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  • U.S. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein

    U.S. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein | Photo: Rueters

Published 10 September 2016

Stein called for a new inquiry that would use independent research.

U.S. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein wants the truth about the 9/11 terror attacks, which happened 15 years ago Sunday.

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In fact, she called for a new "independent" 9/11 commission on Friday, saying that the original investigation undertaken by former President George W. Bush's administration contained “omissions and distortions.”

Stein said in a statement released on her campaign website that the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks "deserve justice" and "deserve to know the truth.”

Stein said the Bush administration’s initial 9/11 inquiry was not adequate and "was not given enough money, time, or access to relevant classified information," saying that "a new inquiry in necessary."

The official 9/11 Commision closed in 2004 and detailed the failures of the CIA and FBI in preventing the attacks. The extensive report was criticised for conflicts of interests from a number of investigating commissioners.

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She said that a new inquiry would use independent research and would not be "dominated by members with an interest in protecting the reputation and careers of foreign affairs and intelligence communities."

Stein also explained that since the terrorist attacks which killed more than 3,000 people that "secrecy and lies, endless war, torture, and a frightening 'surveillance state' have become the new normal."

"The September 11 attacks were used to launch a war against terrorism, yet terrorism has soared worldwide," said Stein, who is currently polling at 3 percent. "This war has been used as an excuse to squash civil liberties and to scapegoat Muslims and other immigrants."

Stein's comments come as the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday that families of Sept. 11 victims can sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages. The Saudi government denies responsibility and the bill will still have to be approved by President Barack Obama.

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