Now that President Barack Obama has returned from his trip to Saudi Arabia, the question remains as to whether a controversial report will see light of day. The “28 pages” of the joint congressional intelligence inquiry into 9/11 has continued to draw attention after being featured in a segment that aired on CBS’s “60 Minutes” two weeks ago. The highly secretive portion of that report has remained locked away in a secured area at the Capitol and reportedly implicates Saudi officials in providing support to at least two of the hijackers.
The Obama administration has to this point continued the cover-up but has now reportedly submitted the document for review with at least some of it to be released as early as June, this according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The declassification review – or in layman’s terms “scrubbing” – comes at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the United States and the Saudi monarchy.
Mr. Obama likely caught holy hell in the royal palace last week where he assumed his position as King Salman’s footstool and puckered up in order to prevent the House of Saud from dumping $750 billion in U.S. investments as was threatened. The kingdom was apoplectic over a bill that would make it easier for families of terrorist victims to sue state sponsors – states like Saudi Arabia. This is of course extortion writ large and the last thing that the Democrats right now is to have such a move tank the markets and snatch away the fig leaf from Obama’s phony economic recovery. Keeping the most incriminating portion of those 28 pages hidden from the public would go a long way towards kissing and making up with our indispensable ally and it would be true to form for the snake oil salesman in chief.
The New York Daily News reports that “Former Sen. Bob Graham says ‘all the evidence points to’ Saudi Arabia’s involvement with 9/11 terrorists”:
The co-chair of a joint congressional investigation that penned a report at the center of the unfolding controversy over Saudi Arabia’s suspected connection to the 9/11 attacks revealed Sunday he felt that “all the evidence points to” the shadowy kingdom having aided the terrorists responsible for the devastating act that killed nearly 3,000 people.
“To me, the most important unanswered question of 9/11 is did these 19 (hijackers) conduct this very sophisticated plot alone, or were they supported? I think it’s implausible to think that people who couldn’t speak English, had never been in the United States before, as a group were not well-educated could have done that,” former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who helped author the 2002 report based on a joint House and Senate Intelligence Committee probe into the attacks, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“So who was the most likely entity to have provided them that support?” Graham continued. “All the evidence points to Saudi Arabia. We know that Saudi Arabia started Al Qaeda. It was a creation of Saudi Arabia.”
Graham’s report, which comprised 850 pages, contained a 28-page section — which remains classified — that many have speculated contains damning information connecting the 9/11 hijackers, 15 of 19 whom were Saudi citizens, to the Saudi government.
Graham – a former U.S. Senator who headed up the committee – has been advocating for the release of the material for years and while he remains hopeful, it’s almost inevitable that the underhanded Obama regime will find a way to have it’s cake and eat it too. Americans may recall that Mr. Clapper was accused perjuring himself in front of Congress a few years ago after lying about the true extent of the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs and is sure to have his boss’s back on this sensitive issue as well.
The Daily News piece goes on to quote Graham as confirming that the Saudis have good reason to fear that information contained in the censored pages would rouse suspicions from the American public:
Opponents of releasing the documents have argued that their revelations could irreparably harm relations between the two traditionally allied nations — a possibility Graham wouldn’t deny.
When asked what the potential damage of the papers’ release would be to the U.S.-Saudi relationship “on a scale of one to ten,” Graham, who left Capitol Hill in 2005, replied bluntly and specifically: “7.838.”
“So you think it will have a high level negative impact,” host Chuck Todd replied.
“Yes,” Graham said.
So expect that come June there will be a limited hangout with some but not all of the information being released and the administration fully prepared to spin it’s “transparency” to gullible presstitutes in the media. Meanwhile, the Saudis are in the midst of a large scale public relations campaign to win western hearts and minds. Having it slip that influential members of the kingdom were complicit in the most deadly terrorist strike in American history would defeat the purpose of the propaganda and queer Saudi support in an election year.