- Did you write “An Open Letter to Condoleezza Rice?
I submitted the letter to the White House on Friday, April 9,
2004 by webmail with an e-mail cc: to President George W. Bush,
Vice President Richard Cheney and the National Commission on Terrorist
Attacks Upon the United States.
The letter was subsequently published on Friday by From the Wilderness
in Los Angeles, Le Metropole Cafe in Dallas, and the Centre for
Research on Globalization in Ontario, Canada. Several other websites
republished over the Easter weekend. It was then published by
Scoop Media in New Zealand in my regular column “Mapping
the Real Deal” and UPI Hears quoted it on Tuesday, April
- Can I republish “An Open Letter to Condoleezza Rice?
You have permission to republish or circulate in it's entirety.
The letter has been republished at other websites and has been
submitted to local newspapers for republication.
- What has been your interest in 9-11 and the response to 9-11?
I lived in New York City for 11 years and worked on Wall Street
near the World Trade Center. I was in the World Trade Center on
many occasions. I worked with leadership of the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey -- the agency which owned and oversaw
the management of the World Trade Center at that time. I also
knew people with and worked with many companies that were located
or had offices in the buildings.
My prior company, Hamilton Securities served as financial advisor
to Battery Park City Authority, across from the World Trade Center
and at one point participated in a workshop on the possible privatization
of the World Trade Center. The downtown Manhattan neighborhood
has been my home and is still the home and work place for family
For additional background, see my bio at http://solari.com/about/ca_fitts.html
Websites I have co-founded:
Together with Kyle Hence, Tom Flocco and Miles Thompson, I co-founded
- a website created to emerge the most important questions developed
by global citizens and researchers to illuminate and understand
the events of 9-11.
Articles I have written about 9-11 and the response to
The articles I have written regarding 9-11 are posted at
Speeches I have made about 9-11?
I have participated in two press conferences. Articles
and audio coverage of
these Press Conferences are
available at: http://www.solari.com/gideon/articles_risk.html#9-11
The first press conference was on June 11, 2002 at the National
Press Club to launch UnAnsweredQuestions.org
with co-funders Kyle Hence, Tom Flocco and Miles Thompson.
The second press conference was on March 22, 2004 with Kyle Hence
of 9-11 Citizens Watch. Citizens
Watch was created by Kyle and John Judge to hold the 9-11
Commission responsible to answer the UnAnswered Questions of 9-11.
Audio for this 9-11 Citizens Watch Press Conference at the National
Press Club available at C-SPAN.
- Who is responsible to answer the UnAnswered Questions
The President of the United States is responsible to answer the
The agencies represented by the attendees of the National Security
Council meetings (See http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/)are
responsible to support the President to do so. This national security
infrastructure has significant legal authority, funding, people
and resources to investigate and document events 9-11 and the
response to 9-11.
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United
States is also responsible to answer or make sure the President
answers the UnAnswered Questions.
The United States Congress through the authorization and appropriations
process is responsible to hold the President and the Executive
Branch and the National Commission responsible to answer the UnAnswered
Questions. If the President and the Executive Branch do not perform,
Congress has the power to cut or cancel their funding.
The media is responsible to hold the President and the Executive
Branch and the Congress responsible to answer the UnAnswered Questions
in a manner that is as easily understandable and accessible as
We, the citizens are responsible to hold our government officials
and our media responsible for their performance and to answer
the UnAnswered Questions.
Individual citizens do not have the legal authority and resources
required to fully investigate and document events such as 9-11
and the response to 9-11. Hence, it is essential for taxpayers
and media consumers to hold those responsible who have been given
the authority, powers and funding to do so.
This is why the debate about transparency and openness related
to the Administration's disclosures and testimony is so important.
- Why have you published your letter with Internet media
and not published with or spoken out in corporate media?
I worked in the first Bush Administration and then ran a company
that served the Clinton Administration as a financial advisor
for the Federal Housing Administration. During that period I had
experiences with media owned and controlled by multinational corporations.
These experiences persuaded me that corporate media was subject
to significant conflicts of interest on politically and financially
sensitive issues and did not address many important issues. My
experiences were reminiscent of George Orwell who once said that
"omission is the greatest form of lie."
Since 1998, I have "voted" with my time and money to
read, publish and support reporters or and publishers who do not
have significant operational dependency on military satellites
and/or financial dependency on Wall Street capital and -- in my
experience -- are committed to finding and illuminating the truth
on 9-11 and current events in a manner that is useful and accessible
to ordinary citizens.
- How can I learn more about 9-11?
In addition to the links in An
Open Letter to I would recommend the following two sources:
The other websites described above and below – UnAnswered
Questions, 9-11 Citizens Watch, Scoop Media, From the Wilderness
and the Centre for Global Research – have all
published and republished
a significant number of articles and editorials on 9-11 and the
Administration's response to 9-11.
While not a source about 9-11, Sanders
Research Associates in England is
the best all round website to understand the political and economic
in which 9-11 and the 9-11 response occurred. Chris Sanders
republishes selected articles in Scoop Media and Le Metropole
I am a member of the Advisory Board of Sanders Research Associates.
Chris Sanders and I have co-authored an article on the US black
to be published in July by the World Affairs Journal. An excellent
book to provide background on the US black budget is Blank
Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget,
by Tim Weiner.
- Are the standards that you are applying to
Condoleezza Rice too tough?
