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Former Sen. Mike Gravel (Photo: AP) Former Sen. Mike Gravel (Photo: AP)  

Former senator works to get new 9/11 investigation approved by voters

Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel is working to give voters in Massachusetts, Oregon and possibly California the ability to approve a new investigation into the 9/11 terror attacks.

In a lengthy August interview with The Daily Caller, he said that there has never been an adequate investigation into the attacks.

Gravel, a senator from 1969-1981, has spent much of his time since leaving office working to promote direct democracy through his “National Initiative.”

“What I’m trying to do is use the Initiative in several states to enact a new commission to study —- to investigate, not study — 9/11. What led up to it, what happened and the aftermath,” Gravel said.

“Here we have the most significant event in one hundred years that involves the United States going to war and savaging our domestic freedoms and nobody wants to investigate it,” he lamented.

Gravel believes that the 9/11 Commission did not adequately investigate the attacks, which he has previously said had the hallmarks of “an inside job” associated with providing a rationale to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.

If approved, the voter initiatives would establish a joint powers agreement between participating states. He hopes that there will then be “a dispassionate, objective, proper investigation with subpoena powers.”

“So if we pass it in Massachusetts and in Oregon we would have a joint powers agreement where they would be able to bring together the investigative branch powers of Massachusetts and Oregon and California and any other state that chooses to join,” he explained.

Gravel was hesitant to share his own theory of what could be uncovered by such an investigation.

“Well, I have a lot of theories, but they’re irrelevant,” he said. “When you don’t have any proof as to what happened, you discredit yourself. And so I don’t have any proof.”

Gravel said that the “9/11 truth” movement, which is united in doubting the government’s account of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, has generated a significant number of unanswered questions that should be considered.

“Obviously, you can go into all the information that has been developed by the 9/11 truth movement over the last ten years that shows overwhelmingly that there are a lot of things — what the government said — that just don’t make any sense,” Gravel said.

One example he cited: “Here’s a country that’s spending billions and billions of dollars on its defense, but can’t even field airplanes in a timely fashion to stop what happened.“

Gravel said that it will likely cost $400,000 to get initiatives on the ballot in Oregon and Massachusetts, and another $1 million for an initiative in California. (RELATED: NASA releases images of 9/11 taken from space station)

In 2009 a group of “truthers” attempted to have a similar question placed on New York City’s ballot. The state’s supreme court ruled that it would be unconstitutional for city voters to approve an investigatory committee with subpoena powers.

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