The Jersey Girls

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Like Cindy Sheehan, the "Jersey Girls" are pursuing a precious and rarely seen commodity in the Bush Administration: the truth. Kristen Breitweiser, Mindy Kleinberg, Lorie Van Auken and Patty Casazza have dogged the White House since 9/11, wanting to know the truth about what government errors led to the loss of their husbands in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

When they began their journey, what they didn't know was that the administration that ran its 2000 election on a platform of transparency in government had shut -- tighter than a safe at Fort Knox -- the doors on truth. Of course, when a president and national security adviser receive a briefing paper that tells them Al-Qaeda plans to hijack planes in the United States -- and they both ignore it and do absolutely nothing to prevent the action -- you might say the Jersey Girls had good reason to suspect that they weren't going to hear the full story.

But not all the relatives of the victims of 9/11 were willing to stand up to an administration, to Congress, to the 9/11 Commission and to the American press to demand accountability.

Although the 9/11 Commission reached a political consensus in its conclusions, it's clear the truth wasn't fully represented in those findings. The Jersey girls know that there's much more to know about 9/11 -- each day seems to bring revelations of new information left out of the report -- and about those in the Bush administration who are culpable of malfeasance yet have not been called to account.

Fortunately, for all of us, the Jersey Girls aren't giving up.

For their ongoing commitment to exposing the truth behind 9/11, we honor the Jersey Girls with this week's BuzzFlash "Wings of Justice Award."