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The 9/11 Saudi Connection.
In June 1996, according to published reports, while in Paris for the biennial international weapons bazaar, a group including a Saudi prince and Saudi financiers gathered at the Royal Monceau hotel, near the Saudi Embassy. The subject was bin Laden and what to do about him. After two recent bombings of American targets in Saudi Arabia, one of them just that month, the fear was that the Saudi elite itself would soon be targeted. At the meeting at the Monceau, French intelligence reportedly learned, it was decided that bin Laden was to be kept at bay by payment of huge sums in protection money.
In sworn statements after 9/11, former Taliban intelligence chief Mohammed Khaksar said that in 1998 Prince Turki, chief of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Department (G.I.D.), sealed a deal under which bin Laden agreed not to attack Saudi targets. In return, Saudi Arabia would provide funds and material assistance to the Taliban, not demand bin Laden’s extradition, and not bring pressure to close down al-Qaeda training camps. Saudi businesses, meanwhile, would ensure that money also flowed directly to bin Laden.
sourcing a U.S official, that two Saudi princes paid bin Laden ‘protection money’ - in return for Al-Qaeda not carrying out operations in Saudi Arabia, the authorities would turn a blind eye to his operations elsewhere.
Chatham House professor Paul Stevens says: “For a long time, there was an unwritten agreement … whereby al-Qaida’s presence was tolerated in Saudi Arabia, but don’t piss inside the tent, piss outside.”
What is also shocking is that even as of 2009 this was still going on, according to Wikileaks in a secret memo by Hillary Clinton she said that:
Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups
So what did the 9/11 commission have to say about Saudi funding for Al-Qa'ida?
Well even although the 9/11 commission does not actually go as far to that the Saudi government was financing Al-Qa'ida it does say that Saudi-Arabia was Al-Qa'ida main source of funding through wealthy backers and charities. It even goes on to say that it could not say that these charities were not acting on behalf of the Saudi government, the report as flawed as it may be could not even actually say with any certainty that elements of the Saudi government were not funding Al-Qa'ida
And on the topic of the 9/11 commission, when it comes to the Saudi involvement it is a total whitewash, if you read between the lines Saudi-Arabia comes up repeatedly yet at no point does the report directly state that they had any responsibility. It is very clear form what is written above that the Saudi state was financially backing terrorist groups like Al-Qa'ida in return for protection. This funding went towards training, recruitment, propaganda and the estimated annually $30 million a year running cost of the group before 9/11. So how they can say that the Saudi's were not responsible in part for the attack is a joke. The attack itself is believed to have only cost about $400,000 but with out the infrastructure of Al-Qa'ida to provide the training and backing of the attacks they arguably would not have gone ahead, and it seems pretty obvious that the funding providing this infrastructure came from Saudi-Arabia.
The unwritten rule of money for protection through Saudi Businesses goes totally unmentioned in the 9/11 report however ABC did report on it and went even further, in their article they claim that 12 businessmen were identified by US lawmakers as having directly funded Al-Qa'ida. This is further proof of the Authors of the Eleventh Day's claim that the money for protection would be funnelled through Saudi businesses.
According the the New York Times there is something even more nefarious going on, they claim to have seen documents that prove not only Saudi funding for Al-Qa'ida but that some members of the Saudi Royal family directly funded the attacks reporting that.
Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles.
Just to summarize before we move on, French intelligence uncovered a secret deal made in the mid 1990's in which Saudi-Arabia would give money to Al-Qa'ia in exchange for protection, they done this through a number of charities and businesses. There are a number of sources witch appear to corroborate this and there are also documents that exist that prove the Saudi-Arabian royal family provided direct funding to the 9/11 attackers. However nothing has been done about this, it was never investigated.
Al-Bayoumi was a familiar figure in San Diego's burgeoning Islamic community. He was often seen at the mosque or at social functions, chatting amiably, almost always holding a video camera. Al-Bayoumi seemed to pay so much attention to the comings and goings of young Saudi college students that some were convinced that he was a Saudi government spy. "He was always watching them, always checking up on them, literally following them around and then apparently reporting their activities back to Saudi Arabia," said Henry Bagadan, a Pakistani businessman who worships at the San Diego Islamic Center.
