Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Senator Rand Paul have teamed up with a few other partners to try and get the final 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 declassified. While it might seem like we have all the information we need as we look back on the terrible events of that day 14 years ago… these men say we don't. In fact, Congressman Massie believes that releasing these documents to the American people could have a big impact on the direction of our national foreign policy.
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Today marks the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Many questions remain, and I believe Congress should release the 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 that remain classified.
That's why I've joined Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) and Representative Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) to introduce #HRes14. This resolution would declassify those #28pages that were initially classified by President George W. Bush and have remained classified under President Barack Obama. The resolution states that declassification of the pages is necessary to provide the American public with full information surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Senator Rand Paul introduced a nearly identical resolution in the Senate to have the 28 pages declassified.
The families of the victims deserve to know more. My constituents deserve the truth.
As a Congressman, I had access to the documents, and while reading them I had to stop every few pages to rearrange my understanding of history for the past 14 years and the years leading up to the attack. It challenges you to rethink everything.
The declassification of the pages would provide valuable information as we craft foreign policy moving forward. Before we further involve ourselves overseas with the intent to prevent another 9/11, Congressmen and their constituents need to know more about the events leading up to 9/11. Understanding what enabled this tragedy to occur is fundamental to drafting a strategy for the Middle East.
After reading the documents, I am convinced that making these 28 pages public would not hurt our national security, and I challenge my colleagues to read the pages on behalf of their constituents and co-sponsor this resolution.