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28Pages.org, The 46 Senators Who Urged Bush to Declassify the 28 Pages, Staff report, Dec. 30, 2014. What a difference eleven years makes: Today, Congressmen Walter Jones and Stephen Lynch are laboring to win a Senate ally or two to join them in pressing for the release of the classified, 28-page finding on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers. In 2003, no fewer than 46 senators signed a letter to President George W. Bush urging him to reverse his decision to classify those pages, which constituted an entire section of the report of the joint Congressional inquiry into 9/11. The 2003 letter-signing effort was led by New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who persuaded 43 of fellow Democrats to join him, along with Republican Sam Brownback and independent Jim Jeffords. If just five more senators had stood up for 9/11 transparency, the Senate would have had the 51 votes needed to declassify the 28 pages by itself, even over Bush’s objection.

Speaking forcefully at the time, Schumer said, “The bottom line is that keeping this material classified only strengthens the theory that some in the U.S. government are hellbent on covering up for the Saudis. If we’re going to take terrorism down, that kind of behavior has got to be nipped in the bud and shedding some light on these 28 pages would start that process.” The letter is more than a study in history: As Congressmen Jones and Lynch scour the Senate for counterparts willing to introduce a resolution similar to their own HRes 428—which urges the president to declassify the 28 pages—those who signed the 2003 letter would seem to be prime candidates.

When the new Senate convenes in January, 12 of those 46 signatories will still be in office, all Democrats. In order of seniority, they are: Patrick Leahy (VT), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Harry Reid (NV), Barbara Boxer (CA), Patty Murray (WA), Ron Wyden (OR), Dick Durbin (IL), Jack Reed (RI), Chuck Schumer (NY), Bill Nelson (FL), Tom Carper (DE) and Maria Cantwell (WA).

Given his leadership on the issue in 2003, one would expect Schumer to be more than happy to introduce a non-binding Senate resolution pressing Obama to release the 28 pages. However, despite his history on the issue and his current sponsorship of legislation that would clear the path for lawsuits against state sponsors of 9/11 terror, Schumer has yet to join forces with Jones, Lynch and other House supporters of 28-pages transparency. Schumer’s silence on the 28 pages prompts a question: Is he reluctant to publicly hold a Democratic president to the same standard he once held a Republican one? If so, he should note that party lines aren’t evident in the House’s drive to declassify the 28 pages—the list of cosponsors of HRes 428 is a near-perfect split of Democrats and Republicans.

The question of principled consistency among the signers of the 2003 letter is underscored in a different way by the presence of three notable signatures: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry—Obama’s vice president and his past and present secretaries of state—each urged Bush to release the 28 pages.

And yet, despite the claimed convictions of three of his administration’s most senior officials and the fact that Obama himself reportedly assured 9/11 family members that he’d release the 28 pages, he continues to guard whatever secrets the Bush administration wanted buried.

The only four Democrats who did not sign the letter were Dianne Feinstein, Jay Rockefeller, Zell Miller and Kent Conrad. Republicans Richard Shelby and Olympia Snowe had previously supported the declassification of the 28 pages but did not sign the letter.

 


Report Confirms Very Low 28-Pages Readership on Capitol Hill
February 18, 2015 editor28pages 28 pages, 9/11, Intelligence Committee, The Hill    

THE HILLIn a story published Monday, The Hill’s Martin Matishak and Julian Hattem made a very important contribution to the growing movement to declassify 28 pages on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers—by providing the best indication yet of the just how few members of the House have read the censored material.

According to Matishak and Hattem:

    A spokesman for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the Intelligence panel’s chairman, said the committee granted more than 30 requests from lawmakers to view the pages in the 113th Congress.

That tally is disappointing but not surprising, confirming suspicions of extremely low readership voiced by 28Pages.org in September.

http://28pages.org/2015/02/18/report-confirms-very-low-28-pages-readership-on-capitol-hill/

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Rand’s Next Stand: Declassifying Foreign Government Ties to 9/11
June 2, 2015 editor28pages 28 pages, 9/11, June 2 2015, press conference, Rand Paul, Ron Wyden, Senate bill, Stephen Lynch, Thomas Massie, Walter Jones    

At a crowded Capitol Hill press conference today, Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul (R) introduced legislation urging the president to declassify 28 pages on foreign government links to the 9/11 hijackers.

“We cannot let page after page of blanked-out documents be obscured behind a veil,” said Paul  “We cannot let this lack of transparency erode trust and make us feel less secure.”
Senator Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul

Paul’s introduction of Senate Bill 1471—similar to House Resolution 14—represents a major milestone in the growth and visibility of the nonpartisan 28 pages movement.

Furthering his pattern of collaborating across the aisle on national security and other issues, Paul has already garnered the cosponsorship of Democrats Ron Wyden (OR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). Paul and Wyden famously teamed up last week to block the extension of PATRIOT Act provisions that enabled the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data.

