Posted by | January 2, 2015 14:00 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics Top Stories


Florida Congressman Alan Grayson believes he’s being denied access to 28 pages of classified information because of his criticism of the National Security Agency.

Why was I denied? I have been instrumental in publicizing the Snowden revelations regarding pervasive domestic spying by the government and this is a petty means for the spying industrial complex to lash back,” Grayson said.

The pages were reportedly redacted on orders from then-President Bush because they reportedly address “specific sources of foreign support” for the terrorists who carried out the

attacks, and more specifically detail “the role of Saudi Arabia in funding 9/11.”

Florida Senator Bob Graham, who co-authored the report, has been a longtime advocate for the declassification of the censored pages. 9/11 Commission Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton has also been an outspoken supporter of the information being declassified.

“I’m embarrassed that they’re not declassified,” Hamilton said. “We emphasized transparency. I assumed incorrectly that our records would be public, all of them, everything.”

Grayson, who had previously been denied access two times, said that Rep. Mike Rogers was the one who denied him this time around.

“Chairman Rogers told the committee that I had discussed classified information on the floor. He left out the most important part that I was discussing what was reported in the newspaper,” Grayson said.

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  • Good. Time to sue the US Government as to why the NSA even exists. They don’t want to play nice? I suggest Mr. Grayson use every legal means in his power (which should be considerable) to force these fascists into the limelight.

    • granpa.usthai

      Perhaps if he were to request the speaker through national media outlets to hold bi-partisan hearings?

      Couldn’t cost any more that the 19th Benghazi one.

  • Good. Time to sue the US Government as to why the NSA even exists. They don’t want to play nice? I suggest Mr. Grayson use every legal means in his power (which should be considerable) to force these fascists into the limelight.

    • granpa.usthai

      Perhaps if he were to request the speaker through national media outlets to hold bi-partisan hearings?

      Couldn’t cost any more that the 19th Benghazi one.

  • rg9rts

    Next they’ll deny the Dems access to the house floor

    • granpa.usthai

      yep.

      Good thing our forward thinking POTUS has kept the ink in his veto pen fresh.

      May wind up having to use it sooner than expected.

      • rg9rts

        That is the only saving grace.. the next two years will be the longest in memory…

    • burqa

      Goodbye parking passes!

  • rg9rts

    Next they’ll deny the Dems access to the house floor

    • granpa.usthai

      yep.

      Good thing our forward thinking POTUS has kept the ink in his veto pen fresh.

      May wind up having to use it sooner than expected.

      • rg9rts

        That is the only saving grace.. the next two years will be the longest in memory…

    • burqa

      Goodbye parking passes!

  • Angelo_Frank

    This is just the beginning. Republican Committee Chairmen will probably deny Democrat committee members attendance at classified closed-door hearings. That’s how fascism gains a foothold. By shutting-out participation by opposing political parties.

  • Angelo_Frank

    This is just the beginning. Republican Committee Chairmen will probably deny Democrat committee members attendance at classified closed-door hearings. That’s how fascism gains a foothold. By shutting-out participation by opposing political parties.

  • burqa

    The section on the Saudis has long been awaited and subject of controversy, mostly behind closed doors. I have heard it said that it is more embarrassing to some, politically, than sensitive in terms of properly classified information. Obviously, there is no way to know from here and guessing is a fool’s game and drawing conclusions even more foolish at this point.

    I don’t know specifically what Grayson publicized regarding Snowden, but just because Snowden released information, it does not lose its classification. Neither Grayson nor Snowden has the authority to declassify information. If this is what Grayson did and is deemed to have loose lips and this can be shown, then he should be denied access.
    Grayson’s reasoning that it was ok to discuss classified information because it had been in the paper is dangerously wrong. You leave it alone and don’t draw attention to it. During World War II, in 1943 a Chicago newspaper reported that we had cracked Japanese ciphers and this was in another story as well, but I forget the details. Fortunately, the Japanese did not pick it up. But if it had been further publicized they may have, the result being many American deaths. The point is just because classified information is leaked, it still remains classified and Grayson should know this.

    Many times in the history of espionage, a small, seemingly innocuous bit of information has proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle that allows something important, but hidden to be revealed.
    Those familiar with the Battle of Midway in World War II are aware that a message about a water purification system breaking down provided the key to the U.S. Navy being placed where they could defeat the Japanese.
    More recently, toward the end of the Cold War, the CIA was running an operation in the Soviet Union that was actually a Soviet deception operation and one key that exposed it to us was a bit of idle gossip that said a certain KGB officer was happily married and devoted to his daughter.
    Only someone who can see the whole picture and is a professional in the field can accurately know what needs to remain classified.

  • burqa

    The section on the Saudis has long been awaited and subject of controversy, mostly behind closed doors. I have heard it said that it is more embarrassing to some, politically, than sensitive in terms of properly classified information. Obviously, there is no way to know from here and guessing is a fool’s game and drawing conclusions even more foolish at this point.

    I don’t know specifically what Grayson publicized regarding Snowden, but just because Snowden released information, it does not lose its classification. Neither Grayson nor Snowden has the authority to declassify information. If this is what Grayson did and is deemed to have loose lips and this can be shown, then he should be denied access.
    Grayson’s reasoning that it was ok to discuss classified information because it had been in the paper is dangerously wrong. You leave it alone and don’t draw attention to it. During World War II, in 1943 a Chicago newspaper reported that we had cracked Japanese ciphers and this was in another story as well, but I forget the details. Fortunately, the Japanese did not pick it up. But if it had been further publicized they may have, the result being many American deaths. The point is just because classified information is leaked, it still remains classified and Grayson should know this.

    Many times in the history of espionage, a small, seemingly innocuous bit of information has proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle that allows something important, but hidden to be revealed.
    Those familiar with the Battle of Midway in World War II are aware that a message about a water purification system breaking down provided the key to the U.S. Navy being placed where they could defeat the Japanese.
    More recently, toward the end of the Cold War, the CIA was running an operation in the Soviet Union that was actually a Soviet deception operation and one key that exposed it to us was a bit of idle gossip that said a certain KGB officer was happily married and devoted to his daughter.
    Only someone who can see the whole picture and is a professional in the field can accurately know what needs to remain classified.

  • AJ SAIZ

    Rep. Mike Rogers should have his ass handed to him…..

  • AJ SAIZ

    Rep. Mike Rogers should have his ass handed to him…..

  • edmeyer_able

    And republicans have the gall to complain about transparency…WTF…FTW

  • edmeyer_able

    And republicans have the gall to complain about transparency…WTF…FTW