CS – I should point out that I
voted for you, as your promises of hope and change, transparency and
accountability, as well as putting government back into the hands of
the American people, struck an emotional chord in me that I hadn’t
felt in quite some time, perhaps ever.
PBO – And I appreciate that Charlie. Big fan of
the show, by the way.
CS – Sir, I can’t imagine when you might find
the time to actually watch my show given the measure of what you
PBO – I have it Tivo’d on Air Force One. Nice
break from the traveling press corps. (He glances at his watch) not
to be abrupt or to rush you, but you have 19 minutes left.
CS – I’ll take that as an invitation to cut to
PBO – I’m all ears. Or so I’ve been told.
CS – Sir, in the very near future we will be
experiencing our first 9/11 anniversary with you as Commander in
PBO – Yes. A very solemn day for our Nation. A
day of reflection and yet a day of historical consciousness as well.
CS – Very much so sir, very much so indeed….
Now; In researching your position regarding the events of 9/11 and
the subsequent investigation that followed, am I correct to
understand that you fully support and endorse the findings of the
commission report otherwise known as the ‘official story’?
PBO – Do I have any reason not to? Given that
most of us are presumably in touch with similar evidence.
CS – I really wish that were the case, sir. Are
you aware, Mr. President, of the recent stunning revelations that
sixty percent of the 9/11 commissioners have publicly stated that
the government agreed not to tell the truth about 9/11 and that the
Pentagon was engaged in deliberate deception about their response to
PBO – I am aware of certain “in fighting”
during the course of their very thorough and tireless investigative
CS – Mr. President, it’s hard to label this
type of friction as “in fighting” or make the irresponsible leap to
“thorough,” when the evidence I insist you examine regarding 6 of
the 10 members are statements of fact.
(At this point one of Obama’s senior aides
approaches the President and whispers into his ear. Obama glances
quickly at his watch and nods as the aide resumes his post at the
doorway, directly behind me.)
PBO – No disrespect Mr. Sheen, but I have to
ask; what is it that you seem to be implying with the initial
direction of this discussion?
CS – I am not implying anything Mr. President.
I am here to present the facts and see what you plan to do with
PBO – Let me guess; your ‘facts,’ allegedly
supporting these claims are in the folders you brought with you?
CS – Good guess Mr. President.
(I hand the first folder of documents to the
CS – Again sir, these are not my opinions or
assumptions, this is all a matter of public record, reported through
mainstream media, painstakingly fact checked and verified.
(the President glances into the folder I handed
CS – You’ll notice sir on page one of the
dossier dated August of ‘06 from the Washington Post, the statements
of John Farmer, senior council to the 9/11 commission, his quote
stating, “I was shocked how different the truth was from the way it
PBO – (as he glances down at the report, almost
inaudible) …. um hmm….
CS – He goes on to further state “The [NORAD
Air Defense] tapes told a radically different story from what had
been told to us and the public for two years….”
(the President continues to view the documents)
CS – On pages two and three, sir, are the
statements, as well, from commission co-chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee
Hamilton, commissioners Bob Kerrey, Timothy Roemer and John Lehman,
as well as the statements of commissioner Max Cleland, an ex-Senator
from Georgia , who resigned, stating:
“It is a national scandal. This investigation
is now compromised. One of these days we will have to get the full
story because the 9/11 issue is so important to America. But this
White House wants to cover it up.”
He also described President Bush’s desire to
delay the process as not to damage the ‘04 re-election bid. They
suspected deception to the point where they considered referring the
matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation. Mr.
President, this information alone is unequivocally grounds for a new
PBO – Mistakes were clearly made but we as a
people and as a country need to move forward. It is obviously in our
best interest as a democratic society to focus our efforts and our
resources on the future of this great nation and our ability to
protect the American people and our allies from this type of
terrorism in the coming years.
CS – Sir, how can we focus on the future when
THE COMMISSION ITSELF is on record stating that they still do not
know the truth??
PBO – Even if what you state, might in some
capacity, begin to approach an open discussion or balanced debate, I
can’t speak for, or about the decisions certain commission members
made during an extremely difficult period. Perhaps you should be
interviewing them instead of me. Wait, don’t tell me; I was easier
to track down than they were?
