Former 9/11 commission member calls for release of 28 pages in report
CNN - Nicole Gaouette Tue May 24, 2016
Washington (CNN) — A former member of the 9/11 Commission called Tuesday for the public release of 28 classified pages pertaining to the attacks.
"I am strongly in favor of declassifying this information as quickly as possible," Tim Roemer told a House committee. "The 9/11 families deserve it, the American people deserve it, and justice deserves it. We have the right to transparency and sunlight -- not the darkness."
The hearing, titled "The U.S.-Saudi Arabia Counterterrorism Relationship," comes amid increasing scrutiny in Washington about Saudi Arabia's possible role in the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and a push in Congress to allow victims of terrorism to sue foreign governments linked to terror attacks on U.S. soil.
That has fueled calls for the release of 28 classified pages on the report into the attacks. The pages indicate that a network of Saudis, some in official positions, supported al Qaeda operatives in the run up to the attacks, according to some of those who have seen the documents and are pushing for their release, including former Navy Secretary John Lehman and former Senator Bob Graham.
At Tuesday's hearing, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the Saudi Arabian government for funding the spread of Wahabi Islam, a fundamentalist interpretation of the ancient religion that "teaches that apostates should be persecuted and in some cases killed," said Texas Rep. Ted Poe, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on terrorism.
Poe noted that some analysts say that followers of Wahabi Islam might be more disposed to feel sympathetic to terrorist groups. And he echoed Roemer's call.
Federal legislators and pundits are asked questions about the 9/11 controlled demolition evidence on C-SPAN's program, "Washington Journal".
*Tom Ridge (former DHS Secretary) responds to WTC dust evidence..
*Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) gives an excellent, candid answer to a question about Building 7, encourages C-SPAN callers to keep pushing.
*Josh Rogin of the Daily Beast tells a caller it's not the job of the press to litigate what happened on 9/11.
*Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) is asked about the United States government's loss of credibility for looking away from the Building 7 issue.
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
By Kevin Eggers
Napa Valley Register
On Feb. 26, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, delivered a 60-minute speech detailing how the Bush administration has “intentionally obstructed Congress” in its investigations for the past seven years.
The first part of Rohrabacher’s speech covered his investigation of the ties between 1995 “Oklahoma City bomber and murderer Terry Nichols” and Al Qaeda’s terrorist leader Ramzi Yousef, “the mastermind of the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993,” who were both in Cebu City in the Philippines during the same time frame, both using similar bombs, two years apart, to blow up American targets.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher links WTC 1993 bombing to OKC bombing and 9/11 in 15th anniversary speech - February 26, 2008
On February 26, 2008, Congressional Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California made some very interesting observations on the House floor; *
"In my tenure as a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, both as chairman and ranking member of an investigative subcommittee, I have witnessed firsthand behavior by the Bush administration which I find deeply troubling.
The disdain and uncooperative nature that this administration has shown toward Congress, including Republican Members, is so egregious that I can no longer assume that it is simply bureaucratic incompetence or isolated mistakes. Rather, I have come to the sad conclusion that this administration has intentionally obstructed Congress' rightful and constitutional duties.
Tonight I will discuss some serious examples of this administration's contemptuous disregard for the authority delegated to Congress by the Constitution. This bad attitude has consistently manifested itself in a sophomoric resentment toward Congress' constitutional role as an equal branch of government. The result has been an executive branch too insecure to let Congress do its job, an executive branch that sees Congress, even when Republicans held the majority, as a rival and a spoiler, rather than as elected representatives of the American people playing a rightful role in establishing policy for our great country.
Unfortunately, when the President of the United States rejects the legitimacy of congressional prerogatives, there are serious consequences. Tonight, I will provide examples of how this administration for the past 7 years has undercut congressional investigators, has lied to Members of Congress, and has forged ahead with secret deals in spite of efforts and pleas by Congress to be informed, if not involved.