A Readers Guide summarizing news coverage during 2016 of the so-called "28 Pages" (actually 29 pages) is provided below to show the background of the controversy that prompted authorities to release on July 15 a redacted version of the 2002 Senate-House Inquiry on who funded 9/11 terrorism hijackers.
This Readers Guide is a companion piece to the Justice Integrity Project comprehensive column on the topic published July 18, Report On Saudi 9/11 Terrorists Prompts Outrage, New Questions.
It noted how Karen Breitweiser, shown on the cover of her 2006 memoir and supported by four other prominent 9/11 widows, published a hard-hitting Huffington Post column “29 Pages Revealed: Corruption, Crime and Cover-up Of 9/11.”
"First and foremost," she said of those officials claiming there was nothing new in the day's revelations, "here is what you need to know when you listen to any member of our government state that the newly released 29 pages are no smoking gun — THEY ARE LYING."
The summary is below, and will be updated as needed.
National Press Club, Sen. Bob Graham to Discuss Recently Released Classified Documents Detailing Saudi Involvement in 9/11 Plot and What Still Needs to be Revealed at Newsmaker Aug. 31, Jamie Horwitz, Aug. 29, 2016. Last month, the Administration and Congress released a redacted version of the missing 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. These formerly classified documents reinforce the belief that the 19 hijackers — most of whom spoke little English, had limited education and had never before visited the United States — did not act alone in perpetrating the sophisticated 9/11 plot. It suggests a strong linkage between those terrorists and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi charities, and other Saudi stakeholders.
On Aug. 31, at 10 am, in the National Press Club’s White Room, U.S. Sen. Bob Graham (shown in a file photo from a TV appearance) will discuss what the documents reveal and what still needs to be learned nearly 15 years after the 9/11 attack. National Press Club President Thomas Burr will moderate.
Graham, during his three terms representing Florida, served on the Intelligence Committee for 10 years and as its chair from 2001-2003. He also was the co-chair of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attack of September 11, 2001.
During Wednesday’s Newsmaker news conference Graham also will discuss the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which is designed to help families of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 seek justice against Saudi entities. JASTA could provide an additional window into the activities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda and the 19 hijackers.
The Senate has passed JASTA unanimously but the legislation has not come up for a vote in the House. Since leaving the Senate, Graham has spoken frequently about empowering citizens to be active participants rather than tranquil spectators. This is the subject of a soon-to-be-released book co-authored with Chris Hand entitled America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall – and Win.
As with all Newsmaker events, this forum is open to credentialed media and Press Club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.
RT, Un-Redacting the 28 Pages, Sean Stone of "Watching the Hawks" interviews author and WhoWhatWhy investigative founder and editor-in-chief Russ Baker on revelations regarding the 9/11 atrocity, Aug. 11, 2016 (9:54 min. video).
"There's no way around it that this is one of the most profound discoveries on one of the most profound news events of the last century or so. And it appears that the Saudi royal family, one of the U.S.'s most steadfast and most important allies, may have funded, and aided, and perhaps even planned the attacks on the United States at 9/11.....
Maybe there was more to the story because if in fact the Saudis were in fact behind this why didn't the U.S. Justice Department go after them? What we see continually is cover up by the Justice Department, by the CIA, by the FBI, by the State Department. What are they covering up?"
Washington Post, The ‘missing 28 pages’ from the Congressional report on 9/11 won’t stop conspiracy theories. Here’s why, Sasha Dudding, Brendan Nyhan and Heather Szilagyi, Aug. 3, 2016. Sasha Dudding and Heather Szilagyi are 2015 graduates of Dartmouth College, where Brendan Nyhan is a professor of government. Last month, the House Intelligence Committee released a previously classified section of the 2002 congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks known as the missing “28 pages.” The U.S. government allegedly kept this document confidential to protect its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Instead, the move ended up fueling a massive controversy centered on claims of a coverup by the U.S. government intended to suppress evidence of Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks.
