President Obama will decide whether to declassify 28 pages of sealed documents — which some suspect show a Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks — within 60 days, according to a former senator who co-chaired the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the attacks.
Former Florida Democratic Sen. Bob Graham told Fox News late Tuesday that the White House had informed him that a decision on whether to declassify the documents would be made in one to two months.
Graham, who has pressed for the documents to be made public, told Fox he was “pleased that after two years this matter is about to come to a decision by the president.”
Both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations have refused to unseal the documents, claiming it would jeopardize national security. Critics claim the reluctance is a calculated move to hide Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
I am more than a bit surprised that this issue is finally getting so much mainstream coverage. I have been told of the documents’ contents and I am skeptical that they would ever, ever be declassified. If they are, I suspect we’ll only get a highly sanitized version. It’s not as though we’re going to get an admission that the Saudi government funded the attacks and several elements of the United States federal government knew they were coming.
The bigger question is why is this coming to light? What purpose does it have? Give citizens the illusion that the government is capable of rare moments of honesty? Is it a distraction? I wish I knew, but I do know that there’s something very fishy about this story.