In a report by Truth in Media, families of 9/11 victims filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia earlier this year, pointing to testimony from the so-called 20th hijacker, Zacarias Moussaoui, as evidence Saudi Arabia did not cut ties to al-Qaeda members before the 9/11 attacks. Saudi Arabia denies this charge, and has asked the judge to reject the lawsuit.
In Moussaoui’s statement made from prison, prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family were major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990’s. He claims to have discussed plans with a staff member at the Saudi Embassy in Washington to shoot down Air Force One with a stinger missile, according to a report from the New York Times.
Lawyers representing the Saudi Kingdom continue to deny involvement, and claim Moussaoui’s comment is “colorful but immaterial hearsay statements.” Moussaoui is currently serving life in prison for plotting attacks on America, and was found to be a paranoid schizophrenic by a psychologist who testified in his trial.
Ironically though, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently decided to release a new report that attempts to discredit their previous one that hints at connections between a Saudi family in Florida and the 9/11 hijackers. The FBI 9/11 Review Commission told Congress their previous 2002 report was “poorly written and wholly unsubstantiated.”
According to the previous report, the Saudi family fled Florida two weeks before 9/11, leaving their cars, furniture, clothes, as well as other items, behind. This information was revealed in a 2010 Freedom of Information Act request, and it was also found that another unidentified family member studied at the same flight school as two of the accused 9/11 hijackers.
Aside from the FBI’s attempts to cover the funding behind the attacks on 9/11, the public report of Congress’ investigation of the 9/11 attacks is missing 28 pages—the part of the report that provides evidence of foreign support for the terrorists, specifically Saudi Arabia.
These pages were sealed by George W. Bush, and remain sealed by President Obama, apparently for security reasons. However, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., says he has read the 28 pages, and they pose no threat to our current security. The 9/11 Commission apparently did an investigation into the pages as well, and they made their findings public, but they still refuse to release the pages themselves.
Former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., has continually demanded the full report be released. He stated in an interview with the New York Times:
“No. 1, I think the American people deserve to know the truth of what has happened in their name. No. 2 is justice for these family members who have suffered such loss and thus far have been frustrated largely by the U.S. government in their efforts to get some compensation.”
Graham also stated that an FBI agent told him to give up his investigation into the funding behind the 9/11 attacks, adding “get a life”.
“To me, the most simple, unanswered question of 9/11 is, did the 19 hijackers act alone or were they assisted by someone in the United States?” he told the Times.
And this is precisely the question 9/11 Truthers have been asking for years.
Graham is now working with current representatives and 9/11 family members to have the 28 pages of the official government report declassified. In January, congressmen Stephen F. Lynch and Walter B. Jones, along with Graham and families of 9/11 victims, announced the introduction of a new House Resolution. It calls on President Obama to declassify the missing pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001. A similar resolution was proposed in 2013 and received bipartisan support.
The Saudi ambassador himself once complained about the redacted 28 pages, stating “we can deal with questions in public, but we cannot respond to blank pages.” If Saudi Arabia was behind the attacks on 9/11, why would the U.S. government want to protect a Saudi royal family from justice? If they had nothing to do with the funding of the attacks, it would be interesting to find out why it is the government chooses to keep these documents secret. Either way, the public deserves to know the truth.
Broze, Derrick. Truth in Media. Apr 14, 2015. (http://truthinmedia.com/saudi-arabia-attempts-to-dismiss-claims-of-911-financing/)
Shiffer, James Eli. Star Tribune. May 2, 2015. (http://www.startribune.com/years-after-9-11-attacks-28-pages-are-still-blank/302311381/)
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