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Former Gov. Bob Graham goes on 60 Minutes to talk about Saudi/911 hijackers connections



On Sunday right after the Masters' Golf Tournament ends, CBS will feature former Florida Gov. Bob Graham's quest to declassify and make public a report outlining allegations of Saudi Arabian support of some of the hijackers who flew airplanes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Graham has been trying to get President Obama to declassify a 28-page report on a Saudi family that lived in a gated Sarasota community where some of the pilots visited in the weeks before the attack. The family fled about 10 days before September 11, leaving a wave of questions investigated by the FBI.

Graham, a former Senator who chaired the Intelligence Committee and co-chaired a joint commission that investigated the attacks, says the report would prove the pilots had support from high-ranking Saudi officials.

The 28-page report was not released in the Commission's final report concluding that the 19 hijackers acted without assistance when they hijacked three passenger planes and crashed them into the Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

When he started questioning the omission in 2011, top FBI officials detained Graham and his wife at an FBI office at Dulles International Airport in an apparent attempt to talk the longtime Florida official into dropping his efforts.

60 Minutes Reporter Steve Croft will anchor the segment.


[Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2016 4:21pm]


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