On the eve of Tuesday’s Congressional press conference calling for release of the suppressed 28 pages of the Congressional report on 9/11, this issue of the 28 pages and President Obama’s failure to keep his promise to release them, was featured on CNN’s “The Lead” program Monday afternoon. This was the first time in many years, if ever, that CNN has covered this story.
The program, hosted by Jake Tapper, quoted Bill Doyle, whose son was killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, describing his meeting with Obama in 2011, and after Obama promised to release the 28 pages, Doyle telling Obama: “You know something? I’m going to hold you to your word. And I’m not going away.” Later, Doyle declares flat-out, that Obama “broke his promise.”
The CNN story references Omar al-Bayoumi, who provided financial assistance to two of the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego, and notes that the 9/11 Commission believed him to be a Saudi intelligence agent.
Also quoted in the CNN report were former Senator Bob Graham, who co-chaired the Congressional Joint Inquiry, Tom Kean, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, and Rep. Walter Jones, who is leading the fight in Congress to get the 28 pages declassified.
The CNN report noted that the Saudis, eleven years ago, had said they did not object to release of the 28 pages, and concluded with Tapper declaring that “Why the 28 pages remain hidden from the public, remains a mystery.”
After the program aired, CNN reported that it had received a statement from National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden, which said: “Earlier this summer the White House requested that ODNI review the 28 pages from the joint inquiry for declassification. ODNI is currently coordinating the required interagency review and it is ongoing.” The heat is clearly being felt at the White House.
On Sunday, the website 28pages.org put more pressure on Obama, by posting a statement entitled Letters from 9/11 Family Group to Obama Go Unanswered, which noted that on three separate occasions, 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism has sent letters to Obama, asking him to declassify the 28-pages, and that each letter met with “complete silence” from the White House. Rather than even giving the 9/11 family members the courtesy of a presidential reply, the statement noted, “Obama has opted to ignore them, despite the fact that he has reportedly twice promised 9/11 families he would declassify the 28 pages.”
“The Obama White House seems to hope that, by ignoring 9/11 families, demands for 9/11 transparency will fall silent,” says the statement. “However, as the group says in the closing of its latest unanswered letter, `There is a gathering storm in pursuit of the truth.’ The strength of that gathering storm lies in the growing number of everyday Americans who are contacting Congress and the White House to demand the release of the 28 pages.”