posted on Apr, 4 2005 @ 01:12 PM
(public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption) has released
newly declassified "Secret" documents from the FBI obtained under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) containing many redactions
that the Justice Department claims were made in the privacy interests of the Saudi subjects identified in the report
. It still remains
uncertain how the Justice Department concluded that privacy privileges of non-US persons trump the public’s interest in obtaining full information
about the government’s investigative response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Additional redactions are claimed for law enforcement
even though the report claims that “no information of investigative value” was learned from interviews of Bin Laden
family members and Saudi royals.
The newly declassifed report details the flights of Saudis out of the U.S. from Las Vegas, and Providence, R.I. as well as revealing FBI procedures in
the processing of the Saudi flights, disclosing that Bin Laden family members and Saudi royals were subject to only cursory, pro forma
questioning by the FBI.
Professional investigators suggest detailed counterterrorism interviews would have taken a minimum of two hours per
. There is no evidence offered that any such efforts were made by the FBI.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton states:
The FBI’s heavily redacted Saudi flight report is self-serving and raises more questions than it answers. The report shows a lackadaisical
investigation. It looks like the FBI dropped the ball.
Newly declassifed FBI Post-9/11 Saudi Flights Documents (PDF format)
Immediately following the worst terrorist attacks on US soil, The FACT that bin Laden's family members and other connected Saudi royals were granted
such swift getaways without thorough interogations has been like a thorn in my side ever since I first heard of them in the weeks following that
horrific day as the WTC debris continued to burn.
I watched closely when 9/11 Commissioner Tim Roehmer questioned the White House's ex-counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke about continuity of
government protocol & the clearance of these Saudi flights. The awkward silence and behavior exhibited by the other commissioners during this
particular question in testimony was notable, odviously showing the caution & sensitivity of the matter.
I also was very underwhelmed by the vague & shifty responses given by Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (Bandar Bush?) when questioned
about the remarkable speed these post-9/11 Saudi flights were expedited, all while the fiery mass tomb of our fellow citizens continued to burn. IMO
the FBI didn't drop the ball, they burnt the playbook.
[edit on 4-4-2005 by Vajrayana]