The International Business Times features an article entitled 9/11 Link to Saudi Arabia is Topic of 28 Redacted Pages in Government Report; Congressmen Push for Release, which reports on plans by Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) to gain more support for declassifying the suppressed 28 of the Congressional Joint Inquiry on the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The article also reviews charges about the Saudi role in the attacks, particularly in San Diego, along with former Senator Bob Graham’s charges of a “coverup” around the Sarasota/Saudi investigation.
It took Jones six weeks and several letters to the House Intelligence Committee, before he was able to review the classified 28 pages, reports the IBTimes. “I was absolutely shocked by what I read,” Jones said. “What was so surprising was that those whom we thought we could trust, really disappointed me. I cannot go into it any more than that. I had to sign an oath that what I read had to remain confidential. But the information I read disappointed me greatly.”
Jones says that he was so stunned by what he read, that he approached Rep. Lynch, asking him to look at the 28 pages. Jones says he knew that Lynch would be astonished by the contents of the documents. “He came back to me about a week ago and told me that he, too, was very shocked by what he read,” Jones said. “I told him we need to join together and put in a resolution and get more members on both sides of the aisle involved and demand that the White House release this information to the public. The American people have a right to know this information.”
Lynch says that he and Jones are in the process of writing a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter calling on all House members to read the 28 pages and join their effort. “Once a member reads the 28 pages, I think whether they are Democrat or Republican, they will reach the same conclusion that Walter and I reached, which is that Americans have the right to know this information,” Lynch said. “These documents speak for themselves. We have a situation where an extensive investigation was conducted, but then the Bush [administration] decided for whatever purposes to excise 28 pages from the report…. Maybe there were legitimate reasons to keep this classified. But that time has long passed.”
The IBTimes story also reports that the 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism (JASTA), is planning to contact the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), this week, to urge her to introduce a similar resolution in the Senate. Sharon Premoli, a 9/11 survivor and a spokeswoman for the group, says that Congressmen Jones and Lynch “share our objectives of seeking the truth behind 9/11, and bringing to justice those who bankrolled the attacks.”