Sanders: Declassify the Infamous 28 Pages from the 9/11 Report

WTC on 9/11
World Trade Center 9/11/2001 Photo Credit: James Reid / By Permission
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Bernie Sanders believes that Americans deserve some answers about what exactly is in those 28 classified pages from the 9/11 Commission report.

Just prior to the crucial primary in New York, in which Sanders hopes to upset Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator called on President Barack Obama to declassify that secret section of the report, which is believed to deal with whether the 9/11 hijackers had received help from foreign governments or groups.

“It is time to declassify the 28-page section of the 9/11 Commission Report on the potential sources of foreign support received by the hijackers,” Sanders said. He pointed out that former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL), who chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has hinted at a possible connection to Saudi Arabia.

WhoWhatWhy readers know all about this issue and Graham’s involvement, including how a top FBI official told him to stop pursuing this angle in 2011.

Just a couple of days ago, The New York Times reported that Saudi officials had threatened the US with economic consequences if those pages were to be declassified.

Not deterred by such threats, Sanders made the case that the families of the victims have a right to know if any foreign entities were involved in the attack. He also noted that declassification would be in the interest of Saudi Arabia if the government there had nothing to hide.

“If no such connection exists, then our country deserves the information necessary to put that speculation behind us,” Sanders said.

The Vermont senator also voiced his support for legislation from New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) that would allow the families of the victims to use US courts to determine the culpability of any foreign entities and seek damages if such culpability can be established.

Sanders’s call for declassification and justice for the families of victims will likely play well in New York, where the 2001 attacks remain a very emotional issue.

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7 responses to “Sanders: Declassify the Infamous 28 Pages from the 9/11 Report”

  1. US White Trash says:

    Hillary will come out against the release as she will say it hurts national security. But we all know that the Saudis have flooded the Clinton Foundation with cash and therefore own her lock, stock and barrel…

  2. TJTruth2 says:

    Over the past eight years Dick Cheney hasn’t hesitated to be a blowhard on Fox TV, lambasting the President whenever he could. But since this 28 pages story aired on 60 Minutes, there have been nothing but crickets from Cheney. I wonder how he’s sleeping these days? I do very much hope that he will last long enough to be brought to justice.

  3. Westcoastdeplorable says:

    IMO and those of others, the so-called “hijackers” were a diversion to pin the blame on the Arab world.
    Good for Bernie, though to call for the release of the 28 pages. Any transparency on 9/11 is welcomed.

  4. TJTruth2 says:

    Don’t expect Hillary to follow suit. After all, how many tens of millions of dollars have the Saudis given the Clinton Foundation?

  5. (Comment by ‏@JonBullins) He just never ceases to impress me.

  6. Unity says:

    The warmonger Neo-Cons wanted to start a new war, they needed a reason, 9/11 gave them that reason.
    But we know: Bush lied, and Cheney profited.

    • Dennis Kirkpatrick says:

      Well put. Bush lied. But Obama simply lies all the time. The Neo -Cons destroyed one country. The Obama administration has systematically destroyed five.