Bob Graham Interviewed About 9/11 and Saudi Arabia (Videos from 2013)

EDIT: These videos are from 2013 and were reposted at the RNN today.

As both mimi and wendy davis have pointed out, the videos linked below are replays of interviews done several years ago. That fact was not clearly posted in the title of the videos nor in the information drop down box with each video. However, as the author of this essay, it should have been up to me to have discovered this information before posting this essay. I apologize if this essay has mislead anyone here. It was not my intention.

Below you will find the first two installments of the interview that Paul Jay of Reality Asserts Itself had with former Florida Governor and former U.S. Senator Bob Graham in 2013. The focus of the interview is the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11.

Some background first. From a personal perspective, I have long been a fan of Bob Graham whom I first met when he was a state senator. I always felt Graham was a politician with a conscience. While Graham is considered a political centrist, as governor, he was responsible for the strongest environmental legislation ever implemented in Florida. Rick Scott subsequently gutted most of the provisions of that legislation.

Graham is famous for the little notebooks he always carried with him and wrote in. Basically those notebooks were a sort of tickler file for Graham in which he would jot down appointments and meetings as well as other daily items. His notebooks are now housed at Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida. I met Graham on several occasions and never saw him without one of his notebooks. His notebook entries once even allowed him to successfully rebut a claim made by the CIA.

Well, it turns out that Bob Graham was also supposed to have been briefed on these topics, and the CIA forwarded to him the dates of the meetings he supposedly attended. But the CIA records were inaccurate, according to his own personal records. Such was the respect for Graham’s notebooks, that this line of attack was closed within 48 hours.

Perhaps, more than any other Senator, Bob Graham had the knowledge and background into the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks. Graham was also one of the strongest voices in Congress against the Iraq invasion.

He told his fellow senators that if they didn't recognize that going to war with Iraq without first taking out the actual terrorists would endanger Americans, "then, frankly, my friends — to use a blunt term — the blood's going to be on your hands."

While Graham is still prohibited from talking about some specifics regarding Saudi Arabia's involvement in 9/11, I found these first two installments of Paul Jay's interview with him worthy of posting here. Graham has been trying for years to keep this story alive.

Part 1

Part 2

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mimi's picture

and got confused about when the interview took place. It looked to me as if this was done in 2013 (it says on youtube it's a replay) and may be just posted on youtube on Jan 5th 2019. May be for a reason I didn't understand. I have great respect for and trust in Bob Graham and found his obsession of making notes of everything that happened every day in his political life quite amazing and smart.

Help me out here please. When took the interview place? Why was that never posted before on youtube?

I should get his book too. Thank you, gulfgal.

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@mimi I did not catch that this was a replay from 2013. I had to search for that fact because it was not posted directly in the headline, nor clear in the drop down box. I finally found it when I clicked on one of the links in the drop down box.

This is a little unsettling because I posted this as new news and now I do not know if I should take this essay down since it is very old news.

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@gulfgal98
I usually watch a video like this directly on the realnews.com site, but also click then to see it on youtube and read the little explanations to the video they post on youtube for that specific video. And I think often there are real reasons why something old is posted on youtube years later. I thought I might have missed that reason or didn't understand it

I think it was a great interview and was just so pleased you wrote about something I read before and found worthwhile. Thank You.

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@gulfgal98 https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/01/04/9-11-finally-the-truth-comes...

Although the United States is allegedly a democracy with a rule of law, it has taken 17 years for public pressure to bring about the first grand jury investigation of 9/11. Based on the work of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth led by Richard Gage, first responder and pilots organizations, books by David Ray Griffin and others, and eyewitness testimony, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry has presented enough hard facts to the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York to force his compliance with the provisions of federal law that require the convening of a federal grand jury to investigate for the first time the attacks of September 11, 2001. https://www.lawyerscommitteefor9-11inquiry.org

Some old

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If our governments and institutions can no longer tell us the truth because it undermines the ruling elites, they've failed the citizenry. And if we remain complicitly silent, then we've failed ourselves.

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from the interviews for those who don't have the time to watch. and yes, mimi, it seems they're both replays from 2013.

Investigating the Saudi Government’s 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disillusionment – Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt 1’, January 6, 2019, trnn

Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance – Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt2’, TRNN
https://therealnews.com/stories/revealing-the-9-11-conspiracy-would-undo...

i haven't the time to watch or read, but given this, it might be worth reading when RL is less fraught, on edit: 'especially given the following'. thank you, gulfgal.

U.S. Attorney For The Southern District Of New York Agrees To Comply With Federal Law Requiring That He Submit Evidence Of Still-Unprosecuted Federal Crimes At Ground Zero On 9/11 To A Special Criminal Grand Jury’, News provided by Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry [501(c)(3) nonprofit], Nov 28, 2018

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@wendy davis for providing the links. I have not had the time to review them yet. I know Bob Graham has tried to keep this subject in the public eye for many years.

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@gulfgal98

i hope you have time to read the psa i'd posted earlier re: News provided by Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry [501(c)(3) nonprofit], Nov 28, 2018 above as well. i'd signed up for updates from them, but no date has been announced; here's hoping it's sooner than later; ed asner's no spring chicken. ; )

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I really appreciate your posting these videos because they're relevant no matter how long the unresolved issue of Saudi support of terrorist military forces continues to connect to our current crises.

JASTA, The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, passed over President Obama's veto near the end of his term, makes it possible for Americans to go after sponsors of terrorism, even if our government hasn't designated them as such. So we have entered a new era of legal responsibility.

Much of the war-mongering we see day to day, moment by moment, I think reflects the desperation of the Fascist war machine. The public perception of Saudi ruthlessness and treachery in partnership with our CIA and our Think Tanks is crucial to the possibility of putting war and oppression out of business. So thank you for posting Robert Graham.

I also think if Senator Graham had been Al Gore's running mate in 2000, as was originally considered, Gore would have won Florida, and 9/11 might never have happened.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_Against_Sponsors_of_Terrorism_Act

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)

... The bill passed the Senate with no opposition in May 2016 and, in September 2016, was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives. On September 28, 2016, both houses of Congress passed the bill into law after overriding a veto from President Obama which had occurred five days earlier. This was the first and only presidential veto override of Obama's administration.

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I didn't know it at the time, but--after I met and worked (in the early 90's) with someone who was a former senior member of Graham's Senate staff--my friend pointed out that I shared something in common with Graham: the fastidious, daily notation of my activities on 8-1/2" by 11" white legal pads. My friend said, "You woulda' gotten along quite well with my former boss!" (Granted, Graham used/uses much smaller notepads than I did/do. And, I don't keep as detailed notes as Graham did/does, either.) And, as I learned more about Graham, and his opposition to the Iraq war, and his steadfast focus on his 9/11 investigation results, I was pretty much hooked. (I love that "unrelenting, dogged determination side" of the guy! So, yeah, GG, I can relate to whereof you speak, BIGTIME!!! Thanks for the reminder.)

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