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    9/11: The worst terrorist attack in modern history (19)

    The US public should know if the investigative leads outlined in the recently declassified 28 pages of the joint congressional inquiry into the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were actually pursued, former US Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Bob Graham told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Leandra Bernstein — On July 15, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified 28 pages of the congressional 9/11 report, which Graham helped write in 2002. The pages implicated a number of Saudi officials, including former Saudi ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, in providing financial assistance to at least three of the 19 hijackers.

    "The report, I think, made a case that an investigator reading…would say, ‘I want to pursue this further,’" Graham said. "The question is, were those leads pursued, and if so to what end?"

    "There are so many questions for which I believe there are answers, but we just don’t know what those answers are."

    The former senator strongly advocated the release of other documents associated with the 28 pages that fed into "or that fed out of that report," including suspect interviews, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency reports and other materials that remain classified.

    Declassifying additional 9/11 report materials will help shed light on whether US intelligence and law enforcement followed up on possible Saudi ties to the deadly attacks, Graham noted.

    During an appearance on Wednesday at the National Press Club, Graham fiercely accused Saudi Arabia of providing terrorist organizations with "a consistent flow of money and recruits."

    The initial congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks was published in December 2002 after approximately six months of research. The definitive document, the 9/11 Commission Report, was published in 2004 with commissioners concluding that they found no evidence of ties between the government of Saudi Arabia and the terrorist attacks.

    9/11: The worst terrorist attack in modern history (19)


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