Ron Paul Doubles Down on Drive to #Declassify the 28 Pages

Having just days ago interviewed House Resolution 428 sponsor Walter Jones about the 28 pages, Ron Paul has now made himself the focus of an audio interview on the same topic and created a YouTube video to help spur a social media campaign centered on the hashtag #declassify.

Historical Perspective on Key U.S. Relationship

In the 6-minute audio interview posted at Voices of Liberty, Paul offered a long-term, historical perspective on a U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia he characterized as “very unhealthy.” Paul traced the current state of affairs back to security-for-oil commitments given to Saudi Arabia by President Franklin Roosevelt and honored by the long succession of presidents that have followed him.

Carrying that perspective up to the 9/11 attacks, Paul said:

“There’s a fuzzy relationship between Saudi Arabia and us. I was so astounded on 9/11…that all the Saudi Arabians that were here—including bin Laden family members—all got to fly out, many, many hours if not days before I was allowed to get on an airplane and come home. And they were never even questioned or quizzed by the FBI and I got to thinking, ‘What in the world’s going on?’

And now it pops up and there’s strong hints, even by those who were on this committee, saying, ‘Well, it might have something to do with Saudi Arabia’… So this makes it so much more important that we find out exactly what is in the redacted pages. Obviously these are the probably the most important pages and so often commissions are set up to protect governments and government agents rather than finding the truth.”

Putting the issue of declassifying the 28 pages in a broader context, Paul said, “It seems like the whole purpose is to bury the information that might embarrass our government or put some blame on our government for not having done a good job…People deserve (to know what’s hidden in the 28 pages). People are supposed to have their privacy and the government is supposed to be open. Today the government is being used to keep (its) secrecy and invade our privacy.”

Addressing those who may be prone to assuming there’s a good reason for the 28 pages to remain classified, Paul said, “Every time they shout ‘national security’ you ought to be suspicious of what our government’s up to.”

Firing Up Social Media

In addition to the interview, Paul also took to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to urge others to help build public awareness and political pressure on the issue of the 28 pages. In the video posted below, Paul says, “I deserve to know the truth hidden in the 9/11 report and so do you. Join me in the #declassify campaign and make your voice heard.” On his Facebook page–which has more than 1.3 million “likes”—Paul encouraged others to make videos with the same message, to challenge others to do the same, and to tag members of Congress in their social media posts.

In addition to those actions, urges citizens to call their Congressional representatives and senators using our simple guide, and to help spread awareness of as an information and activism hub for the movement. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.   

Foreign Government Involvement in 9/11 Shouldn’t Stay Secret

And that’s why we’ve launched More than a website, it will serve as an information and activism hub for citizens, elected officials and journalists who want to follow or join the growing, bipartisan movement to declassify a 28-page finding about foreign support for the 9/11 terrorists.

The 28-page redaction at issue is found in the report of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001. Not to be confused with the 9/11 Commission, this inquiry was a separate undertaking of the House and Senate intelligence committees.

While the resulting 838-page volume features many redacted words, sentences and paragraphs, President George W. Bush’s censorship of this particular section was comprehensive: 28 consecutive pages fully masked from public view, with only a few introductory paragraphs left intact. Within what little that is visible, we find the inquiry reviewed “FBI and CIA documents suggesting specific potential sources of foreign support for the September 11 hijackers.”

Though some argue for continued deference to President Bush’s decision and President Obama’s inaction in reversing it, a growing number from both sides of the aisle are calling for declassification, united by two shared conclusions:

  • There’s no national security justification for the comprehensive redaction of this section. 
  • Citizens deserve to know about foreign support for the 9/11 attacks.

The growing drive to declassify this section doesn’t spring from passive curiosity. Rather, it is compelled by a near-universal interest in:

  • Securing justice for 9/11 victims. Such justice is often pursued via military and diplomatic action, but it can also come in a courtroom: Victims and families are pursuing civil action against countries they believe to be complicit in the 9/11 attacks.
  • Preventing future attacks. Warding off future terrorist attacks necessitates an accurate and shared understanding of the most devastating attack to date.
  • Pursuing a rational foreign policy. For both policymakers and the citizens from whom their power flows, it’s essential to fully understand the misdeeds and motives of foreign governments that aided Al Qaeda in its preparation for September 11…lest we continue policies that actually reinforce the maintenance of power by guilty parties.

With a firm commitment to well-sourced facts and sound reasoning, explores the many facets of this issue and shines a spotlight on the stances taken by elected officials, as we strive to facilitate the long-overdue disclosure of what lies in those 28 pages.