CS – Not exactly sir, but let’s be honest.
You’re the President of the United States, the leader of the free
world, the buck stops with you. 9/11 has been the pretext for the
systematic dismantling of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Your
administration is reading from the same playbook that the Bush
administration foisted on America through documented secrecy and
PBO – Mr. Sheen, I’m having a difficult time
sitting here and listening to you draw distorted parallels between
the Bush/Cheney regime and mine.
CS – Mr. President the parallels are not
distorted just because you say they are. Let’s stick to the facts.
You promised to abolish the Patriot Act and then voted to
re-authorize it. You pledged to end warrantless wire tapping against
the American people and now energetically defend it. You decried the
practice of rendition and now continue it. You promised over and
over again on the campaign trail, that you would end the practice of
indefinite detention and instead, you have expanded it to permanent
detention of “detainees” without trial. This far exceeds the
outrages of the former administration. Call me crazy Mr. President,
but is this not your record?
PBO – Mr. Sheen, my staff and I authorized this
interview based on your request to discuss 9/11 and deliver some
additional information you’re convinced I’d not previously reviewed.
Call me crazy, But it appears as though you’ve blindly wandered off
CS – Sir, the examples I just illustrated are a
direct result of 9/11.
PBO – And I’m telling you that we must move
forward, we must endure through these dangerous and politically
challenging years ahead.
CS – Mr. President, we cannot move forward with
a bottomless warren of unanswered questions surrounding that day and
PBO – I read the official report. Every word
every page. Perhaps you should do the same.
CS – I have sir, and so have thousands of
family members of the victims, and guess what; they have the same
questions I do and probably a lot more. I didn’t lose a loved one on
that horrific day Mr. President and neither did you. But since then
I, along with millions of other Americans lost something we held
true and dear for most of our lives in this great country of ours;
we lost our hope.
PBO – And I’d like to believe that I am here to
restore that hope. To restore confidence in your leaders, in the
system that the voting public chose through a peaceful transfer of
(An odd moment of silence between us. Precious
time ticking away).
CS – Mr. President, are you aware of the number
of days it took to begin the investigation into JFK’s assassination?
PBO – If memory serves I believe it was two
CS – Close. Seventeen days to be exact. Are you
aware sir, how long it took to begin the investigation into Pearl
PBO – I would say again about….two weeks.
CS – Close again sir, eleven days to be exact.
Are you aware Mr. President how long it took to begin the
investigation into 9/11?
PBO – I know it must have seemed like a very
long time for all the grieving families.
CS – It was a very long time Mr. President –
four hundred and forty days. Roughly 14 months. Does it bother you
Mr. President that it only took FIVE HOURS for Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld after the initial attack to recommend and endorse a
full scale offensive against Iraq?
PBO – I am not aware of any such purported
CS – I have the proof Mr. President, along with
scores of documents and facts I’d like you to take a look at. Here.
(I hand him another file – much thicker than
PBO – I see you came prepared Charlie.
CS – No other way to show up Mr. President.
When in doubt over prepare I always say.
PBO – Now you sound like the First Lady.
CS – That’s quite a compliment sir.
PBO – As you wish. Please continue.
CS – Sir, I’d like to direct your attention to
the stack of documents in the folder I just handed you. The first in
from the top is entitled “ Operation Northwoods“, a declassified
Pentagon plan to stage terror attacks on US soil, to be blamed on
Cuba as a pretext for war.
PBO – And I’d like to direct your attention to
the fact that the principle draftsman of this improbable blueprint
was quickly denied a second term as Joint Chiefs chairman and sent
packing to a European NATO garrison. Thank God his otherworldly
ambitions never saw the light of day.
CS – I wouldn’t be so certain about that Mr.
PBO – I could easily say the same to you
(the President checks his watch)
CS – The next document reads “Declassified
staged provocations.” Now, Honestly Mr. President I wish I was
making this stuff up. I’m certain you are familiar with the USS
Maine Incident, the sinking of the Lusitania, which we all now know
brought us into WW1, and of course the most famous, the Gulf of
PBO – Of course I am familiar with these
historical events and I’m aware that there’s a measure of
controversy surrounding them. But to be quite frank with you, this
is all ancient history.
