INTRODUCTION OF BILLS TO DECLASSIFY 28 PAGES OF THE CONGRESSIONAL 9/11 JOINT INQUIRY
June 2, 2015 · Washington, D.C.
S.1471 – – – On June 2, 2015, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), flanked by former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL), Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and representatives of the 9/11 families, announced that he had introduced S.1471, a bill to declassify the 28 pages from the original Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11. The Senate bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
H.Res.14 – – – A House bill introduced in January by Jones, Lynch, and Massie H.Res.14, , called for the release of the 28 pages.
“Some of the best intelligence we have is in these 28 pages, and most of our colleagues in the House have not read them, yet they’re pretending to be informed on these issues, and having a discussion about how to prevent the next 9/11—yet turning a blind eye to these 28 pages. And that is another important reason why they need to be released.”
–Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) June 2, 2015
The press conference was attended by most of the major media. Within hours of the event, there was prolific media coverage, giving extensive and generally accurate coverage to the powerful presentations on the urgent need to declassify.
All of the speakers—the Senators, Congressmen, and family representatives—singled out Saudi Arabia as the wellspring of the 9/11 attacks and subsequent jihadist terrorism.
They demanded that President Obama fulfill his promise, made on at least two occasions to the 9/11 families, that he would make the full 28 pages public. Audio of the event can be found here.
January 7, 2015 Press Conference
In the third Capitol Hill Press Conference on the 28 pages, held January 7, 2015, former Senator Bob Graham joined H.Res.14 co-sponsors Walter Jones and Stephen Lynch.
On Wednesday, January 7, at 9:30 am EST, Representatives Walter B. Jones (NC-3), Stephen Lynch (MA-8), Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), and members of 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism, held a bipartisan press conference on H. Res. 14, a resolution calling on President Obama to declassify the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001 that were initially classified by President George W. Bush and have remained classified under President Barack Obama. Senator Graham was the chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence when the Joint Inquiry was written and has repeatedly called for the 28 pages to be declassified. H. Res. 14, introduced in the 113th session as 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.
Pressure is building in both Houses of Congress. The Obama Administration’s current strategy in the Middle East, and the terrorism deployed from that region, has created a global tinderbox, ready to ignite at any moment. First in Libya, then in Syria, Obama’s support for so-called moderate rebels, has effectively blown up in the United States’ face. Finally, in the summer of 2014, the terrorizing advance of ISIS across Iraq and parts of Syria made it official: the “War on Terror,” launched in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., and our foreign policy since, has been a failure.
Former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) who co-chaired the Congressional Joint Inquiry Calls for Declassification of “the 28 pages.”
The issue is what is known as the “28 Pages,” which refers to a classified 28 page section of an original Congressional joint inquiry report investigating the September 11, 2001 attacks. The pages are said to deal with the foreign, state sponsorship of the attacks and while the documents remain classified, sources familiar with the pages, including former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry, have hinted that the pages, if released will reveal the damning role Saudi Arabia played in sponsoring terrorist cells in the two years leading up to the attacks.
“As I read it, we all had our own experience. I had to stop every couple of pages and absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history for the past 13 years and the years leading up to that. It challenges you to rethink everything.”
– Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) on reading the 28 pages. March 11, 2014
Just before Congress left Washington for the midterm elections, on September 9, 2014, Congressmen Walter Jones (R-NC), Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), held their second press conference on the declassification of the 28 pages, urging their colleagues to co-sponsor their bill, H RES 428, which calls on the President to declassify the redacted section of the Joint Inquiry report. Joined by 9/11 victims’ family members just days before the 13th anniversary of the attacks, the press conference was a devastating rebuke of Obama, who had promised the families that he would personally see that the report be declassified in 2009.
September 9, 2014 press conference on the 28 pages featuring H RES 428 sponsors and 9/11 victims’ families.
Senator Bob Graham’s Untold Story
An interview conducted by Matthew Ogden with former Senator Bob Graham in Naples, Florida on November 11, 2014. Senator Graham served as co-chair of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11.
The subject of the interview is the urgency of declassifying the redacted 28 pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry’s report to expose the role of Saudi Arabia in financing not only the Al Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001, but also continuing to finance ISIS and related terrorist organizations today.
Investigative reporter Dan Christensen of the Broward Bulldog, as well as Miami-based first amendment attorney Tom Julin also participated in the interview. Christensen and Julin have been instrumental in combating persistent stonewalling by the Federal Bureau of Investigations in pursuing crucial leads pertaining to connections between a prominent Saudi family and a cell of 9/11 hijackers in Sarasota, Florida prior to the 9/11 attacks.
President George W. Bush with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
“The connection is a direct one. Not only has Saudi Arabia been promoting this extreme form of religion, but it also has been the principal financier, first of Al Qaeda, then of the various Al Qaeda franchises around the world—specifically the ones in Somalia and Yemen— and now the support of ISIS…I believe that had the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 been disclosed by the release of the 28 pages, and by the declassification of other information as to the Saudi role and support of the 9/11 hijackers, that it would have made it much more difficult for Saudi Arabia to have continued that pattern of behavior, and I think [we] would have had a good chance of reining in the activity that today Canada, the United States and other countries either are or are considering going to war with.”
– – – Fmr. Senator Bob Graham, October 9, 2014 on CBC’s ‘Day 6′
It’s no secret that the Saudi Royal family is very close to the Bushes. In fact, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., whose role in 9/11 is highly questionable, is known to many as “Bandar Bush.”
Perhaps the Bush Administration blocked the release of the 28 pages to defend the KSA, whom they view as a close family friend, a business partner, and political ally. There may be some truth to that. Why then, has the Obama Administration continued the cover-up?
While campaigning for president in 2008, Obama promised 9/11 family members that he would finally declassify the 28 pages that dealt with who sponsored the attacks. Then again, in February 2009, when a delegation of 9/11 families visited the White House, Obama made a promise to Bill Doyle, whose son died in the WTC, that he would personally see that the 28 pages be declassified.
However, just three months later, on May 29, 2009, Obama ordered Solicitor General Elena Kagan, later an Obama appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court, to file a brief urging the courts to prevent the 911 families from suing Saudi government officials or members of the Saudi royal family on the grounds that they enjoyed sovereign immunity. To this day, Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading financier of fundamentalist jihadi madrassases, is considered one of the United States’ closest allies.
On September 11, 2012, when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was attacked by Islamic militants, the already questionable middle east strategy of arming and financing rebel groups blew up in the U.S.’s face. Four U.S. servicemen had just been killed in a country we had just helped to “liberate” months earlier. A sophisticated campaign of smoke and mirrors was moved into high gear by the Obama Administration in an attempt to bury an already growing chorus of questions about exactly who and what the United States, and those we consider our “allies,” are supporting in the Middle East.
On December 2, 2013, Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA), after having read the 28 pages, introduced H.RES. 428 (H. Res. 14 in the 114th Congress), a resolution calling on President Obama to declassify the 28 pages, both for justice for the families of the victims of 9/11 and to force a reexamination of the now dubious “War on Terror”, and overall current U.S. foreign policy. Then, on March 12, 2014, Jones, Lynch and fellow co-sponsor Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) held a press conference on Capitol Hill featuring members of the 9/11 families and an introduction from Senator Bob Graham.
March 11, 2014 Press Conference, Washington, D.C.