9/11 and the Saudis and State Secrecy


Respectfully submitted by Lawrence E. Rafferty (rafflaw) Weekend Contributor

In light of the recently observed 13th anniversary of the events on 9/11/01, I read an article this week that caught my eye.  According to reports, there is a 28 page section of the 9/11 Commission report that has never been released publicly and remains secret to this day.  Indeed, Congressmen must go through numerous security reviews before they can read the document in a secure room in Washington, D.C.

What kind of secret and clandestine information can be found in such a guarded document?  Since it is top-secret, we can only go by the reviews of people who have read the report.  What is found in that report may surprise you in light of its level of secrecy.

“On the bottom floor of the United States Capitol’s new underground visitors’ center, there is a secure room where the House Intelligence Committee maintains highly classified files. One of those files is titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.” It is twenty-eight pages long. In 2002, the Administration of George W. Bush excised those pages from the report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. President Bush said then that publication of that section of the report would damage American intelligence operations, revealing “sources and methods that would make it harder for us to win the war on terror.”

“There’s nothing in it about national security,” Walter Jones, a Republican congressman from North Carolina who has read the missing pages, contends. “It’s about the Bush Administration and its relationship with the Saudis.” Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, told me that the document is “stunning in its clarity,” and that it offers direct evidence of complicity on the part of certain Saudi individuals and entities in Al Qaeda’s attack on America. “Those twenty-eight pages tell a story that has been completely removed from the 9/11 Report,” Lynch maintains. Another congressman who has read the document said that the evidence of Saudi government support for the 9/11 hijacking is “very disturbing,” and that “the real question is whether it was sanctioned at the royal-family level or beneath that, and whether these leads were followed through.” Now, in a rare example of bipartisanship, Jones and Lynch have co-sponsored a resolution requesting that the Obama Administration declassify the pages.” Readersupportednews

In the current political climate, any issue that has some bi-partisan support should be looked at more closely.  If the accounts of Rep. Jones and Rep. Lynch are to believed, what would be the possible reasons why these 28 pages have not been fully declassified?  In a town like Washington, D.C., it seems like it doesn’t take much to classify information and keep it from public dissemination.  However, once something is classified, it often takes years and in many cases, decades to get the information into the American public’s hands.  So, in one sense, Washington doesn’t need real reasons before it classifies documents.

As someone who has witnessed a military accident report kept classified for approximately 50 years, this 13 year period of time does not sound so bad.  But when we find out that the report may have been classified to prevent embarrassment to the Saudi royal family and our Government, 13 years sounds like 12 years too long.  Even the Saudi’s have called for the full release of the secret 28 pages.

“Twenty-eight blanked-out pages are being used by some to malign our country and our people,” Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who was the Saudi Ambassador to the United States at the time of the 9/11 attacks, has declared. “Saudi Arabia has nothing to hide. We can deal with questions in public, but we cannot respond to blank pages.” RSN

According to Philip Zelikow, the Director of the 9/11 Commission Staff, the 28 pages were merely unvetted reports and accusations.  “According to Zelikow, what they found does not substantiate the arguments made by the Joint Inquiry and by the 9/11 families in the lawsuit against the Saudis. He characterized the twenty-eight pages as “an agglomeration of preliminary, unvetted reports” concerning Saudi involvement. “They were wild accusations that needed to be checked out,” he said.

Zelikow and his staff were ultimately unable to prove any official Saudi complicity in the attacks. A former staff member of the 9/11 Commission who is intimately familiar with the material in the twenty-eight pages recommends against their declassification, warning that the release of inflammatory and speculative information could “ramp up passions” and damage U.S.-Saudi relations.” RSN

If indeed the information could ramp up passions, according to Mr. Zelikow, is that enough to keep it under top-secret wraps for 13 years?  It could be argued that hiding the information from the public actually causes more problems than the ones that Mr. Zelikow is trying to avoid.  Secrecy tends to fan the flames of conspiracy theorists.  If the Saudi’s are calling for the information that is considered to be harmful to Saudi relations, why should the information still be hidden from public inspection?

Thomas Kean, the former Chairman of the 9/11 Commission has read the report and he does not understand why it is still kept secret.  Of course, he also is confused why the interviews of Former President, Bill Clinton and then current President George W. Bush and his Vice President, Dick Cheney are also still kept secret.

“Thomas Kean remembers finally having the opportunity to read those twenty-eight pages after he became chairman of the 9/11 Commission—“so secret that I had to get all of my security clearances and go into the bowels of Congress with someone looking over my shoulder.” He also remembers thinking at the time that most of what he was reading should never have been kept secret. But the focus on the twenty-eight pages obscures the fact that many important documents are still classified—“a ton of stuff,” Kean told me, including, for instance, the 9/11 Commission’s interviews with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Bill Clinton. “I don’t know of a single thing in our report that should not be public after ten years,” Kean said.” RSN

When one remembers the turmoil and destruction and the emotional outpouring that were a result of the actions of the terrorists on 9/11, I can understand why the information was initially classified.  However, after a year or two the citizens of this country deserved a full and complete record of what the 9/11 Commission did or did not find. A link to the “full” Commission report can be found here.

