Massie says redacted pages from 9/11 report could change opinions on foreign policy

09/11/2014 11:48 AM

After reviewing redacted pages from the official Congressional inquiry into the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R – Vanceburg, says the pages could change opinions about the role of the United States in middle eastern conflicts.

Describing the pages as “very profound,” Massie along with several other Congressmen are urging President Obama to declassify the pages, and provide more information to the public.

Massie told Pure Politics over the August recess that all members of Congress should read the missing pages before deciding upon foreign policy.

“I think all Congressmen should read those 28 pages, because we’ve fought two wars ostensibly to keep another 9/11 from happening…shouldn’t we know who the players were and how 9/11 was enabled before we craft our foreign policy,” Massie said.

Massie is unable to release the information he has concerning the documents because the documents are still classified, but speaking vaguely on the subject he said the documents are “embarrassing” to the Bush White House.

“I think the reason the Bush administration didn’t declassify them is because they may have been embarrassing, but I cannot understand why the current administration would not declassify these 28 pages,” Massie said.

Massie said he feels that there is no national security risk from releasing the documents to the public, but that the documents could change public perceptions about foreign allies.

“They will not compromise our national security, its not evidence of a conspiracy…these are facts that just need to get out, and I think it will change everybody’s opinion of what our policy needs to be in the middle east,” he said.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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