by Jerry Alatalo
Former CBS News journalist Sharyl Attkisson created an excellent and powerful report on the still-classified “28 Pages” pointing to Saudi involvement in the events of September 11, 2001. The report aired on Ms. Attkisson’s new program “Full Measure” which debuted on October 4, 2015 on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s television stations.
First, let’s make clear that the title of this post “Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton Call For ’28 Pages’ Release” is completely fictitious. The made-up headline is intended to draw public attention to the fact that in none of the Republican or Democratic debates thus far has the issue of the “28 Pages” been addressed, and that there is a very serious problem with respect to the people’s right to know, and related to current events in the Middle East, in that omission.
As far as this writer is aware Rand Paul, who co-sponsored a bill to release the information, seems the only one of the candidates for President of the United States in 2016 to go on record with their opinions on whether the 28 Pages should remain classified or be released to the public – the release of which could very possibly transform the perceptions of humanity on what actually occurred on September 11, 2001. This issue – in contrast to perceptions that September 11, 2001 happened 14 years ago and is irrelevant to what is occurring today – is important with respect to increasing number of reports pointing to Saudi financing of terrorist groups now operating in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other countries.
In the plainest terms, there are an increasing number of decent and respectable men and women in nations and regions across the Earth who feel the time has long passed since the 28 Pages – the truth about September 11, 2001 – became available to the people. Every day that passes while the information remains withheld from the people is comparable to another day of failing to discuss the “deep, dark secrets” of the human family, and everyone is aware how much harm results when traditional families fail to honestly, squarely, conscientiously and finally face their various problems and dysfunction.
Former Republican Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Peter Hoekstra of Michigan responded to Ms. Attkisson’s question of why the 28 Pages remain classified by saying “They are concerned that it may be embarrassing to the countries or individuals that are talked about in that section, and it’s a complication that they’d rather not deal with.” On releasing or declassifying the 28 Pages he said “I really can’t come up with a good reason at this point in time anymore to keep the pages classified.”
Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch, who’s been leading the effort in Washington, D.C. and Congress to declassify, shared his view that the information is still withheld from the people to “…allow those individuals (named) to escape accountability.” Mr. Lynch added: “Information such as this, on such a profound scale, should definitely be in the custody of the American people. We should know about this – this will inform us; this will help us, and there’s no reason why this information should not be made public.”
Member of “9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism” Terry Strada, who lost her husband when he perished with thousands of others on September 11, 2001, said to Ms. Attkisson and the American people when asked what her husband would say to her now: “You go get ’em, Terry – you go get ’em. Don’t let them get away with this. Don’t let them hide the truth, and don’t let the people that were behind it not pay – not be held accountable.”
The continued withholding of this information of paramount importance from the American people – from humanity – has become simply no longer acceptable. Demand a response and action from your elected representatives in Congress and every candidate for President from all parties. Release the 28 Pages now.
(Thank you to Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson at YouTube)