9/11 Family Members Demand Answers from the 9/11 Commission: The Censored Testimony of FBI’s Behrooz Sarshar

The Witnessed & Documented “Kamikaze Pilots” Case

CommIn a public statement issued today (see below), members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee demanded a prompt response from the former Chairman and Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission regarding Former FBI Language Specialist Behrooz Sarshar’s censored testimony to the Commission. The press release was prompted by recently released documents related to the interviews conducted by the 9/11 Commission published at Cryptome.org, in particular the “Memorandum for the Record” containing the Commission’s interview with Mr. Sarshar. The memorandum, after establishing Mr. Sarshar’s credibility and  vaguely referring to his documented and witnessed testimony regarding specific tip(s) provided to the FBI in April and June 2001 regarding planned imminent “Kamikaze Pilots” attacks targeting major cities in the United States, leaves out the entire testimony. This testimony was also entirely left out of the Commission’s final report released in July 2004.

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2011

Statement of September 11th Advocates Regarding FBI Translator Behrooz Sarshar’s Redacted Testimony To The 9/11 Commission

The 9/11 Commission’s mandate was to provide a “full and complete accounting” of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and recommend how to prevent such attacks in the future.

As family members who actively fought for the establishment of the 9/11 Commission and served on The Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission (FSC), we find it appalling that once again we must question the thoroughness and credibility of the 9/11 Commission and its Final Report.

A pattern of ignoring whistleblowers persisted throughout the Commission’s tenure, even though Governor Kean, the Chairman, promised the FSC that no credible witnesses would be turned away. The list of whistleblowers that should have been interviewed by the 9/11 Commission included former and current intelligence agents, analysts, translators and others. It was only after repeated attempts by the FSC that former FBI translator, Mr. Behrooz Sarshar, was finally interviewed by them. The “Memorandum for the Record” containing this interview was just released on January 1, 2011 (http://cryptome.org/nara/behrooz-sarshar.pdf).

According to previously published sources, in April 2001 Mr. Sarshar, in his position as FBI interpreter/translator, attended a meeting between a long-term, reliable FBI asset and two additional FBI agents from the Washington Field Office. That FBI asset told the two FBI agents that his sources in Afghanistan had information of an al-Qaeda plot to attack America in a suicide mission involving planes. It would appear that when Mr. Sarshar filed his reports within the Bureau, they were titled “Kamikaze Pilots”.

After leaving the FBI in 2002, Mr. Sarshar provided the same information to various Congressional offices and investigators, such as staffers for the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Patrick Leahy. The Justice Department’s Inspector General also interviewed him.

Thus, we were shocked to find that Mr. Sarshar’s relevant information was missing from the “System Was Blinking Red” section of the 2004 Final Report issued by the 9/11 Commission. Now, six and a half years past the publication of the Final Report, the transcript of Mr. Sarshar’s interview has been released with all of its substance redacted. In light of the fact that the majority of his information does not meet the standard for classification, which is to protect “sources and methods”, it is unclear as to why that information was blocked. Covering up incompetence, or worse, malfeasance, is not a valid reason for classification. So, what happened to Mr. Sarshar’s warnings once he filed his reports? This is exactly the type of essential information the Commission should have used in order to write its final report and issue recommendations. How does the Commission justify omitting information from a credible source within one of our own intelligence agencies?

By their own admission, a large portion of the 9/11 story was based on the tortured, third party interrogations of Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the alleged “Mastermind” of the 9/11 plot. Does this make any investigative sense? What criteria did the Commission use to determine whom they would interview and whom they would ignore? One must wonder how many others were similarly omitted. It also seems that the nation’s intelligence agency(ies) had information that included kamikaze pilots and planes being used as weapons. So how does the Commission reach its absurd conclusion that 9/11 was a “failure of imagination”?

Based on just these facts alone, one could surmise that the Commission was more intent on conforming to a predetermined storyline rather than a truthful compilation of the facts revealed through an objective, thorough and effective investigation, that left no stone unturned.

