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.

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