While there can be valid reasons for a government to classify information and hide it from its own citizens, that information needs to be disseminated as soon as possible.  Thirteen years for information that may just “ramp up passions”, is not a valid time frame.  This information and all of the information left out of the 9/11 Commission Report should be declassified as quickly as possible, with no redactions.

Any and all information that concerns one of the most important days in our country’s history should be in the people’s hands.  Without it, a skeptical citizenry will make up its own mind and Washington, D.C. may not like their answer.

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71 thoughts on “9/11 and the Saudis and State Secrecy”

  1. Aridog,

    You are opposed by 2300 architects and engineers who were compelled by evidence to sign the petition.

    Did you believe Obama, Hilary and Susan Rice when they said Benghazi was the result of a flash mob, upset with an anti-Muslim video?

    Did you believe Flight 800 suffered a “spontaneous fuel tank explosion?” Something that never happened before, has never happened since and will never happen in the future. As for “heat on the tarmac,” I wonder if it’s regularly hot in Dubai, Palm Springs, Ho Chi Minh City, Phoenix, etc. I wonder if planes have ever waited on the runway at other “hot” airports.

    Do you believe Oswald killed Kennedy?

    For 9/11 to succeed, there was no need for a “controlled demolition” using Thermite or “dustification” from a Directed Energy Weapon, the conspiracy was in the foreknowledge. The “conspirators” may have simply allowed the terrorists to execute without interfering. The plan was to force America into the Middle East conflict in a more comprehensive way. That happened.

    P.S. I know for a fact that you are 100% wrong saying, “the Oliver Stone movie “Platoon”….a composite of manure.” That movie was exact and precise in its depictions from the jungle ambush with the Claymores being clacked off exploding the night, the sand bagged bunkers and “activities” on firebases, the marijuana, the “fragging” and the “close” relations with civilians off duty, to the stirring, with a steel pole, of the 55 gallon drum “toilets” as diesel fuel burned the waste. That movie presents exactly what soldiers of the 25th, if not other divisions, did during a tour of duty. The entirely fictional, bizarre, Hollywood and “dramatic” “plot” and conclusion had nothing to do with reality. That may have been what you were referring to.

  2. Personanongrata…..I can’t begin to tell you, based upon my experience with NIST (20+) years, and US Army Engineers, plus US Army Ordnance, both military and civil works, how little respect I can give to your “evidence.” Within 24 hours, actually withing 1 hour for some, our US Army had engineers on the site, some rescuing survivors via boats (we literally sent all available vessels, with crews that were all voluntary from a engineers’ meeting we were conducting on the day, across the river to Battery Park) from Caven Point, New Jersey, others examining the rubble first hand, hands on, on the spot, while the rubble was still a flame in spots. Within the month we also inspected deep underground at the slurry wall and found no evidence that your alleged “experts” discovered post facto from far away in most instances. It’s kind of like Oliver Stone movies of combat and the real thing which many of us have experienced, on the spot when the spots were hot.

    Oliver Stone also was there, did that, but he elaborated and made it fantasy. Your theory expressed here reminds me of the Oliver Stone movie “Platoon”….a composite of manure. Too much listening to Fogerty & CCR and “Running Through the Jungle” I think, being nice about it. Based upon your post, I seriously doubt you even know what “forensic evidence” is per se. I’ve got some 40+ years experience with demolition and your post is 99.999999% nonsense. Never the less, you have the right to post it…just know it is baloney. In my 20+ years work with NIST we measured things down to +/- 1/10 of 1% or finer, generally, and if class S or higher, 1/100th of 1%, … so what are you trying to say is total BS based upon experts who were not there in the first hour or first day. Thank you for you opinion…but it is scientifically worthless.

    I will credit you for not citing the disintegrating ray gun theory…e.g, DEW where steel is dissolved in to a mist while not damaging the exterior, also steel for the main structural part. The first truly effective DEW weapon was tested in the summer of 2002. None of them have proven to be the mystical ray guns of over excited minds that allegedly turn steel in to smoke, yada yada.

    Sometimes the KISS principle is the best answer, coupled with Ocham’s Razor.

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  4. @jill: I don’t.

    I was referring to the “no-plane-strike” conspiracy theorists upthread.

    Should have referenced with a quote or something but mistakenly assumed the referent would be clear.

  5. Hello William,

    I was wondering why you consider the missing 28 pages to be a conspiracy?
    Those documents existence have been confirmed by a 9/11 commissioner and requested since 2013 by 9/11 Families. The Obama administration has refused to honor the request and release the documents.

  6. Yep, there are a lot of “scientists” supporting 9/11 conspiracy theories just as there are a lot of “scientists” disputing the reality of human-caused climate change.

    Go figure.

  7. NSA: I retrieved my comment at 4:14 ESTime. Prior to that it was in the cloud. On the cloud was the missing pages from that report which is being discussed. The cloud sent those pages down instead of my missing comment. So, I can tell you folks on the blog what is in the missing pages simply by attaching them hereto. Open saysme.

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