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We represent a grassroots movement made up of the 9/11 community, which consists of 9/11 survivors, first responders, family members of those lost, and all volunteers and lower Manhattan residents, students and workers who are now suffering fatal illnesses due to their exposure to Ground Zero. The 9/11 community has successfully worked with Congress to override the presidential veto of Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). Now law, JASTA stripped terrorist nations of immunity. We aim to have the same effect in gaining access to answers that we’ve waited for since 2001 by motivating government agencies to fully unredact and declassify 9/11 documents.


On September 11, 2001, my sister, Sharon Ann Carver, was murdered at the Pentagon by Saudi cowards who had no respect for human life. This loss devastated my family. Sharon was the sweetest person I have ever known. She was kind, generous and loving to everyone. She was always so understanding and giving. She always saw the good in everyone. She loved working at the Pentagon and took great pride in serving her country, but her great love was her family and friends. We miss her deeply and our family will always feel pain for the way she was taken from us. We never got a chance to say goodbye or justice from our government for her murder at the hands of the Saudi Government. We never thought our own government would side with these murderers instead of standing with the 9/11 families and victims.

– Slyvia

I was working in Tower 2 for Chuo Trust and Bank in 1993 during the first World Trade Center bombing; my one thought that day was “thank God, Dad is safe”. He worked in Tower 1 until a couple weeks before that bombing and fortunately was on the other side on lower Manhattan. It took me over 3 hours to walk down the stairs. Fast forward 8 years, and Dad was back at Cantor Fitzgerald in Tower 1. I knew he was dead and had to tell my family. There simply was not enough time for him to get to safety.

I was pregnant with my daughter and my father was over the moon to be a grandfather. Life was good, then it wasn’t. In the few moments after hearing the first plane hit the World Trade Center, I knew my life, my mother’s life, my siblings’ lives and my unborn child’s life had changed. Dad was gone. A 56 year young, father of 4, married to his college sweetheart and future grandfather was annihilated from Earth. Just gone in a few moments.

Our President made promises to us, the victims and family members of 9/11 victims, with regard to disclosure and Saudi Arabia. Time to step up to the plate Mr. President.

– Kristen

On September 11, 2001, I was home with my three young children when the phone rang and my husband Tom frantically told me a plane had hit the building. Within moments, I saw the black smoke billowing out of the North Tower and witnessed what the world was seeing…a violent attack on our nation and the murder of my husband. I pray everyday our country will never experience that kind of fear, pain and suffering ever again. Tom was a vibrant, charismatic, wonderful family man. His children, parents, siblings and everyone that knew him misses him deeply.

– Terry

When AA Flight 11 plowed into the North Tower, Tim Frolich was at his desk at Fuji Bank on the 80th Floor of the South Tower. Like so many other employees and friends in the towers, he was completely unaware of what had just happened.

Here’s how Tim describes his 9/11 experience: “Little did anyone know this one incident was actually the beginning of an attack on our security, freedoms, beliefs, and most importantly, on the United States of America. Read Tim’s entire story.

– Tim

Jay S. Winuk is the brother of Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. When the World Trade Center was attacked, Glenn helped evacuate his nearby law offices and then raced into the South Tower to save lives. He died when the South Tower collapsed. Glenn similarly responded when the WTC was bombed in 1993. He is a posthumous recipient of the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor from President Obama and Attorney General Holder, and is likely the first non-FDNY member to be inducted into the FDNY Honor Legion. The Firefighters Memorial Wall across from Ground Zero was largely funded by Glenn’s law firm, Holland & Knight, in honor of Glenn and all firefighters, and is visited by millions of people each year.

To honor his late brother, Jay co-founded and serves as executive vice president of MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit organization which began and continues to lead the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 9/11 Day, federally designated as such by the U.S. Congress and President Obama in 2009. 9/11 Day is now the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement. Each year on September 11 tens of millions of Americans mark the anniversary by doing good deeds and other charitable acts in honor of those killed and injured on 9/11 and those who rose in service in the aftermath of the attacks. In this capacity, Jay is one of the nation’s leading voices about volunteerism and community service. He is a frequent public speaker and source to media outlets throughout the world on a wide variety of topics related to the events of 9/11.

