February 20, 2008
Congressman Dennis Kucinich revealed that he is initiating an investigation of the insider trading that took place leading up to 9/11, particularly in regards to put options placed on American Airlines and United Airlines stock.
Kucinich said that he had personal questions about the implications insider trading had.
"I’ve indicated a long-standing interest in gathering information and trying to get to the bottom of exactly what happened with respect to all the stock activity that took place preceding 9/11." Kucinich said.
Kucinich said it was the bizarre record-level put options that caught his attention initially. The odd trades heavily indicate prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks and have raised a number of questions that Kucinich hopes to probe.
"First of all, I’m not afraid to ask questions about 9/11," Kucinich told the Alex Jones Show.
"From my own personal standpoint, I’ve had long-standing questions about why this volume, why those airlines, why that time, who made the buys, why did they buy them, who told them to make the buys, who was involved? There are questions there that need to be answered as part of an effort to get to the truth," Kucinich said.
He made clear he was not yet pointing the finger. "I don’t know what happened. I’m not alleging anything here. But I sure want to find out how it happened."
But Kucinich hopes that inquiries in a committee hearing would clarify the information and answer questions.
"I think we need to talk to the people who were involved in making those transactions in order to try to figure out why they were made, for example, American Airlines and United Airlines stock." Kucinich said.
At least two FBI agents have been previously charged for their smaller roles in the insider trading. The NY Times has reported on the cases, but larger coverage of the issue has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, and no larger probe has been underway until now.
Kucinich has also promised to hold hearings on the health of 9/11 first responders. He has already met with a number of rescue workers to hear their stories and is in the process of bringing forth information to committee.
The Congressman warned, however, that his seat has been hotly contested by ‘Cleveland corporate interests’ who have sunk millions into defeating Kucinich. He pleaded for help to win his local election, but remained steadfast.
"I can’t be bought and I can’t be bossed." Kucinich said. "I’m going to keep speaking the truth, I’m going to keep seeking the truth, and as long as people are there to support that, I’ll be in Congress."
To find out more about Kucinich’s Congressional race and/or help his campaign, visit www.Kucinich.us.