As the public has a right to know this information, we request that the transcript of Mr. Sarshar’s interview be immediately declassified. Furthermore, we respectfully request that the former Chairman, Governor Thomas Kean, Vice-Chairman, Mr. Lee Hamilton and the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission, Mr. Philip Zelikow, promptly answer the questions herein.

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Patty Casazza
Monica Gabrielle
Mindy Kleinberg
Lorie Van Auken

Behrooz Sarshar worked as a GS 12 language specialist with Top Secret Clearance at the FBI Washington Field Office. After leaving the FBI in 2002, he provided his testimony on “Kamikaze Pilots” to several Congressional offices and investigators, including staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee’s leading Democrat at the time, Senator Patrick Leahy, and the Justice Department’s Inspector General Office. The congressional sources familiar with Mr. Sarshar’s case and briefing found him and his report credible:

A former Grassley investigator says he found Sarshar credible, too. "We thought he was a pretty credible guy," said former Senate Judiciary Committee investigator Kris Kolesnik.

In April and June of 2001 a long-term FBI informant told two FBI agents from the Washington field office that his sources in Afghanistan had provided him with information regarding a terrorist plot to attack the US in a suicide mission involving airplanes. Mr. Sarshar acted as an interpreter at both meetings after which the case agents filed a report (on 302 Forms) with their squad supervisor, Thomas Frields. Here is what Mr. Frields told the reporter when questioned about the case:

Frields, now retired from the bureau, says the case is too "sensitive" to discuss."It involves very sensitive matters that took place while I was an on-duty agent, and I have absolutely nothing to say," said Frields, reached at his Washington-area consulting office.

The 9/11 Commissioners had initially refused to interview Mr. Sarshar. He was one of several witnesses from the intelligence and law enforcement organizations with relevant testimonies and reports who were denied access to the commission (the ones that we know of). It was only after pressure from members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee and memorandums from the congressional offices that the commission reluctantly agreed to interview Mr. Sarshar. However, his entire testimony was omitted from their final report. According to a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter even FBI Director Mueller appeared baffled by the Commission’s lack of inquiry into this particular case:

FBI Director Robert Mueller, who expected to be asked about the case during an appearance before the commission in April, was surprised when the commissioners never raised the question, according to aides.

I do not expect to see any satisfactory explanation from the commission in response to this public statement issued by the 9/11 family members. In this case they certainly cannot hide behind their usual lame secrecy or classification mantra. Mr. Sarshar provided several testimonies and briefings to official bodies where neither the facilities nor the officials were considered secure or in possession of clearance. I was present during at least four of those meeting where the briefings were recorded and transcribed. In two of these meetings several members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee were also present. In fact, during my short tenure with the Bureau, I was briefed about this case by not only Mr. Sarshar but other firsthand witnesses, and I saw the actual 302 forms filed with the unit’s squad supervisor (FBI language specialists get to keep a copy of their reports/forms). Further, I personally briefed the 9/11 commission investigators on the details of this particular case, which is confirmed by the commission’s memorandum:

Members of the Family Support Group requested that the Commission meet with Mr. Sarshar, Dan Marcus arranged for a meeting with Mr. Sarshar. The meeting became an interview and was recorded. Sibel Edmonds, another former FBI translator, provided information concerning Mr. Sarshar during her interview with Chris Healey and Lance Cole on February 11, 2004.

I believe not only the families of the September 11th attacks but every American has the right to know about this case. They need to know that this significant report was completely censored by a quasi commission, that this is one of many cases that were omitted from this staged and rehearsed show to pacify the public’s need to know, and that there never was any real investigation into this horrific event used in reshaping not only our country, but the entire world. Based on my discussion with the family members who issued the following public statement, the commission will be given two business days to provide them (and the public) with answers to questions raised by this bold and appalling omission. If no response is forthcoming, on Wednesday, February 2, I will publish Mr. Sarshar’s verbatim testimony here at Boiling Frogs Post.

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  1. As unfortunate as it is, I truly believe we’ll never know the real truth of what happened that day. And, because of their arrogance, I don’t believe that any mistakes in what took place after the attack will be used as lessons to learn for the future.

