Why is Washington still hesitating to release the 28 pages of the Joint Congressional report over the 9/11 terror attacks, a small section of the 422-page document, US analyst Daniel R. DePetris wonders, pointing to the fact that Saudi Arabia has no objection to the publication of the report.
Why is Washington reluctant to release the 28 final pages of the bulky 422-page Joint Congressional report over the 9/11 terror attacks?
According to Daniel R. DePetris, an associate analyst at the Raddington Group, there are no visible obstacles in the way of publishing the redacted 28-page section of the document. Even Riyadh has recently signaled that it is not against the report being in the public domain.
And still the White House is cooking up excuses why there is no need to publicize the inquiry.
“The 28 pages have taken on a mystical aura. The fact that the documents have been scurried away behind a giant vault in the Capitol and under lock and key for the last fourteen years naturally generates speculation that the George W. Bush and Obama administrations are trying to protect an important Middle East ally from public embarrassment and global censure. Why, the reasoning goes, would the US Government keep the 28 pages classified if Saudi Arabia didn’t have anything to hide?” DePetris writes in his article for the National Interest.
The analyst points out that administration officials, executive officer and co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission have recently voiced yet another argument on why the document should not be released.And the argument is that “there is nothing new in the 28 pages that the American people don’t already know.”