Our research helps explain why withholding information from government documents like the “28 pages” is so often counterproductive. In a new article (written with co-authors at Dartmouth College) in the Journal of Experimental Political Science, we show how the use of redactions can undermine the effectiveness of documents intended to reduce belief in conspiracy theories. Keeping information from the public can create the perception of a cover-up even when none exists.Huffington Post, 29 Pages Revealed: Corruption, Crime and Cover-up Of 9/11, Kristen Breitweiser, July 16, 2016. (9/11 widows Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg, Lorie Van Auken, and Patty Casazza all sign their names to this blog) First and foremost, here is what you need to know when you listen to any member of our government state that the newly released 29 pages are no smoking gun — THEY ARE LYING.
Our government’s relationship to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is no different than an addict’s relationship to heroin. Much like a heroin addict who will lie, cheat, and steal to feed their vice, certain members of our government will lie, cheat, and steal to continue their dysfunctional and deadly relationship with the KSA — a relationship that is rotting this nation and its leaders from the inside out. When CIA Director John Brennan states that he believes the 29 pages prove that the government of Saudi Arabia had no involvement in the 9/11 attacks, recognize that John Brennan is not a man living in reality — he is delusional by design, feeding and protecting his Saudi vice.
When Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Anne W. Patterson, testifies — under oath — that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an ally that does everything they can to help us fight against Islamic terrorism, recognize that her deep, steep Saudi pandering serves and protects only her Saudi vice.
Read the 29 pages and know the facts. Do not let any person in our government deny the damning reality of the 29 pages.
MadCowNews, Why were Saudis “bulletproof” even AFTER the 9/11 Attack? Daniel Hopsicker, July 16, 2016.The first hugely shocking revelation in the 28-page secret chapter of the Joint Congressional Intelligence Committee Inquiry into the 9/11 attack occurs less than half-way down the very first page, and raises the chief question arising out of the release. The story of the 9/11 attack is a story of Saudis in Florida.
But the until-now classified pages report show that fully one year after the attack the CIA and FBI remained inexplicably uncomfortable with the essential fact of any real 9/11 investigation: that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi. The big question is not whether the pages “prove” or “disprove” Saudi government involvement in the 9/11 attack, but what —absent massive bribery—explains what made the Saudis “bulletproof” from investigation for so long, even after the attack?
USA Today via WTSP-TV (Florida), 5 fascinating items in new 9/11 documents, Ray Locker and Erin Kelly, July 16, 2016. The 28 pages of declassified intelligence documents analyzed by the 9/11 Commission and released Friday revealed several interesting tidbits about what FBI and CIA officials uncovered in their investigation of the intelligence failures surrounding the terror attacks. Much of the information involved Saudi Arabia, its diplomats and its financial support of Islamic groups and causes.
1. California-based Saudis aided two 9/11 hijackers.
2. A Los Angeles-area mosque was a "site of extremist-related activity."
3. Ties to the Saudi ambassador.
4. Evading U.S. authorities.
5. Saudis didn't cooperate on bin Laden.
Reflector.com (Greenville, NC), Jones commends release of 28 pages of 9/11 report, Staff and wire reports, July 16, 2016. U.S. Rep. Walter Jones said newly declassified pages from a congressional report into 9/11 will give victims' families and the American public more insight into the tragedy. Congress released the last chapter of the congressional inquiry that has been kept under wraps for more than 13 years, stored in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol. Lawmakers and relatives of victims of the attacks, who believe that Saudi links to the attackers were not thoroughly investigated, campaigned for years to get the pages released, the Associated Press reported.
"I'm just delighted for the 9/11 families and the American people that they can see this part of 9/11 and make some decisions for themselves," Jones said. "I said all along that America's strength is when the American people know the truth about a tragedy like 9/11, one of the most horrendous things to happen to America."
Florida Bulldog, The release of the 28 pages isn’t the last word in the search for who was behind 9/11, Dan Christensen, July 15, 2016. It took 13 1/2 years and enormous public and political pressure to force President Obama to order today’s release of the suppressed chapter from Congress’s Joint Inquiry report about apparent Saudi support for the 9/11 suicide hijackers. The pages, however, were not released in full. Nearly every page is speckled with black marks where information was redacted. In some cases, those deletions are of entire paragraphs, almost certainly meaning that controversy about the 28 pages will continue. Those 28 pages, however, aren’t nearly the last word about the people and events behind 9/11. Tens of thousands, likely hundreds of thousands, of additional U.S. government investigative documents about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks remain classified. “I hope the 28 pages are the cork in the bottle and that all that other material will now be released,” said former Florida Sen. Bob Graham. Graham co-chaired the Joint Inquiry and has long advocated for the public release of the chapter that was withheld from publication at the direction of President George W. Bush.
