UPDATE: JAN 10. Click here to watch video of former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, Congressmen Walter Jones, R-N.C. and Stephen Lynch, D-Ma. and others talk about the need to declassify the 28 censored pages from Congress’s Joint Inquiry report on 9/11. Remarks by Graham, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry, begin at 10:25 into Wednesday’s Capitol Hill press conference.
By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has denied a Florida congressman’s request for access to 28 classified pages from the 2002 report of Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, told BrowardBulldog.org he made his request at the suggestion of House colleagues who have read them as they consider whether to support a proposed resolution urging President Obama to open those long-censored pages to the public.
“Why was I denied? I have been instrumental in publicizing the Snowden revelations regarding pervasive domestic spying by the government and this is a petty means for the spying industrial complex to lash back,” Grayson said last week, referring to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
Redacted on orders from then-President George W. Bush, the report says the 28 pages concern “specific sources of foreign support” for the 9/11 hijackers while they were in the U.S. Specifically, that is “the role of Saudi Arabia in funding 9/11,” according to former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry and helped write the 28 pages.
Graham has long called for declassifying those pages in order to help 9/11 victims and their families find justice, and to better serve national security. In July, 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton also came out in support of declassification.
“I’m embarrassed that they’re not declassified,” said Hamilton, a former Indiana congressman. “We emphasized transparency. I assumed incorrectly that our records would be public, all of them, everything.”
House Resolution 428, sponsored by Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-NC, asks President Obama to release the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry’s report, saying they are “necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances” surrounding the 9/11 attacks.
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is one of 21 co-sponsors including Florida Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, and Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville. Massie has challenged all members of Congress to read the report, which he said poses no threat to national security.
In 2003, 46 senators – including Joe Biden, Sam Brownback, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry – wrote to President Bush asking him to declassify the pages.
In a party line vote, the House Intelligence Committee voted 8-4 on Dec. 1 to deny Democrat Grayson access to the 28 pages. The same day, the committee unanimously approved requests to access classified committee documents – not necessarily the 28 pages – by 11 other House members.
Grayson, an outspoken liberal and a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said his denial was engineered by outgoing Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich. Rogers is a former FBI agent who did not seek re-election in November.
“Congressman Rogers made serious misrepresentations to other committee members when he brought this up,” Grayson in a telephone interview. “When the Guardian reported on the fact that there was universal domestic surveillance regarding every single phone call, including this one, I went to the floor of the House and gave a lengthy speech decrying it.”
“Chairman Rogers told the committee that I had discussed classified information on the floor. He left out the most important part that I was discussing what was reported in the newspaper,” said Grayson. “He clearly misled the committee for an improper purpose: to deny a sitting member of Congress important classified information necessary for me to do my job.”
Rogers did not respond to a request for comment. An aide in his Lansing, Michigan office referred callers to a spokeswoman for the House Intelligence Committee who could not be reached for comment.
ignasi orobitg gene / December 31, 2014 12:04 pm
anything goes to defend murderers
Robert Lockwood Mills / January 2, 2015 6:14 pm
Must be those awful “conspiracy theorists” making trouble again.
Dan Plesse / January 4, 2015 2:48 am
More 9/11 earthquake witnesses. Hospital lost power too.
When Did NYU Downtown Hospital Emergency Room Lose Power on 9/11?
The doctors were operating Ms. Mardenfeld who was awarded roughly 8.6 million by the federal September 11 Victim Compensation Fund for about an hour. It seems at little late in the day to blame it on the North Tower.
John Cameron. Australia / January 20, 2015 7:10 pm
Alan Grayson Is a true American PATRIOT.
If you view clips of his relentless grilling of Federal Reserve System lackeys & toadies is priceless.These “executives”cannot account for $ Trillions of dollars missing.Unfortunately his time was cut short by PTB.
No wonder he cannot access certain documents with reference to 9/11.This is the greatest cover up of all time.NIST finally conceeded in 2008 that WTC 7 was in FREE FALL.WTC 7 Was not hit by aircraft.Scattered fires only.
Never mentioned in official government 9/11 Report.
.Impossible according to High School Physics/Galileo/Newton.
Take you pick political spin doctoring or proven Science.
John Cameron. Australia / January 20, 2015 8:34 pm
Cover up is U.S.
Who Owns The Federal Reserve?
The Fed is privately owned.
“Some people think that the Federal Reserve Banks are United States Government institutions. They are private monopolies which prey upon the people of these United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers; foreign and domestic speculators and swindlers; and rich and predatory money lenders.”
Alan Grayson”U.S. Congressman grills members of “The Federal Reserve System”.
Alan Grayson Congressman : “Which Foreigners Got the Fed’s $500,000,000,000?” Bernanke: “I Don’t Know.”
Rep. Alan Grayson: $12 Trillion Gone and No One Punished
Alan Grayson Grills Fed Lawyer Classic
$9,000,000,000,000 MISSING From The Federal Reserve SHOCKING FOOTAGE Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman
Secrets of the Federal Reserve.