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EIR Participates in Whistleblower Symposium on 9/11

July 29, 2016 (EIRNS)—EIR’s Counterintelligence Editor Jeffrey Steinberg participated on Thursday, July 28 in a panel discussion, which was part of a three day whistleblowers conference in Washington on Capitol Hill. Steinberg was joined in the two hour panel discussion by moderator Andrew Kreig, attorney Mick Harrison (author of the recent law journal article on the Gravel precedent), former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) and former State Department diplomat Michael Springman.

In his opening remarks, Steinberg linked the recently published Chilcot Commission report to the partially declassified 28 page chapter from the original Joint Congressional Inquiry, emphasizing that Bush and Cheney blocked the release of the chapter because if the American people had seen the evidence of Saudi links to the 9/11 attacks, it would have been near impossible to go ahead with the planned Anglo-American invasion of Iraq.

Attorney Mick Harrison made clear that a group of lawyers are looking for follow-up to the release of the 28 pages, and are seeking possible state and Federal grand jury proceedings against the sponsors of the attacks.

A former Congressional staff director pointed out that, under the Constitution, the Congress has the authority, under the public disclosure clause of the U.S. Constitution and the post-Church Committee law that created the House and Senate intelligence oversight panels, to release any classified material to the public that is in the vital interest of the American people. That includes both Congressional products like the Joint Inquiry Report, as well as Executive Branch documents. As was pointed out by several speakers, there are still hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI and CIA files on the 9/11 attack that remain classified, including a significant number of documents that were cited in the 28 pages, as well as the File 17 document of the 9/11 Commission.

Sputnik News published a story on the conference, centered on interviews with Steinberg and Springman.