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Action Alert! Lobby Obama and Congress for full disclosure

Breaking news as of June 13, 2016. See paragraph on H.RES. 779 below.

Just after the April 10th 60 Minutes news segment on the 28 pages, the White House notified Bob Graham that “declassification is under way”. However, there has been ambiguity whether intelligence officials have made the decision to declassify and if so, to what extent. Although the 28 pages have supposedly been under review since the summer of 2014, currently James Clapper, Nation Director of Intelligence, is going through the process of vetting them and will render his decision by mid-June. Now there is great concern by 9/11 families, who absolutely need the pages to be released in their entirety.

George W. Bush, Prince SultanThere is additional controversy due to Saudi Arabia’s threat to sell $750 billion worth of U.S. treasuries, and various other geopolitical issues. The U.S. power faction behind military and foreign policy, the war profiteers, the FBI, possibly other agencies, certain other Middle East countries, and the Bush neocons have a lot of reasons to want the 28 pages to remain classified. However, pressure from many different directions has been building for them to be released.

On May 17th former Sen. Bob Graham and Congressman Walter Jones met with James Clapper to lobby him for full disclosure. Immediate action is called for which can be done in 15-20 minutes.

We need thousands of people to call (1) the White House switchboard, (2) the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and (3) the office of the National Director of Intelligence. We must send the message that We the People expect full disclosure of the 28 pages, that we know the chapter has been under review since 2014, and further stalling and obfuscating will not be tolerated. Below is contact info with talking points. Each of these messages are slightly different.

For the White House, call 202-456-1414, wait for the short menu, then hang on for the comments line operator. Here’s the basic message:

I’m calling about the classified 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11. As a result of the 60 Minutes report on the 28 pages on April 12th, the world now knows there’s nothing in the 28 pages that would compromise national security.

President Obama has told 9/11 family members since 2008 that he’d release the pages. They’ve been under review since 2014. Now it’s time the 28 pages be FULLY declassified. There is no justification for redactions. According to legislators, Congress actually needs information within the 28 pages to create a sound national security policy. Furthermore, President Obama must reverse his position on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. U.S. policy should not be hindered by fear that U.S. personnel are vulnerable to legal action in foreign countries. We shouldn’t be committing crimes abroad in the first place. No geopolitical interests to protect Saudi rulers should be more important than upholding our government’s responsibility for transparency with its people. Everything withheld about 9/11 should be declassified, as 9/11 Commissioner Tom Kean has advocated for. Nothing short of full disclosure will be acceptable.

For the House Intelligence Committee, call both the Majority Staff at (202) 225-4121, and Minority Staff at (202) 225-7690. You might add that you know Chairman Devin Nunes supports release of the 28 pages and you would like to express thanks for his favorable position. Here’s the basic message:

I’m calling about the classified 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11. As a result of the 60 Minutes report on the 28 pages on April 12th, the world now knows there’s nothing in the 28 pages that would compromise national security. It’s time to pass H.RES.779 and the H.RES. 3143 JASTA resolution now.

President Obama has told 9/11 family members since 2008 that he’d release the pages. They’ve been under review since 2014. Now it’s time the 28 pages be FULLY declassified. There is no justification for redactions. According to legislators, Congress actually needs information within the 28 pages to create a sound national security policy. No geopolitical interests to protect Saudi rulers should be more important than upholding our government’s responsibility for transparency with its people. Everything withheld about 9/11 should be declassified, as 9/11 Commissioner Tom Kean has advocated for. Nothing short of full disclosure will be acceptable.

For the Senate Intelligence Committee, call (202) 224-1700. You might add that Senator Ron Wyden is a co-sponsor of S.1471, which is the Senate Bill to declassify the 28 pages and thank him for upholding the interests of the 9/11 families and American public. Here’s the basic message:

I’m calling about the classified 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11. As a result of the 60 Minutes report on the 28 pages on April 12th, the world now knows there’s nothing in the 28 pages that would compromise national security. I urge the passage of S.1471.