MadCowNews, Saudis bribed their way into the heart of U.S. Government, Daniel Hopsicker (author of “Welcome To Terrorland”), July 15, 2016. Leading up to today’s release of the redacted 28 pages from the Intelligence Committee Report on the 9/11 Attack, national security officials have beat out a steady drumbeat proclaiming “conspiracy theorists” would be sorely disappointed by the “inconclusive evidence” long-rumored to implicate Saudi Arabian government officials in the 9/11 attack. Nothing, as it happens, could be further from the truth.
And no bigger Big Lie in recent memory has issued from the mouth of an official representative of the U. S. Government as that which White House press secretary Josh Earnest uttered today. “The release doesn’t shed any new light or change any of the conclusions about responsibilities for the 9/11 attacks,” Earnest dissembled. “It should put to rest longtime speculation that the Saudi government had a role.” Were that in any way true, the pages would not have been slipped out the door late on a Friday afternoon. And certainly not in the middle of summer, days before the two parties begin holding their conventions.
The world can now see the pages contained no threat to national security. Instead, the objective was to cover up for the relationship with Saudi Arabia, other Middle East countries, and questionable actions or inaction by U.S. agencies. According to legislators who’ve read the pages, the information is actually central to creating a legitimate policy of national security. So we still need to know, why has this critical information been suppressed since 2003 when we’re also told to be in constant fear of an ISIS attack? How does this reflect on the rationale behind the global war on terror?
We should also take note of the timing of this release. The government always seems to release controversial news on a Friday. They know that the Republican convention begins next week which will dominate the news. That said, the legislators who have been pushing for 9/11 transparency all know that declassifying the 28 pages is a welcome step, but it’s far from over. For instance:
• Why has the FBI suppressed over 80,000 pages of documents about a Saudi cell in Florida?
• What does it mean that members of the Saudi support network in San Diego had connections to the official Saudi consulate in Washington, DC?
• As many as 10 of the accused hijackers were reported to be alive after 9/11 by the British press. Head of FBI, Robert Mueller, was forced to admit their identities were not definitively accurate. So why are they still identified as the actual perpetrators?
• According to reports from flight schools, most of them were lousy pilots. They spoke very little English. How could they take courses, take tests, then gain enough experience to fly a jumbo jet? Why weren’t these questions asked in any of the official investigations?
• What about $100,000 that was wired to Mohammad Atta by head of the Pakistani ISI?
• Why were 140 Saudis, including members of the Bin Laden family, evacuated after 9/11 when all other flights were grounded? What role did Prince Bandar play?
• Why were Israeli agents posing as art students and movers evacuated? Why was a group of Israelis filming the towers from the top of a van and celebrating, then also evacuated?
• Why did the CIA submit evidence that was obtained through torture, then destroy other evidence the 9/11 Commission had requested?
• Why was investigator Dana Lesemann fired for wanting to investigate leads of Saudi complicity?
• When the Taliban told the U.S. they would turn over Osama Bin Laden and all we had to do was provide the evidence he orchestrated the attacks, why didn’t we?
• Why did the FBI agent, Rex Tomb, tell journalist, Ed Haas, that Osama Bin Laden was not on their Most Wanted list because they didn’t have definitive evidence?
• How could 2 steel-framed sky scrapers, which were built to withstand the impact of passenger jets, disintegrate and collapse in a virtual freefall due to office fires lasting roughly 2 hours? Then how could a third steel-framed building fall at the speed of gravity 8 hours later that wasn’t even hit by a plane?
