Wednesday, May 18, 2016

911 Revisited by Erick San Juan

911 Revisited by Erick San Juan

On the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Dr. Kevin Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11, made the following remarks during an interview with Press TV - “A real investigation of 9/11 would destabilize the United States’ political system… and it could even lead to a civil war.

The truth about 9/11 is so horrific that if the American people actually were to learn that truth they would completely lose confidence in their system, because the truth of the matter is that a faction of power here in the United States – the neoconservative faction – orchestrated the events of the September 11, 2001 as a New Pearl Harbor designed to launch their agenda of world domination and a rollback of freedom in the United States,” he added.

Revisiting the timeline of events that led to the 9-11 terror attacks, what really happened some fourteen years ago as to what the “controversy surrounding the infamous “28 pages” on the possible Saudi connection with the terrorists that were excised from the joint Congressional report on the 9/11 attacks is at fever pitch. But that controversy is a distraction from the real problems that Saudi Arabia’s policies pose to the United States and the entire Middle East region.

The political pressure to release the 28 pages has been growing for the past couple of years, with resolutions from both houses of Congress urging the president to declassify the information. But now legislation with bipartisan sponsorship has advanced in Congress that would deprive any foreign government of sovereign immunity in regard to responsibility for a terrorist attack on US soil and thus make it possible to sue the Saudi government in court for damages from the 9/11 attacks.” (The Classified 9/11 ’28 Pages’: A Diversion from Real US-Saudi Issues
by Gareth Porter)

But the question lies on the pressing matter for the US Congress to pass the said bill with President Barack Obama’s strong opposition. What is behind such opposition?

As the call for declassification and release of the Classified 9/11, 28 pages is getting stronger, this development prompted Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to threaten to pull out as much as $750 billion in Saudi assets held in the United States. The Obama administration opposes the legislation, warning of “unintended consequences” – specifically that the US government could face lawsuits because of its actions abroad. Analysts of Saudi economic policy, however, do not take al-Jubeir’s threat very seriously since it would simply punish the Saudi economy.

Meanwhile, Obama in an interview with Charlie Rose of CBS News on 16 April, said that his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is reviewing the 28 pages “to make sure that whatever it is that is released is not gonna compromise some major national security interest of the United States.” Obama said Clapper was nearly finished so the issue might finally come to a head within the next few weeks.

But it is unlikely that the declassification of the redacted 28 pages would add any dramatic new revelation to the story of the Saudis and the hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks. Former Senator Bob Graham, who was head of the Senate side of the joint intelligence committee, has implied that the 28 pages containing incriminating evidence about the hijackers’ links to the Saudi government. But Graham’s smoking gun is more likely to be speculative leads rather than real evidence of Saudi government support for the hijackers.

Past suspicions of an official Saudi role in assisting the hijackers has focused on the two Saudi al-Qaeda operatives, Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar, who moved to the San Diego area in early February 2000 and were immediately assisted by a Saudi man who was suspected by Saudis in the San Diego area of working for the Saudi intelligence service.” (Ibid)

The cause of the declassification of the controversial 28 pages on the 9-11 report is so big that it could be the basis for the Americans to unite against their government and stage a civil war in the process.

The heat of the coming US elections will be heightened by crucial issues such as the classified 28 pages of the 9-11 report and the threat from the Saudi government to liquidate as much as $750 billion in Saudi Arabia’s US Treasury holdings.

Can the Obama administration have the time to put on hold this matter under his watch until the election of the new US president?

Lets wait and see.

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