By Jerry Alatalo
he CBS Sunday night news magazine “60 Minutes”, a decades-long television staple for millions of Americans, recently reported on the still-classified “28 Pages” allegedly linking Saudi Arabia to terrorist financing of the September 11, 2001 events known together as 9/11. For the Saudi royal family, former President George W. Bush, his Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice and others, the “60 Minutes” broadcast may represent the beginning of their worst nightmares.
For millions of men and women frustrated for years in efforts to bring truth to bear about the events of September 11, 2001, the “60 Minutes” episode represents long-awaited international traction that could finally result in revealing the truth. The “28 Pages”, according to the disappointingly small number of members of Congress who’ve actually read them, pose no national security risk to the United States and therefore must become declassified, available, for all Americans to read.
That a significant percentage of elected representatives from the 50 states serving in the U.S. Congress have not yet even read the “28 Pages” – an opportunity open and available to them for many years – is truly disturbing and frankly beyond comprehension. Those in the House of Representatives and Senate who’ve read the material are greatly disappointed that their colleagues haven’t done so unanimously, because they’ve found the information crucial for making wise decisions based on full knowledge of situations and circumstances when voting on foreign policy legislation.
Another way of describing the classified pages is through imagining them as essential, critical evidence in a murder case not presented and/or effectively withheld for 15 years from the jury (the American people) while the murderer(s) remain free and on the loose. It might be impossible to name another controversy in American political history which entails the same levels of extreme importance, profound moral/ethical questions, and potential record, truly world-transforming scandal as those associated with the “28 Pages”.
Many who’ve followed developments since September 11, 2001 are asking themselves which of the remaining presidential contenders of either the two major parties or so-called third parties will be the 1st to call for declassification of the “28 Pages”. This is certainly a maximally important, absolutely relevant issue for the 2016 presidential election. They are asking President Barack Obama to release the papers.
The American people not only can handle the truth – they are demanding it. The issue couldn’t be discussed in any greater in-depth exploration, or presented more clearly. It is painfully obvious to any serious person the information must be made available to all Americans, and to the world.
The time has arrived on Earth for noble truth, ethical courage, civilized conduct and wisdom-guided morality to prevail.
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