Release of Torture Report Builds Momentum for 28 Pages on 9/11
The release by Diane Feinstein of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the torture and detention programs run under the Bush/Cheney regime opens the floodgates to the full truth concerning another cover-up perpetrated by the Bush Administration and perpetuated by Obama: the redacted 28 pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry report into activities of the US intelligence community before and following the 9/11 attacks. These 28 pages, which were classified by the Bush Administration and continue to be classified by Obama, purportedly documents the foreign financing and domestic support apparatus for the 9/11 hijackers, primarily from high-level officials within the government of Saudi Arabia. Over the recent months, the campaign to release these 28 pages has gained significant momentum, which now has been significantly accelerated by the victory of Diane Feinstein.
Former Senator Bob Graham, who served as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 2001-2003 (the same position Senator Feinstein holds today) and co-chair of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11, has consistently called for the release of the censored 28 pages, which he was involved in originally authoring, as well as additional documents on the same subject that also continue to be suppressed. Throughout the course of Diane Feinstein's battle over the release of the torture report, Graham has linked this issue with the parallel issue of the release of the 28 pages, stressing that the exposure of the truth about both of these topics addresses the same fundamental question, namely, "the relationship between a government and its people." For example, on the day following Feinstein's initial speech on the Senate floor on March 11, 2014, in which she accused the CIA of violating the separation of powers by spying on Senate Intelligence Committee staff who were investigating the torture program, Senator Graham recorded a video address to be shown at a press conference on Capitol Hill on March 13, 2014 sponsored by Representative Walter Jones on his H. Res. 428 to release the 28 pages. Graham begins his entire address by relating the campaign to declassify the 28 pages with Feinstein's efforts to publish her committee's report on torture:
Now, in the wake of the release of the Feinstein report, Graham has reasserted his view that this should clear the way for the release of the 28 pages as well. In an interview that he delivered this past Saturday on CNN, Senator Graham stated that he hoped the release of the Torture Report would be the beginning of an opening for giving the American people what they have a right to know, namely the "long-censured chapter'' about who financed 9/11. When asked if he was referring to the 28 pages, Graham said that they are "a major part, but not all of the information of which I'm aware that relates to the role of foreign governments in supporting the hijackers, which has been systematically withheld from the American people."
CNN INTERVIEWER: "Are you referring to the 28 pages pertaining to the Saudis that, despite the President's pledge to some 9/11 victim family members, the public has still never seen?"
GRAHAM: "That's a major part, but not all of the information of which I'm aware that relates to the role of foreign governments in supporting the hijackers, which has been systematically withheld from the American people."
CNN Interview with Sen. Bob Graham · December 13, 2014
Also on CNN, Terry Strada, co-chair of the 9/11 Families United To Bankrupt Terrorism and widow of 9/11 victim Tom Strada, was interviewed on December 11, 2014 ostensibly concerning the torture report. However, in response to the very first question on the torture report, Strada responded by immediately focusing in on the coverup of the 28 pages:
"We're not alone on this. Senator Bob Graham, who was the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman at the time, is with us, fighting to get these pages declassified. He actually wrote a portion of the pages. I work with him. I was on the phone with him on Monday... We talked about what we need our government to do for us now."
CNN Interview with Terry Strada · December 11, 2014
The Feinstein report should raise many questions: If Bush and Cheney were serious about getting to the root of who did 9/11 and preventing another attack from occurring, why did they classify the 28 pages of the 9/11 Joint Inquiry report which documented the Saudi sponsorship of the 9/11 attacks under the then-Ambassador to Washington Prince Bandar (also known as Bandar Bush)? Why did Bush's friend Tony Blair shut down the investigation into the BAE-Al Yamamah deal, which would have exposed the British role in facilitating the Saudi 9/11 operation? Why is Obama continuing to cover the 28 pages up, not to mention working directly with the Saudis in the Middle East to arm and train a new batch of jihadi terrorists? Is this not aiding and abetting the sworn enemies of the United States, the very people who attacked us on 9/11 and who intend to do it again?
It is incumbent on the American people to now join this campaign to force the release of the 28 pages and other documentation still being covered up by the Obama administration which will tell the true story of who was behind the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Releasing the 28 pages is not only a matter of setting the historical record straight and bringing justice for the families and the victims of 9/11, but also has direct bearing on the foreign policy of the United States today.
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