    One thing interesting that I noticed over the weekend with the events in Egypt. I found it interesting that the one building that had been set afire still remained standing despite burning until there was nothing left to burn.

  2. Failure of imagination, huh? This despite the exposure of the Bojinka plot in the mid-90s. As I stated in my piece on the Minot/Barksdale loose nukes episode, MORE people LOST their jobs or were punished for THAT than for 9/11. The more info like this that come to light, the more this humble correspondant comes to believe that the US government Let It Happen On Purpose. Look at the results of 9/11. The Patriot Act & Military Commissions Act criminalizing “dissent” as supporting terrorists, Warrantless Wiretaps and the erection of the National Security Surveillance State, the Afghanistan quagmire were they let the top AQ leadership escape so they could use them as a threat to invade Iraq and the trillions of dollars squandered in both those wars. And THAT’S just the Short List.

  3. Each that stands and weighs in, adds to the measure.
    These are pivotal times.
    Print and be damned.
    This isn’t just a LIHOP redeaction worry here. LIHOP is only one side of this dark conspiracy. Probably ‘the part’ next phase of spin will ‘allow’ to contain dreadful truth. No.
    The major fear for deep state is once the gates open on discussion of KEY omissions to the report, once that comes thru mainstream – very very shortly will follow the questions regarding FREE FALL. Who arranged the explosive mechanisms in the WTC complex making the buildings explode into dust. Very shortly after will come questions about all the OTHER ‘redactions’, all the other omissions and zelikow controlled corruptions to the report witnessing explosions and running molten steel etc etc etc.[Barry Jennings RIP]
    This follows close behind Richard Falk UN Human Rights Official calling for further investigation into 911 conspiracy.

    A tide is turning. There is a tsunami coming. We await Feb 2nd.

  4. theepitbull says:

    I just extracted (3) more points from my ‘Master’ file and have added (2) points for a total of (5) updated points to the .png/.gif maps that can be reviewed here:

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    Archive copy .gif:


    1. Conspiracy Theorist!? or Well-informed person!? – Prior Knowledge States: Israeli citizens Menachem Atzmon and Ezra Harel took over management of security at the Boston and Newark airports when ICTS bought Huntleigh USA in 1999.


    [ Added ] – WMR Reports Mossad ran 9/11 Arab ‘hijacker’ Terrorits Operation states: At 4:11 pm and its departure was, according to the El Al sources, authorized by the direct intervention of the [U.S. Department of Defense. U.S. military officials were on the scene] at JFK and were personally involved with the airport and air traffic control authorities to clear the flight for take-off.

    According to the 9/11 Commission report, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta ordered all civilian flights to be grounded at 9:45 am on September 11.” WMR has learned from British intelligence sources that the six-man Mossad team was listed on the El Al flight manifest as El Al employees.


    2. World Policy Institute – Arms Trade Resource Center:

    * Table II: Top Ten Missile Defense Contractors, 2001 through 2004 (Figures in Millions)

    * Table III: Top 15 House Recipients of Funding From Missile Defense Contractors, 2001-2006

    * Table IV: Top 15 Senate Recipients of Funding From Missile Defense Contractors, 2001-2006


    3. Huntleigh ICTS USA

    [ Added ] – Patton Boggs LLP – Colonel John C. Garrett Employer

    Hope this helps?

    Love “Light” and Energy



    PS:Example of Political Influence: [Search this document for SAIC, Huntleigh USA, Patton Boggs]


  5. There is no practical distinction between LIHOP and MIHOP as far as negligence or culpability is concerned. If you let a crime happen and you posses the means to prevent it.., and in this case enormous loss of life and property… LIHOP is MIHOP.

    In fact the notion of LIHOP is a kind of “incompetence” excuse… we were caught with out pants down.

    Why would the US government LET it happen if it didn’t WANT it to happen?

    And if it LET is happen it was aware in ADVANCE that it was going to happen and then one has to ask… how did they know it was going to happen unless “they” were involved on some level with the perps?