The British investigators arrested al-Bayoumi, and tore up the floorboards in his house. They discovered records of phone calls to two diplomats in the Saudi Embassy in Washington. The officials, who worked in the Islamic section of the embassy, which supports mosques and Islamic charities, apparently offered innocent explanations to FBI investigators
An individual who has requested confidentiality has stated al-Bayoumi is believed to have worked for the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Service and reports on dissident Saudis in the U.S.
People familiar with the report and who spoke on condition of not being named said that the two Saudi citizens, Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, operated in a complex web of financial relationships with officials of the Saudi government.
In San Diego, Mr. al-Bayoumi was employed by a contractor to the Saudi civil aviation authority, and received payments authorized by a Saudi official. But Congressional officials believe he was a ''ghost employee'' of the contractor who did no actual work. The payments authorized by the Saudi official increased significantly after Mr. al-Bayoumi came in contact with the two hijackers in early 2000, the classified part of the report states.
When the reports surfaced, Haifa bint Faisal, wife of Saudi ambassador Bandar bin Sultan, acknowledged that she sent nearly $150,000 to the wife of a Saudi living in San Diego. The recipient, Majeda Ibrahin Dweikat, signed over some of the checks to a friend whose husband, Omar al-Bayoumi (with Dweikat’s husband), helped hijackers Khalid Almidhar and Nawaf Alhazmi find housing in San Diego, open bank accounts, get Social Security cards, pay expenses and arrange flying lessons in Florida.
U.S. authorities continued to investigate his connections. FBI spokesman Ed Cogswell told In These Times that the bureau had discovered the bint Faisal money transfers when it examined al-Bayoumi’s accounts. (Records would have included the check endorsed to al-Bayoumi’s wife.) Bint Faisal insists she did not knowingly aid the terrorists—that she did not even know the woman—but was only giving charity to Dweikat, a thyroid patient, whose husband had written seeking funds to pay medical bills.
TIME has learned, Riyadh's embassy in Washington has launched a major search through its medical, student, consular, cultural and other records to try to find out whether funds from an account of Princess Haifa their way into the hands of people who may have been supporting terror. That link has not been proven. But sources close to the Saudis made it clear that the ambassador's wife did not keep a close eye on her accounts. On Friday, Princess Haifa's accountant was dispatched to a branch of the Riggs National Bank in Washington to make an exhaustive search of her records. The Princess has two bank accounts in the U.S. — one a checking account, the other a savings account — both at the Riggs Bank in Washington. As soon as she was confronted with allegations that she had made payments to 9/11-linked figures, the princess dispatched her accountant to Riggs to begin a search that lasted until 4 am Saturday.
That search is not complete; only a portion of the checks have been scrutinized so far. But sources said that starting in January 1999, payments of $2000 a month were made from Princess Haifa's checking account to a woman named Majida Ibrahim Ahmad Dwaikat, a Jordanian national with a green card, who is the wife of Osama Bassnan. Bassnan first came to the attention of the Saudi Embassy in Washington in April 1998, when he wrote a pleading letter to Princess Haifa introducing himself as a Saudi living in Washington with four children and a pregnant wife, who also had a severe thyroid condition. After vetting by the Saudi Embassy, sources say, the Saudi
ambassador, Prince Bandar, responded by making a payment of $15,000 to Bassnan himself
9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and other hijackers visited a home owned by Esam Ghazzawi, a Saudi adviser to the nephew of King Fahd. FBI agents investigating the connection in 2002 found that visitor logs for the gated community and photos of license tags matched vehicles driven by the hijackers. Just two weeks before the 9/11 attacks, the Saudi luxury home was abandoned. Three cars, including a new Chrysler PT Cruiser, were left in the driveway. Inside, opulent furniture was untouched.
