Nolan: Time to End Secrecy in 9-11 Report
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today renewed his call to declassify and make public 28 secret pages of the 9-11 Commission’s official report that describe in detail who likely financed the Saudi–al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Nolan is one of the few Members of Congress who took the initiative to obtain a special security clearance and read the transcripts in a locked and guarded room beneath the U.S. Capitol Building. In his weekly Monday Report e-newsletter, the 8th District lawmaker said the pages he reviewed “present a clear and startling picture of who financed the attacks.”
Nolan and Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina are leading a House resolution urging that the pages be declassified. The growing drive to make the 28 secret pages public was featured on CBS’s 60 MINUTES program on Sunday night.
Here is Nolan’s statement:
“The American people have a right to know what some of us already know: who financed the Saudi–al Qaeda terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001. To that end, Republican Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina and I have offered a bipartisan resolution urging that 28 highly classified and revealing pages of the official 9-11 Report locked in a vault under the U.S. Capitol Building be made public. I’m one of the few Members of Congress who took the initiative, and was given the special security clearance to enter that locked and guarded room and read the transcripts. The information presents a clear and startling picture of who financed the attacks.
As former CIA Director Porter Goss, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham and other members of the 9-11 Commission made clear in last night’s special report on CBS’s 60 Minutes program, the 28 pages detail the probable financing behind the Saudi Arabian terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon. And they confirm that much of the rhetoric preceding the U.S. attack on Iraq was terribly wrong. As we all know, that war cost America thousands of precious lives and $3 trillion in treasury.
In my view, Sen. Graham, who co-chaired Congress’ joint inquiry into intelligence failures surrounding the attacks, got it right when he told 60 Minutes: “In think it is implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn’t speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many of whom didn’t have a high school education, could have carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States. I remain deeply disturbed by the amount of material that has been censored from this report.”
In fact, the Saudis themselves agree that the 28 pages should be made public. The time for secrecy is over. The American people and the families of the victims of 9-11 deserve the truth.”