Why We Can Do Stories Like Investigating the Saudi Government’s 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disillusionment

Jay Owen Global Citizen

 

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Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham says greater awareness of saudi arabia as “essentially a co-conspirator in 9/11… would change the way in which, particularly in the current milieu of events in the Middle East, saudi arabia is being viewed” by the U.S. public.

 

Saudi Arabia, an historic ally of the U.S., had put significant pressure on the Obama administration in recent months to militarily intervene in Syria, and had also attempted to derail recent U.S.-Iran rapprochement.

 

Senator Graham co-chaired the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11 that investigated intelligence failures leading up to 9/11.  The inquiry’s final report included a 28-page chapter describing the Saudi connection to 9/11, but it was completely redacted by U.S. intelligence agencies.

 

“I was stunned that the intelligence community would feel that it was a threat to national security for the American people to know who had made 9/11 financially possible,” said Senator Graham.  “And I am sad to report that today, some 12 years after we submitted our report, that those 28 pages continue to be withheld from the public.”

 

The investigation into 9/11 intelligence failures and the subsequent cover-up of Saudi involvement by the Bush administration led Senator Graham to question his life-long reverence of presidential authority.

 

“I grew up with the idea that the president was almost a divine figure, that he was the literally the father of the country and always acted in a way that was beneficial to the mass of people in America,” said Graham. “You may have disagreements with the current occupant of the office, but the presidency itself was a benighted position deserving of your respect and worthy of your confidence.”

 

“So when I got involved particularly at the national level in the U.S. Senate and saw some of the things that were happening—which were not theoretical; they were things that I was dealing with on a very day-to-day hands-on basis that were contrary to that view of what was the presidency—it was a very disillusioning experience.”  

 

In the following parts of this series Senator Graham details the Saudi 9/11 connection and explains why this is so important to understand today.  If you appreciate this kind of journalism, please make a tax-deductible donation today. 

 

Paul Jay