Florida Rep. Alan Grayson was denied access to censored pages of a 2002 Congress report on the 9/11 attacks.
Grayson, a Democrat, was advised by colleagues in the House to read the pages because he was considering co-sponsoring a bipartisan resolution that would call on President Barack Obama to declassify them.
Grayson told the Broward Bulldog he believes his request to examine the 28 classified pages was ultimately denied because of criticism he expressed of the National Security Agency.
“Why was I denied? I have been instrumental in publicizing the [Edward] Snowden revelations regarding pervasive domestic spying by the government and this is a petty means for the spying industrial complex to lash back,” Grayson said.
The pages were reportedly redacted on orders from then-President George Bush because they reportedly address “specific sources of foreign support” for the terrorists who carried out the attacks, and more specifically detail “the role of Saudi Arabia in funding 9/11.”
Former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who co-authored the report, has been a longtime advocate for the declassification of the censored pages. Lee Hamilton, vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, has also been an outspoken supporter of the information being declassified.
“I’m embarrassed that they’re not declassified,” Hamilton said. “We emphasized transparency. I assumed incorrectly that our records would be public, all of them, everything.”
Grayson, who had previously been denied access two times, said that Rep. Mike Rogers was the one who denied him this time around.
“Chairman Rogers told the committee I had discussed classified information on the floor. He left out the most important part that I was discussing what was reported in the newspaper,” Grayson said.
“He clearly misled the committee for an improper purpose: To deny a sitting member of Congress important classified information necessary for me to do my job.”