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    Rep. Massie speaks at Press Conference Regarding 9/11 Documents

    Frank Ho

    door Frank Ho

    In the aftermath of 9/11, the federal government produced an 800-page report for Congress which probed foreign support for the the nineteen hijackers – fifteen of whom were Saudi nationals.

    The only problem with this report? The administration of former president George W. Bush classified twenty-eight pages of the document.


    Drum roll please … national security .

    Last December two lawmakers – U.S. Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Massachusetts) – read those twenty-eight classified pages. And while they’re not allowed to reveal what was contained therein, they professed to have been “absolutely shocked” by what they read. Both also proposed legislation aimed at declassifying the entire 2002 report - officially labeled the “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”

    More recently, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) read the twenty-eight classified pages. Here was his response …

    “I had to stop every couple of pages and just sort of try to absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history,” Massie said. “It challenges you to re-think everything.”

    Massie joined Jones and Lynch in urging the immediate declassification of the full report. He also challenged all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to read the classified pages “for their constituents.”

    They should …

    In late 2013, Paul Sperry published a story for The New York Post detailing Saudi Arabian involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

    “The hijackers had, at a minimum, ties to several Saudi officials and agents while they were preparing for their attacks inside the United States,” Sperry noted. ”In fact, they got help from Saudi VIPs from coast to coast.”

    After meticulously documenting the assistance the hijackers received – including cash routed from Saudi ambassadors – Sperry expresses incredulity at the fact that “few lawmakers … have bothered to read the classified section of arguably the most important investigation in US history.”

    He concludes his report with this chilling line …

    Members of Congress reluctant to read the full report ought to remember that the 9/11 assault missed its fourth target: them.

    Indeed …

    So why would America – a country with an insatiable military industrial complex, a country which conjures up the most dubious of “evidence” to justify armed intervention across the globe – why would a country like that actively suppress actionable intelligence involving the government of Saudi Arabia?

    Is the answer really as simple as oil? Possibly …

    The American-Saudi relationship – forged at the outset of the Cold War – has always been about oil.

    “The equation was simple: America would provide security, the Saudis oil,” a recent article in The Economist noted.

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