WASHINGTON - Family members of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks say they want access to a secret report that they believe the government is hiding.
Flanked by members of the U.S. House and Senate, and led by presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), wives, daughters, sons, and husbands of the fallen are urging the Obama Administration to publicly release classified pages from a 2002 intelligence report on the Sept. 11 attacks.
The U.S. Government hasn’t revealed what it knows about the financing of the attacks.
“Money is a lifeblood of terrorism,” said Terry Strada, who’s husband died in one of the towers. “Without money, 9/11 never could have happened, ever."
Lawmakers say information inside the report points the blame at Saudi Arabia. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who has read the report, couldn’t give any details.
“I think we need to know where the real threats come from, who our enemies are, how terrorism is funded, and if the American public could see those 28 pages, they would know that much better,” he says.
Massie is challenging other members of Congress to review the report and says he doesn’t think releasing it will pose a national security threat.
Paul, who recently made headlines over his opposition to the USA Freedom Act, says the secret document must be released so that families can find closure.
“We can’t let page after page of blanked out documents be obscured behind a veil, leaving these families to wonder if there’s additional information surrounding these horrible acts,” Paul said.
The 28 pages were classified by President George W. Bush. Now, the decision to declassify the report is up to President Barack Obama. The White House says it’s reviewing the request.