With that in mind, we here rerun our original investigative reporting showing ties between the Saudi royal faction that since 9/11 took over the kingdom — and the alleged hijackers themselves. It all relates to a house in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida. Here’s our article, which first appeared in 2011, around the time of the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
WhoWhatWhy has found evidence linking the Saudi royal family to Saudis in South Florida who reportedly had direct contact with the 9/11 hijackers before fleeing the United States just prior to the attacks. Our report connects some of the dots first laid out by investigative author Anthony Summers and Florida-based journalist Dan Christensen in articles jointly published in the Miami Herald and on the nonprofit news site BrowardBulldog.org.
Fox News, Government released secret chapter from 9/11 report, Staff report with video interview of U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY), July 15, 2016. The U.S. government on Friday released a once-secret chapter from a congressional report on the 9/11 attacks that addresses Saudi connections to some of the hijackers, a move sure to recharge speculation over what -- if anything -- Saudi government officials knew. Under wraps for 13 years, the report contains numerous redactions but states some hijackers "were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government."
New York Times, Congress Releases Secret 9/11 Document Detailing Possible Saudi Ties to Al Qaeda, Mark Mazzetti, July 15, 2016. Congress on Friday made public a long-classified document detailing possible connections between the Saudi government and the Sept. 11 terrorist plot.
The 28-page document is a wide-ranging catalog of possible links between Saudi officials and Qaeda operatives. It details contacts that Saudi operatives in Southern California had with the hijackers and describes the discovery of a telephone number in a Qaeda operative’s phone book that was traced to a corporation managing a Colorado home of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the Saudi ambassador to Washington.
The document, a section of a 2002 congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks, had been kept secret out of concern that it might fray diplomatic relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Its release marks the end of a yearslong fight by lawmakers and families of the Sept. 11 victims to make public any evidence that the kingdom might have played a role in the attacks.
Washington Post, Congress releases long-classified '28 pages' on alleged Saudi ties to 9/11, Karen DeYoung, Karoun Demirjian and Adam Goldman, July 15, 2016.
A long-classified document, detailing suspected connections between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers who carried out the Sept. 2001 attacks, was released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee after being redacted by U.S. intelligence. The document, referred to as the “28-pages” throughout a years-long battle over whether it should be made public, had taken on a near-mythic status. Victim families and some lawmakers had pushed for the release, charging that the government had tried to cover up possible Saudi links to the attacks, in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.
Washington Post, White House says 28 pages of 9/11 report show no evidence of Saudi role, Josh Earnest (White House spokesman), video, July 15, 2016. U.S.intelligence officials have finished reviewing 28 classified pages of the official report on the Sept. 11 attacks and they show no evidence of Saudi complicity, says White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Washington Post, The mystery surrounding 28 pages said to show links between 9/11 plotters and Saudi Arabia, Adam Taylor, July 15, 2016. Of the 19 hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks, 15 were from Saudi Arabia. They were all affiliated with al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden, the scion of a wealthy and connected Saudi family. The Saudi royal family also has been accused of tolerating extremist clerics within the kingdom in exchange for domestic stability and political support.
After the attacks in 2001, these facts contributed to a widespread suspicion that Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally for 70 years, had somehow aided the plotters, possibly with financing. However, when the 9/11 Commission released its final report on the attacks in 2004, it suggested only that the Saudi government had "turned a blind eye" to charities that funded the attack but was not directly involved.
CNN, Congress releases secret '28 pages' on alleged Saudi 9/11 ties, Jim Sciutto, Ryan Browne and Deirdre Walsh, July 15, 2016. A long-classified U.S. report released Friday found that some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with and received support from individuals likely connected to the Saudi government.
RT, Congressmen urge House to declassify secret 28 pages of 9/11 inquiry, Staff report, July 7, 2016. A revived push to pass a House resolution to declassify 28 pages of a 9/11 report possibly detailing official Saudi Arabian involvement in the terror attacks is being led by a group of congressmen targeting the House Intelligence Committee.
New York Times, Lawmakers to Press Again for Release of Pages Missing From 9/11 Report, Carl Hulse, July 6, 2016. June has come and gone, and there is still no sign of the secret 28 pages missing from a 2002 joint congressional report into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
28Pages.org, Rep. Lynch: 28 Pages on 9/11 May Reveal “Terrible, Terrible Errors” by U.S. Intelligence Community, Brian P. McGlinchey, July 6, 2016. Congressman Stephen Lynch, who has read 28 classified pages said to describe links between Saudi officials and the 9/11 hijackers, today suggested that information in the pages may embarrass the U.S. intelligence community.
