Dominating the news last month was the “28 pages” – information classified for the past fourteen years that is believed to show a link between Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 hijackers, with the Saudi government actually providing aid to the attackers in some manner (who were also Saudi).
When the 28 pages dominated headlines, Obama stated he would make a decision over whether or not to declassify the documents within sixty days. We haven’t heard much of an update, but as The Guardian reports, the case is now stronger than ever to declassify:
A former Republican member of the 9/11 commission, breaking dramatically with the commission’s leaders, said Wednesday he believes there was clear evidence that Saudi government employees were part of a support network for the 9/11 hijackers and that the Obama administration should move quickly to declassify a long-secret congressional report on Saudi ties to the 2001 terrorist attack.
“There was an awful lot of participation by Saudi individuals in supporting the hijackers, and some of those people worked in the Saudi government,” Lehman said in an interview, suggesting that the commission may have made a mistake by not stating that explicitly in its final report. “Our report should never have been read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia.”
And while we’re still talking about the 28 pages, that’s apparently beach reading compared to the amount of information we really have available on potential Saudi involvement in 9/11. The FBI has an additional 80,000 classified pages of information investigating a Saudi/9/11 link.If there is indeed a link revealed, the next questions will be who knew, when and why they did nothing to bring this information to the public light. [Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist.]