“Gaze at an intriguing portrait. Contemplate the unanswered questions of September Eleventh, the victims’ family members posing them with rising urgency, and the U.S. government stonewalling their search for answers. What is going on here? Ray McGinnis is an artist. He allows the members of the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission to speak for themselves. They do so eloquently, raising a host of queries challenging the public story. The government’s devastating non-response provokes still deeper questions. Can a government investigate itself for a crime that has given it the rationale for a permanent war on others? What has been going on here for almost two decades?

Take a deep breath. Read and absorb this brilliant narrative, seen through the courage of those who turned suffering into demands for every scrap of evidence to be found in the sanitized crime scene and the more-accessible public domain. See the post-September-Eleventh world we live in through their enlightening questions.”

~ James W. Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable. For more information about the work of James Douglass “visit this link”.  


“Finally, the 9/11 book I have been waiting for. Unsensational, fact-based, and devastating to the official story. It’s easier to show what didn’t happen than what did, which is why the families’ questions were so important and should still be asked of the still-living witnesses and possible conspirators. Bravo to Ray for organizing this complicated story so cogently.”

~ Lisa Pease, author of A Lie Too Big To Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Read her book” To find Lisa Pease “visit Twitter @lisapease”.


“For the many people who choose to look away from the events of 9/11, perhaps for fear of what they might find, this book presents a powerful challenge. Ray McGinnis elegantly weaves together the heartbreaking experiences of those who lost loved ones on 9/11 with the dismally inaccurate and incomplete official investigations that have plagued our understanding of what happened that day. Truth, however, ‘is the daughter of time, not of authority,’ and Unanswered Questions will undoubtedly serve as a powerful contribution to both the establishment of an accurate historical record and political accountability.”

~ Piers Robinson, Academic, Member of the “Working Group on Propaganda and the 9/11 Global ‘War on Terror,’” lead author of Pockets of Resistance: British News Media, War and Theory in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Visit his website


“Just like the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and the attack on the USS Liberty, the destruction of the World Trade Center … is another cover-up. Congratulations to Ray McGinnis for asking the hard, unanswered questions. We cannot let the government get away with its implausible and unbelievable explanation.”

~ Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan White House and Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal; author of The Neoconservative Threat to World Order. Visit his website”.


“Those who lost loved ones on September 11 deserve our support. For if we really care about peace and justice, we must take a closer look at the tragic events of 11 September 2001, which led to countless wars and mass surveillance. As Ray McGinnis explores in his book, these families’ unanswered questions are a good place to begin.”

~ Daniele Ganser, author of NATO’s Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe, historian and co-founder of the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research. To hear a talk in English Daniele Ganser gave in 2017, “Hear a talk by Daniele Ganser”.


“McGinnis offers a uniquely humane perspective on 9/11, presenting superb new research on the official but unanswered questions of families who lost loved ones.”

~ David Ray Griffin, author of The Christian Gospel for Americans. To discover more about his other books “Discover more about his other books”.


Unanswered Questions is an important book on the relentless efforts of victim family members to get truth and justice for their loved ones. Many important questions remain unanswered. This is unacceptable 20 years on. The cover up continues today. I will never stop seeking justice for my brother. Some of the evidence highlighted in this book will form part of my legal action in the UK to reopen my brother’s Inquest.”

~ Matt Campbell, 9/11 family member whose brother Geoff died while attending a conference on the 106th floor of the North Tower. To learn more about Matt Campbell’s quest for justice for his brother “read this article” To learn more about Matt’s brother Geoff, “Read his obituary


“As the events of September 11, 2001 continue to haunt the world, Ray McGinnis explores key questions the families of September Eleventh victims formulated while seeking a fact-driven investigation about this stunning introduction to the 21st century. It was these families who forced an investigation upon the strangely reluctant Bush-Cheney administration.

In a comfortable, engaging style, he responds to many of their questions by immersing the reader in a fascinating background of largely unreported big-picture facts.

Startling realities come to light. I believe that this deeply researched and carefully referenced book offers a unique and invaluable insight into 9/11. It is an original and illuminating read for novices and experts alike.”

~ Elizabeth Woodworth, coauthor of 9/11 Unmasked.  “Read her book


“The dissident families of 9/11 victims have, through their intelligence, courage, and persistence, opened a portal to a kind of parallel political universe. It is a universe full of deceit and corruption, but it is real and we had better become familiar with it. We owe a debt of gratitude to Ray McGinnis for telling the story of these brave people and keeping the portal open.”

