US President Barack Obama must be in a “backroom deal” with the Bush administration officials to cover up the truth through opposition to declassification of 28 pages of a 2002 congressional report, which could implicate not only Saudi Arabia but “perhaps” the US government and the Israeli regime, says Kevin Barrett, an author and political commentator.
The US president has chosen to “cut that backroom deal and say we are not going to prosecute the crimes of the Bush administration in the post-9/11 era,” Barrett said in an interview with Press TV Tuesday, as congressional efforts were still underway for a bill that could allow US citizens to sue the Saudi government for its involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
However, Barrett noted that the redacted pages of Joint Inquiry would “completely overturn” the official narrative about the terrorist attacks as it could also show “US support” for the hijackers and “if more truth comes out” it could even implicate Israel.
US government ‘terrified’
Obama, who has voiced opposition to the declassification and the bill, is “afraid of the repercussions,” Barrett said, calling his position “outrageous,” particularly given he emphasized on it Tuesday before leaving for Saudi Arabia without any knowledge of what the pages have to offer.
“He hasn’t even bothered to read those top secret 28 pages,” said Dr. Barrett, who has a Ph.D in Arab and Islamic studies and is one of America's best-known critics of the so-called war on terror, adding that Obama “has so little interest in the actual facts of 9/11.”
Riyadh has also taken the upper hand by threatening to sell up to $750 billion in US assets if the truth emerges.
“Obama is part of the cover-up team. He probably doesn’t really want that to happen and indeed many people of the United States in positions of power and authority are terrified of the possibilities for destabilizing the American system if the truth of 9/11 comes out.”