Ellen Mariani alleges leading members of the US administration had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks but failed to warn anyone of the terrible danger and made no effort to prevent thousands of deaths.

Her late husband, Louis Neil Mariani, died in the south tower of the World Trade Centre.

Speaking to Aljazeera.net on Tuesday, attorney Philip Berg said the complaint was being filed under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act (RICO).

Case details

Berg claims he is able to prove not only the well-documented relationship between the Bush and Bin Ladin families in the 70s and early 80s, but also during the current presidency.

“We are going to show that members of the Bin Ladin family were flown out of the US shortly after the 9/11 attacks with presidential permission.”

Lodging the case at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the attorney also spoke of persuasive evidence.

“Just today, a former FBI agent handed in a sworn affidavit that there was intelligence of the attacks as early as March 2001.”

In a letter to the US president, Mariani alleges that Bush continued to listen to a children’s “goat story” for 18 minutes, blatantly ignoring his duty as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces and refusing to scramble fighter planes to protect New York and the Pentagon.

Sensitive timing

A former deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania, Berg said he was confident of success and denied the current “War on Terror” environment might lead to the case being squashed before it even gets to court.

“Just today, a former FBI agent handed in a sworn affidavit that there was intelligence of the attacks as early as March 2001”

Philip Berg,
Mariani's attorney

“In actual fact, this is a very good time to have a case like this. The war in Iraq is escalating, our troops are being put in harms way yet there are no weapons of mass destruction there.

“Now is the time to fight, to push back the Patriot Act and bring back our freedoms as they stood under the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of the Independence.”

When asked if Mariani feared being labelled unpatriotic, Berg said local and national media had refused to touch the case.

US reaction

“If it weren’t for the internet, I doubt this case would become news. But we plan to open a 911forthetruth website by Thursday. It’s quite possible to get the president in court, Paula Jones showed that. But this case is far more serious.”

The attorney acting for the White House, Viveca Parker, refused to comment on the case when contacted by Aljazeera.net, apparently unaware that 14 January had already been earmarked by the defence team for the Mariani case to be dismissed.

But Mariani is confident of being able to prove that Bush failed to act or prevent the worst attacks on the US since Pearl Harbour and maintained links with the Bin Ladin family through the Carlyle Group family business.