Trott wants 28 pages of 9-11 report declassified

The Detroit News

Washington — U.S. Rep. David Trott is calling for the Obama administration to declassify 28 pages from the congressional Sept. 11 commission’s report so the public can see what they say.

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to print the 28 pages blanked out in the 838-page report. Under current procedures, members of Congress can read the redacted pages but they remain classified.

“Nearly 15 years after the terror attacks of September 11th, the American people deserve to see what is behind the blank ink of these 28 pages in the 9/11 report,” said Trott, R-Birmingham, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a Wednesday statement.

“A large bipartisan coalition in Congress agree that these pages do not pose a risk to American security and should be declassified so Americans — and the families of the thousands of victims of 9/11 — can better understand what led up to worst terror attack in U.S. history. At a time when trust in Washington is at an all-time low, President Obama should act in a transparent way and release these redacted pages as soon as possible.”

Others who have backed the declassification include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

The 28-page chapter was held out of the final report by the Bush administration “for reasons of national security.” Trott is Michigan’s only member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Constituents in Southeast Michigan have raised concerns about the issue and urged him to press the administration on opening the report to the American people,” Trott spokesman Kyle Bonini said about what prompted Trott’s statement.

Former Sen. Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat who was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence when the government report was being written, told “60 Minutes” this month that the 28 pages are key to understanding what really happened on that horrific day.

“I think it is implausible to believe,” Graham said, “that 19 people, most of whom didn't speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many of whom didn’t have a high school education, could’ve carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States.”

The White House is reportedly considering declassifying the documents. Obama last week visited with the Saudi royal family.

The Associated Press contributed.