Congressmen want entire 9/11 report de-classified

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Even before the dust settled on 9/11, some people were wondering if the hijackers had acted alone or if they had help from other governments.

A joint report from the House and Senate released in 2002 did little to satisfy conspiracy buffs, particularly because President Bush classified 28 pages of the 800-plus page report.

A decade ago, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York led a bi-partisan group of 46 senators in calling on bush to release pages, but we know that didn’t go anywhere.

Now two members of Congress are giving it shot, Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina and Stephen Lynch, a Democrat from Massachusetts.

Jones wrote several letters over six weeks before the House Intelligence Committee agreed to let him take a look at those 28 pages, and when he did, he suggested Lynch also read them.

Lynch read them, then introduced a resolution urging President Obama to release them.

Jones and Lynch cannot talk about the contents of the classified pages, but the introduction to the report may indicate what’s in them.

According to the report, the joint committee found information of possible specific foreign support for some of the 19 hijackers while they lived in the United States.

Fifteen of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, although the non-classified part of the report does not tie the Saudis to the terrorists.

But we probably shouldn’t hold our breath.

After all, this is Congress, which can barely keep the government open for business, much less release classified documents that are the business of the American people.


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