Millions of people recognize the falsehoods of the official narrative of 9/11 and truly desire full spectrum truth and justice. Millions know the failure and outright deception put forth by the official investigations, – the Congressional Joint Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission. They have seen mainstream news interviews with members of the official investigations who admit to their own serious misgivings of the outcomes of their reports. Nearly sixteen years after, tens of thousands of people directly affected by the attacks continue to demand access to all the facts. It is still up to government institutions to take the required legal action to provide access to those facts, solve this monumental crime and prosecute all responsible.
Because of the difficulty obtaining full justice at the highest levels and the unprecedented scope of this issue, it took a comprehensive effort by a core group of legislators in Congress to carry on the work of former legislators such as Bob Graham, Richard Shelby, Byron Dorgan, and others calling for declassification of the 28 pages. Finally on Friday, July 15, 2016, the pages were declassified and released to the public, albeit with approximately 150 redactions.
The initial analysis shows that claims of a cover up about Saudi support for the 9/11 operation, specifically claims of financial support to some of the accused hijackers are true. Furthermore, we find lack of cooperation by Saudi Arabia in investigating the many warnings and leads that were circulating in months prior to the attacks. Now, this effort has great potential to lead to a widespread unraveling of 9/11 myths. We can expect a new found focus on 80,000 pages regarding a Saudi cell in Florida just for starters. We can then press for the testimony of whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds to be released. For all who have labored for truth and accountability, as well as all generally concerned with the consequences of 9/11 at home and abroad, we have an opportunity to support this ongoing effort within Congress. Actually, we have an obligation to rise to a new level of political activism by working to create a groundswell of public demand that our elected officials become fully aware of the information that HR 14 seeks to make public, recognize its implications, and demand their support for its passage.
“It challenges you to rethink everything.” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
H. RES 14 was a bi-partisan House Resolution aiming to declassify and release 28 pages that were redacted (or actually excised, according to Rep. Steven Lynch) from the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001” which is an 860 page report written in 2002, prior to the formation of the 9/11 Commission. Former Senator Robert Graham, (D-FL), who was chair of the Joint Inquiry, has been demanding its release since 2003, including FOIA requests to the Obama administration — all to no avail. Groups of 9/11 families filed suits as early as 2002 against entities in Saudi Arabia due to the existence of a “money trail” as well as other forms of support for Al Qaeda. The classification of the 28 pages greatly hindered their legal actions. Saudi Arabia was able to get itself removed from the largest suit by claiming “sovereign immunity”, plus the judge claimed there was insufficient evidence. Now in the wake of H.RES. 14, the 9/11 families filed an amended complaint.
To be specific, Rep. Walter Jones, (R-NC) and Steven Lynch (D-Mass) drafted this resolution named H. RES. 14. By Spring of 2016, 70 members of Congress signed on as co-sponsors. The underlying theme of the resolution calling on the president to declassify the 28 pages is: (1) government must be more transparent, (2) the families deserve to know, and (3) releasing the redacted section is necessary to better manage our current national security.
Consider the following statements these Congressmen made after reading the 28 pages:
Rep. Steven Lynch: “The 28 pages show the extensive advance planning before 9/11…”. He alludes to collaboration “with other governments” — not just Saudi Arabia — and “government agencies.”
Rep. Walter Jones: “I was absolutely shocked by what I read. What was so surprising was that those whom we thought we could trust really disappointed me…It does not deal with national security per se; it is more about relationships. The information is critical to our foreign policy moving forward and should thus be available to the American people.”
Rep. Thomas Massie: “I went into the soundproof, secret room here in Congress and read those 28 pages. And it was a really disturbing event for me to read those. I had to stop every two or three pages and rearrange my perception of history. And it’s that fundamental — those 28 pages….It certainly changes your view of the Middle East…We need to declassify those 28 pages….There is nothing in there that would affect our national security. Some of it may be embarrassing; that is why I believe those 28 pages have been withheld…The American people deserve to know what happened and what led up to 9/11 so that we can prevent the next one.”
Additionally, members of the 9/11 Commission, notably co-chairmen Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, supported the declassification and release of the 28 pages. Later, Lee Hamilton reversed his position. Former Congressman Hamilton on C-SPAN coverage of the 9/11 Commission Report 10th Anniversary on July 22, 2014 stated “I am embarrassed that they are not declassified. We emphasized throughout transparency. And I assumed incorrectly that our records would be public—all of them, everything. And then when I learned that a number of the documents were classified and even redacted, I was surprised and disappointed. I want those documents declassified. I am embarrassed to be associated with a work product that is secret.”
Then after the 60 Minutes exposé on April 10, 2016 on the 28 pages, they realized that declassification will further undermine the legitimacy of the official “blue ribbon” panel and its report which was deemed as being thorough and definitive by the press.
A year before Co-Chair Tom Kean even stated he thinks more should be declassified, which means the public can demand the release of testimony by Sibel Edmonds and William Rodriguez.
It’s pretty much a certainty that members of Congress are fully aware of how previous members who raised hard questions about 9/11 were treated, with some being driven out of office. Consider the following:
Cynthia McKinney – Raised questions about foreknowledge and challenged Donald Rumsfeld to explain how the $2.3 trillion he spoke about during his press conference of September 10, 2001 went missing
Curt Weldon – Demanded a public hearing on the data-mining operation “Able Danger”
Mark Dayton – Questioned the failure of NORAD’s air defense
Max Cleland – As member of the 9/11 Commission, he stated “America is getting scammed”.
Patrick Leahy and Tom Daschle –Opposed passage of the PATRIOT Act and received anthrax letters
The bottom line is that — this is an issue that Congress has been willing to take action on. It was vital that advocates of 9/11 justice get behind it. The public needs full transparency on this issue which may lead to the release of other material, as well as indicate to the public that they haven’t been told the whole truth. This has the potential to begin unraveling the lies that so many independent researchers have uncovered during the last 15+ years, such that the public might at long last be able to fully understand our military policy of the last 14 years, and the repression of our cherished civil liberties at home.
According to those who’ve read the 28 pages, releasing them would enable the public and policy makers to better understand the current conflict in Iraq and Syria, funding of ISIS, and the role of Saudi Arabia in conjunction with other states, in the funding of insurgent forces throughout the Middle East for the last 20 years. This has caused serious destabilization throughout the region, and has been used to incite fear at home. So in addition to opening the door to a wider inquiry into how 9/11 occurred and the underlying agenda, release of the 28 pages should lead to a much-needed assessment of the basis for the global war on terror.