Richard Thompson, who leads the Thomas More Law Center, has called on the federal government to declassify 28 pages that were redacted from the report issued by the 9/11 Commission should be released, immediately. Thompson's demand came just days after a bill was introduced in Congress allow families of the file lawsuits against Saudi Arabia as legally responsible for the alleged role Saudi officials may have played in the 9/11 attacks.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a statement at the end of last weekend that claimed that the 9/11 Commission had found no evidence to incriminate any official of its government in the attack. Moreover, the statement said should the legislation be passed, the Saudi government would sell off its assets in the U.S., including Treasury bonds.
According to Thompson, "The Saudi threat is economic extortion. Our response should be swift and clear — 'Go to Hell.' Instead, the Obama administration is lobbying Congress to block passage of the bill."
Saying that Americans have the right to know what he called "full story of Saudi Arabia’s complicity in the 9/ 11 attacks," Thompson said in a statement that the government should reveal why certain Saudi officials were protected from FBI investigation. He said, "Joint Terrorism Task forces say virtually every road leads back to the Saudi Embassy in Washington as well as the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles. Yet, time and again terrorism investigators were called off."
Various media reports have leaked information from the redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission report:
* A flurry of pre-9/11 phone calls between one of the hijackers’ Saudi handlers in San Diego and the Saudi Embassy in Washington DC.
* The transfer of $130,000 from the family checking account of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the then Saudi ambassador to the U.S., to one of the hijackers' Saudi handlers in San Diego.
* In the days after the 9/11 attacks, the FBI evacuated dozens of Saudi officials from several U.S. cities, including at least one of Osama bin Laden’s family members who was on the terror watch list.
* FBI agent Mark Rossini says, “The FBI was thwarted from interviewing the Saudis we wanted to interview by the White House.”