9/11 Families: Declassify Information on Terrorist FinancingTweet
October 6, 2004This afternoon, 9/11 families called on President Bush to declassify 28 secret pages detailing terrorist financing, calling it "unjustifiably classified material." It was sponsored by the William Doyle 9/11 Support Group, a bi-partisan group representing more than 7,000 families who lost family members and/or were victims who suffered injuries in the 9/11 attacks. The pages in question are the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001. Pages 2-3 of the 28 secret pages on terrorist financing (click to see larger image): In his book Intelligence Matters, Senator Bob Graham (D-Florida) says that after reviewing the 28 pages with Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), they both concluded that "95 percent of that material was safe for public consumption, and that these pages were being kept secret for reasons other than national security." Both men are former chairmen of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and have called, along with other Senators and Representatives from both parties, for the declassification of these pages. According to the 9/11 Families group, these pages identify "banks, charities, corporations and individuals who were financing terrorism then, and probably even now." And this information is crucial since, as Senator Graham has stated, "Eliminating the support systems that facilitated their evil (the terrorists) in the United States [is] a critical line of domestic defense, and yet the part of the report that would give the American people the clearest window into that system and who was responsible for it was censored." This shroud of secrecy over the 28 pages is symptomatic of too much secrecy in the government. In late August, at a House Government Reform subcommittee hearing on over-classification, after pressed by Representative Christopher Shays (R-Connecticut) to estimate what percentage of all classified information is and is not correctly classified, the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Counterintelligence and Security Carol A. Haave, estimated that 50% of information classified should not be.
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