Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (search) left the White House Tuesday, saying he was disappointed with President Bush's decision to not declassify 28 pages of a Sept. 11 report, but that he understood the decision.
Sources say the pages were classified in part to protect the Saudis.
"We have nothing to hide and do not seek nor need to be shielded. We believe that releasing the missing 28 pages would allow us to respond to any allegations in a clear and credible manner, and remove any doubts about the kingdom's true role in the war against terrorism and its commitment to fight it," he said, after a two-hour meeting with the president to discuss the report released last week by the Joint Intelligence Committee (search).
Saudis sheikh-en off: Right move, or release it?
A sample of your responses:
Absolutely NOT! I trust that there is information in there that should be classified.
East Wenatchee, WA
I voted for Bush but this one smells of camel dung and the longer they keep it classified the more it looks like Bush is hiding something beneath the sheiks I mean sheets.Lets not forget there are oil barrels involved here and if we embarrass them what will be the price of crude the next time our main suppliers country goes on strike.
To what benefit would it be to release information that could destablize the Saudi goverment? We are at war. It is not necessary for us to know everything at this time. It is necessary for us to change the Mideast.
When it comes to intel, leave Bush alone! This is a very sensitive area of our national defense. We elected the president for his ability to make sound decisions in the interest of our country and the general public has no business in military intelligience. It's classified for a reason.
I think it is the right move to keep those 28 pages classified. We dont know what they say so we shouldnt speculate if it is a national security issue or not. The president obviously has his reasons not to release 28 pages.
Do not declassify for the following reason: It can reveal sources. Even with much of the report suppressed, it is possible to identify sources by what is known. Only certain people know this information, these people could be revealed by a determined investigation. Once narrowed to 4 or 5 people, it would not take much to determine which had passed the information to the U.S. Any good or even half-way competent intelligence service could do this. If nothing else, all might be eliminated to prevent further leaks.
Grand Prairie, TX
Lets give the president the benefit of doubt. We may be saving lives in the long run.
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