~ Graeme MacQueen, author of The 2001 Anthrax Deception. Read his book


“In this compelling book, Ray McGinnis reviews the heartfelt questions of 9/11 victims’ family members in light of the failed government investigations and the work of steadfast independent investigators. The result is an invaluable framework for understanding the crimes of September 11 and the crucial need for truth.”

~ Kevin Ryan, September Eleventh whistleblower formerly with Underwriters Laboratories, author of Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects and editor of the Journal for 9/11 Studies.Read his book


“Hyperbole aside, it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of this book. The massacres of September 11, 2001, the foundational event of recent times, claimed thousands of victims whose relatives still cry out for truth and justice. Ray McGinnis brilliantly documents those murders and the decades of agonizing efforts of the victims’ families to seek justice and truth from the American government. Their search had been met with lies and dissimulation piled upon dissimulation to protect the guilty. Reading Unanswered Questions will roil you to the depths of your soul. McGinnis powerfully unfurls layer upon layer of fact, the government fiction, in a timeline that brings us to the twentieth anniversary of these atrocities. While reading it, one cannot help but think of the innocent victims of that terrible day and their suffering families; And the innocent throughout the world who have been murdered by the US government in the name of September 11. The “War on Terror” has been waged by a government that refuses to tell the truth about who the terrorists were on September 11, 2001.”

~ Ed Curtin, author of Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies, was born and raised in the Bronx. His son-in-law, who worked on the 100th floor of the South Tower, escaped the death that claimed the lives of 176 of his co-workers. And Curtin knew well his father’s friend, Timothy O’Sullivan, who worked on the 39th floor of the North Tower and died on Sept. 11. Curtin is an independent writer whose work has appeared widely over many years. “Read about his recent book” To read about Ed Curtin’s family friend, Timothy O’Sullivan, “Read this article


“The events of September 11th, 2001, were a tragedy the world could never have imagined happening. For those who were directly and indirectly affected by its impact, those moments will remain engraved on their hearts, and in their souls for eternity.

Everyone can remember what they were doing on that fateful day, and like me, remember listening with horror as the events unfolded. It seemed impossible that, for one it could be happening, and also that nothing was done to stop it, once it was taking place.

Throughout the days, weeks, months, and years that have followed, we have heard the results of the 9/11 Commission, and the cries for justice from the families of the victims of this atrocity. However, since the event, nothing has brought that day back to the forefront of my mind like reading this book.

Aptly titled ‘UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored,’ it has been written over time, and thoroughly researched. What makes it such compelling and heartrending reading, is that throughout are the testimonies of the survivors, and those who lost friends and family. We discover the people behind the statistics. Those people who worked in, or were visiting the Trade Centre, the plane passengers, the brave first responders who died or were terribly injured helping others, (including those selfless individuals who were actually off duty,) and those who were injured in the aftermath.

The author begins by revealing how those left behind found strength in unity, including the formation of the “Family Steering Committee for the Independent 9/11 Commission,” (FSC). As the book continues he gives in-depth details of the questions asked by the FSC of the 9/11 Commission, to organisations such as NORAD like, “Why weren’t NORAD Jets able to intercept the hijacked planes?” The CIA, and also to those public figures who should be held accountable like Mayor Giuliani, and President George W. Bush.

The tragic catalogue of inconsistencies in the timeline of events which were reported in the media, though often buried beneath the headlines, are exposed. What really happened? The Family Steering Committee wanted to learn true facts not theories and government spin. Instead, “…after the 9/11 Commission Report was released, the Family Steering Committee found 70% of their questions remained unanswered. Only 9% of their questions were satisfactorily addressed. A final 21% of their questions were given incomplete answers.” This is simply not good enough!

As the book concludes, the author reveals what has happened since the 9/11 Commissions’ Report was published, including the campaign for a New Independent Investigation, cover-ups, and missing accounts.

In Summary: The events of 9/11 will never be forgotten. Not only the families but the world will remember that fateful day, and the tragic loss of lives. This book is not only a voice for those who have been left behind, but also an accurately researched account for those who believe the cover-up will be exposed, and the truth revealed, one day.”

