Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Petitions Submitted For New 9/11 Probe

Ground Zero eight years later

As the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now has submitted 28,000 additional petition signatures calling for the creation of a local, independent commission to investigate 9/11. These signatures are in addition to 52,000 that were submitted in June.

For the past 25 years, every ballot initiative in New York City - with the exception of the 1993 term limit referendum - has been blocked on grounds of legal technicality. And even then, proponents had to go to court to get it on the ballot.

The additional signatures were submitted after New York's city clerk declared in July that only about half of the signatures submitted in June were valid. They need 30,000 valid signatures to force a referendum. About 4,000 of the signatures that were tossed out by the city clerk are being challenged as valid by the organization. A court-appointed referee will rule on those challenges.


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