28 Pages From the 9/11 Report Sit Hidden in a Vault

'60 Minutes' shines a light on what has been kept secret since 2003
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2016 6:44 AM CDT
28 Pages From the 9/11 Report Sit Hidden in a Vault
In this Sept. 13, 2001 file photo, an American flag flies over the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings in New York.   (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)

As former Florida Sen. Bob Graham told 60 Minutes on Sunday, he's been on a quest since 2003. His mission: Get the so-called "28 pages"—classified pages from a congressional report that are said to detail suspected Saudi Arabian support given to the 9/11 attackers—brought out from the guarded vault in which they are reportedly kept. Graham sees the pages as a "key part" to understanding a scenario he tells 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft is "implausible": that 19 non-English speaking foreigners, most with little education, "could've carried out such a complicated task." In Graham's view, that points to the existence of people (specifically, Saudis) who must have lent the hijackers support in the lead-up to the attacks. Kroft asks if the suspected Saudi involvement encompasses the government, rich people, or charities. "All of the above," says Graham.

The 60 Minutes report is a timely one, with President Obama—who the Daily Beast reports has twice vowed to declassify the 28 pages excised from the report by the Bush administration—a little more than a week away from visiting Saudi Arabia. The Beast observes that the pages potentially weigh heavily on the ability of 9/11 victims' families to go after the Saudis in court. The feds say sovereign immunity shields the Saudis, and the Saudis themselves point to one sentence in the report that seemingly absolves senior Saudi officials from playing a role. But that sentence is "not an exoneration," says former Sen. Bob Kerrey. "We did not, with this report, exonerate the Saudis." Kerrey is one of the few who have read the 28 pages, which 60 Minutes likens to "a grand jury or police report" containing both verified and unverified evidence that hijackers living in Southern California had help from the Saudis. (This blacksmith took on 9/11 truthers in a YouTube video.)

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