New Yorker Features Fight Over 28 Pages, Smokes Out Opposition to Declassification

New Yorker Features Fight Over 28 Pages, Smokes Out Opposition to Declassification

September 10, 2014 • 3:53PM

Just hours before Tuesday’s Capitol Hill press conference on the 28 pages, the New Yorker magazine published a “Daily Comment” feature on the hidden 28 pages and the Saudis by staff writer Lawrence Wright, who wrote what is regarded as one of the best books on al-Qaeda and 9/11, The Looming Tower. Not only does Wright have quotes from Reps. Walter Jones and Stephen Lynch identifying the Saudis as the subject of the 28 pages and calling for declassification, and from 9/11 Commissioners Tom Kean and Tim Roemer urging that the report be made public, but it also quotes — apparently for the first time — 9/11 Commission staff director Philip Zelikow, the mole for the Bush-Cheney White House who sabotaged the Saudi investigation. Both Zelikow and an unnamed staff assistant are quoted as vociferously arguing against release of the 28 pages.

· For an account of Zelikow’s sordid role in the 9/11 Commission, EIR’s Bush and Obama Joined at the Hip in Shameless Cover-up of Anglo-Saudi 9/11.

Zelikow is cited contending that the Commission’s findings did not substantiate the arguments made by the Congressional Joint Inquiry about Saudi involvement, or the arguments of the 9/11 families in their lawsuit against the Saudis. Zelikow — who went to extraordinary efforts to prevent the 9/11 Commission members or staff from reviewing the 28 pages, even those who had written those pages for the Congressional Inquiry — calls the 28 pages “an agglomeration of preliminary, unvetted reports” concerning Saudi involvement, and adds:
“They were wild accusations that needed to be checked out.” Zelikow says he and his staff were “unable” to prove any official Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks, and a former staffer recommends against declassifying the 28 pages, on the grounds, writes Wright, that “the release of inflammatory and speculative information could ‘ramp up passions’ and damage U.S. Saudi relations.”

After giving Zelikow his say, Wright then reviews the San Diego hijacker story, including the payments from Prince Bandar’s wife, to the wife of Saudi Osama Basnan, who had befriended two future hijackers in San Diego. Wright concludes with statements from Rep. Thomas Massie, and from former Rep. Tim Roemer who served on both Joint Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission, arguing that public release of the 28 pages is very relevant in light of the need for an open debate on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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