Coverup of 28 Pages by Obama and Saudis Won't Fly

July 17, 2016

Anyone carefully reading the just-declassified 28-page chapter from the original Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11, with any degree of intellectual honesty, must conclude that the Saudi Royal Family and the Saudi government were up to their eyeballs in the promotion of al-Qaeda, including the nineteen 9/11 hijackers.  Substantial portions of the chapter contained details about the Saudi official collusion that were never made public before.

Considering that the Joint Inquiry report was finished and issued to the public in December 2002, it is clear that the suppression of the crucial chapter, detailing Saudi official support for the 9/11 hijackers, was very much related to the Bush-Cheney Administration's drive for war against Saddam Hussein, which was just months away. That war drive was built upon lies: That Saddam Hussein had an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, and that he was an architect of 9/11. Had the chapter been made available in late 2002, Bush and Cheney and Tony Blair would have had a near-impossible task to sell the Iraq war, launched in March 2003.

The 28-page chapter detailed many channels of support, running from the Saudi regime to al-Qaeda operatives; made clear that the CIA and FBI had failed to properly assess the danger that al-Qaeda represented prior to 9/11, and cited links between Saudi officials and 9/11 hijackers in other parts of the United States, like Portland, Oregon, that were not previously made public.

The reaction of the 9/11 families and survivors to the release was to further condemn President Obama and his top intelligence officials, James Clapper, the DNI, and John Brennan, the CIA Director, for their efforts to minimize the contents of the chapter.

Kristen Breitweiser penned an article, published Saturday in Huffington Post, that was co-signed by other 9/11 survivors and family members, blasting Obama, Clapper and Brennan.  She wrote, in part:

“The only thing James Clapper and Barack Obama are willing to say about the delayed release of the 29 pages [sic] is that they stand by the investigation of the 9/11 Commission. This punt by President Barack Obama is repulsive. President Obama's deference to the 9/11 Commission — who themselves admit that they were unable to fully investigate the Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks — depicts Obama's utter lack of interest, engagement, or support of the 9/11 families. Frankly, it re-victimizes the 9/11 families by not acknowledging the truth, blocking our path to justice and the very vital assignment of accountability to those who should be held responsible. Most alarmingly, Obama's silence keeps us unsafe because instead of calling for an emergency session of Congress to immediately name the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, President Obama continues to downplay, belittle, and ignore the truth leaving us vulnerable to terrorist attacks that are still to this very day being funded by our ally the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“To be clear, the 9/11 Commission did not fully investigate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Staff Director Philip Zelikow blocked any investigation into the Saudis. Zelikow even went so far as to fire an investigator who had been brought over from the Joint Inquiry to specifically follow-up on the Saudi leads and information uncovered in the Joint Inquiry. I will repeat — the investigator was fired. In addition, Zelikow re-wrote the 9/11 Commission's entire section regarding the Saudis and their connection to the 9/11 attacks. Former 9/11 Commissioners John Lehman, Bob Kerrey, and Tim Roemer have all acknowledged that the Saudis were not adequately investigated by the 9/11 Commission. Thus, for any government official to hang their hat on the 9/11 Commission's Final Report — when Commissioners, themselves, have admitted that the Saudis were not fully investigated, is absurd and disgraceful.”