The campaign to expose the financiers of the 9/11 attacks has heated up as GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul and two other senators co-sponsored legislation to require release of a 2002 joint House-Senate report that has remained secret.
Paul, shown in an official photo, spoke at a June 2 press conference on Capitol Hill with representatives of 9/11 families to urge his senate colleagues and President Obama to release the report, which reputedly states that Saudi Arabia funded several of the accused 9/11 hijackers in Florida and California.
“Information revealed over the years does raise questions about [Saudi Arabia’s] support, or whether their support might have been supportive to these Al Qaeda terrorists,” said Paul, whose legislation co-sponsors are Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. Neither of the two Democratic senators was present.
Paul was flanked by families of 9/11 victims, House co-sponsors, and former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL).
“We can not let page after page of blanked-out documents,” Rand continued, “be obscured behind a veil, leading these families to wonder if there is additional information surrounding these horrible acts.”
Graham, who led the congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, said document release “will cause the American government to reconsider the nature of our relationship with Saudi Arabia.”
“Nearly every significant element that led to the attacks of Sept. 11 points to Saudi Arabia,” according to Terry Strada, the head of 9/11 Families and Survivors United For Justice Against Terrorism. “Money is the lifeblood of terrorism. Without money, 9/11 wouldn’t have happened.”
Strada’s husband was killed in the attacks. She brought her three children to the conference, including one, Kaitlyn Strada, who was four days old when his father was killed.