The Columbia Review of Books & Film (TheColumbiaReview.com)

Readers write…

“I just finished Unanswered Questions. What a splendid book.  It is meticulously researched and beautifully written.  For anyone who has not done any research into the events of the day and how the facts on the ground dispel any notion that the official story holds water, this book is the perfect start to that search.”
Best wishes to you,
Bill Brinnier, Architect
Best Friend of Frank DeMartini, Architect and Manager of Construction for the NYNJPA at the World Trade Center.  Killed in the North Tower on 9/1


“Thank you for the remarkable book you’ve written. It’s skillful, as you let the members of the Family Steering Committee speak for themselves. These women are so convincing, their statements, their questions. By letting them speak for themselves – in the pages of your book, Unanswered Questions – I think many people can relate to them and understand them. I’m grateful for the work you’ve done in writing your book….”

~ Bert Sacks, Seattle, Washington, USA


“Thank you so much for writing “Unanswered Questions.” As soon as I saw it was available, I bought a copy and read it. I followed the entire 9/11 process as it happened, read a couple of books, and attended a lecture by David Ray Griffith. However, your book informed me to a greater degree than I have ever been, particularly the firefighters’ transmissions, about which I was unaware. After reading your book, my conclusions are…
1) Despite their public pronouncements, Kean and Hamilton never had any intention of finding out what happened;
2) The primary focus of the 9/11 Committee’s investigation, from the beginning, should have been the explosions within the North Tower before it collapsed and before the South Tower was hit. Further, they should have demanded that Silverstein fully explain how he was able to “pull” WTC7, and who planted the explosives and under whose orders.
3) When Philip Zelikow was appointed executive director of the Commission, the fix was in. At the time of the proceedings, I was quite skeptical of Zelikow because he had complete control of the questions witnesses were allowed to ask, but knew nothing about him until I read your book….”

~ John, Louisville, Kentucky


“I just finished reading your book yesterday. What a masterful job you did! Clear. Cogent. Easy to read. You wrote it all in such a way that no one possibly could label it ‘conspiracy theory’. Very delicately woven to illuminate questions and the reason for the questions, the importance of the questions, without straying toward ‘answers’. I can’t say it was ‘enjoyable’; it’s not that kind of book. Importantly it points out at one level, the inadequacy of the 9/11 Commission and investigation. But at a deeper level, beyond even intellect, the book ignites a visceral response, one that reveals not just unanswered questions about the twin towers falling on September 11th, but that the very core of U.S. democracy, of finding facts and illuminating truth, may have crumbled as well.”

~ Terry, Fanny Bay, British Columbia, Canada


“Your book is excellent and one of the more distinguishable books on the subject.”

~ Philip, Mastic, New York


“Good Deep Dive”

“This book is a really good deep dive into the 9/11 Commission and the information it gathered. I’d heard snippets of the information but did not know most of what happened behind its formation. It was very interesting to read about how long it took for the commission to be formed, as well as its stated goals and how the families felt about whether it achieved them. I also enjoyed learning about the families who were affected by 9/11 and ultimately wound up lobbying for this information.”

~ Megan Holly


“I have just finished your wonderful book. I am gobsmacked by the detail of your research and the clarity of your exposition of it. Saying it again, I could imagine that the incredible weight of all the direct quotations could have ground the narrative to a virtual halt but you kept the momentum up, in great measure by your passion for exposure of truth, as you editorialize at the end. Truly a monumental work, and a monument to the families who are not merely your subject but the conduit for your pursuit of their unanswered questions. I would be interested to know what their experience of the book will be….most people have a very simple perception of history, if they have any perception at all, and many who think they know what happened, or are simply willing to accept an official version, will take no interest in revisiting events. But there are lots of us, and I hope a growing number for whom history is not about something which happened but about our constant questioning about what happened because of how critical our understanding is to how we go on about our lives.”

