It has been nearly 13 years since terrorist hijackers turned passenger planes into weapons and flew innocent civilians into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, turning the sunny New York City skyline black from flaming debris and burning buildings.
9-11 Memorial at the City of Rosemead
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks — while towers of mangled metal still smoldered in Manhattan, piles of concrete and glass rested below a gaping hole in the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field was littered with aluminum and dead bodies — national security experts from nearly every government agency frantically raced to uncover just what had happened.
Three years after the attacks, everything those agencies uncovered was thought to be included in what came to be known as the 9/11 Commission Report. When the 9/11 Commission published its exhaustive report — on how the hijackers perpetrated the attacks and what happened that day – the surviving family members of the victims and Americans at large hoped for a thorough analysis of all the intelligence surrounding this tragic event.
But according to some members of Congress, the intelligence contains a gaping hole that has been smoldering for more than a decade.
For 12 years, 28 pages of a separate report, known as the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001,” that looked into what some of the international connections were and who might have helped the terrorists accomplish their feat, still remain classified to a level that even requires congressional members to obtain special access to review them.
Enough, say several lawmakers. They insist it is time to make those pages public.
“There is nothing in those pages that would compromise our security,” Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), told TheBlaze. ”When I read it I really felt that nothing in the report would be considered national security, but there are things that deal with relationships, and information that led to relationships that were involved 9/11.”
Jones said he was so rattled after reading the 28 classified pages last year, he immediately turned to fellow Rep. Steve Lynch (D-Mass.), who sits on the national security subcommittee for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and insisted he read the pages as well.
The pair wrote a bipartisan resolution calling for President Barack Obama to declassify the information; the legislation was formally introduced in late 2013.
Their effort has since gained slow but steady steam, seeing members like freshman Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) join in and Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) sign on this week as well, Jones said.
But why were those pages classified to begin with? And who decided to classify them at such a level that even members of Congress have to seek special permission to view them?
“It was part of a larger effort to cover up Saudi activity in 9/11.”-
Jones told TheBlaze the classified pages reveal information specifically about Saudi Arabian connections to the White House and more, and that’s why they have been kept under wraps.
“I think it was the influence of the Bush administration to classify those pages, and that [they believed] those 28 pages of the report needed to be classified,” Jones said.
Jones was prompted to dig deeper and ask more questions about the classified documents when former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who co-chaired a congressional inquiry into 9/11 — separate from the 9/11 Commission — brought it to his attention.
“None of the people leading this investigation think it is credible that 19 people — most who could not speak English and did not have previous experience in the United States — could carry out such a complicated task without external assistance,” Graham told TheBlaze.
But now, Graham says, a breakthrough my finally be around the corner. Not just about the declassification of the 28 pages, but for so much more….
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Phoenix is the Co-Founder of DontComply.com, ComeAndTakeItAmerica.com, and host of the Don't Comply Radio Show.
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