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Jeb Bush Claims Ignorance About Classified 9/11 Report

Earlier this month, activists with the group “Declassify the 28” had the opportunity to question Ohio Governor John Kasich and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush regarding their position on the 28 classified pages of the Senate report on the attacks of 9/11.

The 28 pages in question are a portion of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (not the 9/11 Commission Report).  Although the final report amounts to over 800 pages, the 28 pages were classified by former President George W. Bush shortly after the report was released in 2002. The 28 pages make up the bulk of a section titled “Part 4: Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.”

[RELATED: Exclusive Interview: Congressman Walter Jones Discusses The Battle To Declassify 28-Page 9/11 Report]

Truth In Media has followed the saga of the 28 pages for several years. Officials who have seen the documents have stated that the information relates to financing of the suspected terrorists, and points a finger at members of the government of Saudi Arabia. Upon seeing the pages himself, Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie said there will be “anger, frustration, and embarrassment when these 28 pages finally come out.”

[RELATED: Congressman Massie: ‘Anger, Frustration, Embarrassment’ When Redacted Portion of 9/11 Report Is Released]

At a recent town hall meeting in Barrington, New Hampshire, Jeb Bush was asked to comment on the pages and whether or not he would fight to declassify information related to 9/11.

Amazingly, Bush responded by saying, “I don’t know what the 28 pages are.” Once the woman explained to Bush what the pages were, he responded by saying, “Look, I can’t commit to something until I see it. Since I don’t have classified information, I can’t tell you what it is or tell you whether it should be declassified.” The woman attempted to continue explaining the relevance of the pages but Bush cut her off and moved on. Watch below:

Jeb Bush’s ignorance is difficult to accept as truth. The Bush family has well-known connections to Saudi Royalty, specifically through the man nicknamed “Bindar Bush”. There are also reports that $1.4 billion was funneled from the Saudi Royal family to institutions connected to the Bush family. Lobbyists from Saudi Arabia have also given extensively to the Jeb Bush presidential campaign, with two different lobbyists giving a combined $15,000 to Bush’s super PAC, and one of them raising another $32,400 for the Bush campaign fund.

Bush was not the only politician to be questioned on the 28 pages while in New Hampshire. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was also asked about the pages at a town hall meeting. “I just want to know if you take the oath of office you will have the guts to get real with Saudi Arabia, and get some prosecutions going here and go after some of the people who were involved,” Eric Jackman asked Kasich.

The governor danced around the 9/11 question and instead gave his opinion on the United States’ relationship with the Saudi Kingdom, stating “Let me tell you my view on Saudi Arabia…I think we have coddled Saudi Arabia for too long.” However, he cautioned, “That doesn’t mean we overthrow the relationship with Saudi Arabia, because they share more things with us than they don’t.”

Despite receiving little attention from the corporate media, the battle over declassification is still being fought by intrepid activists and family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. In January, Congressmen Stephen F. Lynch and Walter B. Jones stood with former Senator Bob Graham and  families of 9/11 victims as they announced the introduction of a new House Resolution which calls on President Obama to declassify the 28 pages.

The representatives introduced a similar resolution in 2013 and received bipartisan support. Now Jones, Lynch, and Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie are pushing House Resolution 14 which states that “declassification of the pages is necessary to provide the American public with the full truth surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001, particularly relating to the involvement of foreign governments.”

Graham has stated that he is convinced the government of Saudi Arabia funded “at least some of the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks.” Graham is the former co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into the attacks. At the time of the classification he was among 46 senators who signed a letter to Jeb’s brother urging their release. He recently told the New York Times that he was not giving up his pursuit of finding out who was funding the 9/11 attacks.


The former Senator also told the Times that several years ago an agent with the FBI told him to give up the investigation and to “get a life.”

“To me, the most simple, unanswered question of 9/11 is, did the 19 hijackers act alone or were they assisted by someone in the United States?” he told the Times.

Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied any connection to the financing of the 9/11 attacks and continues to fight lawsuits from family members of the 9/11 victims.

[RELATED: Upcoming Trial May Reveal Saudi Financing of 9/11 Terrorists]

Family of secrets revealed: Bush Dynasty Grows With Election of George P. Bush

Washington, DC- Several political dynasties have existed in the history of the US, but perhaps none have been as controversial as the Bush family.