President Obama has told 9/11 family members since 2008 that he’d release the pages. They’ve been under review since 2014. Now it’s time the 28 pages be FULLY declassified. There is no justification for redactions. According to legislators, Congress actually needs information within the 28 pages to create a sound national security policy. Furthermore, the Senate must pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The 9/11 families require this legislation and should not have to wait another day. U.S. policy should not be hindered by fear that U.S. personnel are vulnerable to legal action in foreign countries. We shouldn’t be committing crimes abroad in the first place. No geopolitical interests to protect Saudi rulers should be more important than upholding our government’s responsibility for transparency with its people. Everything withheld about 9/11 should be declassified, as 9/11 Commissioner Tom Kean has advocated for. Nothing short of full disclosure will be acceptable.

For the National Director of Intelligence, James Clapper, call, 703-733-8600. It may be best to call early in the morning to get through. Here’s the basic message:

I’m calling about the classified 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11. As a result of the 60 Minutes report on the 28 pages on April 12th, the world now knows there’s nothing in the 28 pages that would compromise national security.

President Obama has told 9/11 family members since 2008 that he’d release the pages. They’ve been under review since 2014. Now it’s time the 28 pages be FULLY declassified. There is no justification for redactions. According to legislators, Congress actually needs information within the 28 pages to create a sound national security policy. No geopolitical interests to protect Saudi rulers should be more important than upholding our government’s responsibility for transparency with its people.

Lobbying for Passage of JASTA

In the lawsuit by 9/11 families against Saudi Arabia, the Saudis have been hiding behind “diplomatic immunity”. Currently there is a senate bill called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). This would enable U.S. citizens to sue a foreign entity for an act of terrorism conducted on U.S. soil. This legislation is of great importance, because lawyers for the 9/11 families  have entered an appeal in their case to reinstate the Saudis as defendants in their law suit.

Up till recently the Saudis royals have been claiming they’re innocent of any responsibility for 9/11. They’ve even said they had no issue with the release of the 28 pages. However, after seeing the pressure build for transparency, their threat to sell their U.S. treasuries is widely seen as admission of guilt. They absolutely have something to serious to hide.

To add to the controversy, the Obama administration opposes passage of JASTA, claiming that it would then leave U.S. military vulnerable to legal actions from other countries. In other words, the U.S. leadership doesn’t want to be held liable for war crimes. However, this position clearly protects the interests of a brutal dictatorship like the Saudis over the interests of Americans. It shows a shocking lack of concern for Saudi royals funding and enabling extremist Wahhabi groups throughout the Middle East at a time where the rest of the world is supposed to be in mortal fear of ISIS.

Despite the immoral and unjustifiable position of the White House, JASTA was passed unanimously in the Senate. Currently, there is a companion resolution in the House called H.R.3143 – Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

In addition to the above calls, we need to lobby our members of the House to urge them to pass the H.R. 3143. This should take all of 5 minutes. Find your member here.

The message is simply, “Please co-sponsor and vote in favor of H.R.3143. We cannot prioritize our geopolitical interests with countries connected to acts of terrorism within the U.S. just because they purchase billions in military contracts over the concerns for justice for American citizens.”

Lobby for Co-Sponsorship of H.RES. 779 (included above)

On June 13, 2016, a new resolution was submitted by the same Congressmen behind H.RES. 14 which calls for declassification of the 28 pages. H.RES. 779 takes it to a new level of seriousness. It gets Congress on board for actually reading the contents of the 28 pages into the Congressional Record, similar to what Sen. Mike Gravel did with the Pentagon Papers. Now we must urge our members of the House of Representatives to sign on. The underlying reason is that the report by Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11 which the 28 pages were redacted from is actually a product of Congress, not the Executive Branch.

USA Today Editorial

Please read the editorial from USA Today which promotes the release of the 28 pages. To the right is a poll. It’s your choice, but hopefully you’ll click on the Strongly Agree button. As of this writing there are only 66 votes. We need thousands. Also, check out the comments. Like the good ones. You might add your own comment.

Join the  9/11 Transparency Movement

Millions of people are aware that there are many aspects of 9/11 that remain unexplained. According to a Rasmussen Reports poll released April 25th, 2016 –

“74% of Americans want the U.S. government to release everything it knows about the attacks, other than information that would imperil national security.

Only a quarter of Americans believe they know the full truth about the September 11 attacks, and most Americans are cynical about the government’s motives for keeping some details under wraps: Among those who think the government hasn’t shared all it knows, 38% think it was withheld for political reasons and 29% say the secrecy is intended to protect allies.”

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