Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) have proposed a joint resolution asking President Obama to declassify the entire 2002 report “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”
The proposal comes after the two representatives got to read a 28-page section of the original report that was removed by President Bush. Because the report is classified, the representatives say they cannot reveal what they read without violating federal law, but that they were shocked by the contents.
As with most government secrets, some details and information has leaked out. Combined with details from independent reporting, it suggests that the missing 28 pages involves conclusive evidence that Saudi government officials aided al-Qaida in its plot to destroy the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
After the 9/11 attacks, Americans were told by the government that al-Qaida acted alone, without help from any single government.
However, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.
According to the New York Post, one leaked CIA memo cites “incontrovertible evidence” that high-level Saudi government officials were complicit in the attacks, and it directly implicates the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles consulate.
That would likely make the terrorist attack legally an act of war.
It would also raise fresh questions about the Bush Administration’s relationship with the Saudi government and its actions in keeping the information from the public. The Saudis, of course, deny any involvement.
If the proposed joint resolution were to be approved by Congress, there’s still the question of whether President Obama would comply.
Obama has his own relationship with the Saudi royal family. It was, after all, Saudi financier Khalid al-Mansour who helped get Obama into Harvard Law School in the 1980s. Al-Mansour was not only adviser to Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, he was mentor to the founders of the Black Panther party in the 1960s.
Since being in office, Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East has seemed at times to work particularly in the Saudi royal family’s favor, with the White House and Saudis collaborating on arming the insurgents in Syria fighting the al-Assad government.
But then there have been Obama Administration moves, such as the treaty negotiations with Iran, that the Saudis have opposed.
Regardless, if the redacted report on 9/11 shows proof of the involvement of any foreign government, Americans deserve to know.