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Broward and Miami Press: Rep. Mike Rogers Intervened To Deny Rep. Grayson’s Access to 28 Pages on Saudi Terror

Dec. 29, 2014 (EIRNS)—In a development which must have Jebbie Bush gnashing his teeth, the Broward Bulldog—which has been closely watching the fight over the battle to release the classified 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into intelligence activities around the 9/11 attacks—today broke the case of the Dec. 1 denial of Florida Rep. Alan Grayson to even gain access to classified chapter. By the end of the day, the Bulldog’s story had been picked up by the Miami Herald, giving it wider circulation.

"The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has denied a Florida congressman’s request for access to 28 classified pages from the 2002 report of Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks," reporter Dan Christensen began his coverage, adding that Grayson had been encouraged to read them by "House colleagues." Noting that they were redacted in 2002 by President George W. Bush, Christensen quotes former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida that their subject is "the role of Saudi Arabia in funding 9/11." Senator Graham, then chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, headed the Inquiry.

The article covers Rep. Walter Jones’ H.Res.428 to force declassification, noting its bipartisan support, and that two Florida Representatives, Ted Yoho and Alcee Hastings, have already signed it the resolution. Christensen includes in his coverage that "9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton also came out in support of declassification," quoting Hamilton that, "We emphasized transparency. I assumed incorrectly that our records would be public, all of them, everything."

Grayson, a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, told the Bulldog that his denial was engineered by (now-retiring) Committee chair Mike Rogers, after he, Grayson, had taken to the floor to denounce NSA eavesdropping programs last summer. "Why was I denied? I have been instrumental in publicizing the Snowden revelations regarding pervasive domestic spying by the government, and this is a petty means for the spying industrial complex to lash back," Grayson said.

"Chairman Rogers told the committee that I had discussed classified information on the floor. He left out the most important part—that I was discussing what was reported in the [Guardian] newspaper. He clearly misled the committee for an improper purpose: To deny a sitting member of Congress important classified information, necessary for me to do my job."

Rogers was protecting a key member of the Anglo-Saudi empire in the process.