Another George Bush is an election winner in Texas. George P. Bush, the son of potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, won the land commissioner’s office in a landslide. He became the first member of his famous political family to win his first election.

And with beltway insiders circulating rumors of a potential 2016 run for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a renewed scrutiny of the family is taking place. Giving more insight to RT’s Ben Swann and Erin Ade is Russ Baker, author of “Family of Secrets.”

Britain’s Diego Garcia may be site of second Guantanamo-style camp

According to a report from the Telegraph, the U.S. government may be trying to close Guantanamo Bay, but a second prison camp could be under investigation in the British territory of Diego Garcia.

The small island territory in the Indian Ocean has been discussed in the past by the U.S. government as a possible location for a prison camp.  According to AntiWar, these plans have been talked about since as early as 2002, but Britain rejected the plan set forth by the Bush administration that year.

According to RT though, lawyers, human rights activists, and others are calling for an investigation into Britain’s possible complacency towards torture and whether the British government “turned a blind-eye” to abuses which took place on a black site on Diego Garcia.

Another accusation raised by the report is whether or not the island was used for rendition flights for Al-Qaeda members and other people accused of terrorists activities.

The Senate was scheduled to release a report last week detailing the torture and rendition programs during the Bush administration.  Release of the report was blocked though as Democrats were critical of the amount of censorship put on the report.  Democrats have also vowed to fight the redactions made by the CIA and at least partially restore the document.

Michael Blyth, a former Royal Marine and head of security on Diego Garcia, told the Telegraph he was asked in 2001, after 9/11, whether or not the island could house hundreds of prisoners from the Middle-East, specifically Afghanistan.

There was a discussion of whether or not Diego Garcia would be good as a transitory point for up to 500 prisoners of war coming out of Afghanistan,” Blyth said. 

All requests to use the island were officially denied by the British government, but there is still evidence pointing to the use of Diego Garcia to some extent for CIA purposes.  One case in particular surrounds the Libyan Islamist, Abdel-Hakim Belhadj and his pregnant wife Fatima.

A 2011 collection of secret files revealed Diego Garcia was on the CIA flight plan for Belhadj, who is currently involved in a case where he is accusing the British government of unlawfully torturing him.  It is unclear though why the plane carrying Belhadj was scheduled to make a stop at Diego Garcia.

“We didn’t really inspect everything because they were military transports,” said Blyth.  “But certainly if it happened it was done with a very light touch, because otherwise we would have noticed lots of people milling around.”

What The Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About Obama’s Approval Ratings

When George Bush was president the media took every opportunity they had to nail him on his poor approval ratings. The mainstream may rarely take the time to tell you that President Obama’s Second Term Blues continue. However, what they do not do is compare President Obama to President Bush, and when they do- they lie.

This MSNBC article says that Obama’s current approval rating of 41% is the lowest it has ever been. According to a Gallup, the President has hit 38% approval rating multiple times. In fact, there are multiple polls showing the same.

In fact, MSNBC has even taken it upon themselves to “clean up” the President’s job approval, as seen in this screenshot from the news network. Obama’s actual approval rating from the poll MSNBC quotes was 41% and disapproval at 53%. You can see how the two are extremely polar.

MSNBC Flips Approval Rating To Disapproval Rating

On average, President Obama has had lower approval ratings than Bush. Take last year’s election for example. According to Gallup, on President Obama’s 1,391 (November, 2012) day in office his approval rating sat at 51%. On Bush’s 1,391 day in office (November, 2004) his approval rating sat at 55%. Both incumbents won reelection.

Three years after their first term elections (quarter 12) President Bush sat at 53% approval, while President Obama sat at 41%.

President Bush finished his first term with a 62% approval rating. His two term average was finished with a 49.5% approval rating. President Obama ended his first term with a 49% approval rating. Obviously the numbers aren’t in yet for the second term to average the two terms. However, his second term trends puts him on track to finish far worse off than President Bush did. Also, we know that historically speaking presidents finish with a lower approval rating in their second term than in their first. Obama started his first term with a 67% approval rating, which has now dipped more than 25 points to sit at 41%.

Even if his second term approval rating was to hold steady he’d finish the two terms with an average approval rating of 45%. If this number holds, President Obama would finish with a two term average lower than any post WWII president. In fact, the only president who would come close would be Nixon, and the two tie at 45%.

Anyone have some spare “change”?

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