The Boston Globe on Rep. Stephen Lynch’s 28 Pages Leadership

Massachusetts Representative Stephen Lynch’s leadership in the drive to declassify the 28-page finding on foreign government aid to the 9/11 hijackers is the focus of a story in today’s Boston Globe. As the 28 pages movement strives to keep the issue prominent, the story provides welcome exposure in a major newspaper—even if it runs under the headline of “Stephen Lynch an Unlikely Hero of Conspiracy Theorists.”

BOSTON GLOBEGlobe reporter Bryan Bender’s story underscores the urgency of declassifying the 28 pages 13 years after the attacks:

(Lynch) believes the information has direct bearing on the new war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and other militant Sunni Muslim groups that are believed to be drawing some of their funding from the same Arab states that America considers key allies.

The revelations are central to understanding “the web of intrigue here and the treacherous nature of the parties we are dealing with — the terrorists and their supporters,” Lynch said in an interview. “I am trying to get a sense of who our friends are.”

While not noted in the story, it’s that relevance of the redacted material to life-and-death decisions being made in the Middle East today that makes indications of a shockingly low level of 28-pages readership on Capitol Hill a true scandal in the making.

Rep. Stephen Lynch
Rep. Stephen Lynch

Bender takes a glass-is-half-empty approach to characterizing Congressional support for House Resolution 428—which urges the president to declassify the 28 pages—saying “only 17 members have cosponsored the resolution proposed last December by Lynch and Representative Walter B. Jones of North Carolina.” By failing to note that seven of those cosponsors have piled on in just the past few weeks, Bender leaves readers without an appreciation of the resolution’s growing momentum. (A Capitol Hill source tells that a Texas congressman has committed to signing on as the 18th cosponsor when the House recess ends in November.)

The story’s “conspiracy theorists” headline flows from this passage of the story:

In the meantime, the quest is making for some strange bedfellows. Lynch has become a hero of sorts to conspiracy theorists who assert US government complicity in the worst terrorist attacks in American history.

Some of them, according to Lynch, show up at his town hall meetings to ask about the secret pages and interrupt the events to discuss their multiple theories about what really happened on 9/11, including that Israel was to blame for the terrorist attacks.

One of these groups is the political action committee headed by longtime activist Lyndon LaRouche.

LaRouche, the 92-year-old New Hampshire native whose anti-establishment movement has roots in the leftist activism of the 1960s, held a webcast last week about the issue (and for good measure called for the removal of the British monarchy and the impeachment of President Obama as the only way to save the world from imminent destruction).

But the hawkish Lynch, who chairs a congressional task force on terrorist financing and is a member of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, is no conspiracy theorist. And he is quick to distance himself from such groups, whose members he says suffer from “some sort of glitch.”

The “strange bedfellow” notion and images of town hall interruptions likely helps to explain the fact that, other than Lynch, Jones and Thomas Massie, HRes 428 cosponsors have universally kept a very low profile when signing on to the resolution, avoiding public statements or press releases that elaborate on and draw attention to their support of 9/11 transparency.

Read the entire story here.

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