9/11 Commissioners Want the Facts to Come Out 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Keane has previously called for the declassification of the secret 28 pages of the Congressional 9/11 Inquiry, and said that 60-70% of what was classified shouldn’t have been classified in the first place.
The New Yorker reported last week:
Thomas Kean remembers finally having the opportunity to read those twenty-eight pages after he became chairman of the 9/11 Commission – ‘so secret that I had to get all of my security clearances and go into the bowels of Congress with someone looking over my shoulder.’ He also remembers thinking at the time that most of what he was reading should never have been kept secret. But the focus on the twenty-eight pages obscures the fact that many important documents are still classified – ‘a ton of stuff,’ Kean told me, including, for instance, the 9/11 Commission’s interviews with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Bill Clinton. ‘I don’t know of a single thing in our report that should not be public after ten years,’ Kean said.
9/11 Commission Co-Chair Lee Hamilton agrees.
And so does 9/11 Commissioner Tim Roemer. As the New Yorker writes:
‘In some ways, it’s more dangerous today,’ Timothy Roemer, who was a member of both the Joint Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission, observed. ‘A more complex series of threats are coming together than even before 9/11, involving ISIS, Al Qaeda, and cyber-terrorist capabilities. The more the American people know about what happened thirteen years ago, the more we can have a credible, open debate’ about our security needs. Releasing the twenty-eight pages, he said, might be a step forward. ‘Hopefully, after some initial shock and awe, it would make our process work better. Our government has an obligation to do this.’
This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 17, 2014.