LaRouchePAC Videos, Capitol Hill Press Conference on Declassifying the 28 Pages—H. Res. 779, July 6, 2016. On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC), Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), along with 9/11 widow Terry Strada held a press conference on Capitol Hill introducing H.Res. 779 as part of an escalation in the fight to declassify a key 28 page section of a Joint Inquiry into the September 11, 2001 attacks which deal with the foreign sponsors of the 9/11 hijackers.
Associated Press via PBS, U.S. declassifies File 17, offering clues into secret pages of 9/11 report, Deb Riechmann, July 4, 2016. Amid the clamor a year ago to release 28 still-secret pages of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks, the government quietly declassified a little-known report listing more than three dozen people who piqued the interest of investigators probing possible Saudi connections to the hijackers. The document, known as “File 17,” offers clues to what might be in the missing pages of the bipartisan report about 9/11.
HR14.org, Democracy requires transparency, Les Jamieson, July 3, 2016. Since 2008 families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks have requested President Obama to declassify the 28 pages which would reveal key evidence required in their law suit against Saudi officials, charities, and banks. Obama made the bold move in the summer of 2014 to pass the buck to Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, to review the 28 pages and initiate the process to declassify what should have never been made secret in the first place. Foot dragging, stonewalling, followed by more delay tactics by the Obama administration to declassify the 28 pages has now been followed by yet another broken promise.
Justice Integrity Project, In DC, Saudis Deploy PR, Pressure To Defend Disputed Policies, Andrew Kreig, June 21, 2016. Saudi Arabia's royal heir apparent traveled to the U.S. capital last week in a charm offensive to shore up the kingdom's controversial relations with U.S. elites. In the wake of increasing American suspicions of a Saudi role in financing 9/11 terrorists and supporting ISIS, President Obama met June 17 with the monarchy's number two leader, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Justice Integrity Project, Conservatives Blast Obama On Terror Attack, Miss Key Clues, Andrew Kreig, June 17, 2016. Author Philip B. Haney and four other current or former officials accused the president of leading an incompetent administration whose top law enforcers and other key personnel coddle radical Islamists. Their partisan passion shows lack of basic information even among officials about covert intrigues.
Florida Bulldog, FOIA lawsuit disputes 9-11 Review Commission effort to discredit sensational FBI report, Dan Christensen, June 16, 2016. Two blue ribbon government panels on 9/11, two approaches to public accountability. The 9/11 Commission held a dozen public hearings before issuing its 567-page report to the nation in 2004. While many of its records remain classified, the commission also made public additional staff studies with detailed information about terrorist financing, terrorist travel and immigration and border security.
The Hill, 9/11 families plead with White House to release secret 28 pages, Julian Hattem, June 6, 2016. Twenty-one family members and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks wrote to the White House on Monday, pleading with President Obama to release 28 classified pages from a congressional report into the al Qaeda strike. The advocates implored Obama not to waste any time releasing the secret portion of a 2003 report that is believed to contain details linking the government of Saudi Arabia to 9/11.
Florida Bulldog, 28 pages and 80,000 pages: The hunt for a Saudi support network for 9-11 hijackers, Dan Christensen, June 1, 2016. Lawyers for the Florida Bulldog have asked a federal judge to award substantial attorney fees for years of efforts to obtain secret reports about the FBI’s post-9/11 investigation of Saudis in Sarasota with apparent ties to the suicide hijackers. The court papers filed Tuesday seek a court hearing and also show how the Fort Lauderdale Freedom of Information (FOI) case ties into a better-known push to declassify 28 pages that were cut out of a 2002 report by Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks. Those censored pages involved “specific sources of foreign support” for the hijackers while they were in the U.S.