For the last nine years, the U.S. government has tried to terrorize
and frame me
and my former colleagues at the Hamilton Securities Group. In
I have listened to government investigators and attorneys illuminate
a great deal about the standards of transparency and performance
in the law regarding the conduct of government officials and government
programs and operations. The standards to which I hold Condoleezza
Rice are appropriate. They are also significantly less rigorous
that the standards applied to me by the U.S. Department of Justice
during the Clinton Administration and now during the current Bush
If you would like to learn more about the standards this Administration
applies to leaders who bring transparency to government operations
and resources, come watch the Department of Justice and their
relator ("whistleblower") in their efforts to falsely
frame me and my former colleagues in Federal District Court for
the District of Columbia in the Federal Courthouse in Washington
DC at 10 am on April 27, 2004. You can find the details of this
and related litigation and updates at the Solari website - Where
is the Money? Litigation
If the same standards of negligence were applied to the Bush
Administration's performance on 9-11 and the response to 9-11
that they and the Clinton Administration have applied to me, the
result would be the criminal investigation and possible indictment
and prosecution of the President, the National Security Advisor,
the Joint Chief of Staffs, the Head of the CIA, NSA, ONI, DIA,
Treasury, Department of Justice and the top officials of NORAD
as well as the seizure of their personal assets. Subject to investigation,
the result might also include the criminal investigation, indictment
and prosecution as well as seizure of corporate assets of several
defense contractors and federal banking depositories.
- Is your letter partisan?
All U.S. government officials should be held to high standards
of fiduciary performance, irrespective of special interests, party
affiliations and the identities of those who raise money for and
donate to Presidential and Congressional elections.
The notion that our problems can be addressed by electing to
the Presidency the representative selected by one of the political
parties that is not currently in power is a form of escapism.
Our problems are systemic – they are endemic to our financial
system and our culture and economy worldwide. For many centuries,
our civilization has depended on warfare and covert operations
to finance our way of life. We must either learn why and transform
our behavior or run the risk of extinction.
It is proper to hold government officials accountable. It is
inappropriate to use them as scapegoats to avoid facing or changing
our own corruption.
To read my articles about what is happening and what we can do
about it, visit the Learning
About Solari section at Solari's website.
- There are numerous allegations about government officials
who were warned not to fly on commercial airlines on or before
9-11 -- Are they true?
It is a straightforward matter for federal investigators and
the National Commission to subpoena the telephone and office records
of public officials or private citizens reported to have been
warned and to require them and their staff members to testify
under oath to determine the facts.
This is another reason why it is important to hold the National
Commission and Bush Administration responsible to answer the UnAnswered
Questions of 9-11. They have the authority and the resources to
illuminate these questions and to find and document the
- Do you think that your position puts you in danger?
No, I agree with Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he stated in
First Inaugural Address in 1933, “The only thing we have
to fear is fear itself.”
I am blessed and enjoy the protection of the love and kindness
of my family who demonstrate all the finest qualities that have
made American great.
I am blessed and enjoy the protection of many wonderful friends,
neighbors and colleagues, by hundreds of members of the Solari
Action Network and by the 9-11 truth community and men and women
around the world who seek transparency, accountability and peace.
Most importantly, I am blessed by the intelligence and mercy
of a loving God.
- What can I do to support a more
transparent and peaceful government and society?
There are many things we can do so long as we each make a commitment
to be awake, to take actions that are energizing to us, our families
and our neighbors in our daily lives and to "vote" with
our time and resources for a better America.
Here are some of the concrete activities that I find useful:
1. Pray and mediate -- Our thoughts and our intentions are powerful.
Through prayer we can unify around the creation of a peaceful
culture and economy.
2. Transforming ourselves -- We are all complicit in enjoying
the benefits of activities that harm others. As we develop a better
understanding of the impact of our actions and transactions on
others --as well as how the flow of goverment money works in our
area -- we will see opportunities to transform ourselves in a
way that will transform what is going on around us.
3. Vote with our time and money -- We vote every year or two
at the polls. However, we vote every day in the marketplace with
our media attention, our bank deposits, our purchases, our investments
and our associations. We have tremendous power as consumers to
shift what is happening in government and in the banks, media,
corporations and defense contractors who increasingly control
government. As we illuminate how the government money works in
our area, we will find many ways to reengineer these flows to
reduce corruption and improve our local safety and quality of
Consumer power and transparency can and will transform our world
in a powerful and positive manner.
4. Sign up for the Solari Action Network and sign the Where is
the Money Petition --
To learn more about what is happening, feel free to access my
writings at the Solari website . Learn about the $3.3 trillion
missing from the federal government and sign
the Where is the Money? petition. Sign up at our forum to
join the conversation at Solari
5. Donate -- Government corruption depends on the ability to
run honest people out of Washington with dirty tricks. How about
being an angel and coming to keep watch during the trial in Washington
or making a donation to Solari to help fund others to do the same
and to hold US government officials and politicians accountable?
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Why not subscribe and donate to the websites
that published my "Open Letter" and are doing their best to
hold the US government responsible to answer the UnAnswered Questions
of 9-11 (see also Trusted Sources below)?
- What's Next?
Tomorrow, April 14th, I will be on InfoWars to discuss my letter
to Condoleeza Rice. For details see http://www.solariactionnetwork.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=871
This weekend, I leave Hickory Valley for Washington to prepare
and go to trial in Federal District Court, starting Tuesday, April
27, 2004 - for details see http://solari.com/gideon
- your prayers, attendance, and donations are deeply appreciated.
Prayers coming your way,
Catherine Austin Fitts