Rodriguez and the 9/11 Commission

“Every other testimony was shown on TV”

Rodriguez was one of the last to testify to the (9/11) Commission and the only witness to speak behind closed doors.

When I ask why, he laughs and says: "Thank you. I have been asking the same question. Every other testimony was shown on TV. Everyone else had a public hearing."

Rodriguez repeats this false claim in many interviews:
I was one of the last persons to testify. But they wanted my testimony behind closed doors (shrugs). Everybody was testifying on national TV. You remember those hearings. Source

But Mr Rodriguez soon felt his evidence was being covered up, when he became the only person to be interviewed behind closed doors. And his account was omitted from the final report. He claims evidence he collected from scores of other witnesses was overlooked. Source - 02 December 2006

William was one of the last people to testify to the commission and spoke behind closed doors, unlike other witnesses. His testimony was not included in the final report. Source
The 9/11 Commission interviewed over 1,200 people. Only 155 of those people appeared before the Commission during its 12 public hearings. Rodriguez could have easily checked this fact. Source

“When the final report came out, what a surprise. My testimony wasn’t there, even though I was wined and dined by them. Twenty-two people that I had available, that had similar experiences, firemen, policemen, they were never called.”Source

The interview process was a travesty, he says. They didn't call one of his 20 expert witnesses and his account was edited out of the Commission's report. ... “What really upsets me is that we have all these people coming forward with credible testimony about explosions and we have been completely ignored by the 9/11 Commission and the major media,” said Rodriguez. Source

His story wasn't included in the 9/11 Commission Report, and his information was sealed in the National Archives for 50 years so the public wouldn't learn what happened on 9/11. Source

Rodriguez looked forward to his appearance at a closed-door hearing of the 9/11 Commission. "Up to that moment, I was thinking that they were going to do the right thing." He states that he started changing his mind as he saw how the commission did its work, and also when the American media edited out his testimonies about hearing bombs in the buildings, whilst the Spanish media did report it un-edited.Source
No one denies that there were explosions in the building. Their source has been explained by witnesses and by NIST, which was charged with investigating the tower collapses. Those explanations are covered in detail in this paper. Rodriguez refuses to address these rational explanations. Something the conspiracists often forget or ignore: the 9/11 Commission was not responsible for determining the collapse mechanisms of the WTC buildings, and its report does not address that issue.

The Commission interviewed people to gather facts, not to publish every interview in its final report.

The Commission documents are sealed from the public until 2009, not "for 50 years":
The 9/11 Commission, which closed on August 21, 2004, has transferred legal custody of its records to the National Archives. In accordance with the Federal Records Act, the Commission has established a general restriction from public access on these records until 2009. Because the Commission was part of the legislative branch, its records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). However, the Commission's publicly released records are available on the Commission's web site which has been frozen. This web site is in NARA's custody and remains available to the public. Source

"Just a bunch of bull"
When asked about the 9/11 Commission, he does not hesitate to say “Cover up, total cover up ... Remember the 9/11 Commission was created and they spent more money on the Monica Lewinsky trial than on the investigation of the biggest crime scene in history, it is ridiculous. They didn’t do the right thing, it was a whitewash, I believe the commissioners were either tied up or they were lied to by the different intelligence agencies, but up to now five year after I believe that the report is just a bunch of bull.” Source

More uninformed speculation. Perhaps some day Rodriguez will explain what evidence leads him to believe these things, and what he thinks the 9/11 Commission actually got wrong.

“The president said, ‘We don’t need an investigation. We know who did it.’”Source

“William spent hours testifying before the 9-11 Commission behind closed doors. His testimony as an eye witness does not appear anywhere in the 576 page report. But after all, Bush told us who did it, so why bother to examine the evidence or talk with the witnesses.” Source

False. The 9/11 Commission was not charged with finding out “who did it.” That work had already been done by the FBI, the CIA, and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies, domestic and foreign, in the largest criminal investigation in history. Over 7,000 FBI agents worked on the case. The Commission was empanelled to synthesize the data gathered in those investigations, to determine why the intelligence failures happened, why the attacks were successful, how the emergency response worked or failed, and to make recommendations for preventing future attacks.

These are some of the people and organizations that the conspiracists should speak with, but won’t:
A partial list of agencies, organizations, and individuals who were involved in the investigations or who played key roles in the aftermath at the attack scenes.

The White House did oppose the formation of the Commission on the basis that it would be an expensive redundancy. It wasn’t, and I’m glad that some family members and survivors pushed hard for it.

“We created the family steering committee. We put a hundred and sixty-seven questions out to the commission. From those, twenty-seven were answered. What happened to the others?”Source

The Commissioners did not promise to answer all questions posed by family members. That would be impossible. They did say they would use family questions as a roadmap. Keep in mind that not every question posed by a family member is automatically relevant, is based on accurate information, or is even answerable.

The Family Steering Committee posed many questions that are based on pure, unfounded speculation, not on fact. Many of the questions were directed not to the Commission but to people who would be interviewed by the Commission. In addition, many of their questions were addressed by the Commission and by other investigations. Rodriguez says only 27 were answered. According to Mindy Von Aiken and Lori Kleinberg, two members of the Steering Committee, the Commission answered 28 of their questions to their satisfaction and addressed another 68 questions, but not to the satisfaction of the Steering Committee. The 9/11 Commission didn’t promise that any group or individual would be happy with every answer. Source

I am not aware of any member of the Family Steering Committee who agrees with Rodriguez’s claims of U.S. government complicity in the attacks or the idea that there were preplanted explosives in the WTC.

"My allegations were never investigated and the perpetrators never caught. The people they did question - the chiefs of the fire and police departments - weren't even in the building. It was a complete whitewash."Source

Most of the perpetrators who murdered Rodriguez's friends died in the attacks. Others, like mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and accomplice Ramzi Binalshibh, are in U.S. custody. Their trials are due to happen shortly.

While the 9/11 Commission report was not an examination of the cause of the WTC collapses, it was concerned with the emergency response to the attacks. Rodriguez’s claim that the Commission didn’t interview people who were in the building is false. He may be referring to the public hearings only. Even then, PAPD K-9 officer David Lim, who was with Rodriguez in the north tower on 9/11, testified at the first public Commission hearing.

Further, The 9/11 Commission conducted at least 64 interviews with FDNY personnel, and filed a successful subpoena to gain access to over 500 interviews that had been conducted by the FDNY.
Source The Commission also conducted at least 10 interviews with PAPD personnel.

Further, NIST, whose job it was to investigate the cause of the collapses, spoke with Rodriguez and conducted 140 interviews with FDNY, NYPD, and PAPD personnel:

NIST First Person [face-to-face] Interviews
FDNY Interviews – 100: Command Officers, Company Officers, Firefighters, Rescue Squads, Communications, Fire Marshals, etc.

NYPD Interviews – 25: Command Officers, Special Operations Division Officers, Communications Personnel, and Aviation Unit Officers

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey PANYNJ Interviews - 15: PAPD Command Officers, Police Officers, Building Safety Staff, Communications Personnel

NIST also had access to the over 500 interviews conducted by the FDNY. Source