CS – Mr. President, it has been often said;
“Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” And I
concede to you sir, these events are the past.
PBO – A vastly different world young man,
shouldering a radically disparate state of universal affairs.
CS – No argument sir, I’m merely inviting you
to acknowledge some credibility to the pattern or the theme. Case in
point; the next document in your folder. It was published by the
think-tank, Project For a New American Century and it’s entitled “
Rebuilding Americas Defenses“, and was written by Dick Cheney and
Jeb Bush. To quote from the document sir – (the President
PBO – “Further, the process of transformation,
even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one,
absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl
CS – Touche, sir. Your thoughts on this
statement Mr. President?
PBO – I would call this a blatant case of
misjudgment fueled by an unfortunate milieu of assumption. For some,
the uninformed denial of coincidence.
CS – Interesting angle sir. Nevertheless, Vice
President Cheney didn’t stop there. In early 2008, Pulitzer prize
winning journalist Seymour Hersh and MSNBC, both reported that
Cheney had proposed to the Pentagon an outrageous plan to have the
U.S. Navy create fake Iranian patrol boats, to be manned by Navy
Seals, who would then stage an attack on US destroyers in the Strait
of Hormuz. This event was to be blamed on Iran and used as a pretext
for war. Does any of this information worry you Mr. President?
Should we just ignore it, until these realities can be dismissed
years from now by our children, as ancient history as well?
PBO – Of course this information worries me,
yet it’s not nearly as worrisome as you sitting here today
suspiciously implying that 9/11 was somehow allowed to happen or
even orchestrated from the inside.
CS – Mr. President I am not suspiciously
implying anything. I am merely exposing the documents and asking the
questions that nobody in power will even look at or acknowledge. And
as I stated earlier, I voted for you, I believed in your message of
hope and change. Mr. President I have come to you specifically
hoping for a change. A change in the perception that our government
has not yet made itself open and accountable to the people. These
are your words Mr. President not mine. The lives of thousands were
brutally cut short and those left behind to suffer their infinite
pain are with me today Mr. President. They are with me in spirit and
flesh, and the message we carry will not be silenced anymore by
media fueled mantras insisting how they are supposed to feel.
Deciding for them, for 8 long years, what can be thought, what can
be said, what can be asked.
PBO – And I appreciate your passion, I
appreciate your conviction. In spite of your concerns, in spite of
what your data might or might not reveal, what you and the families
must understand and accept is that we are doing everything we can to
CS – Mr. President , I realize were very short
on time, so please allow me to run down a list of bullet points that
might illuminate some reasons why we don’t embrace the warm hug of
PBO – We’ve come this far. Fire away.
CS – Please keep in mind Mr. President
everything I’m about to say is documented as fact and part of the
public record. The information you are holding in your hands
chronicles and verifies each and every point.
PBO – You have five minutes left. The floor is
yours. Brief me.
CS – Thank you Mr. President. Okay, first; On
the FBI’s most wanted list Osama Bin Laden is not charged with the
crimes of 911. When I called the FBI to ask them why this was the
case, they replied: “There’s not enough evidence to link Bin Laden
to the crime scene,” I later discovered he had never even been
indicted by the D.O.J.
CS – Number 2; FBI translator Sibel Edmonds,
was dismissed and gagged by the D.O.J. after she revealed that the
government had foreknowledge of plans to attack American cities
using planes as bombs as early as April 2001. In July of ‘09, Mrs.
Edmonds broke the Federal gag order and went public to reveal that
Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban were all working for and
with the C.I.A. up until the day of 9/11.
CS – Number 3; The following is a quote from
Mayor Giuliani during an interview on 9/11 with Peter Jennings for
ABC News. “I went down to the scene and we set up headquarters at 75
Barkley Street, which was right there with the Police Commissioner,
the Fire Commissioner, the Head of Emergency Management, and we were
operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center
was going to collapse. And it did collapse before we could actually
get out of the building, so we were trapped in the building for 10,
15 minutes, and finally found an exit and got out, walked north, and
took a lot of people with us.”