~ Ted, Vancouver, Canada


I’ve finally finished reading Unanswered Questions. While I knew the outline of some of the questions raised by September Eleventh Families – e.g. regarding the departure of members of the Bin Laden family members shortly after the attacks or President Bush’s reaction in the school room where he was reading to the children (which figure in Michael Moore’s movie, Fahrenheit 9/11) and from other sources including conversations with faculty members at the University of Arizona in the years following 2001 – many of the issues and most of the examples you discuss are new to me. It was obvious to me in 2001-2002 that the events of 9/11 had been politicized, and it did seem like there was a lot missing in the official narrative. In the ensuing years much of the anti-Bush administration protest was focused on the Iraq War, including later Abu Grhaib. So it strikes me as very true that, one way or another, attention drifted away from the attacks that served as a pretext for war. It was interesting for me to read what you’ve written for the information contained in your book, but also for the way you approach your subject. I think that to frame everything (or almost) in terms of questioning and a call for a reexamination is more persuasive, and likely more effective, than writing in an assertive or declarative mode. I think…you’ll succeed in reawakening people’s interest in this strange and highly important episode of recent American history.”

~ Reg, Tuscon, Arizona


“I finished reading your well written and so so pertinent book last night. All the “concidentallys” in the conclusion really tied things together for me…. Glad you mentioned Merton in the conclusion as well. I thought the first paragraph in the conclusion (p. 301) expressed brilliantly how democracy depends on truth-telling and accountability which are sadly missing from our systems. Thomas Jefferson and Hannah Arendt must be turning over in their graves while applauding your words.”

~ Susan, Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada

“I read the book and it was intriguing and jaw-dropping all the way through.  Chapter 22 was especially all-absorbing.  So well-documented and so readable/accessible… even for a less civically educated oaf like me! It is almost unbelievable the number of unfollowed threads of inquiry, deliberate stonewalling, and lack of accountability… and all those coincidences you enumerate in the conclusion… just speaks volumes. What a great contribution this book is, not only regarding the broader question about whose narrative we’re buying, but also to those families, giving them a voice again on the 20th anniversary. The timing is interesting to me because, in the archives world, one school of appraisal theory (i.e. how to decide what to keep/what to throw out) suggests that you review the value of records after 5 years and then again after 20. It helps to have the longer perspective.  In some ways, it seems you’ve done that by re-evaluating everything in detail, but with that longer lens.”

~ Blair, Vancouver, Canada


“A Riveting and Harrowing Read”

“This was a deeply interesting and harrowing read. It’s interesting how serendipitously this book fell into my lap as I had just recently watched the film Worth about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Though the two things were not explicitly about the same thing, they were both about finding the truth about 9/11, where the government went wrong, and what justice moving forward could look like. The author, Ray McGinnis, did a wonderful job at laying out this book in a way that wasn’t all-consuming but delivered knowledge and the story in a frank and palatable way. Holding that at times, even still, my emotions felt pretty all-consuming. His goal was to ask the hard questions and try to find some answers. I think not only was it a valiant attempt to do just that, but the directions his findings took and the more questions he came up with were astounding and important work in a story that still, decades later, seems to be unraveling and unearthing in ways we could not have expected. A riveting book that will live long as an important read. The victims of 9/11 and their families who continue to fight for justice deserve our unending respect and our continued education, for this is how movements grow.”

~ Hannah, USA


“I want to thank you very much for writing this important book, which I wish everyone would read. There’s so much I didn’t know, so much that was shocking. If I’d lost a friend or a family member on 9/11, I think I would be very angry with the government and all those who couldn’t or wouldn’t answer the questions that needed to be answered. I’ve told other people about your book. So, I hope they’ll also read it.”

~ Carol, Vancouver, Canada


“I just wanted to thank you again for Unanswered Questions, and all the work it represents.  I found it a powerful read.  I especially like the part at the end where you present those four pages of “coincidentals”, and then bring in Girard and Merton! Congratulations!”

~ Derek, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada


“Some parts were heart wrenching, made me cry. Other parts made me pissed off all over again. Then I’d get sad and tear up again. Plenty of “well I’ll be damned “ moments in this book. I’ve read most of the other books he mentioned and watched all the videos he mentioned. But his book put it all together. I don’t think I’ve highlighted so many passages in anything else I’ve read!

~ R.J. Cicisly Jr, USA

“As a mother who lost a beloved son in a freak accident, I can relate well to those women who lost husbands, brothers, sons, and daughters in the freak “accident” that was 9/11. Like those women who formed the Family Steering Committee, I would like answers to the puzzling questions surrounding the circumstances of that horrific event. Reading Ray’s book, I tried to formulate answers myself, and this was scary. Ray, however, remained steadily fact-based. His inquiring mind and thorough research provide a lesson we all could follow: check out the details, check out the sources, stay alert, be persistent.”

