Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), and the families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, are asking the president to declassify 28 pages from the 9/11 congressional investigation report, providing more information to the general public on what really happened that day.
Walter Jones has read the 28 pages – and he’s now working to get them declassified. The representative last year introduced H. Res. 428 to release the pages and has gained bipartisan support of 11 of his House colleagues, from both parties.
The resolution’s co-sponsors so far are
Stephen Lynch (D-MA),
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA),
Michael Grimm (R-NY),
Thomas Massie (R-KY),
Steve Stockman (R-TX),
Alcee Hastings (D-FL),
Paul Broun (R-GA),
Ted Yoho (R-FL),
Charles Rangel (D-NY),
John Duncan Jr. (R-TN), and
Howard Coble (R-NC).
According to the bills website ”
It “Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that: (1) the President should declassify a 28-page section of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001, and (2) the families of the victims and the people of the United States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. “
The bill below would release the information from the 28 pages to the public.
[Congressional Bills 113th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 428 Introduced in House (IH)] 113th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 428 Urging the president to release information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES December 2, 2013 Mr. Jones (for himself and Mr. Lynch) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select) _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Urging the president to release information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States. Whereas President George W. Bush classified 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001; Whereas the contents of the redacted pages are necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the United States; Whereas the Executive Branch's decision to maintain the classified status of these pages prevents the people of the United States from having access to information about the involvement of certain foreign governments in the terrorist attacks of September 2001; and Whereas the people of the United States and the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks deserve full and public disclosure of the results of the Joint Inquiry: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that-- (1) the President should declassify the 28-page section of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001; and (2) the families of the victims and the people of the United States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the United States.
Jones, Lynch, and Massie held a press conference this week to draw renewed attention to declassification effort.
“The families of the victims deserve to know all the facts concerning that tragic day,” Jones said last December when he introduced the resolution. “Furthermore, the information contained in the redacted pages is critical to our foreign policy moving forward and should thus be available to the American public.”
Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) on the Glenn Beck commented on the 28 pages he read:
“When 9/11 happened and shortly thereafter, we were all like sponges. We were trying to absorb as much information [as possible] to understand the who, the what, the why, the where. But at some point you quit collecting information because there’s no more information to be had – or you think there’s no more information – and it all sort of sets up like concrete in your brain.”
“As I was reading these 28 pages, I had to try to take apart that concrete that had set up, my own understanding of what had led up 9/11 and what had enabled it,” Massie continued. “What really hurt me was to wonder, why did my government keep this from me for 13 years? What were their motives?
Beck asked: “Is this stuff that will deeply tear us apart or will it be just – has our government been worse than just sloppy and greedy at times?”
“This will not tear our country apart,” Massie responded. “It will be embarrassing. It will not endanger us to release this information. But the American public needs to have it.”
Massie said that “if we’re going to use 9/11 as a motivation to get involved in these civil wars in the Middle East,” the American public and the lawmakers in Washington “need to read these pages and understand what truly caused 9/11 and who our friends are and who our enemies are.”