WHO TOLD HIM THIS??? To this day, the answer to
this question remains unanswered, completely ignored and
emphatically DENIED by Mayor Giuliani on several public occasions.
CS – Number 4; In April 2004, USA Today
reported, “In the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North
American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises simulating
what the White House says was unimaginable at the time: hijacked
airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and cause mass
casualties.” One of the targets was the World Trade Center.
CS – Number 5; On September 12th 2007, CNN’s
‘Anderson Cooper 360′, reported that the mysterious “white plane”
spotted and videotaped by multiple media outlets, flying in
restricted airspace over the White House shortly before 10am on the
morning of 9/11, was in fact the Air Force’s E-4B, a specially
modified Boeing 747 with a communications pod behind the cockpit;
otherwise known as “The Doomsday Plane”.
Though fully aware of the event, the 9/11
Commission did not deem the appearance of the military plane to be
of any interest and did not include it in the final 9/11 Commission
CS – Number 6; Three F-16s assigned to Andrews
Air Force Base, ten miles from Washington, DC, are conducting
training exercises in North Carolina 207 miles away as the first
plane crashes into the WTC. Even at significantly less than their
top speed of 1500 mph, they could still have defended the skies over
Washington well before 9am, more than 37 minutes before Flight 77
crashes into the Pentagon, however, they did not return until after
Andrews AFB had no armed fighters on alert and
ready to take off on the morning of 9/11.
CS – Number 7; WTC Building 7. Watch the video
of its collapse.
CS – Number 8; Flight 93 is fourth plane to
crash on 9/11 at 10:03am. V.P. Cheney only gives shoot down order at
10:10-10:20am and this is not communicated to NORAD until 28 minutes
after Flight 93 has crashed.
Fueling further suspicion on this front is the
fact that three months before the attacks of 9/11, Dick Cheney
usurped control of NORAD, and therefore he, and no one else on
planet Earth, had the power to call for military sorties on the
hijacked airliners on 9/11. He did not exercise that power. Three
months after 9/11, he relinquished command of NORAD and returned it
to military operation.
CS – Number 9; Scores of main stream news
outlets reported that the F.B.I. conducted an investigation of at
least FIVE of the 9/11 hijackers being trained at U.S. military
flight schools. Those investigations are now sealed and need to be
declassified. CS – Number 10; In 2004, New York firefighters Mike
Bellone and Nicholas DeMasi went public to say they had found the
black boxes at the World Trade Center, but were told to keep their
mouths shut by FBI agents. Nicholas DeMasi said that he escorted
federal agents on an all-terrain vehicle in October 2001 and helped
them locate the devices, a story backed up by rescue volunteer Mike
As the Philadelphia Daily News reported at the
time, “Their story raises the question of whether there was a some
type of cover-up at Ground Zero.”
CS – Number 11 – Hundreds of eye witnesses
including first responders, fire captains, news reporters, and
police, all described multiple explosions in both towers before and
during the collapse.
CS – Number 12; An astounding video uncovered
from the archives shows BBC News correspondent Jane Standley
reporting on the collapse of WTC Building 7 over twenty minutes
before it fell at 5:20pm on the afternoon of 9/11. Tapes from
earlier BBC broadcasts show news anchors discussing the collapse of
WTC 7 a full 26 minutes in advance. The BBC at first claimed that
their tapes from 9/11 had been “lost” before admitting that they
made the “error” of reporting the collapse of WTC 7 before it
happened without adequately explaining how they could have obtained
advance knowledge of the event.
In addition, over an hour before the collapse
of WTC 7, at 4:10pm, CNN’s Aaron Brown reported that the building
“has either collapsed, or is collapsing.”
CS – Number 13; Solicitor General Ted Olson’s
claim that his wife Barbara Olsen called him twice from Flight 77,
describing hijackers with box cutters, was a central plank of the
official 9/11 story.
