Investigating the Saudi Government 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disillusionment
In the following video Paul Jay from The Real News Network interviews former US Senator Bob Graham. Graham chaired the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11 2001” that investigated the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community in connection with the September 11, 2001 attacks. In this interview Graham talks about his findings on the failures and negligence of US intelligence services before the 9/11 attacks, the role of Saudi Arabia, the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 report and many other topics that are seldom talked about in the mainstream historical literature as well the press.
These questions and many more are adressed in the following video:
For the full transcript of the video, click here.
Notable excerpts from the video:
Bob Graham about the active role of the Saudi Government:
Their active role, and how our perspective role on that active role would be different if there was an acceptance of the fact that Saudi Arabia was essentially a co-conspirator in 9/11, how much that would change the way in which, particularly in the current milieu of events in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is being viewed.
And that perception that Saudi Arabia since World War II has been the object of a special relationship with United States I think has contributed–not the total reason, but a factor, in that we have gone so unexamined in this current relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Bob Graham about his path to disillusionment:
I grew up with the idea that the president was almost a divine figure, that he was the literally the father of the country and always acted in a way that was beneficial to the mass of people in America. I had very high reverence that you may have disagreements with the current occupant of the office, but the presidency itself was a benighted position deserving of your respect and worthy of your confidence. So when I got involved particularly at the national level in the U.S. Senate and saw some of the things that were happening–which were not theoretical; they were things that I was dealing with on a very day-to-day hands-on basis that were contrary to that view of what was the presidency–it was a very disillusioning experience. And maybe some of the comments that I make in the book Intelligence Matters reflect that path to disillusionment.
Bob Graham about the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Report:
There were 28 pages in the final report, out of over 800 total, which were totally censored from–that were one to the end of that chapter. That was the chapter that largely dealt with the financing of 9/11, who paid for these very complex and in many instances expensive activities that were the predicate for 9/11. I was stunned that the intelligence community would feel that it was a threat to national security for the American people to know who had made 9/11 financially possible. And I am sad to report that today, some 12 years after we submitted our report, that those 28 pages continue to be withheld from the public.
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