What a difference 28 pages can make.

Since the July release of just that many sheets of newly declassified (if still partially redacted) and hugely impactful information about potential ties between certain Saudi Arabian leaders and terrorist operatives — including some who carried out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — it’s possible to have conversations like the exchange captured in the two-part video interview posted below.

Featured in the clips are Bob Graham, Democratic former U.S. senator from Florida, and Paul Jay, senior editor of The Real News Network. As Jay points out in his opening remarks, some years ago he broached the subject of possible Saudi government involvement in the events of 9/11 in an interview with then-Sen. Graham, who chaired the congressional joint committee investigating the attacks. At the time of their earlier conversation, Graham wasn’t able to talk in nearly as much detail as he can now.

Included in this more illuminating go-round between Graham and Jay is a close look at how Prince Bandar bin Sultan (pictured above right with President George W. Bush), then the Saudi ambassador to Washington, may have been implicated in the 9/11 plot — and more broadly, as Graham put it, how “the federal government has attempted to rewrite the narrative of 9/11 in order to exclude the role of the Saudis from that horrific story.”

Watch their full interview in two parts here (The Real News Network via YouTube):

Part 1:

Part 2:

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

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