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article image60 minutes to air program on possible Saudi involvement in 9/11

By Ken Hanly     Apr 10, 2016 in Politics
Washington - Twenty-eight pages of a congressional intelligence report that have yet to be declassified will be discussed on 60 Minutes this Sunday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific time zones.
According to a CBS news preview of the 60 Minutes report, Steven Kroft interviews a number of figures involved with the 28 pages including former Senator Bob Graham, former CIA directory Porter Goss, and former members of the 9/11 Commission and several others. The program comes at a very sensitive time as President Obama is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia on April 21. Obama in 2009 and 2011 promised families of 9/11 victims that he would declassify the 28 pages, but the promise has never been fulfilled.
The declassification keeps being put off. In January 6, 2015 a federal panel was reviewing the 28 pages and was expected to make a recommendation to President Obama in the coming months. Over a year has passed with no recommendation. On September 2 of last year the Mandatory Classification Review of the 28 pages had by then taken longer than the entire congressional intelligence inquiry that produced the pages. A National Security Council spokesperson declined to say when the report would be finished. The review of the pages is now nearing its third year.
Bob Graham, who was co-chair of the inquiry that wrote the 28 pages said: “The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11 and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.” Graham says that the 28 pages should be declassified to clarify possible support for some of the 9/11 hijackers. Graham reports: Graham wouldn't discuss the classified contents, but says the 28 pages outline a network of people he believes supported hijackers in the U.S. He tells Kroft he believes the hijackers were "substantially" supported by Saudi Arabia. Asked if the support was from government, rich people or charities, the former senator replies, "all of the above." Congressman Thomas Massie described reading the pages as “shocking.” He said, “I had to stop every couple pages and…try to rearrange my understanding of history. It challenges you to rethink everything.”
There have been resolutions introduced both in the US House and the Senate to declassify the pages. The president asked James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence to review the 28 pages, in 2014 but neither Clapper nor the parallel Mandatory Declassification Review group have yet finished their reports.
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