The missing 28 pages in 911 tragedy


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13 years ago, one of the history’s worst tragedies struck the United States that it catastrophically shook over the country’s reputation as ‘the world’s most influential superpower’. The 911 tragedy, ever since, by which World Trade Center twin towers and its vicinity, Pentagon, and some places back then were struck down by planes, puts the country’s omnipresent position at a very huge question in regard to America’s ability to defend itself from outsider’s attacks. Things significantly change with the advent of this pandemonium, and many political statements were made, promising full justice to all the victims affected.

Wars have been waged, many terrorists already annihilated, and countless amount of money are already spent in efforts towards ‘achieving that justice’. But despite all this, there’s something missing from those families, something by which they truly believe is a large, abyssal void, that keeps hindering them from obtaining that ‘literal sense of justice’.

As many as 28 pages of an 800-page summary report detailing the tragedy have been deliberately blanked out, leaving the public, and the whole world, perturbed by what actually is being concealed by US government. Countless efforts have been made to pressure the authority to release the remaining pages, but requests are continually declined. Some rumor that one of its principal allies (and most often of dubious reliability), Saudi Arabia, may be actually the main culprit. But as long as rumor remains a rumor, and US government refuses to release those pages, it will all remain a mystery. Its victims may never attain that sense of justice they have long been waiting for. And they don’t stop waiting.

 

Read the three articles in Al Jazeera, Vice News, and The New Yorker to know more about the mysteries surrounding the missing 28 pages, which may offer key evidence of who really masterminded 911 incident.

 

From Al Jazeera (excerpt):

 

Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar were the first two 9/11 hijackers to enter the United States in January 2000. They were soon befriended by Saudi national Omar al-Bayoumi, who helped them find an apartment in San Diego, co-signed their lease, and paid their security deposit.

Graham accused Bayoumi of being a “Saudi government agent” who “provided direct assistance” to the two hijackers. 

Michael Kellogg is a Washington, DC-based lawyer for the Saudi Arabian government. He told Al Jazeera the allegations against Bayoumi were “carefully examined and rejected” by the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004.

 

From Vice News (excerpt):

 

The 28 pages make up part four of the report, a section titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.” They are widely believed to implicate Saudi officials or describe support from Saudi intelligence for the hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi citizens.

“On the one hand, it is possible that these kinds of connections could suggest, as indicated in a CIA memorandum, ‘incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists [—————————],’ ” states an introductory note in the section. “On the other hand, it is also possible that further investigation of these allegations could reveal legitimate, and innocent, explanations for these associations.”

Former Senator Bob Graham of Florida, who co-chaired the joint Senate-House investigation, dispensed with the equivocation and told VICE News that the redactions are a “cover up.”

“I’ve said this since the first classification of the 28 pages,” he remarked. “It’s become more and more inexplicable as to why two administrations have denied the American people information that would help them better understand what happened on 9/11.”

 

From The New Yorker (by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, and his excerpt below):

 

The theory behind the lawsuit against the Saudis goes back to the 1991 Gulf War. The presence of American troops in Saudi Arabia was a shattering event in the country’s history, calling into question the ancient bargain between the royal family and the Wahhabi clerics, whose blessing allows the Saud family to rule. In 1992, a group of the country’s most prominent religious leaders issued the Memorandum of Advice, which implicitly threatened a clerical coup. The royal family, shaken by the threat to its rule, accommodated most of the clerics’ demands, giving them more control over Saudi society. One of their directives called for the creation of a Ministry of Islamic Affairs, which would be given offices in Saudi embassies and consulates. As the journalist Philip Shenon writes, citing John Lehman, the former Secretary of the Navy and a 9/11 commissioner, “it was well-known in intelligence circles that the Islamic affairs office functioned as the Saudis’ ‘fifth column’ in support of Muslim extremists.”

The story told in those twenty-eight pages picks up with the arrival of two young Saudis, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, in Los Angeles in January, 2000. They were the first wave of the 9/11 hijackers. Neither spoke English well, so their mission—to learn how to pilot a Boeing jetliner—seemed crazily improbable, especially if they had no assistance.

 

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