Saying he was not alone in calling for the pages to be released, Paul noted that other advocates include “former heads of the CIA and the Republican and Democrat heads of the 9/11 commission” as well as bipartisan members of the House who are working to advance H.Res.14, which likewise urges the release of the 28 pages.

In an interesting twist, Paul announced his intention to next week offer the language of the bill as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. A similar maneuver was twice attempted in 2003 by then-Senator Byron Dorgan. Interestingly in note of last week’s high-profile clash over NSA surveillance, Dorgan’s effort was stymied on procedural objections initiated by Mitch McConnell.

At the press conference, Paul was joined by three congressmen who are leading the 28 pages effort in the House of Representatives—Walter Jones (R, NC), Stephen Lynch (D, MA) and Thomas Massie (R, KY)—and former Democratic Senator Bob Graham, who co-chaired the intelligence inquiry that produced the 28 pages. 9/11 family members also spoke, including Terry Strada, national chair of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism.
Graham: Release Will Prompt Reconsideration of Saudi Relationship

Of the speakers, former Senator Bob Graham, who co-chaired the inquiry that produced the 28 pages as part of a much larger report, spoke most pointedly about the 28 pages and what they reveal: “The 28 pages…go to the question of who financed 9/11 and they point a strong finger at Saudi Arabia.”

According to Graham, the release of the 28 pages will have broad ramifications. “The 28 pages are very important, and will…inform the American people and, in so doing, cause the American government to reconsider the nature of our relationship with Saudi Arabia.”

Graham said the 28 pages are “emblematic of a pattern of withholding information, unnecessarily and to the detriment of the American people.”

http://28pages.org/2015/06/02/rands-next-stand-declassifying-foreign-government-ties-to-911/

 

 

Perhaps most notable about the June 2 news conference was lack of coverage by the establishment media. The news conference featured in Rand Paul a prominent GOP presidential contender ranking near the top in public opinion polls among contenders, representatives of 9/11 families, and Bob Graham, a former Senate intelligence committee chairman.

The three-term former senator co-authored a secret report on one of the greatest crimes in American history, which helped spark ongoing wars in central Asia and the Middle East that have so-far cost trillions of dollars and more than a million lives. The New York Times and Los Angeles Times had reporters present who did not publish stories, according to the Executive Intelligence Review, which assisted three House members in publicizing the news conference. The Washington Post coverage appeared only online and not in its printed edition. A Bloomberg column primarily mocked those in the audience asking questions, thus trivializing the substance of the featured speakers concerns. The likely reasons for the lack of coverage are clear to those of us at the Justice Integrity Project, as well as to other Washington observers: The nation's pro-interventionist bipartisan majority is funded by the financial, military and intelligence colossus. Those financial powers dominate both major parties, as well as the supposedly independent voices in the academia and the media, including "alternative" media that profess to being independent. The lack of normal news coverage serves as evidence that the secret segment of the 9/11 report must be important, even though experienced apologists for news managers and docile members of the press corps can always find rationales for omitting coverage of sensitive matters. The rest of us, however, are entitled to conclude that the suppressed information inevitably points to even more sensitive and important information. Readers here can recall that former deputy CIA director Michael Morell ducked our question at a National Press Club news conference last month on why the CIA opposed release of the 28 pages. After 33 years at the agency, including two stints as acting director and a current post as senior news analyst for CBS news on intelligence matters, Morell could only say he did not know the basis of the CIA's opposition to release of the 28 pages and of remaining materials on the JFK assassination. Such answers in the rare occasions when members of the press are able to pose questions on the record and unfiltered to the intelligence/financial/media establishment should themselves count as clues suggesting the need for further digging. Given the stakes for the nation and the world, the view from here is that no senator or House member of either party deserves re-election if he or she has not looked at the 28-pages and rendered an opinion publcly about the content. Additionally, any news or opinion journal purporting to cover Capitol Hill and other national affairs severely diminishes its credibility by failure to cover the debate about release of the 28 secret pages in the 9/11 report issued in 2002.

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Bill to Declassify 28 Pages Now in the U.S. Senate

June 3, 2015 (EIRNS)—For more than two years, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) has been fighting in Congress to get the release of the classified 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry Report on 9/11. LaRouchePAC and EIR have strongly supported Jones’s efforts, based on its in-depth study of the Saudi-British role in fomenting international terror. Jones’ resolution (HRes 428) in the 113th Congress to get President Obama to declassify the pages gained a small number of sponsors, as many Congressmen claimed that the resolution could get nowhere without a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.

Now that situation has changed. At a packed press conference on Capitol Hill June 2, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) announced that he and Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Kristin Gillibrand have introduced S. 1471, which calls for the declassification of the 28 pages.

At the press conference, which was live-streamed by www.larouchepac.com and is available on the website, Senator Paul was joined by House sponsors Jones, Steve Lynch (D-Mass), and Thomas Massie (R-Ky), former Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla), and a number of family members of the victims of 9/11. Many of the speakers singled out Saudi Arabia as the prime suspect for funding the 9/11 attacks, and demanded that President Obama deliver on his promise to family members to release the pages. ■∙∙∙∙Senator Paul announced in his opening remarks, that he also intends to introduce the bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, when it comes up in the Senate soon.

