Considering President Barack Obama has self-proclaimed his time in office as, “the most transparent administration ever”, you would think he wouldn’t shy away from releasing the secret 28 pages from the 9/11 documents. Instead, he has handled those pages like a hot potato. Senator Rand Paul would like to make the 28 pages a little easier for President Obama to handle by introducing legislation called the, “Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Act”. This new legislation would force the Obama administration’s hand to open up the pages, which were extracted from a congressional inquiry into the attacks in 2002 and made secret by the Bush government.
“We all are calling today for the release of these 28 pages,” Paul said at a Capitol press conference on Tuesday, adding “We’re going to try the normal legislative procedure first and see how it goes. But I will bring it up with the president and ask him directly to do this.”
“We cannot let page after page of blanked-out documents be obscured by a veil,” the Senator said.
“Information revealed over the years does raise questions about [Saudi Arabia’s] support, or whether their support might have been supported to these al Qaeda terrorists,” Paul noted.
The Senator was joined by families of victims of the terror attacks, as well as other lawmakers who are lobbying for the documents to be made public.
“We owe it to these families, and we cannot let this lack of transparency erode trust and make us feel less secure.” Paul added.
Other congressmen, including Rep. Walter Jones and Sen. Ron Wyden signed on to Paul’s bill as cosponsors. The two have been lobbying for years to have the 9/11 documents opened up.
Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who oversaw the Congressional inquiry, and is firm-gripped that there is a Saudi related cover up, said “The 28 pages are very important and will, I think, inform the American people and, in so doing, will cause the American government to reconsider the nature of our relationship with Saudi Arabia,”
“But beyond that, these are emblematic of a pattern of withholding information unnecessarily and to the detriment of the American people.” Graham added.
The section of the inquiry, titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain National Security Matters,” is believed to have been withheld by both the Bush and Obama administrations “for fear of alienating an influential military and economic partner rather than for any national security consideration,” the New York Times reported earlier this year.
Recent allegations from a convicted al Qaeda terrorist, Zacarias Moussaoui has rekindled the 28 page debate. Moussaoui says he was tasked by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden with creating a digital database of the terror group’s donors, and that his list included members of the Saudi royal family, as reported by CNN.
He also claims to have met with members of the royal family in Saudi Arabia and hand delivered letters from bin Laden. CNN also reported in February that the 28 pages “focus on the role of foreign governments in the plot.”
Jones and Massachusetts Democratic Representative Stephen Lynch wrote a letter to Obama almost a year ago reminding him that on two separate occasions he told family members that he would declassify the pages. “And he hasn’t kept his word,” Jones said to The Daily Beast.
“I don’t know if it might be embarrassing to the Bush administration, how close they were to the Saudi family,” Jones said. “I just don’t know. I can’t put my fingers on it.”
Kentucky Republican Representative Thomas Massie, one of the signers, said in a press conference last year that reading the 28 pages was “shocking” and that he had to stop every couple of pages to “try to rearrange my understanding of history.”
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