Today marks the 11-year anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history. I'm sure you've seen plenty of Facebook posts, Tweets and emails the past few days saying "Never forget."
Indeed, we must never forget. But we should do more than just remember 9/11. We have a moral obligation to solve this mystery.
No, I'm not talking about all that inside-job, wacko conspiracy theory nonsense. I'm talking about the very real and troubling unanswered questions about the Saudi government's role in this despicable act.
I've covered 9/11 from the morning of the attack to this morning, Sept. 11, 2012, and it appears to me that it could forever remain a story with missing chapters. I keep trying to fill in the blanks.
Back in March, for instance, I wrote a piece for Newsweek/Daily Beast in which I shared brand new evidence that only adds to the existing suspicions that Saudi government officials aided the 9/11 hijackers.
If you want to read this story please click here.
Former senator Bob Graham, who led the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry (JICI) into 9/11, told me that he is convinced that members of the Saudi government played a role in the terrorist attack.
This is something I'd already surmised from my investigations of the several mysterious, moneyed Saudis in San Diego who had had close ties to both the Saudi government and the three hijackers who lived in San Diego.
These men, who were connected to both the terrorists and the Saudi government, were all allowed to leave the country. Why? I've never been given an adequate explanation for this.
Last Fall, I wrote a two-part series on 9/11 for the North County Times in which I looked at all the San Diego connections to 9/11, and then addressed the many questions about the attack that have never been answered.
I hope you can take a minute today, of all days, to read these stories. I think they're important.
As a nation, we act as if 9/11 were a closed case because Osama bin Laden, who of course was a Saudi, is dead, and because Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described 9/11 mastermind who came up with the idea of using hijacked airplanes to attack us, is in custody and will soon stand trial.
But it isn't a closed case. The truth is we still don't have a clue to what extent the Saudi government was involved in aiding these terrorists. And it's doubtful if these upcoming trials will shed any new light.
Saudi Arabia remains one of our staunchest allies in a very turbulent Middle East. So I just don't see any desire by anyone in the U.S. government, on either side of the aisle, to stir that pot.
It doesn't appear likely that we'll ever get to the bottom of this 9/11 mystery. But don't we owe it to the thousands of innocent people who died on that day to try?