Obama Should Release the 28 Pages on Saudi Involvement in 9/11 and Stop Spying on Americans In Violation of the U.S. Constitution
January 19, 2014 • 9:42AM

In his speech on Jan. 17 Obama once again defended breaking the U.S. Constitution citing 9/11 as the reason for turning the U.S. into a police state. In the course of his speech he explicitly cites the case of Khalid al-Mihdhar continued spying on the American people as initiated by his soulmate, George W. Bush and taken to new heights by himself:

"Why is this necessary? The program grew out of a desire to address a gap identified after 9/11. One of the 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar made a phone call from San Diego to a known al-Qaeda safe-house in Yemen. NSA saw that call, but could not see that it was coming from an individual already in the United States. The telephone metadata program under Section 215 was designed to map the communications of terrorists, so we can see who they may be in contact with as quickly as possible. This capability could also prove valuable in a crisis. For example, if a bomb goes off in one of our cities and law enforcement is racing to determine whether a network is poised to conduct additional attacks, time is of the essence. Being able to quickly review telephone connections to assess whether a network exists is critical to that effort."

If Obama is so concerned about preventing another 9/11, why doesn't he declassify the 28-page chapter of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 which focuses on the role of Saudi Arabia? Why doesn't he declare Saudi Arabia as a state sponsor of terrorism and indict Prince Bandar, who funneled money to al-Mihdhar through Bandar's wife Haifa, as a co-conspirator in the 9/11 attack?

While some demonstrated how gullible and cowardly they are by accepting the token reforms proposed by Obama, others made it clear that Obama's violation of the Constitution is unacceptable.

For example, Anthon D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement:

... the president's decision not to end bulk collection and retention of all Americans' data remains highly troubling. The president outlined a process to study the issue further and appears open to alternatives. But the president should end—not mend—the government's collection and retention of all law-abiding Americans' data. When the government collects and stores every American's phone call data, it is engaging in a textbook example of an unreasonable search that violates the Constitution. The president's own review panel recommended that bulk data collection be ended, and the president should accept that recommendation in its entirety."

Journalist Glenn Greenwald characterized Obama's NSA reforms as "trivial."