Classified 9/11 Documents Lead to Speculation: Conspiracy or Resistance?

It has been recently revealed by government officials that the White House may be releasing a portion of the classified 9/11 documents from a congressional inquiry.

Despite the Bush Administration’s claims that the 28-page report was withheld from the public to protect classified intelligence, many are speculating that they were held to protect ties of a certain U.S. ally’s involvement in the terrorist attack.

The country potentially involved? Saudi Arabia.

The documents that have been held secret contain information about the identities and the backgrounds of 19 individuals involved in the 9/11 attacks, along with information regarding possible foreign-support that the hijackers may have had.

According to the 9/11 Commission Report, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. Some critics believe that the classified report has been kept secret because it reveals Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the terrorist attack.

However, Dr. David Sprick, a UMKC political science professor, believes that conspiracy theorists tend to draw on rumors that circulate events like the release of the documents for their own power.

“I do think the lack of complete transparency has led to much speculation about who was all involved,” Sprick said. “I often, with many conspiracies about political events, feel it is motivated as a tool of power to resist government policy.”

If the Obama administration chooses to release a portion of the report, it would not be a first. In June of 2015, the U.S. Government released part of the documents to the public. Despite showing disputes between CIA officials, the reports contained no evidence to show involvement of outside countries.

Saudi Arabia has recently threatened to sell billions of dollars of U.S. assets. Some people believe that this threat serves as blackmail to prevent the Obama Administration from releasing the 28-page-documents that could reveal the Saudi Government’s financial involvement in the terrorist attacks that killed more than 2,700 U.S. citizens.

The Associated Press has reported that the Obama Administration will be declassifying the documents “likely soon”.

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