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Two Chairmen of the 9/11 Commission Rebut Allegations Linking Saudi to the Attacks | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Two chairmen of the official commission which was in charge of the investigation into the September 11 attacks have refuted accusations that the commission did not investigate Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the attacks thoroughly enough. After more than 10 years since the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States released its public report, there is a movement in Washington which is putting pressure on the administration to reveal what is known as the “28 pages” which were withheld from the 838-page report on the orders of President George W. Bush for security reasons.

The two commissioners on the 9/11 Commission Report, Thomas Keen and Lee Hamilton, issued a statement on Friday and said in it that investigators have finished working on the main leads in those pages and were unable to find evidence for the alleged involvement of Saudi Arabia in the attacks.

Colonel Derek Harvey, a former intelligence officer in the American army, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “There is a hostile view towards Saudi Arabia in the United States which is pushing Congress to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) due to the perception that Saudi Arabia has not done enough … in addition to some misinformation that some people have exploited to portray the idea that Saudi Arabia is not taking action to annihilate the militants.”

On his part, a former official in the Bush junior administration told Asharq Alawsat that the 9/11 Commission Report that was prepared around 11 years ago does not condemn Saudi Arabia and added that he had personally looked at the report and could confirm that no evidence to suggest the involvement of Saudi Arabia or any of its officials in the events of September 11 was found. In addition to this, there was no evidence of supervising the financing of individuals or Al-Qaeda founders.