, attempting to prove
that a 9-11 conspiracy began years before the incident.
“The beauty behind a RICO case is that we are allowed
to use as admissible evidence facts and events that occurred many years
before and even years after 9-11,” said Berg about his choice to use
the federal RICO laws against Bush and his cronies. “The government
normally uses RICO for Mafia probes, but in this case it’s a conspiracy
within the government itself that the RICO laws can help expose.”
After filing the case, government lawyers were quick to go
on the offensive, filing a motion to dismiss on grounds of national security,
among a number of other legal maneuvers in order that the case never see
the light of day.
“They have tried everything to stop this case from being
heard,” added Berg.
The case now is still in the early stages with full-blown
discovery and depositions not yet taking place. However, Berg said he “can’t
wait to depose” Bush and other higherups regarding the tough questions
about 9-11 never asked or answered previously.
“I just got word the judge didn’t dismiss the
case, but has changed venue to New York,” said Berg, who finally received
notice from the court regarding the hearing to dismiss the case held several
weeks ago in Philadelphia.
Asked what motivated him to take on such an enormous challenge,
“I never realized I would get this involved, but the more research
I did, the more it became clear that Bush and his cronies knew about 9-11,
then actively covered up their participation and foreknowledge.
“Right after 9-11 occurred, I knew something was strange
when I saw [Chief of Staff] Andy Card tell Bush about the second plane hitting
the towers. There was absolutely no reaction on the president’s face,
and it was then I understood he must have known about the plan all along.”
In order to raise money at home for the lawsuit and raise
public awareness, Berg operates a web site at 911forthetruth.com, a site
where a transcript of the entire RICO complaint can be found as well as
updating viewers about the latest news about the 9-11 truth movement.
Berg’s extensive complaint seeks relief for Rodriguez
based on 13 counts, including misprision of a felony, misprision of treason,
relief under the Anti-Terrorism Act, relief under the War Crimes Act and
relief for and from crimes against humanity.
Specifically, it attempts to show a web of government conspiracy
dating back to the late 1970s when the CIA helped Osama bin Laden fight
the Soviets in Afghanistan.
Berg claims this web of government deceit and financial backing
continues all the way up to the days just preceding 9-11 as witnesses will
testify and records will reveal.
The complaint goes on to say that the defendants deliberately
concealed the fact that they had ample warnings of terrorist attacks and
failed to act on them in order to carry out a full-blown war on terrorism
as a means to justify their neo-conservative political goals.
“It is time for a non-violent revolution by the millions
of Americans who are tired of their rights being diminished by the Bush
administration, tired of the lies of the Bush administration, tired of the
lies about Iraq and tired and disgusted with the lies about 9-11,”
The Rodriguez action aims to prove that the defendants conspired
to allow and did allow the attacks to happen by delaying military interceptions
of the hijacked planes. It also seeks to show that the WTC was taken down
by explosives in a controlled demolition.
“Now is the time to stand tall together and bring back
our freedoms as they stood under the Declaration of Independence, Bill of
Rights and the Constitution of the United States,” said Berg.
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