However, the credibility of the story was
completely undermined after Olsen kept changing his story about
whether his wife used her cell phone or the airplane phone. The
technology to enable cell phone calls from high-altitude airline
flights was not created until 2004. American Airlines confirmed that
Flight 77 was a Boeing 757 and that this plane did not have airplane
phones on board.
According to the FBI, Barbara Olsen attempted
to call her husband only once and the call failed to connect,
therefore Olsen must have been lying when he claimed he had spoken
to his wife from Flight 77.
CS – Number 14; The size of a Boeing 757 is
approximately 125ft in width and yet images of the impact zone at
the Pentagon supposedly caused by the crash merely show a hole no
more than 16ft in diameter. The engines of the 757 would have
punctured a hole bigger than this, never mind the whole plane.
Images before the partial collapse of the impact zone show little
real impact damage and a sparse debris field completely inconsistent
with the crash of a large jetliner, especially when contrasted with
other images showing airplane crashes into buildings.
CS – Number 15; What is the meaning behind the
following quote attributed to Dick Cheney which came to light during
the 9/11 Commission hearings? The passage is taken from testimony
given by then Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.
During the time that the airplane was coming in
to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to
the Vice President, “The plane is 50 miles out.” “The plane is 30
miles out.” And when it got down to “the plane is 10 miles out,” the
young man also said to the Vice President, “Do the orders still
stand?” And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around
and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything
to the contrary?”
As the plane was not shot down, in addition to
the fact that armed fighter jets were nowhere near the plane and the
Pentagon defensive system was not activated, are we to take it that
the orders were to let the plane find its target?
CS – Number 16; In May 2003, the Miami Herald
reported how the Bush administration was refusing to release a
900-page congressional report on 9/11 because it wanted to “avoid
enshrining embarrassing details in the report,” particularly
regarding pre-9/11 warnings as well as the fact that the hijackers
were trained at U.S. flight schools.
CS – Number 17; Top Pentagon officials
cancelled their scheduled flights for September 11th on September
10th. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, following a security
warning, cancelled a flight into New York that was scheduled for the
morning of 9/11.
CS – Number 18; The technology to enable cell
phone calls from high-altitude airline flights was not created until
2004, and even by that point it was only in the trial phase. Calls
from cell phones which formed an integral part of the official
government version of events were technologically impossible at the
CS – Number 19: On April 29, 2004, President
Bush and V.P. Cheney would only meet with the commission under
specific clandestine conditions. They insisted on testifying
together and not under oath. They also demanded that their testimony
be treated as a matter of “state secret.” To date, nothing they
spoke of that day exists in the public domain.
CS – And finally Mr. President – Number 20; A
few days after the attack, several newspapers as well as the FBI
reported that a paper passport had been found in the ruins of the
WTC. In August 2004, CNN reported that 9/11 hijacker Ziad Jarrah’s
visa was found in the remains of Flight 93 which went down in
At least a third of the WTC victim’s bodies
were vaporized and many of the victims of the Pentagon incident were
burned beyond recognition. And yet visas and paper passports which
identify the perpetrators and back up the official version of events
miraculously survive explosions and fires that we are told melted
(The Senior aide appears again beside the
President whispering in his ear. He then quickly moves off).
PBO – Well Charlie I can’t say this hasn’t been
interesting. As I said earlier you’ve showed up today focused and
organized. Regardless how I feel about the material you’ve
presented, I must commend your dedication and zeal. However, our
time here is up.
(the President rises from his chair , I do the
CS – Mr. President! One more second!
(The President starts towards the door – I
follow him quickly step for step).
CS – Mr. President, I implore you based on the
evidence you now possess, to use your Executive Power. Prove to us
all Sir, that you do, in fact, care. Create a truly comprehensive
and open Congressional investigation of 9/11 and its aftermath. The
families deserve the truth, the American people and the rest of the
free world deserve the truth. Mr. President -
(He pauses. We shake hands).
CS – Make sure you’re on the right side of
(The President breaks the handshake).
PBO – I am on the right side of history. Thank
you Charlie, my staff and I will be in touch.
(I watch as he strides gracefully out of the
room, the truth I provided him held firmly by his side; in the hand