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Redacted Pages Of Official 9/11 Report Could Be Declassified

08/01/2015 17:00 | Updated 08 January 2015

NEW YORK -- President Obama is under pressure from a bi-partisan group in Congress that is demanding the infamous 28 pages of redactions in the official 9/11 report be declassified.

Former Senator Bob Graham, who penned the report into the attacks in 2001, has joined a growing chorus of voices demanding the redacted pages, which detail links between the terrorists and the Saudi Arabian government, be made public.

Entitled the Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001, the original report was published in December 2002, however President Bush demanded that 28 pages of the 828-page dossier were blacked out in an effort to protect America’s relationship with the Saudis.

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The north tower of the World Trade Center burns after s hijacked airplane hit it September 11, 2001 in New York City

Speaking to ABC News, Democratic Graham said on Wednesday: "The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11 and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier. The position of the United States government has been to protect Saudi Arabia.

"At virtually every step of the judicial process, when the United States government was called upon to take a position, it has been a position adverse to the interests of United States citizens seeking justice and protective of the government which, in my judgment, was the most responsible for that network of support."

Graham, along with fellow Democrat Stephen Lynch and Republican Walter Jones, are now pushing for legislation forcing Obama to declassify the documents. Should a link between Saudi Arabia and the attackers be revealed, families of the victims could sue the Saudi Kingdom through the American courts.

Reported by ABC News, Terry Strada, of the group 9/11 Families United for Justice, whose husband died in the attack, demanded the pages be published. She said: "Where is the outrage, I want to know that Saudi Arabia, a country, our supposed ally, not only bankrolled al Qaeda and the worst terror attack on US soil, but was also instrumental in implementing an intricate web of operatives in numerous places around the world."

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: US President Barack Obama is accompanied by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he tours the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on May 15, 2014 in New York.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Two people embrace while gathered on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial to watch the telecast of the dedication ceremony for the museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Visitors watch a screen projection of the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Attendees watch a video of images during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani introduces 11 members of the FDNY and Port Authority during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: The last column recovered at the World Trade Center site is the center piece at the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo speaks during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: A woman wears a photograph of a victim of the September 11 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center around her neck during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Florence Jones, who was working on the 77th floor of the World Trade Center South Tower when Flight 175 struck, delivers her remarks during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Invited guests listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), accompanied by his wife Mary Pat Christie, delivers his remarks during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attends the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Invited guests listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Welles Crowther, pictured on the screen with his mother Alison, during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: A woman cries as she watches the screen projection of U.S. President Barack Obama giving a speech during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: A woman cries as she watches the screen projection of U.S. President Barack Obama giving a speech during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Members of the general public watch a screen projection on the World Trade Center Plaza during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Port Authority Police Academy stand by the North reflecting pool under One World Trade Center during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Members of the general public are reflected in the glass facade of the 9/11 Memorial Museum pavilion during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Members of the general public watch a screen projection of U.S. President Barack Obama giving a speech during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Members of the general public watch a screen projection of U.S. President Barack Obama giving a speech during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: US President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, on May 15, 2014.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) is greeted by Alson Crowther (C) and Ling Young (L) during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Members of the general public watch a screen projection of U.S. President Barack Obama giving a speech during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City.

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