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Mariani vs. Bush

"Mrs. Mariani's racketeering suit against Bush is designed to protect and defend the United States Constitution and bring an end to the illegal, international war on terror..."

- Phil Berg, attorney for Ellen Mariani

Statement of the Case

On November 26, 2003, Ellen Mariani filed a civil RICO action [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] lawsuit against President Bush and other high level members of his administration, based upon prior knowledge of 9/11; knowingly failing to act; prevent or warn of 9/11; and the ongoing obstruction of justice by covering up the truth of 9/11; all in violation of the laws of the United States.

Ellen seeks judicial redress to restore the U.S. Consititution's "Separation of Powers" clause so never again will another "9/11" occur on our land.


Seventy-three people have filed lawsuits against the airlines or trade center. Ellen Mariani, of southern New Hampshire, was one of the first. Not only is Mariani suing United Airlines for lax security, she also filed a second lawsuit in federal court against Bush and his administration. Mariani, who is represented by Philip J. Berg, charges that the Bush administration failed to heed repeated warnings from U.S. intelligence and foreign sources that terrorists might use commercial aircraft as weapons. "Our government had knowledge of this and took no steps to prevent it," Berg said. Mariani said no amount of money from the federal government would persuade her to back off from her legal fight. "I would eat dirt before Feinberg got me into the fund," Mariani said. "I am a person who wants to know what happened," said the 65-year-old grandmother, who is living off monthly Social Security checks. "Money is great, but not when it comes to a loved one being murdered." (

Videos of Ellen and attorney Phil Berg

Related Links (Ellen's webpage) (the actual lawsuit) (video of Ellen and Phil KGO interview) (Ellen's Open Letter to Bush) (outrage over lack of coverage) (only coverage of the press release) (commentary) (Alex Jones interviews Ellen and Phil)

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