28Pages.org, A Buried Envelope & Buried Questions: Your First Look Inside Declassified Document 17, Brian P. McGlinchey, April 19, 2016. As President Obama prepares to visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, his administration is under increasing pressure to declassify 28 pages that, according to many who’ve read them, illustrate financial links between the Saudi government and the 9/11 hijackers. Meanwhile, a far lesser-known document from the files of the 9/11 Commission—written by the same principal authors as the 28 pages and declassified last summer without publicity and without media analysis—indicates investigators proposed exploring to what extent “political, economic and other considerations” affected U.S. government investigations of links between Saudi Arabia and 9/11.
Drafted by Dana Lesemann and Michael Jacobson as a set of work plans for their specific parts of the 9/11 Commission investigation, the 47-page document also provides an overview of individuals of most interest to investigators pursuing a Saudi connection to the 2001 attack that killed nearly 3,000 people. Included in that overview is a previously unpublicized declaration that, after the capture of alleged al-Qaeda operative Ghassan al-Sharbi in Pakistan, the FBI discovered a cache of documents he had buried nearby. Among them: al-Sharbi’s U.S. pilot certificate inside an envelope of the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud receives President Barack Obama in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 20, 2016 (EPA/Saudi Press Agency)
The Atlantic, The Ever More ‘Complicated’ U.S. Relationship With Saudi Arabia, David A. Graham, April 18, 2016. Just as President Obama prepares to travel to Riyadh, the kingdom has threatened to withdraw hundreds of billions in investments over a Senate bill related to 9/11. Almost exactly 11 years ago, in April 2005, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia visited President George W. Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. It was a friendly occasion. The Bush family had long had good relations with the Saudi royal family. Though the war in Iraq was not going especially well, and the fallout concerned Riyadh, the Saudis were glad to see Saddam Hussein gone. The two men issued a statement hailing “our personal friendship and that between our nations.” They spoke about the need to “forge a new relationship between our two countries—a strengthened partnership that builds on our past partnership, meets today’s challenges, and embraces the opportunities our nations will face in the next sixty years.”
CNN, Obama official who worked on 9/11 Commission addresses the 28 pages, Z. Byron Wolf, April 18, 2016. A top aide to President Barack Obama who also worked on the 9/11 Commission report, said the Saudi government did not overtly support al Qaeda leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks, but that individuals in the country did. Ben Rhodes would not speak directly about the classified 28 pages of the report that have become the subject of new scrutiny as Congress weighs legislation that would allow Americans to sue the Saudi government. Obama official who worked on 9/11 Commission addresses the 28 pages
CBS 60 Minutes, Top secret "28 pages" may hold clues about Saudi support for 9/11 hijackers, Steve Kroft, April 8, 2016. Former Senator Bob Graham and others urge the Obama administration to declassify redacted pages of a report that holds 9/11 secrets. Current and former members of Congress, U.S. officials, 9/11 Commissioners and the families of the attack's victims want 28 top-secret pages of a congressional report released. Bob Graham, the former Florida governor, Democratic U.S. Senator and onetime chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says the key section of a top secret report he helped author should be declassified to shed light on possible Saudi support for some of the 9/11 hijackers.
28Pages.org, In New York Times Story on the 28 Pages, 9/11 Commission’s Zelikow Dismissive of Their Value, Brian P. McGlinchey, February 5, 2015. It’s been a week of heightened attention to links between Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 hijackers, first with the news that so-called “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui has testified that members of the Saudi royal family were major patrons of al Qaeda, and now with a front-page story from New York Times chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse that discusses the classified, 28-page finding on foreign government links to the 9/11 hijackers found in the report of a joint congressional intelligence inquiry.
New York Times, Claims Against Saudis Cast New Light on Secret Pages of 9/11 Report, Carl Hulse, Feb. 4, 2015. A still-classified section of the investigation by congressional intelligence committees into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has taken on an almost mythic quality over the past 13 years — 28 pages that examine crucial support given the hijackers and that by all accounts implicate prominent Saudis in financing terrorism. As for our thoughts on the story, we’d like to focus on one specific aspect: The attempt by 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow to position the commission as having thoroughly investigated and then dismissed the Saudi Arabia leads uncovered by the congressional inquiry that preceded it.
