US to declassify redacted pages of 9/11 report
Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:58AM
The United States is set to publicly release the 28 secret pages of a report on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a former senator says.
Former US senator and governor of Florida, Bob Graham, said in an interview on CBS’s "60 Minutes" on Tuesday that the US should declassify the redacted pages, which could implicate Saudi Arabia in the attacks and prove that there existed “some support from within the United States.”
Graham told Tampa Bay Times later in the day that he had been told the pages would be declassified, an announcement that yet needs to be officially confirmed by the White House.
Graham said Brett Holmgren, a senior policy adviser to the assistant to the president for Homeland Security, had told him that the documents withheld from a report issued by a Joint Congressional Commission in 2003 would be released in “one or two months.”
“The decisionmakers at the White House have realized the public cares about it and there is an urgency to come to a decision," Graham said.
The report could reveal that Riyadh is “central to global terrorism,” according to Eric Draitser, the founder of stopimperialism.com.
“The really embarrassing question is what tangible links can we find (in the report) between those elements in the Saudi government and those in the US government?” Draitser said, naming the Bush family and a key figure of the Al Saud royal family, Bandar bin Sultan, among others.
“He was essential the point man in Saudi Arabia, the former head of Saudi intelligence. Does his name come up?”
Draitser also wondered if the pages, redacted at the request of the FBI, would “definitively prove” if the US government was in contact with those behind the deadly attacks.
If verified, the release could overshadow US President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia on April 21.