By [email protected] (Andrew Kreig)
Three members of Congress plus a former Senate chairman this month urged President Obama this month to declassify 28 pages of the joint congressional inquiry on foreign involvement in the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Reps. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, Massachusetts Democrat Stephen Lynch and Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie spoke at a press conference on Capitol Hill March 11 in support of proposed House Resolution 428.
As shown below, three representatives of 9/11 families accompanied them and spoke also in support of making the material public.
Former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Graham, the Florida Democrat who co-chaired the the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001,” provided a video supporting release of the information. Graham and the three congressman have read it but are forbidden by government secrecy law to describe it.
The Justice Integrity Project has tracking the issue for years, including reports that the 28-pages document support pre-9/11 from the Saudi Arabian government and affiliated entities for hijack suspects living in the United States.
In 2011, Graham told a National Press Club audience that he wrote his spy thriller Keys to the Kingdom in part because he is “angry” that the government keeps so much information secret.
Graham, shown in a photo by Noel St. John, has been careful not to identify what he has seen in the report. But his novel is about a senator alarmed at Saudi influence. “Forty percent of the book is fact,” Graham told a Press Club audience. “Forty percent is pure fiction. Twenty percent is a combination.”
Yet the Saudi’s have many friends in high places in the United States, including the news media. One reporter at the news conference asked whether disclosure might hurt the feelings of Saudi allies.