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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Time to Declassify the 28 Pages of the 9/11 Report Protecting Saudi Arabia

Eleven years ago today, terrorists killed over three thousand civilians in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Nineteen Muslims carried out the attacks. The religion of the terrorists is relevant because religion (Islam) motivated the terrorists to commit mass murder.

Also of importance is the nationality of the terrorists. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were nationals of Saudi Arabia. The late leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, was Saudi. These are not coincidences. The financial aid of the Saudi elite, determination of its citizens to participate in jihad, and promotion by the Saudi government of their puritanical version of Islam known as Wahhabism, has directly led to the proliferation of Islamic terrorism and fundamentalism around the world.

The record is clear that wealthy Saudi families, rich off petro-dollars from the West, provided significant financial support for al-Qaeda and its ideological allies to flourish and commit their atrocities - from 9/11 to the 2002 Bali night club bombings to the 2004 Madrid train bombings, and the thousands of other acts of Islamic inspired violence around the globe. For the past forty years, the Saudi government has spent billions of dollars building mosques and educational centers around the world to preach Wahhabism. The Saudis have radicalized previously peaceful, even secular Muslim populations in Africa and Asia. Saudi efforts laid the foundation for the Muslim Brotherhood to assume power in Egypt and have spearheaded the regression in human rights throughout the Muslim World.

Saudi Arabia is no friend of the U.S. In fact, their policies and actions represent a clear and present danger to the United States, its allies and Muslims who do not adhere to their puritanical brand of Islam.

So why does the U.S. continue to protect, and arguably conceal, the extent of Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks?
 
To date, twenty eight pages of the 9/11 Commission Report remain classified. These pages purportedly hide extensive Saudi involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For instance, the New Republic sources claim that the 28 pages discuss “a coordinated network that reaches right from the hijackers to multiple places in the Saudi government.” CBS sources claim that “the redacted section lays out a money trail between Saudi Arabia and supporters of al Qaeda.” Senator Bob Graham, a former Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, is on record stating that high ranking Saudi government officials “...made substantial contributions to the support and well-being of two of these terrorists and facilitated their ability to plan, practice and then execute the tragedy of September 11.”
 
The 9/11 Hijackers
At times, there have been public campaigns to declassify the 28 pages. President Bush, however, repeatedly denied those pressures, claiming that doing so would compromise U.S. intelligence operations. In 2003, then Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal arranged a meeting President Bush to publicly demand that he declassify the 28 pages. That same year, Senator Dorgan from North Dakota proposed a formal amendment to a bill in the Senate to declassify the 28 pages. Many other government officials, including Senator Graham, have called for the 28 pages to be declassified. Even then Senator Barack Obama, while campaigning for president in 2008, promised to declassify the 28 pages if elected.
 
Saudi Arabia, through both its citizens and government are the engine and fuel behind the global Islamic jihad. It is a regressive country that does not respect basic human rights, whether by prohibiting religious freedom, denying equality among genders or punishing people for practicing "witchcraft and sorcery." Just last month, the Saudi government sentenced a woman to 500 lashes over an allegedly fraudulent business deal with a Saudi princess. Saudi Arabia's anti-women policies and gender apartheid practices are well documented.
 
Saudi Arabia does not deserve special protections and privileges from the U.S. government. Declassifying the 28 pages will go a long way towards rebalancing the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia and treating the country in a manner consistent with their anti-American actions and repressive behaviors. At the very least, the U.S. government must declassify the 28 pages and let the American public finally know the full extent of Saudi involvement in the September 11th attacks.
 
Allen Mitchum is the author of the political thriller 28 Pages involving a shocking Saudi conspiracy against the United States concealed in the 9/11 Commission Report. Please visit the author's website at www.allenmitchum.com.


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