The fight continues to declassify the 28-page congressional report which allegedly details Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On Wednesday, former Democratic Senator Bob Graham, Republican Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina, and Democrat Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts gathered with 9/11 families to demand that President Obama release the document without any redactions.
At the press conference, the men are rallying support for H. Res. 428, a resolution urging Obama’s action to decensor the document. The bipartisan resolution has 21 co-sponsors, including 10 Republicans and 11 Democrats.
H. Res. 428 states that declassification of the pages is necessary to provide the American public with the full truth surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001, particularly relating to the involvement of foreign governments.
Former Senator Graham helped produce the report in 2002 and contends that keeping this document classified is a continued orchestrated cover-up.
Appearing on Fox & Friends, Lynch said that there are three very good reasons to release the report. First being transparency.
“Secondly, we owe to the families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, and also, I think, this report, if you read it, will help inform legislators and members of the government on how we deal with security threats going forward and how we deal with countries, especial in the Middle East, that might be a source of terrorism,” he explained.
Post 9/11, the report was classified by President Bush, citing ongoing national security issues. Now, opponents say, those reasons don’t stand up.
Last summer, 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton also came out in support of declassification.
“I’m embarrassed that they’re not declassified,” Hamilton said to the New York Post.
Here is a list of current co-sponsors for H Res. 428. Click here.
If the 28-pages are declassified by President Obama it could expose the Saudi government as being enemies of the U.S., not allies.
According to former Secretary of State and potential U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, ISIS has received funding from the Saudis.
Eight years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Clinton wrote in a cable leaked by WikiLeaks that “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan) and other terrorist groups.”
Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11, has said the Washington has turned a blind eye to the Saudis support.
“I believe that the failure to shine a full light on Saudi actions and particularly its involvement in 9/11 has contributed to the Saudi ability to continue to engage in actions that are damaging to the U.S. – and in particular their support for Isis,” he said. Read more here.