Congressmen Walter Jones (R-NC), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), and Thomas Massie (R-Kty.) joined seven family members of those killed in the 9/11 attacks in a powerful Capitol Hill press conference yesterday, reiterating the demand that President Obama fulfill his promise and declassify the 28 pages from the original 9/11 Joint Congressional Inquiry exposing the role of the Saudi kingdom in supporting the terrorist attack. The three Members of Congress are all co-sponsors of HR 428, which calls on President Obama to release the secret 28 pages, and on all Members of the House and Senate to read the hidden chapter.
Jones opened the press conference referring to CNN’s excellent 15-minute coverage the day before by Jake Tapper, revealing the fight to have President Obama release the 28 pages and detailing the evidence of Saudi involvement in the attacks. Rep. Jones attacked the U.S. Senate, especially the Senators from New England, New York, and Northern Virginia, saying that they owe this to their constituents. He noted ironically that even members of the Saudi government have, in the past, supported the release of the pages.
Rep. Lynch commended the strength of the 911 families, and attacked the myth that the pages are classified as a matter of national security. Rep. Massey called for a full discussion on foreign policy. He noted that we have fought two wars in Iraq, and now we are about to fight a third. We must look at who is behind terrorism in the long term, in Iraq, in Syria, and these Sunni militant groups.
The strength and pivotal role of the 9/11 families couldn’t have been better demonstrated, when each member spoke, including Terry Strada, co-chair of 9/11 Families for Justice Against Supporters of Terrorism, her two children, Kaitlyn and Justin, along with Matthew Sellitto, Abraham Scott, Emanuel Lipscomb, and Ellen Saracini. Each speaker — all having lost a loved one in the 9/11 attack — passionately expressed the permanent scars from the loss. The courage of the Strada children was especially compelling. In the general political environment of fear and cowardice, their demands to know the truth really stood out. The young Strada daughter said, “At seventeen years old, why should I live in a world without answers?” Terry Strada said, “We live in fear every day, not knowing when it will come again,” referring specifically to the current threat of ISIS, and other terrorist groups. She said, “Not releasing the 28 pages is a threat to national security.”
The attacks on Obama were extremely tough. Matthew Sellitto reiterated several times that Obama is a liar, and that he broke his promise. They all urged everyone to call Congress, and demand that the game playing be stopped, saying that we must do the right thing, for the sake of our nation.
Several questions were asked on the role of the Saudis, the inaction of the Senate, and the continuing Obama White House stalling. Rep. Jones said that America will fail and fall if we don’t know the truth. He did not hold back in attacking the role of George Bush in the cover-up, reminding the audience that, while Obama has perpetuated the cover-up of the 28 pages, it was Bush who classified them in the first place.