Unlike the Alamo or Pearl Harbor, this national tragedy brought Americans into a war with unrelated adversaries, leaving them with an exhausted amnesia born from years of dishonest governments.
On July 15, the Obama administration declassified a report from the Congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.
Known as the “28 pages,” these documents described the networks supporting the hijackers, who depended on foreign governments and Muslim communities.
The Saudi government applauded Obama's release of the 28 pages, because the US government still withholds over 100,000 additional documents related to the 9/11 investigation.
On the same day of their release, Saudi Ambassador Abdullah Al-Saud issued a statement on the document release.
"We hope the release of these pages will clear up, once and for all, any lingering questions or suspicions about Saudi Arabia's actions, intentions, or long-term friendship with the United States," Al-Saud said.
Despite Al-Saud's words, the Congressional inquiry emphasized the relationship between the Saudi government and the 9/11 hijackers.
"While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government," the documents said.
“An individual who has requested confidentiality has stated al-Bayoumi is believed to have worked for the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Service and reports on dissident Saudis in the US,” the FBI once reported on al-Bayoumi.
The 28 pages and FBI documents also reveal Saudi agents, like al-Bayoumi, relied on foreign NGOs and Muslim communities for funding and recruitment.
“However, the FBI now believes that some of the funding actually originated from Saudi Arabia and that both the Ibn Tamiyah Mosque in Los Angeles and the Islamic Center of San Diego were involved in laundering the money,” the report stated.
While investigating the finances behind Osama bin Laden, the Congressional inquiry discovered how Muslim organizations and mosques launder Saudi money for terrorist networks.
“The Saudi-based Umm al-Qura Islamic Charitable Foundation is an Islamic non-governmental organization linked to terrorist support activities,” the Congressional inquiry stated.
“According to a May 2002 Defense Intelligence Terrorism Summary, the UQ's activities in support of terrorism include: suspicious money transfers, document forgery, providing jobs to wanted terrorist suspects, and financing travel for youths attending jihad training.”
A co-chair of the inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, former Florida Senator Bob Graham long advocated for the release of the Congressional report.
On May 18, Graham appeared optimistic the 28 pages would spur the release of thousands more documents related to 9/11.
“They will also open the path to other materials. There are thousands of pages of documents, which speak to the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the 19 hijackers,” Graham said.
Since then, the US government has not redefined our relationship with Saudi Arabia or begun declassifying other records from the 9/11 investigations, but the American people have secured some measure of justice.
On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts.
Earlier this week, George W. Bush warned how the legislation “is far more likely to harm the United States than bring justice against any sponsor of terrorism."
A national reflection on 'our allies' and their role in 9/11 could not have come at a better time.
In fact, one of our presidential candidates has received millions of dollars from the same oil sheikhs behind this national tragedy.