Bob Graham: Government needs to release much more about 9/11 attacks
WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Bob Graham this morning sharply criticized government secrecy over 9/11, saying the recent release of 28 pages of classified information is only an opening into what the American public deserves to know.
"The legacy of Barack Obama is going to be stained," when it becomes clear how much material remains hidden from view, Graham said at the National Press Club.
In particular, he said, much remains unanswered about a Saudi family that lived in Sarasota and suddenly vanished around the attack.
Graham was a leading figure in getting the release of the 28 pages, and he credited journalists for helping raise the issue. "Get a life," he said the deputy director of the FBI once told him.
Despite the release, Graham said more pressure needs to be applied so tens of thousands of pages of additional investigative material comes out.
He also called on Congress to approve the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, designed to help families of the nearly 3,000 victims. Having already passed the Senate, the legislation would allow families to sue the Saudi government.
Graham said government attempts to conceal links between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudi government adds to public cynicism.
"We are developing a democracy of spectators."