Democratic Congressman Denied Access To Classified Pages Of 9/11 Report
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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 theattacks, 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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