    This of course gets to the core of this CIA, FBI thing which is the 800 pound gorilla running around America. Both of these agencies are ACTIVE in setting up terrorist groups and plots in order to then catch the terrorists and prove that we need these spoke agencies.

    The CIA and FBI are regularly and continually engaged in entrapment and false flag operations. THAT IS THEIR MAIN MISSION.

    All the crime fighting stuff is complete cover. All the “intel gathering” is complete cover.

    These groups are the criminals and no different than the Mafia.

    Intel was involved in “the creation, and implementation of 9/11” and that included CIA, NSA, FBI, DIA and probably Mossad and MI5, ISI and of course the US military resources.

    The inside nature of “the job” is that these lawless organization are inside of our government and out media, our local police like a cancer which has taken over your entire body.

    THEY run the show and the government is a kabuki.

  6. green frog of hope says:

    9/11 = First and foremost to benefit israel aka:”securing the realm” and second to further enrich the zionists and other greedy slime in the Military Industrial Complex

  7. @Ishmael: I agree with SanderO that LIHOP is MIHOP. To let is an action that constitutes complicity, especially by those who are tasked with not letting.

  8. Bill Bergman says:

    There is a distinction between LIHOP and MIHOP, and a more complex reality likely under the surface. But in this case, and in the pressing nature of the implications, that distinction is one without a material difference.

  9. Status: As expected, no response to the family members’ press release. I think (it looks like)we’ll have the transcript up tomorrow afternoon…

  10. The “9/11 Truth Movement” should stop using words that only members of the “9/11 Truth Movement” know the meaning of (LIHOP/MIHOP, etc…). It sounds cultish.

    Sibel… thank you for doing this. I am glad that my action yesterday happened to coincide with it.


    I managed to get this story on opednews.com, rawstory.com, 911blogger.com, 911truthnews.com, and all over Facebook.

  11. bwell1211 says:

    theepitbull: love your “master” document. I’ve been mulling around creating something similar in hopes of sharing with a few ill informed friends. Any chances of sharing the master copy of the “master” ?

  12. camusrebel says:

    Over the last few months I had been gradually drifting away from this site to the extent it seemed to shy away from the Truth about 9/11.

    Is this story a sign that there has been some fundamental change in Sibel’s approach to the issue. Sibel? If so, very welcome news indeed.

    Clearly proving that multiple warnings were received is not the same as proving Mossad inserted the nano thermite, but it is a step in the right direction.

    So, Sibel, let me see if I have this correct…..you are going to publish the full (nonredacted?) transcript of Sharshar’s testimony to the Ommission. Surely that will be frowned upon(maybe considered illegal?)
    But you cannot provide a transcript of your own testimony? Care to shed any light.

    Where does one find non redacted omitted testimony. I want some. I want yours Sibel.

    We need to pull out all the stops to bring the ugly Truth of inside-job to the masses.

  13. Sibel,

    Can you kindly post your testimony to those who took it and which has or is covered by a gag order or explain exactly what the consequences to your person from revealing this knowledge that you have which is subject to gagging.

    Susan Lindaur claims to be Ex CIA with “insider knowledge” which she claims explains who dunnit or why or how or both… but no one is taking her seriously even though she publish a book: Extreme Prejudice.

    So… Sibel can you talk… and why not if you can’t? Is it fear of being carted off to jail or a personal safety issue?

  14. @Camusrebel: You are visiting the wrong site. This site was about what it sais (and says) it was. There are many sites (some good, some not so good) that are dedicated to only 9/11 attacks. Please move on, and get your dose (whatever that is) from those sites. And please do not assume that tone when you present questions. It is this kind of attitude that has given a very bad rep to the macro issue. Have a good life.

    @Sander O: Same as above. This is about an important press release issued by the 9/11 family members, a case that is not even deemed classified, one that should be out there for the record. You want answer: go contact the congress, FBI, DOJ, Obama…turn off that computer screen and take action…when you do that, you’ll get the right to order others.

    In general: Please don’t make me regret this post and what we are trying to do (9/11 family members and whistlbelowers). Intelligent, respectful and constructive comments from dignified readers: that’s all I am asking.

