Media Picks Up on Senator Graham’s Press Club Intervention
Sept. 2, 2016 (EIRNS)—Former Sen. Bob Graham’s dramatic National Press Club appearance on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in which he called for the House to immediate pass the JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) as soon as it returns to Washington next week, and demanded the release of all of the still-classified files of the FBI and other agencies on their 9/11 investigations, was given wide media coverage, starting with the fact that the press conference was broadcasted live, in its entirety, on CSPAN, and was picked up as well by some National Public Radio outlets.
The widely-read Capitol Hill publication, The Hill, also featured significant coverage of the Newsmakers event under the headline "Former senator: Inquiry over Saudi involvement in 9/11 is not over." Reporter Kristina Wong detailed Graham’s harsh criticism of the FBI, who withheld over 80,000 pages of their Sarasota, Fla. investigation into a prominent Saudi family that supported the 9/11 hijackers, and then misrepresented the documents to a Federal Judge when they were forced to reveal their existence. Wong noted that Graham is pressuring Hillary Clinton to expand the probe into the Saudi 9/11 role, and he also praised GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his call for the release of the files on the Saudis.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune published an editorial Aug. 30 highlighting the planned Graham appearance at the National Press Club and endorsed the former Florida governor’s quest for the full truth about the Saudi Monarchy’s role in 9/11. The article, "Truth of Saudi link to 9/11 seeps out," focused on the evidence of the role of former Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, including the links of Bandar’s personal security to leading Al Qaeda figure Abu Zubaydah. The lengthy editorial reviewed the role of two Saudi intelligence officers, Omar Al Bayoumi and Osama Basnan, in providing critical logistical and financial support to the hijackers who operated out of southern California.
The editorial concluded, "We hope Graham’s appearance at the Press Club makes national news, so the liquid of truth continues to flow.
Andrew Kreig, a Washington journalist and Press Club activist, wrote a 500-word precise summary of Graham’s remarks, which have been circulated by the National Press Club.
Sputnik News also gave prominent coverage to the Graham press appearance, and a website, WhoWhatWhy/Real News Project, also gave strong detailed coverage. Yahoo News reported on the Graham event, but in the context of an hysterical statement, issued by the Saudi Embassy in Washington, denouncing the Graham charges.