It was revealed recently that the White House plans to declassify at least a portion of a 28-page “secret chapter” from a congressional inquiry into 9/11. The documents were withheld by former President George Bush after it was determined they may divulge intelligence sources and methods. However, others have speculated that the pages were withheld due to the content which may implicate a long-time United States ally in funding the 9/11 hijackers. The country in question? Saudi Arabia.
The Daily Mail reports that the Obama Administration is slated to release a new set of 9/11 documents that were classified in the original 838-page report. The documents are part of a controversial 28-page series that looks into the “specific sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers while they were in the United States.” The documents include witness accounts and intelligence gained through the 9/11 commission that reveal where some of the funding for the terrorists may have been sourced. The papers reportedly indicate that Saudi Arabia may have been involved in some fashion with the hijackers, noting that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.
However, even with the information provided in the currently secret 28-page document, the 9/11 Commission found “no evidence” of “Saudi government involvement at the highest level of the 9/11 attacks.” Though “no evidence” of involvement was found, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist according to Tim Roemer, who was a member of both the joint congressional inquiry as well as the 9/11 Commission.
“We did not discover… Saudi government involvement at the highest level of the 9/11 attacks. We certainly did not exonerate the Saudis…. Saudi was a fertile ground for fundraising for al-Qaida. Some of these issues continue to be problems today. That’s why we need to continue to get to the bottom of this.”
Roemer says he has personally read the 28-page document on three separate occasions and says it is really nothing more than an “initial police report.” He notes that there is no proof that Saudis were involved in funding the plot, but stops short of exonerating the nation. Therefore, he says that more research is needed for the country to get “to the bottom of this” and finally lay it to rest.
White House poised to release secret pages from 9/11 inquiry https://t.co/QhLNO7BxY6
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) April 25, 2016
Meanwhile, Saudi officials say they “welcome” the declassification of the 28-pages noting that they have been “wrongly and morbidly” accused of funding and complacency in the attacks. They say that the release of the documents will do them more good than harm, and that they would prefer the documents be revealed to the public so that they can respond openly to the allegations. The Saudi government says they want the ability to “respond to any allegations in a clear and credible manner.”
The Saudi government isn’t the only one pushing for a release of the questionable documents. An “information & activism hub for the growing movement to declassify 28 pages on foreign government ties to 9/11” was created on 29Pages.org. The group details the reasons they believe the documents will prove damning to Saudi Arabia quoting individuals who have read the report.
— M. Zuhdi Jasser (@DrZuhdiJasser) April 19, 2016
Senator Bob Graham notes that “the 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11 and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.” Similarly, Representative Stephen Lynch says that the withheld pages “gave names of individuals and entities that I believe were complicit in the attacks on September 11.”
“They were facilitators of those attacks. They are clearly identified…how people were financed, where they were housed, where the money was coming from, the conduits that were used and the connections between some of these individuals.”
Do you think the White House should quickly release the 28-page 9/11 document in order to allow Saudi Arabia to clear their name?
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