– Jay W.

My younger brother, AG-1 SW Edward T. Earhart, better known as Ed, was serving at the Pentagon with the U.S. Navy.

We had chatted two night before he died. They were renovating the Pentagon. Ed was excited to be getting his own desk and phone. Often you share desks and a phone with shipmates. I teased him telling him he was getting BIG time on me with his own phone.
I called that desk number and his cell phone repeatedly when he didn’t answer and didn’t call to say he was okay. After a couple days I had a very bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. My brother never liked my parents or his eldest sisters to worry about him. When he drove back and forth from DC to Morehead, Kentucky, he would call to say when he was leaving to come home and when he arrived back to DC, his duty station.

– Andrea

Dear Director Haines,

I am one of the 9/11 family members who signed the 4/14/21 letter to you regarding the 9/11 Community Request for declassification of the April 2016 Review Report of Saudi Government involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

I am writing to you on behalf of my sister, Deborah Kobus and all the 9/11 victims. Deborah was murdered on 9/11/01 as she sat at her desk on the impact floor of Tower Two. She was 36 years old and had her whole life ahead of her.

In January 2016, I retired from the FBI New York Office after serving for 35 years. During my career, I have seen the FBI at its finest and at its lowest. In 2005, I reported wrongdoing by executive management in the New York office. The DOJ-OIG and the DOJ-OARM both investigated and confirmed what I witnessed was illegal activity on the part of certain managers. I won my case in 2014, nine years after it was initiated.
During my career, I was assigned (for one year) at the Joint terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York. Numerous Special Agents would speak to me about the loss of my sister. They would also express how they felt regarding their assessment that the Saudis were supporting the 9/11 terrorist attack.

In closing, I was taught at a young age that “actions speak louder than words.” We have seen how the Saudis have kill their own citizen in their embassy. I have seen FBI executives care more about their own careers than acknowledge what I told the DOJ -OIG was the truth. I know the FBI will hide behind a State Secret rule even though it has been almost 20 years since this terrible day. The FBI executives’ actions regarding this matter speaks volumes (for 19 years) on how they truly feel about the deaths of 2,977 Americans.

Please have the courage and integrity to support our request for the 2016 report. I know the family members of the 2,977 people that were killed that day will be eternally grateful. I know that my sister’s death will mean something in the fight against terrorism.
Sincerely and Respectfully,

– Robert

Alice Hoagland was a passionate leader in the 9/11 community on airline safety and the mother of 9/11 victim and Flight 93 hero Mark Bingham, who along with the other brave passengers of United Flight 93, stormed the cockpit and fought with terrorists for control of the hijacked aircraft. Although Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA, killing all aboard, the efforts of Mark and others heroically prevented the terrorists from striking intended targets in Washington DC. Alice passed away on December 22, 2020.

– Alice

My husband was killed on the 104th floor of the North Tower on 9/11, leaving behind 3 children: a 7 year old and 6 year old twins.

– Lisa

I married the love of my life, Christopher Newton-Carter. We were planning a family together. He was kind and gentle soul. Chris participated in many pilgrimages to Our Lady of Lourdes in France as an usher carrying the sick. He loved working at Sandler O’Neill and Partners, South Tower as Associate Director of Information Technology. He never left the 104th floor on September 11, 2001.


I ask on behalf of Christopher Newton-Carter that you put an end to the U.S. helping protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi at the expense of the 9/11 community and all Americans.

– Susan

Thomas J Cahill (our Tommy ), my brother, was 36 working at Cantor on the 104th floor. We believe he was with his best friends and coworkers, Tommy Strada, and others trying to escape. Tommy was a fun, handsome, athletic, charismatic, funny, huge energy kind of person who lit up every room he entered and made everyone feel at ease. Tommy was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend to so many who adored him. Tommy had integrity and character and truly cared about others like our veterans and first responders — before 9/11 . Our family and our extended family and friends all miss him daily in our lives. He will always be with us in spirit, and not a day goes by that we don’t think of him and miss him. Tommy, we know we will see you again in heaven. Until we meet again. Our hearts are broken but our faith sustains us to know we will relink again in the hereafter.

