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Ron Paul: 9/11 Attacks Were 'Blowback For Decades Of U.S. Intervention In The Middle East'

Former US Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks at George Washington University March 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Paul spoke a
Former US Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks at George Washington University March 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Paul spoke at the event organized by student Republicans about his experience in the US government as well as liberties and fiscal policy. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) marked the anniversary of 9/11 on Wednesday with a renewed call against U.S. military intervention, saying that the terrorist attacks that took place 12 years ago were the consequences of American foreign policy.

Paul, a renowned anti-interventionist, has taken heat for similar claims in the past. In 2011, amid his presidential campaign, Paul took to cable TV to explain his belief that decades of U.S. engagements in the Middle East had triggered backlash in the form of terrorism.

“I think there's an influence,” Paul told CBS' “Face the Nation.” “That's exactly what the 9/11 Commission said. That's what the DoD has said. That's also what the CIA has said. That's what a lot of researchers have said.”

Paul continued: “To deny this I think is very dangerous but to argue the case that they want to do us harm because we're free and prosperous I think is a very, very dangerous notion because it's not true."

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