September 14, 2005, - 11:29 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Much is being made about the newly-released, “unredacted” version of the 9/11 Commission Report.
But, in fact, “unredacted” is a misnomer, because–while there is newly disclosed information about airport security lapses and warnings as far back as 1998 (Bill Clinton) about hijacked planes being used as weapons to explode buildings–the report still conceals from the public 27 or so pages about our self-proclaimed “allies in the War on Terror” the Saudis.
Yes, the pages about the Saudi Royals’ very close ties, funding, and knowledge of the activities of at least two of the hijackers (Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi), and their Saudi Royal connection, Omar Al-Bayoumi, are still redacted.
Why, four years after 9/11, can’t the American people see the full information about our friends’, the Saudis, involvement in the murder of 3,000 of our fellow Americans?
Ask President Bush and his White House, who are behind the refusal to disclose.
Don’t ask Russ Knocke, the inept “spokesman” for the Department of Homeland Security. The clueless Knocke told the New York Times, “Out of an abundance of caution, there are a variety of reasons why the U.S. government would not want to disclose certain security measures and not make them available in the public domain for terrorists to exploit.”
Caution has nothing to do with our dealings with the Saudis or the Bush Administrations shielding of 27 pages about how they helped 19 men murder thousands of Americans. There are no “security measures” in those pages, and nothing for “terrorists to exploit.” In fact, the exploitation is in the fact these pages are being kept secret.
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