~ Cathy Sosnowsky, author of Holding On: Poems for Alex, North Vancouver, Canada


“This was a very interesting read. This book highlighted some fascinating facts and asked some very tough questions. Although this is a deep dive into events at the time, it isn’t an info dump. The information was easy to prove and at some points riveting. Seeing the way the families still fight for justice adds a human element to the book, striking a fantastic balance in layout and narrative.”

~ Donna Costello, Liverpool, UK


“Interesting Conclusions and Fair Findings”

“Ray McGinnis shows that it is possible to question the government’s findings after 9/11 without succumbing to paranoia and conspiracy theories. The book analyzes the official reports and other information related to the case. While the author tries to stay clear of solidifying one position over another, he does an excellent job of showing how the government only halfway answered important questions. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about 9/11 and how the government handled the investigations into the attack.”

~ Mark Anthony “M.A.” Smith, USA


“I have finished reading your book.  Wow!  I read it slowly, and paused to look up and view several YouTube videos.  I don’t think I have ever shaken my head more when reading a book.  It is very powerful.  It is clear, and beautifully written. I have lived with this story for two weeks.  I can only imagine how you have lived, filling weeks, months…with this story. I hope the book is well received and finds a well earned place in the story of these events.”

~ Ian, Comox, British Columbia, Canada


“An Informative, Realistic History Lesson”

“September 11th will always be an historic event that we will never forget. I still remember where I was when I saw the news story. But, I’ve never understood the truth and the political reasoning behind the whole event. Unanswered Questions took care of that understanding by opening my eyes wide and I mean WIDE! The chapter that really tugged at my heart string of when McGinnis told the story of a former U.S. Marine turned firefighter that was just in the beginning of his candidacy (as a probationary firefighter) and he died during the attacks following his father’s footsteps as a firefighter. Usually I am not much of a History person but, I think I learned more about American History and how our government works through this book than I did in my high school U.S. History class. While reading this book many years she’d through my eyes. This was a very difficult event to reminisce but, very informative and descriptive. I even remember where I was when the Report was released and how controversial it was and the chaos it created with the American people. As I read on, my jaw dropped. I could not believe what I was reading and the fabrication going around the main stream media covering the attacks. It really sparked my curiosity and made beside-eyes a little bit. An informative realistic history lesson that we are sure to never forget. This book deserves 5 stars.”

~ Meghan Soderholm, USA


“Interesting and Good Read”

“I remember exactly where I was and how I felt when 9/11 happened. I remember watching the news all day at school, when I got home, and the rest of the week and possibly months. I couldn’t and still can’t believe that something like this had happened. This book by Ray McGinnis, helps to seek the truth about what and how 9/11 happened.

This book is set up well with facts and documents trying to get the answers to hard questions. The victims and families of victims still want and need answers that the government hasn’t fully been able to answer. I’m not usually one to read books like this, but I’m glad I did. Especially for an event that is still hard to believe. I would suggest this book for anyone who lived through 9/11 and for those that weren’t born yet to learn about 9/11, how the government handled it, and about how victims and families are still seeking justice.”

~ Veronica Richard, USA


“Great Read”

“Unanswered Questions was an extremely enlightening book with many things I did not know. I found it to be one of the most interesting and enlightening books I’ve read in a long time. I usually don’t spend a lot of time on conspiracy theories, especially about September 11, since I remember it well and watched the news nonstop for weeks after it happened, but this book brought up many interesting points I had not heard of before.
I recommend this book to everyone because it doesn’t just point out many facts about that time; it highlights how the government works, which is likely still going on today.”

~ Ed Malaker, USA


“A good summary of the still unanswered questions surrounding 9/11. Infuriating that none of these concerns have ever been addressed by government officials. Perhaps they’re hoping that, like the JFK assassination questions, they will be stuffed into the dustbin of history.”

~ Janice, Elgin, Illinois


I now have read a copy of your excellent book… I am impacted by your extensive research and by your steadfast dedication to revealing these important truths. It must have been a colossal effort. The amount of detail is mind-boggling! I can only imagine how life has changed for you now that this book is in people’s hands. I hope that the book has been of some comfort for the families. My heart truly aches for them. So…well done!

~ Mary, Naramata, British Columbia, Canada