 

More subtle is the approach by Michael Morell, a 33-year career CIA officer whose responsibilities included the daily national security briefing to President George W. Bush, including a period before the Iraq war. The Justice Integrity Project had an opportunity to question and photograph him (as shown at right) during his news conference at the National Press Club May 18, 2015.

Rather remarkably, Morell conceded in another interview last week with Corn, George W. Bush's CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public, that he had failed to correct President Bush and others at the White House when he recognized that their public statements about Iraq contradicted the CIA's information.

Let's amend that: It would be "remarkable" in most other jobs if such dereliction would lead to promotion and other career "success" for all of those involved.

Not in the nation's capital, which has a different set of rules whereby lying, deference, and loyalty are rewarded.

Morell was promoted within the CIA to become deputy director. During the Obama administration, Morell twice served as acting director before retirement in 2013 after he  unsuccessfully contended with John Brennan to run the CIA during Obama's second term. Morell became a senior counselor at Beacon Global Strategies, started by Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide Philippe Reines, and an intelligence analyst for CBS News.

The major news networks, all cheerleaders for the Iraq war and related disasters, are helping to showcase Morell as an intelligence expert as he proceeds through the revolving door into the defense-intelligence complex and promotes his gung-ho memoir: The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism from Al Qa'ida to ISIS.

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At the press conference, which was live-streamed by www.larouchepac.com and is available on the website, Senator Paul was joined by House sponsors Jones, Steve Lynch (D-Mass), and Thomas Massie (R-Ky), former Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla), and a number of family members of the victims of 9/11. Many of the speakers singled out Saudi Arabia as the prime suspect for funding the 9/11 attacks, and demanded that President Obama deliver on his promise to family members to release the pages. ■∙∙∙∙Senator Paul announced in his opening remarks, that he also intends to introduce the bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, when it comes up in the Senate soon.

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28Pages.org, The 46 Senators Who Urged Bush to Declassify the 28 Pages, Staff report, Dec. 30, 2014. What a difference eleven years makes: Today, Congressmen Walter Jones and Stephen Lynch are laboring to win a Senate ally or two to join them in pressing for the release of the classified, 28-page finding on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers. In 2003, no fewer than 46 senators signed a letter to President George W. Bush urging him to reverse his decision to classify those pages, which constituted an entire section of the report of the joint Congressional inquiry into 9/11. The 2003 letter-signing effort was led by New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who persuaded 43 of fellow Democrats to join him, along with Republican Sam Brownback and independent Jim Jeffords. If just five more senators had stood up for 9/11 transparency, the Senate would have had the 51 votes needed to declassify the 28 pages by itself, even over Bush’s objection.

Speaking forcefully at the time, Schumer said, “The bottom line is that keeping this material classified only strengthens the theory that some in the U.S. government are hellbent on covering up for the Saudis. If we’re going to take terrorism down, that kind of behavior has got to be nipped in the bud and shedding some light on these 28 pages would start that process.” The letter is more than a study in history: As Congressmen Jones and Lynch scour the Senate for counterparts willing to introduce a resolution similar to their own HRes 428—which urges the president to declassify the 28 pages—those who signed the 2003 letter would seem to be prime candidates.

When the new Senate convenes in January, 12 of those 46 signatories will still be in office, all Democrats. In order of seniority, they are: Patrick Leahy (VT), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Harry Reid (NV), Barbara Boxer (CA), Patty Murray (WA), Ron Wyden (OR), Dick Durbin (IL), Jack Reed (RI), Chuck Schumer (NY), Bill Nelson (FL), Tom Carper (DE) and Maria Cantwell (WA).

Given his leadership on the issue in 2003, one would expect Schumer to be more than happy to introduce a non-binding Senate resolution pressing Obama to release the 28 pages. However, despite his history on the issue and his current sponsorship of legislation that would clear the path for lawsuits against state sponsors of 9/11 terror, Schumer has yet to join forces with Jones, Lynch and other House supporters of 28-pages transparency. Schumer’s silence on the 28 pages prompts a question: Is he reluctant to publicly hold a Democratic president to the same standard he once held a Republican one? If so, he should note that party lines aren’t evident in the House’s drive to declassify the 28 pages—the list of cosponsors of HRes 428 is a near-perfect split of Democrats and Republicans.

The question of principled consistency among the signers of the 2003 letter is underscored in a different way by the presence of three notable signatures: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry—Obama’s vice president and his past and present secretaries of state—each urged Bush to release the 28 pages.

And yet, despite the claimed convictions of three of his administration’s most senior officials and the fact that Obama himself reportedly assured 9/11 family members that he’d release the 28 pages, he continues to guard whatever secrets the Bush administration wanted buried.

The only four Democrats who did not sign the letter were Dianne Feinstein, Jay Rockefeller, Zell Miller and Kent Conrad. Republicans Richard Shelby and Olympia Snowe had previously supported the declassification of the 28 pages but did not sign the letter.

 

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