The New York Post tells us that a crucial 28 pages of the government’s report on 9/11 have been classified and not revealed to the American public.
Gee, what information about which state do you suppose those redacted pages contain?
After the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors.
But the White House never let it see an entire section of Congressâ€™ investigative report on 9/11 dealing with â€œspecific sources of foreign supportâ€ for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals.
It was kept secret and remains so today.
President Bush inexplicably censored 28 full pages of the 800-page report. Text isnâ€™t just blacked-out here and there in this critical-yet-missing middle section. The pages are completely blank, except for dotted lines where an estimated 7,200 words once stood (this story by comparison is about 1,000 words).
A pair of lawmakers who recently read the redacted portion say they are â€œabsolutely shockedâ€ at the level of foreign state involvement in the attacks.
Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) canâ€™t reveal the nation identified by it without violating federal law. So theyâ€™ve proposed Congress pass a resolution asking President Obama to declassify the entire 2002 report, â€œJoint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.â€
Some information already has leaked from the classified section, which is based on both CIA and FBI documents, and it points back to Saudi Arabia, a presumed ally.
The Saudis deny any role in 9/11, but the CIA in one memo reportedly found â€œincontrovertible evidenceâ€ that Saudi government officials â€” not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and intelligence officers employed by the kingdom â€” helped the hijackers both financially and logistically. The intelligence files cited in the report directly implicate the Saudi embassy in Washington and consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks, making 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war.
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