Friday, September 12, 2014

What's in those 28 pages? We have a right to know

According to the 9/11 Commission Report, the 9/11 operatives received between $400,000 and $500,000 from al-Qaeda through Khalid Sheikh Mohammad to plan and conduct the attack.  That's the official story – except that US government has never been been able to determine the origin of that money or to recreate a money trail linking it to the groups they claim provided it.   The 9/11 Commission Report: "we have seen no evidence that any foreign government – or foreign government official – supplied any funding."

In other words; the official 9/11 Commission Report (released in 2004) identifies al-Qaeda and Kalid Sheikh Mohammed as the asource of the funding for the training and execution of the 9/11 WTC tower attacks, without being able to find any direct evidence of that funding, or of support or funding from any foreign government (that is, the Taliban).
There is very good reason to believe that the official story is wrong, and the truth about the source of the funding for the 9/11 attacks came from another source – a Saudi source.

The thing that convinced me something was wrong with the official investigation of the 9/11 WTC tower attacks was when my own federal Senator, Republican Senator Richard Shelby, who was Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence when the investigating commission report was completed, and who saw the complete unexpurgated version of that report, told the nation publicly that the 28 pages that were concealed from the public were not related to national security, and the American people had every right to view them.  He was subsequently accused of, and investigated for, divulging classified secrets in a Fox News broadcast that was never aired; in other words, they accused him of treason. Fox News claimed that they halted the broadcast before any damage was done, but Richard Shelby backed off on the 9/11 Commission Report, and he was moved the Senate Banking Committed, where he could do no more harm.

Shelby was put on notice:  "Shut up willingly, or we will shut you up."

Shelby went about as far as any Congressman could in 2004 to put the truth before the public.  I commend him for that.

Richard Shelby was replaced as the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee by US Senator and former Governor of Florida, Bob Graham.  Graham had the guts to continue fighting both the Bush and Obama administrations to declassify those 28 pages of a 9/11 intelligence report that it is believed detail the efforts of members of the Saudi Arabian royal family to aid the 9/11 terrorists (most of whom were themselves Saudi) when they were training in Florida.  (15 of the 19 hijackers carried Saudi Arabian passports).  That Saudi family, which was living in Sarasota, left the US just before the attacks occurred.
Were they tipped off that they should leave? If so, by whom?

Senator Graham wants to know why the Obama administration does not release these documents, which he read when he was chair of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and co-chair of a congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. He also claims those 28 pages contain nothing that risks national security, but are very important in revealing how the attacks were planned and carried out.

Now, Senator Graham has joined others in a Freedom of Information Act request asking that 80,000 pages of information on that Saudi family be made public.

Senator Graham said: "It isn't credible that 19 people – most that could not speak English well and did not have experience in the United States – could carry out such a complicated task without external assistance."  I agree.

Graham believes that there was a deliberate effort to cover up Saudi involvement in the tragedy of 9/11 by the Bush administration.  He believes there was a cover-up, one that he says the Obama administration supports.  Why?  Do you want to know why?  I do.
What was in those 28 pages?  We'll never know ... I suspect it had a lot to do with financial connections to the bin Laden family.  Probably no smoking guns about the WTC tower attacks, but damaging enough.  The money/power connections are the key, I think, to the "who?" and "why?" questions regarding those attacks.

In short, where the 9/11 investigation came even marginally close to the truth; the source of that truth was immediately and conclusively shut down.

We don't know even the smallest percentage of the truth about what happened, and we never will, but I'm damned glad there are a few people left who are willing to defend our right to know.