“This is a very significant breakthrough that could collapse the dam of cover up which has kept information on the Saudis involvement from the American people,” former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, reacting to the Dec. 19 ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, told Broward Bulldog in a story posted this morning.
Representatives of the 9/11 victims’ families also hailed the importance of the ruling. “The appellate court’s decision is something I feared I would never see in my lifetime,” said Terry Strada, whose husband died in the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11. “Our group, 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism, remains committed in our fight for the truth and justice. Only then will we be able to protect ourselves from future terrorist attacks and hold those accountable for the death, destruction, pain and suffering inflicted on us 13 years ago.”
On the other hand, a lawyer for the Saudis was understandably chagrined. Washington D.C. attorney Michael K. Kellogg called the decision “contrary to settled law,” and went on: “It is extremely unfortunate and burdensome that a sovereign nation and ally of the United States will continue to have to litigate this matter more than 10 years after it was filed. The government of Saudi Arabia will seek further review of this erroneous decision.”
Sen. Graham also hinted to the Bulldog that further moves to declassify the censored 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11, are underway, in addition to the Jones-Lynch bill in Congress. “Without being able to go into details, I can tell you that there are some other channels that are also beginning to move on the 28 pages,” he said on Friday. “I feel more optimistic about their release in the near term than I have in a dozen years.”
In 2011, the Broward Bulldog, working with investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robin Swann, broke the story of a Saudi family, linked to the Saudi royal family, that was living in Sarasota, Florida, prior to the 9/11 attacks, and that was in regular contact with a number of the 9/11 hijackers.