Alan Grayson Calls for Declassification of 9/11 DocumentsSeptember 10th, 2013
On September 11, 2001, twelve years ago as of tomorrow, the United States was hit by arguably the most devastating terrorist attack of all time, when two hijacked plans were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Thousands of Americans tragically lost their lives. After the attack, the US government immediately blamed Osama bin Laden and hastily assembled a 9/11 Commission Report, which has been widely criticized as a whitewash, due to its omission of key points relevant to the investigation.
Since that time, an explosion of alternative theories has erupted through public discourse. In almost every poll taken on the subject, significant numbers of Americans have expressed doubt regarding the official story of the 9/11 attacks. Some have even suggested that officials within the US government might have been involved. Recently, Congressman Alan Grayson boldly told a skeptical caller on C-SPAN, “Now that bin Laden is dead, and now that 9/11 is a decade behind us and more, I think that a good argument can be made that the documents that the federal government has regarding the 9/11 attacks should be declassified, and then the truth will come out.” Whether one believes the official story or not, Alan Grayson has a point. Now that Bin Laden is dead and years have passed, what harm is there in releasing the federal government’s classified documents on the 9/11 attacks?
The Government Should Have No Problem Releasing Files If It Has Nothing to Hide
The sloppy nature of the investigation behind the 9/11 Commission Report left more questions than answers. The FBI and CIA had advance warning of the attack, yet did nothing. The Air Force response was delayed, largely due to the fact that it was conducting drills for an eerily similar simulated event on the other side of the United States.
Some of the “evidence” offered in the days after the attack seemed suspicious, such as alleged hijacker Satam al-Suqami’s passport, which was supposedly found undamaged on the ground after falling from one of the hijacked planes upon collision with the World Trade Center. Building 7 fell despite not being hit by any aircraft, and its owner claimed at one point that officials destroyed it purposefully for safety reasons — a statement that was later backtracked. Scientists, architects, and engineers have claimed that the World Trade Center complex was built to sustain a jet crash and that the buildings’ frames should have survived the attacks, leading to an alternative theory that the Twin Towers were taken down via controlled demolition.
Alan Grayson Has a Good Point
The 9/11 Commission Report failed to answer a broad range of reasonable questions that matter to Americans. Conspiracy theories grow in the shadows. It’s entirely possible that the official story was essentially correct, but that certain pieces of data were omitted or covered up to prevent government officials from losing their jobs. It’s also possible that some of the inconsistencies emerged due to inaccurate fog-of-war reporting.
On the other hand, when the government investigates itself, it is unlikely to admit wrongdoing of any kind. There could be more to the story than we’ve been told. Whether or not you believe that there is a darker conspiracy hiding in government documents, it’s clear that the public at large remains skeptical of the official 9/11 story. Since the alleged perpetrators have all been killed or captured, what’s the harm in releasing all of the documents? If the official story is true, releasing classified 9/11 documents would answer the questions of critics and help restore Americans’ faith in government. If it turns out that there was a cover up of some type, then some of the participants in the 9/11 attacks could still be at large. Either way, Grayson has a good point. If the government has nothing to hide, it should release all of the documents it has on 9/11 and put to rest the most contentious conspiracy theory debate since the JFK assassination.
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