Academic Freedom Conference via YouTube, 9/11 Miracles, 2011: Are there Limits to Inquiry? David Ray Griffin, May 28, 2011 (57:40 min.). Why do Bill Moyers and Robert Parry Accept Miracles? Dr. David Ray Griffin, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religion (retired) at Claremont School of Theology and author of 11 books on 9/11, returns to Town Hall in Seattle to explore why some of the best independent journalists in America accept without question the official conspiracy theories put forth by the 9/11 Commission and NIST (National Institute of Standard and Technology) in their investigations of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Using Bill Moyers and Robert Parry as examples of journalists who have previously demonstrated notable courage, objectivity and a willingness to examine crucial events in depth, rather than simply accepting a single-minded source, Dr. Griffin challenges their current disregard of the overwhelming scientific evidence uncovered by the growing number of professionals openly supporting the 9/11 Truth Movement and calling for a proper investigation. Dr. Griffin explains how careful examination of the "official" conspiracy theories regarding the unprecedented collapse of the three tallest World Trade Center buildings reveals contradictions and violations of the laws of physics, which he rightly points out as being impossible, and therefore would require "miracles" to achieve, unless carried out by the use of explosives, controlled demolition techniques.
Official U.S. Government Reports
2002 Joint Inquiry By Senate and House Intelligence Committees chaired by Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) and House Rep. Porter Goss (R-FL)
2004 9/11 Commission (Co-chaired by New Jersey Gov. Thomas Keane (R) and Deputy Chair Lee Hamilton (D-IN), former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman
2005 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Final Report released in September 2005 (primarily on World Trade Center Buildings 1 and 2, the "Twin Towers")
NIST NCSTAR 1: Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster: Final Report of the National Construction Safety Team on the Collapses of the World Trade Center Tower. Primary Author: Sivaraj Shyam-Sunder.
Abstract: This is the final report on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers, conducted under the National Construction Safety Team Act. This report describes how the aircraft impacts and subsequent fires led to the collapse of the towers after terrorists flew jet fuel laden commercial airliners into the buildings; whether the fatalities were low or high, including an evaluation of the building evacuation and emergency response procedures; what procedures and practices were used in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the towers; and areas in current building and fire codes, standards, and practices that warrant revision. Extensive details are found in the 42 companion reports. (The final report on the collapse of WTC 7 will appear in a separate report.) Also in this report is a description of how NIST reached its conclusions. NIST complemented in-house expertise with private sector technical experts; accumulated copious documents, photographs, and videos of the disaster; established baseline performance of the WTC towers; performed computer simulations of the behavior of each tower on September 11, 2001; combined the knowledge gained into a probable collapse sequence for each tower; conducted nearly 1,200 first-person interviews of building occupants and emergency responders; and analyzed the evacuation and emergency response operations in the two high-rise buildings. The report concludes with a list of 30 recommendations for action in the areas of increased structural integrity, enhanced fire endurance of structures, new methods for fire resistant design of structures, enhanced active fire protection, improved building evacuation, improved emergency response, improved procedures and practices, and education and training.
2008 NIST Final Reports released in November 2008, Primary Author: Richard G. Gann.
NIST NCSTAR 1A: Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7
Abstract: This report describes how the fires that followed the impact of debris from the collapse of WTC 1 (the north tower) led to the collapse of WTC 7; an evaluation of the building evacuation and emergency response procedures; what procedures and practices were used in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the building; and areas in current building and fire codes, standards, and practices that warrant revision. Also in this report is a summary of how NIST reached its conclusions. NIST complemented in-house expertise with private sector technical experts; accumulated copious documents, photographs, and videos of the disaster; conducted first-person interviews of building occupants and emergency responders; analyzed the evacuation and emergency response operations in and around WTC 7; performed computer simulations of the behavior of WTC 7 on September 11, 2001; and combined the knowledge gained into a probable collapse sequence. The report concludes with a list of 13 recommendations for action in the areas of increased structural integrity, enhanced fire endurance of structures, new methods for fire resistant design of structures, enhanced active fire protection, improved emergency response, improved procedures and practices, and education and training. One of these is new; the other 12 are reiterated from the investigation into the collapse of the towers. Each of the 13 is relevant to WTC 7.