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Originally posted by Immune
reply to post by Rafe_
So what? A persons nationality does not mean they are acting out with government backing or does it? do you honestly believe Saudi Arabia would intentionally target one of its largest consumers? that seems like flawed logic to me
. After submitting a 500 page report to the American public, U.S. Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the Inquiry said, “There was a ‘direct line’ between the terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government had provided logistical and financial support to at least two of the 9/11 hijackers while they lived in Southern California.”
... if the Saudi Government was involved in 9/11, this is a fundamental change to our understanding of the attack. This is a game changer.
... Led by Dick Cheney, the Intelligence Community was allowed to tamper with the report before it was released as a declassified document. They redacted 28 pages that dealt with the Saudi discoveries and crammed the explosive discoveries deep in the report between long, monotonous passages. They would distract the American public with threats of further attacks, a push to war, a rush to judgement and announce, with great fanfare, that they would form a 9/11 Commission. They threatened the Inquiry and their staff with jail if any of the information on the Saudis was leaked.
The FBI had responded aggressively to the request by Cheney to investigate the Inquiry’s staff, interviewing dozens of members of Congress and their aides. The bureau suggested it wanted to use polygraphs on some of the lawmakers with the threat of prosecution and jail —of being traitors in a time of war. To Graham, the entire experience seemed surreal. The moderate senator from Florida would publish a full account in a book entitled Intelligence Matters in 2004. In it, Graham stated that Cheney led a coverup of mass proportions in regard to the Saudis and used all sorts of tricks that included leaking false information to the media and then quoting information he leaked as evidence. One might think that a United States Senator, who had led an investigation into the actions of the vice president during 9/11, and who was calling out Dick Cheney in a coverup of critical evidence, might draw significant media attention. It didn’t.
...Yet, Graham and his investigators were convinced that a number of Saudi officials, knew that terrorists had entered the United States beginning in 2000 in preparation for some sort of an attack. Graham believed that Saudi officials had directed spies operating in the United States to assist them. It was an astonishing allegation, but Graham felt the facts were indisputable. The remaining question was whether any of the evidence could be made public and whether Graham could survive the efforts by the White House and congressional Republicans to portray him as a partisan conspiracy theorist— a headline grabbing kook.
...Senator Graham wrote: “What Jacobsen found in searching through the FBI’s files was that two eventual hijackers had been befriended shortly after their arrival in California by a mysterious Saudi expatriate who seemed clearly to be working on behalf of some part of the Saudi government.” Of great interest is that he was on the payroll of an aviation contractor to the Saudi government.
...The source of Bassan’s money was an additional shock to the congressional investigators: Much of it had come in the form of cashier’s checks directed to his family by the wife of the Saudi Ambassador [Prince Bandar bin Sultan--- the close personal friend of the Bush Family] to Washington.” This raised a big red flag.
Prince Bandar, as you shall see in following chapters, has been involved in numerous covert activities between the US and Saudi intelligence networks over the past thirty years.
There was one more alarming surprise in the FBI files: Two hijackers had been in close contact in San Diego with a longtime FBI informant, Abdussattar Shaikh; they had both lived in Shaikh’s home for a time. As you will see, the Bush Administration and FBI Headquarters blocked the congressional investigation from interviewing the informant after Jacobsen learned his identity.
For over 80 pages within the Inquiry’s report, there is clear evidence that the hijackers entered the U.S. in January of 2000, and were immediately met by Saudi Intelligence agents in Los Angeles, California. The Saudi agents were identified as employees of the Saudi Civil Aviation authority, which explains the hijackers’ eventual path to flight training on Boeing planes and airline related expertise.
New evidence links Saudi Arabia to 9/11 hijackers: Graham SARASOTA — Weeks after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center, FBI agents swarmed into a Sarasota gated community to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy young Saudi couple who apparently had ties to some of the hijackers. The couple and their two children abandoned their home abruptly, just a week or so before Sept. 11, leaving behind cars, furniture and food on countertops. According to one published report, the FBI discovered phone calls between the house and at least two of the hijackers and several other terrorism suspects stretching back a year. Yet until a Fort Lauderdale website reported the news this week, no mention of the couple has ever appeared publicly — not in the Sept. 11 commission report, nor in FBI briefings to congressional investigators, former Florida Sen. Bob Graham said Friday.
The Interrupted Reading: The Kids with George W. Bush on 9/11 There has rarely been a starker juxtaposition of evil and innocence than the moment President George W. Bush received the news about 9/11 while reading The Pet Goat with second-graders in Sarasota, Fla.