Former Senator Says Americans 'Fully Capable' of Evaluating Secret 9/11 Documents
Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham says Americans are "fully capable" of making up their own minds about 28 classified pages that discuss possible foreign support for those who carried out the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
The pages are from a joint congressional committee report that came out 14 years ago, but then-President George W. Bush ordered that chapter not be included in the public release of 800 other pages. Some officials with access to the chapter have made comments alluding to Saudi Arabia, but without being able to offer details the exact connections suggested remain a mystery to most of the country.
Graham has been a strong advocate in the push to have the pages released to the public. He said a White House official told him President Barack Obama would make a decision by June and that he viewed that as a "step in the right direction."
The 9/11 Commission and the congressional committee have definitively determined Saudi Arabia had no intent to support al-Qaida.
WHO: 80% of Urban Residents Breathe Unsafe Air
More than 80% of people living in urban areas are exposed to unsafe air quality, according to a report released by the World Health Organization Thursday.
"Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health," WHO Director of Public Health and Environmental Policy Dr. Maria Neira said in the report. "At the same time, awareness is rising and more cities are monitoring their air quality."
In the past two years, the WHO's database of cities monitoring air pollution has nearly doubled - now covering 3000 cities in 103 countries.
The WHO warned of the serious affects poor air quality could have on the health of urban residents, linking it to risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases including asthma.
The report also showed that low- and middle-income countries generally have poorer air quality. 98% of cities with 100,000 or more inhabitants in low- and middle-income countries do not meet WHO air quality guidelines, while 56% in high-income countries fail to meet the standard.