The most sensational Moussaoui filing is a four-page handwritten letter dated 23 October and docketed this month in federal court in Oklahoma City. In it, Moussaoui claims that a Saudi prince helped him financially in 2001 when he was studying at a flight school in Norman, Oklahoma, and also funneled a large amount of money to some of the 19 men who hijacked planes on September 11. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
The prince “was assisting me in my Islamic terrorist activities ... and was doing so knowingly for Osama bin Laden,” he said.
Sheikh Osama wanted to keep a record who give money ... who is to be listened to or who contributed to the jihad," Moussaoui said, according to a transcript of the deposition filed in federal court in New York on Monday and published Wednesday by the New York Times.
Among them: Prince Turki Al-Faisal, then the Saudi intelligence chief; Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States; and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent billionaire investor.
Moussaoui — a French national who was detained in Minnesota weeks before 9/11 and pleaded guilty to six terror-related charges in 2005 — also alleged that he once delivered letters from bin Laden to King Abdullah's brother, Prince Salman, and other members of the Saudi royal family. Abdullah died last month, and Salman was installed as king.
The classified part of a Congressional report on the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, says that two Saudi citizens who had at least indirect links with two hijackers were probably Saudi intelligence agents and may have reported to Saudi government officials, according to people who have seen the report.
People familiar with the report and who spoke on condition of not being named said that the two Saudi citizens, Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, operated in a complex web of financial relationships with officials of the Saudi government. The sections that focus on them draw connections between the two men, two hijackers, and Saudi officials.
The material sheds new light on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, and it provides details about the F.B.I.'s interaction with at least 160 Saudis who were living in or visiting the United States and were allowed to leave the country. Some of the departing Saudis were related to Osama bin Laden.
Al-Qaida had allegedly been in contact with Prince Ahmed before the attacks, according to statements made by one of Osama bin Ladin's top aides, Abu Zubaydah, MSNBC reported.
Prince Sultan, meanwhile, had links to Esam Ghazzawi -- a top adviser to his father Prince Fahd.
Ghazzawi allegedly owned a home in Sarasota that was visited several times by Mohamad Atta, the leader of the September 11 hijackers, and his group.
originally posted by: InverseLookingGlass
a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin
The participation of the Saudi intelligencia is more or less obvious to anyone that has drilled in. Most of the faces of the operation were Saudis. So most people polled would give that answer wouldn't they? I believe this is intentional.
There is no way they are capable of pulling this off by themselves. Neither are the Zionists or the USG for that matter.
The only plausible scenario (IMHO) is the three worked closely together. To me that is clear now. The only question left is which elements within the USG executive branch were directly involved. I think it must be the NSA or the CIA but probably not both.
This unholy trinity was hugely successful. I would surmise something new is in progress or in the works and ISIL might be the new Op. It must be big enough to remove all serious scrutiny of 9/11.
I question one part of your post though. Unless I misread, you are deliberately casting doubt on whether the Saudis and Bin Ladens left the US during the no fly period.
ON 9/19/01, A 727 PLANE LEFT LAX, RYAN FLT #441 TO ORLANDO, FL W/ETA (estimated time of arrival) OF 4-5PM. THE PLANE WAS CHARTERED EITHER BY THE SAUDI ARABIAN ROYAL FAMILY OR OSAMA BIN LADEN…THE LA FBI SEARCHED THE PLANE [REDACTED] LUGGAGE, OF WHICH NOTHING UNUSUAL WAS FOUND
I find it hard to leave the US out of it considering the protection we're offering in maintaining the Saudi's clean image. Whether the US was in on it or not, why would the Saudi be interested in sacrificing the American people?
originally posted by: proteus33
i never understood why we hit afgnistan instead of saudi arabia. why the day after 911 when all airtraffic was grounded we let saudi ambassador leave out of new york by plane. if saudi goverment wasn't responsible why did they not send their own security forces in to arrest saudi people involved in this atrocity.a king is responsible for the behavior of his kingdom is he not.