  15. camusrebel says:

    wow…ok…i’m sorry for my tone. I did not intend to be disrespectful. After rereading my post I guess it could be taken to be on the rude side, barely, but rest assured it was not meant that way.

    I may or may not be dignified but I will at all times retain my dignity.

    Peace, out

  16. @camusrebel: You’ve been one of our long-term visitors, let’s move forward. I’ve been getting tons of e-mails, some of them with the usual ‘attack’ tone (those who think no one should ever talk about 9/11 & marginalize all 9/11 discussions, &, those with their list of expectations and orders to talk about nothing but 9/11, and I guess that made my response a bit harsh.

    I’ll have the ‘case’ post up tomorrow.

  17. Sibel,

    I am a bit confused about your gagged testimony. Since I don’t know what it was about… (perhaps I missed your release of same) I am simply asking for it now and if you can’t why not?

    I read and participate in many sites and appreciate your work. 9/11 has not adequately been explained by the official reports. As an architect, I’m not satisfied and I don’t agree with the truth movement’s broad conclusions either. 911 changed everything and discussing it continues to interest me and I think “it” lurks in background or foreground “everything” these days… from air travel, to GWOT, to USAPATRIOT act to wars, drones torture, GITMO…

    911 is not the ONLY issue, but it’s hard to ignore it. No?

  18. @Sander O: I used to have a site (still out there; no update since 2007)for that. I spent 6 years, full time, on congress, courts ($$$$$ legal bills), organizing national security whistlbelowers…Then I stopped. i started this site, and this is site is not about me, it is not about my case, it is not about…That’s why I do not take personal questions here, I do not talk about my past case(s). Again, this post was/is about 9/11 family members’ release which I support. It is about one particular case: Behrooz Sarshar testimony. I take ‘me’ out of most of it. Let’s stay macro: causes, not symptoms; I/my case was one of the symptoms (one of the casualties; the end.

  19. OK… Play with your little angel and ignore the grumpy old men.

  20. It’s so frustrating after all this time and they continue to lie and dodge and then lie some more when we know they’re blatantly lying to our faces. The worst lie of them all is when they tell us “We care about the families and loved ones of the victims of 9/11.” Total BS!

    Have you by any chance seen the documentary Kill the Messenger? I’m going to take a shot in the dark and assume you haven’t. I think you wouldn’t be confused about Sibel’s case and the meaning of Boiling Frogs Posts because that documentary explains everything. Search Youtube for Kill The Messenger and you should be able find either the whole documentary in 1 vid or a sequence in parts. You’ll probably have to weed through the Chris Rock comedy results which has the same title.

  21. @Jon Gold – Hat’s off to you for what you did yesterday! And thanks for the advice on language. I’d rather be considered “just a citizen” than a cult member 🙂

    @Sibel – Thanks for all you do. Pay day is next week and I’ll send what I can to support what you do here. I really like the coffee mugs! We’ll see what tomorrow brings – it was honorable for the family members to give the Commission a chance to let the public know themselves before needing to bypass them.

  22. Kissinger Says Mubarak Exit a `Question of Months,’ Urges Muted U.S. Reply
    By David Lerman – Feb 1, 2011 10:07 AM ET Bloomberg

    This says it all. Egyptians want a quick end to uncertainty. Caught by surprise the Elite puppeteers want to put their man or administrative assistants in place in the new regime. They will use weapons and money to assert their will. Their will is that the Khazar haven of Zionist Israel be protected at all costs, even the demise of the United States. That much is clear.
    Who engineered 9-11? Not someone who had the best U.S. interests in mind. Who pulls Kissinger’s strings? Is he still a bright old man? You can bet it has something to do with generations of inherited greed and lust for power.

  23. Thanks everyone: for all your support. I’ve been working nonstop on Sarshar’s transcript, and having it checked by trusted former FBI friends to make sure there’d be’no justifiably classified info'(such as informant/asset name-address, etc. The post, Sarshar’s testimony will be up by 11 today. Let’s hope we have no mysterious website crash;-)

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