Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch says it’s “an embarrassment” that the full story about the 9/11 terrorist attacks has not been told 14 years later. This includes, The Boston Herald reports, possible evidence that could implicate Saudi Arabia.
“We still don’t have the complete story on the weeks and months of preparation by the hijackers,” Lynch told the Herald. “We owe it to the families… transparency and truth is the best way to deal with this.”
The Obama administration is not giving up any information about Saudi Arabia’s alleged connection to the 9/11 terrorist attacks anytime soon, but many remain focused on the 28 redacted pages about the Saudi government’s connection to the 9/11 attacks in a recently declassified CIA report this year.
Lynch is proposing legislation to declassify all 28 pages from the U.S. Senate report on the attacks that allegedly relate to Saudi Arabia’s link to them. Lynch read every redacted page and is he is not allowed to publicly talk about the classified information.
The Obama administration, despite calls from other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to do so, refuses to make this information public.
A lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court, brought by family members of 9/11 victims, could implicate the Saudi Arabian government in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The plaintiffs’ attorneys told The Wall Street Journal that the nuclear deal with Iran, another defendant in the case, “could open Iranian bank accounts to damage claims from the lawsuit and other terrorism cases.”
The New York Post reports that during a July 30 court hearing, lawyers for 9/11 victims’ families and insurers showed that 9/11 Commission staffers’ most serious allegations against the Saudis were omitted from the final draft of the commission report.
“They were removed at the 11th hour by the senior staff,” plaintiffs’ attorney Sean Carter of Cozen O’Connor told The Post, adding that the decision was a “political matter.”
In the meantime, Saudi Arabia denies it was involved in the 9/11 attacks in anyway and demands the it be dropped from the lawsuit immediately.
Saudi Arabia was dropped as a defendant in the case nine years ago by a judge who claimed the country has sovereign immunity. However, in December 2013, a federal appeals court reinstated the case citing a legal exception existed.