Senator Graham Denounces Continuing Obama Administration Stall on 28 Pages
June 30, 2016 (EIRNS)—In an interview with the Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift, former Sen. Bob Graham vowed to continue his battle to release the 28 pages from his original Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11, declaring that it would be “immoral” to reach the 15th anniversary of the attacks this September without full disclosure to the American people about what the investigation discovered about Saudi involvement in the worst terrorist attack on US soil in history.
Graham told Clift that the deadline he was given by the White House for a final decision on declassification of the 28 pages has come and gone, and the White House official who was earlier in contact with him about the progress towards that decision no longer is taking his calls. Graham, working with 9/11 survivor Sharon Premoli, is working on hiring a public relations firm to counter what he anticipates will be a Saudi PR blitz if the 28 pages are ever declassified, to damage-control their impact by discrediting the content.
Graham indicated that he is still pursuing the court actions by the Broward Bulldog, now before a Federal Judge in Florida, to release more than 87,000 pages of FBI investigative files on the Sarasota, Fla., 9/11 cell, which included Mohammad Atta, the ringleader of the attack, and he is demanding that other FBI files on Herndon, VA, and Paterson, NJ, also be made public. He is also pursuing the action before the Interagency Security Clearance Review Panel (ISCAP), a little-known but powerful oversight body that has the authority to declassify Executive Branch documents, even where agencies insist they be kept secret. And he is still waiting for the completion of the review process initiated by the Obama Administration over two years ago. Graham says that he was told by Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper, with whom he met in May, that the review process by his office was near completion, would then be subjected to further review and a decision whether or not to take the matter to the President. At that point, Obama would first have to confer with Congress, where the 9/11 Joint Inquiry report was produced.
Clift concluded her Daily Beast story:
“As a principle author of the 28 pages, Graham knows what stones have been left unturned in resolving the 9/11 attacks. He is familiar with bureaucratic stalling and how Washington loves to kick the can down the road, but letting yet another anniversary pass without coming clean with the American people would be morally indefensible.”