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Let's Talk About Those 28 Classified Pages

Posted: 6/22/15

The "war on terror" will soon be 14 years old and, despite trillions of dollars spent and more than a million lives extinguished, it looks like a war without an end.

According to Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie, Congress and the American people are executing that war without vital information found in 28 classified pages of a 2002 Congressional intelligence inquiry—pages that outline foreign government ties to the 9/11 hijackers and are said to implicate U.S. "ally" Saudi Arabia.

Congressmen Thomas Massie has read the 28 pages and described them as "shocking." He said, "I had to stop every couple pages and...try to rearrange my understanding of history."

Speaking at a recent press conference introducing a Senate bill to compel President Obama to declassify the 28 pages, Massie said, "Some of the best intelligence we have is in these 28 pages and most of our colleagues in the House have not read them, yet they're pretending to be informed."

Neither John Cornyn nor Ted Cruz has cosponsored that Senate bill (S.1471), which was introduced by Rand Paul. Of the several Bexar County House representatives, only Democrat Lloyd Doggett has stepped up to cosponsor H.Res.14, a similar piece of legislation in the House.

After repeated questioning from a Bexar County RLC member that spanned months, Congressman Lamar Smith's staff finally admitted their boss hadn't read the 28 pages—which is particularly disappointing considering Smith sits on the Homeland Security Committee.

The growing movement to declassify the 28 pages is bipartisan in its sponsorship on Capitol Hill and in its support among the American people. In the interest of transparency and helping the American people reach informed conclusions about the war on terror, the Bexar County Republican Liberty Caucus calls on all Texas legislators to read the 28 pages and to help release them.

For more on this critical issue, including guidance on contacting legislators to build support for the declassification effort, visit