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Congressman Thomas Massie

Representing the 4th District of Kentucky

Congressman Massie: There will be 'Anger, Frustration and Embarrassment' When Redacted Pages of 9/11 Report Come Out

Jul 3, 2014
In The News

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is one of a number of lawmakers urging the government to declassify 28 redacted pages of a report investigating the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Massie said at a press conference earlier this month that when he read the redacted pages of the report, titled “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001,” he had to stop “every couple pages” to try to rearrange his “understanding of history.”

“It challenges you to rethink everything,” he said.

Massie appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday to speak more on the subject and — though he couldn’t reveal any details — he said there will be “anger, frustration, and embarrassment when these 28 pages finally come out.”

“I was gravely disturbed by your description, where you said you had to stop and re-figure history,” Beck said. “Can you give us any other description other than that?”

“Absolutely,” Massie responded. “When 9/11 happened and shortly thereafter, we were all like sponges. We were trying to absorb as much information [as possible] to understand the who, the what, the why, the where. But at some point you quit collecting information because there’s no more information to be had — or you think there’s no more information — and it all sort of sets up like concrete in your brain.”

“As I was reading these 28 pages, I had to try to take apart that concrete that had set up, my own understanding of what had led up 9/11 and what had enabled it,” Massie continued. “What really hurt me was to wonder, why did my government keep this from me for 13 years? What were their motives?”

Beck asked: “Is this stuff that will deeply tear us apart or will it be just — has our government been worse than just sloppy and greedy at times?”

“This will not tear our country apart,” Massie responded. “It will be embarrassing. It will not endanger us to release this information. But the American public needs to have it.”

Massie said that “if we’re going to use 9/11 as a motivation to get involved in these civil wars in the Middle East,” the American public and the lawmakers in Washington “need to read these pages and understand what truly caused 9/11 and who our friends are and who our enemies are.”