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Obama to decide whether to declassify 9/11 documents

“The Saudis know what they did. We know what they did”

Ollie Gillman reporting for Daily Mail Online: One important decision awaits president Obama in the next couple of months. A decision to make 28 pages of sealed documents that could expose Saudi Arabia’s connection to 9/11 attacks, if the rumors are true, public.

This information comes from one of the former Florida senators, Bob Graham. He said that White House made it clear to him that the decision on these files would be made in upcoming months.

Graham told Fox News he was 'pleased that after two years this matter is about to come to a decision by the president'.

The former senator has argued for the documents to be declassified for a long time now, but was countered by the Bush and Obama administrations who believed that doing so was a potential national security risk.

Graham and his fellow critics think that the files expose Saudi Arabia's involvement in the attacks. This connection is something the U.S. government has allegedly tried to keep out of the public’s ear all that time.

The timing of the release could be highly significant, with the president heading to Saudi Arabia to meet leaders in the region next week.

Graham’s biggest supporter, New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for declassification ahead of the summit so Obama could discuss any consequences with the Saudi government.

“'If the president is going to meet with the Saudi Arabian leadership and the royal family, they think it would be appropriate that this document be released before the president makes that trip, so that they can talk about whatever issues are in that document,” Gillibrand said.

She told CBS' 60 Minutes that she was unsure how the Saudis would react to the release, but said the family members of 9/11 victims deserved to know what the documents said.

This is not the first time this issue has been brought up, but it could be the last, should Barack Obama follow senators’ advice. Saudi Arabia’s involvement in attacks that killed 2997 innocent people has been a subject of continuous debates over the past decade and a half.

It has been confirmed that fifteen of the attackers on boards of the planes that crashed into WTC towers and Pentagon were Saudi by birth, as was Osama bin Laden, who was killed in U.S. raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. 

Bin Laden was the son of a Saudi billionaire with close ties to the kingdom's royal family. 

“The Saudis know what they did. We know what they did,” Graham told 60 Minutes. 

“There are a lot of rocks out there that have been purposefully tamped down, that if were they turned over, would give us a more expansive view of the Saudi role.”

Graham added that he believes the terrorists were 'substantially' helped by the Saudi Arabian government, financiers, and charities. 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

 

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