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Bob Graham on 9/11 documents: 'The trail is still substantial ahead of us'



For former Sen. Bob Graham, the release of the documents after a 13-year fight made for an exciting afternoon on Martha's Vineyard where he and wife Adele were vacationing.

"It's been exciting afternoon, but the trail is still substantial ahead of us," he said. "We have to have accountability from the CIA and the FBI for the several places they were asked to follow up on information that was developed prior to the release of the report.''

Since the report was written in the fall of 2002, Graham believes the FBI and CIA should have developed more information on the activity of the hijackers who lived in Southern California, Florida and Virginia.

"Two-thirds of the hijackers had primary residences in Florida.'' Graham said. "There is still a lot more data to be mined as it relates to them.''

Asked if he believes Congress has the will to push for additional investigation, Graham said, "We may find out.''

He believes members of Congress who want more information as well as the families of victims and the news media and the American people will push for answers.

"We wouldn't be where we are now without the media attention,'' Graham added.

He expects more information to be gathered and released on the role of the hijackers and a Saudi family that met with them before the attack. The family lived in a gated Sarasota subdivision and fled the country about 10 days before the hijackers flew airplanes into the World Trade Center.

"The question is whether the FBI continued pursuit of more information,'' Graham said.

[Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2016 4:36pm]


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