– Kathleen

On the morning of September 11, 2001, my husband, John, left home to venture into work. He always left the house around 5:30 a.m. and would work out before starting his day managing the Interest Rate Options desk at Cantor Fitzgerald. This particular morning, he overslept and left a little bit later. I overheard him calling his buddy saying he would be working out after work, instead of that morning, and then kissed me goodbye. I received a call from John around 8:50 a.m. sounding confused and asked if I had the TV on. He said they had heard a small plane had hit the building and wasn’t sure what was going on. The phone went dead. Since he was a practical joker, I thought he was up to one of his pranks. However, when I turned the television on, I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. I then witnessed the second tower being struck by the second plane and knew our country was under attack. Frantically, I kept hitting redial on my phone, trying to contact John again. I was able to reach him only to hear him say to me, “Michele you are the love of my life and I will love you forever.” I hope he was able to hear me as well. He left behind four young boys. Matthew was 9, Nicholas was 7, Michael was 3, and Paul was almost 3 months old. Today, John lives on through each of them, and he is greatly missed.

– Michele

I am Tasha Brothers and my father’s name was Henry Timothy Brothers. He was a first responder to hell in transit. He died of lung cancer. I fight so hard for his name to be put on the wall. I fight so hard to win the lawsuit. But I also fight for justice — for all the people that lost a loved one on 9/11. I think about it every day, what happened 9/11. When we think about the stories, it hurts so much. This is the same as everybody else… the pain never goes away … we need justice for not only my family but for all the families that something. … We are Americans just living day by day trying to make it through life … America deserves justice justice for all the families.

– Tasha

My business was on South Street, just south of the Brooklyn Bridge. I was there since I was a kid, family business in the fish market. After the attacks, it was very difficult for me to come in and out of the city. I stayed at my loft, in the building. I was there for 2 months after the attacks, working and helping anyone that needed help. I started developing acid reflux, soon after. That turned into GERD, and now I have Baretts Esophagus. In 2012 I developed laboring to breathe, and by Feb 2013, I was hospitalized, and my entire right lung was removed — and I never smoked. Now I am on a ventilator, every day. I, too, would like answers from our government, as to the roles that other countries played in the attacks.

– Richard

My family lost both my brother, FF Ken Watson from FDNY Engine 214, and my cousin, FF Richie Muldowney from FDNY Ladder 7 in the South Tower of the WTC on 9/11/2001. Both of our families are all involved in the 9/11 Victim Families lawsuit against Saudi Arabia.

– Glenn

My husband is Lt Mike F Lynch Ladder 4 54/4 bat 9. We lost all of the guys working that day. 33 kids in our firehouse lost a Dad. I have 2 boys. They were turning 3 years old and 6 months old. Mike was a fantastic Dad. He came from a large Irish family and he was the baby of 8 kids. He was on the fire department 10 years. My heart is broken and I miss him every day but I know he would have wanted to be there and he did help save lives that morning. I am proud of the man he was and the example he has set for our 2 sons.

– Denise

My wonderful husband Andy was murdered on 9/11/01. He left behind twin 11 year old sons. We now have a company that makes and sells men’s accessories and give a portion back to charity to “pay it forward” for all the help we received after 9/11.

– Lisa

I lost my son, Guy Barzvi. He was 29 years old, working for Cantor Fitzgerald. Lori Barzvi, his younger sister, lost her brother whom she adored. Only 3 years after 9/11, Guy’s father was taken away from us! This was an implacable loss — it has been Lori and me ever since, having to endure all this pain. 20 years later and nothing has changed, we are still grieving!

– Gila

On February 26, 1993, Kathy’s husband Peter Owens was working as a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th  floor of the World Trade Center.  That day, when the building was bombed, it took Peter all day to walk down the smoked-filled stairs.  Eight years later, on September 11th, 2001 Peter was still at Cantor, now on the 104th floor. This time however,  there was no escaping. Peter Owens was 42 years old.  Kathy and Peter have three children.  He spent his free-time coaching them in sports, gardening and fly fishing.  Sixteen years later, there are now 3 beautiful, hilarious grandchildren who he will never know.  He’s missing everything and that is why it’s not acceptable that after 17 years our own government continues to withhold who financed the September 11th attacks.

– Kathy

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