It’s been fourteen years since the September 11 bombing that killed nearly 3,000 people and caused billions of damages to property. A joint congressional inquiry conducted in 2002 is said to have evidence linking Saudi Arabia to the terror attacks.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said it would be released as early as Friday.
The investigation is said to have 838 pages linking the Saudis’ role in the financing of the terrorists. Only 28 pages of the inquiry will be released to the public with minimum redaction.
Sources say the FBI has 80,000 more documents that allege more about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the plotting of the attacks.
Hopefully, the 28 pages will just be the first of such declassifications. The families of the victims have been pressuring Pres. Obama to release the data, which was met with negative reactions from some officials.
There is a concern that the release of the documents will compromise US intelligence sources, and the manner and methods of which these were acquired.
The 9/11 Commission back in 2004 was not able to produce enough evidence against Saudi Arabia’s support for the hijackers during the operation, but it did not exonerate them either.
However, Sen. Bob Graham, a leader of Congressional Inquiry and chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee, said he sees “a direct line between some of the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia.”
A total of nineteen people was said to have coordinated the 9/11 attacks. But it is not clear how strong the 28 pages of evidence actually are.
If strong enough, as the families have appealed a court case against Saudi Arabia for its involvement, it’s not clear how it could bring the kingdom under its jurisdiction. The US federal judge in New York dismissed the case due to lack of evidence.
If the US congress passes a legislation that allows its government to be held liable, the Saudi Arabian government threatens to sell of its investments and assets in the US that is estimated to be worth $750 billion. Pres. Obama has threatened to veto the bill.
Jim Riches, whose firefighter son died in the Trade Center rubble said, “Let them keep their money. We don’t want their money. It’s not worth 3,000 American lives. Call their bluff.”
Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement in the terror attacks and wants the documents released so it can address the allegations.
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