Twenty-eight top-secret pages of a congressional report on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, may hold clues that point to Saudi Arabian support for the hijackers.
Retired Democratic Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, a former chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence who co-chaired Congress’ bipartisan “Joint Inquiry” into the 9/11 attacks, told CBS' "60 Minutes" that 28 pages of the report he helped author were classified by the government when the report was issued in 2003. Graham, along with former CIA director and co-chair of the inquiry Porter Goss, stated that this key section of the report should be declassified to shed light on a network of supporters for the people who carried out the attack - including numerous supporters within the U.S.
"I think it’s implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn't speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many didn't have a high school education, could have carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States," Graham said, according to CBS News.
Graham told "60 Minutes" that he believes the pages may have been classified to protect U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, which is its ally in the Middle East and provides military support for conflicts such as the ongoing civil war in Syria. Currently, Saudi Arabia has used airstrikes to fight against the forces of both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and ISIS, promoting U.S. interests in the region, according to the International Business Times. However, Graham and others familiar with the content of the pages -- such as former Democratic Rep. Tim Roemer of Indiana, who served in both the Joint Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission -- have called for te pages to be declassified.
"Look, the Saudis have even said they're for declassifying it,” Roemer told "60 Minutes." “We should declassify it. Is it sensitive? A bit of a can of worms or some snakes crawling out of there? Yes.”