A number of US lawmakers have once again demanded that the House Intelligence Committee release the secret pages of a congressional report about the 9/11 attacks in America.
Republican Congressman Walter Jones says the House Intelligence Committee should simply declassify the 28 pages in question because they are critical to the US foreign policy.
“I have read these pages and can say that while their release will not harm national security, the contents are critical to our foreign policy moving forward,” Jones said in a statement. “That is why I have introduced a resolution that would enable the House Committee on Intelligence to declassify the 28 pages. It is more critical than ever for the American people to know what led to the tragic attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and I urge my colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee to release the pages.”
Representatives Stephen Lynch and Thomas Massie co-sponsored the resolution, which calls for publishing them in the Congressional Record under the protection of the Constitution’s speech or debate clause, according to Fox news.
US President Barack Obama has promised to publish parts of the report which was prepared in 2002.
There has been no print version of the document yet. It is believed that the secret pages shed some light on the links between 9/11 attackers, who were mostly Saudi citizens, and the Saudi government. Both Riyadh and Washington, however, deny the presence of any links.
Last week, CIA Director John Brennan said Saudi Arabia would be absolved of any accusation over the 9/11 attacks based on the secret pages of the congressional report.
“I think the 28 pages will be published and I support their publication and everyone will see the evidence that the Saudi government had nothing to do with it,” Brennan said in an interview with Saudi-owned al-Arabiya news channel on Saturday.
A recent bipartisan congressional bill, called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, would allow families of victims of the 9/11 massacre and other attacks to sue foreign governments in cases “arising from a terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil.”
Riyadh has already objected to the bill and said that it might sell up to $750 billion in US securities and other American assets if it becomes law.
By Press TV