Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:12:57 +0000
Here’s more evidence that the Republican Party is rotten to its core.
Remember those 28 pages in the Congressional report on 9/11 which both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations have kept “classified,” i.e., secret from the American people?
Conducted by the House and Senate intelligence committees, the 838-page report was published in December 2002. The redacted 28 pages, titled “Part 4: Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters,” begins on Page 395 of the report.
Why are those pages important? Because former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who was chairman of the congressional Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 that issued the 9/11 report, said “there is compelling evidence in the 28 pages that one or more foreign governments was involved in assisting some of the hijackers in their preparation for 9/11.” Graham later indicated that by “foreign governments” he was referring to Saudi Arabia. (15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis.)
Though classified, members of Congress can read the mysterious 28 pages in a special secure room on Capitol Hill if they get prior permission from the House or Senate Intelligence Committee. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky), one of 18 co-sponsors of a 2013 House resolution introduced by Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) to declassify the pages, is one of a few to have read the classified 28 pages. Massie was shocked by what the pages reveal. He said:
“I had to stop every couple of pages and just sort of absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history for the past 13 years and the years leading up to that. It challenges you to rethink everything.”
Yesterday, July 12, however, the Republican platform committee voted down a plank introduced by Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Maine) calling for the declassification of those 28 pages.
Jerome Corsi reports for WND that in drafting the platform plank, Brakey pointed out that Obama had twice promised 9/11 family members he would release the pages, which could be invaluable in any lawsuit. However, the administration has refused to declassify the pages, even in the face of bipartisan support for their release from former 9/11 commission members and 73 current representatives and senators.
Disappointed by the GOP platform committee’s decision, Brakey said:
“The public has a right to know. It saddens me that, here we are, 15 years later and it sounds like there’s key pieces of information to our understanding of what happened on that day, and the government has been keeping that information from us.”
Donald Trump has pushed for declassifying the 28 pages. He said on Fox News on April 19: “I think I know what it’s going to say. It’s going to be very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center and the attack. That’s very serious stuff. It’s sort of nice to know who your friends are and perhaps who your enemies are. You’re going to see some very revealing things in those papers.”
Here are the members of the 2016 GOP Platform Committee who want to conceal the identity(ies) of the foreign government(s) complicit in the worst terrorist attack on American soil:
- Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman
- Bob McDonnell (former governor of Virginia and convicted felon), Chairman. In 2014, McDonnell and his wife were convicted by a federal jury of corruption charges for receiving improper gifts and loans from a Virginia businessman. In 2015, they were sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. On June 27, 2016, Supreme Court unanimously vacated McDonnell’s conviction and remanded the case back to a lower court.
- Senator John Hoeven (ND), Co-Chair
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN), Co-Chair
- Chairs of Subcommittees:
- Jonathan Barnett, Andy Puzder, Jim Bopp, Jane Timken, Mary Dye, Ed Whitfield, Jim Cawley, Rachel Kemp, Tom Luna, Carolyn McLarty, Sam Olens, Donna Cain, Jim Talent
- Committee Members:
- Alabama: Jacqueline Curtiss, Cam Ward
- Alaska: Ric Davidge, Debbie Joslin
- American Samoa: Salote Schuster, Brandon Smart
- Arizona: Kip Kempton, Heather Sandstrom
- Arkansas: Jonathan Barnett, Julie Harris
- California: Andrew Puzder, Audra Strickland
- Colorado: Suzanne Sharkey, Guy Short
- Connecticut: L. Scott Frantz, Themis Klarides
- Delaware: Ruth Briggs King, John Sigler
- District of Columbia: Teri Galvez, Edward Newton
- Florida: Allen Bense, Remedios Diaz
- Georgia: Sue Everhart, Sam Olens
- Guam: Arthur Boyd Clark, Telo Taitague
- Hawaii: Lynne Hansen, Philip Hellreich
- Idaho: Gayann DeMordaunt, Tom Luna
- Illinois: Steve Kim, Sharee Langenstein
- Indiana: James Bopp Jr., Deborah Fleming
- Iowa: Gopal T.K. Krishna, Kimberly Lehman
- Kansas: Beverly Caley, Kris Kobach
- Kentucky: Ed Whitfield, Shirley Wiseman
- Louisiana: Ambia Baker, Tony Perkins
- Maine: Linda Bean, Mike Wallace
- Maryland: Christian Cavey, Kathy Szeliga
- Massachusetts: Jay Barrows, Rachel Kemp
- Michigan: Krista Haroutunian, Norm Shinkle
- Minnesota: Kevin Erickson, Juliette Jordal
- Mississippi: Lynn Fitch, Delbert Hosemann
- Missouri: Phyllis Schlafly, Jim Talent
- Montana: Mark Baker, Tamara Hall
- Nebraska: Brian Buescher, Darlene Starman
- Nevada: Cynthia Kennedy, Pat Kerby
- New Hampshire: David Boutin, Beverly Bruce
- New Jersey: Aubrey Fenton, Lynda Pagliughi
- New Mexico: James Damron, Rocky Galassini
- New York: John Cahill, Adele Malpass
- North Carolina: Wayne King, Mary Summa
- North Dakota: Kyle Handegard, Paul Henderson
- Northern Mariana Islands: Ellsbeth Alepuyo, Juan Diego Blanco
- Ohio: Clarence Mingo, Jane Timken
- Oklahoma: Anthony Lauinger, Carolyn McLarty
- Oregon: Donna Cain, Russ Walker
- Pennsylvania: Jim Cawley, Joyce Haas
- Puerto Rico: Jorge San Miguel, Vanessa Viera
- Rhode Island: Barbara Ann Fenton, Richard Ford
- South Dakota: Mary Jean Jensen, Dana Randall
- Tennessee: Marsha Blackburn, Chris Devaney
- Texas: David Barton, Denise McNamara
- Utah: Margaret Dayton, Brad Dee
- Vermont: Rick Cochran, Darcie Johnston
- Virginia: Chris Stearns, Kathy Terry
- Virgin Islands: April Newland, Herbert Schoenbohm
- Washington: Mary Dye, Lew Moore
- West Virginia: Conrad Lucas II
- Wisconsin: Daniel Feyen, Susan Lynch
- Wyoming: Cynthia Cloud, Dan Dockstader
- Why did Jewish senator Schumer sabotage Senate bill to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for 9/11?
- Saudi Arabia threatens to dump $750 billion in U.S. treasury securities if Congress investigates Saudi role in 9/11
- 28pages, Brian McGlinchey’s website devoted to the issue.
UPDATE (July 19, 2016):
Three days after the GOP Platform Committee eschewed calling for the declassification of the 9/11 report’s 28 pages, on July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee released those pages to the public. See “Congress releases classified 28 pages of 9/11 Report: It’s Saudi Arabia“.
In other words, it was within the power of Congress all along to make public those pages.