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Why it makes no sense to keep the public and the victims in the dark about a key section of the 9/11 report from Congress


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | It was long overdue, almost 900 pages explaining how and why 9/11 happened: intelligence failures, communication failures and simple oversights — a report designed to both explain and learn from the mistakes. But 28 pages of that report are still classified and the Bush administration wants to keep it that way. WHAT WE DO KNOW is that the censored pages detail "specific sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers." Newsweek magazine reports the classified portion "draws apparent connections between high level Saudi princes and associates of the hijackers."

The inescapable conclusion? That the information would embarass the Saudis... and that the administration is trying to protect them.

Look, no matter what the report says, the Saudis will ultimately do what they believe is in their best interest when it comes to their relationship with the U.S.

Sure, putting their feet to the fire may inflict temporary pain. but sometimes the truth hurts.

Some have said it might contaminate an "ongoing investigation," others have said it might jeopardize sources, but even Republican Senator Richard Shelby who helped write the report . says 95% of the information in those pages should be declassified.

In the meantime, the Saudis are saying its false and is accusing the administration of likely sealing the document "because the information contained in it could not be substantiated."

I don't buy that, but we need to show the evidence.

More importantly, if the American public's right to know means anything, it means we have a right to know who was responsible for killing 3,000 Americans. It means the victims get some answers.

In this post 9/11 world, secrecy is sometimes a necessary evil, but here it sure seems like a knee-jerk reaction to some ugly realities.

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