Demonstrating that the declassification of a 28-page finding on foreign government aid to the 9/11 hijackers remains one of their highest priorities as the new Congress convenes, Congressmen Walter Jones and Stephen Lynch and former Senator Bob Graham will host a press conference in Washington on Wednesday, January 7 at 9:30 am.
The event will serve to draw attention to House Resolution 14, which, if passed, would urge the president to declassify the 28 pages. Jones, Lynch and Congressman Thomas Massie will introduce HRes14, which is a successor to HRes 428, into the 114th Congress. Originally introduced in December, 2013, HRes 428 garnered a highly bipartisan mix of 21 cosponsors in its first year. In a sign of the resolution’s momentum, more than half of those cosponsors signed on in just the last four months of 2014.
Past press conferences on the 28 pages have produced some very impactful moments, including Massie’s description of the “disturbing” experience of reading the redacted material and 9/11 parent Matt Sellitto’s impassioned and pointed criticism of Obama: “Mr. President, I call you a liar.”
Graham served as a co-chair of the joint Congressional inquiry that produced the report that contains the 28 pages and has been an ardent advocate of their release. He has also helped efforts by BrowardBulldog.org to learn more about what the FBI knew about terror cells in Sarasota and elsewhere. Graham has said that George W. Bush’s classification of the 28 pages—and the continuation of that secrecy by the Obama administration—helped enable the rise of ISIS.
Graham’s thoughts on the issue may hold extra sway with one particular incoming freshman member of Congress: his daughter, Gwen Graham, will be sworn in on Tuesday.
September 11 family members will be in attendance, including representatives from 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism. The press conference will be held in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building.