9/11 Commissioner and Co-Chair of Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 Say in Sworn Declarations that Saudi Government Linked to 9/11 Attacks

Two Senators with Access to Classified Information Say Saudi Government Backed 9/11 Attack

Two former senators – one a 9/11 Commissioner, the other the co-chair of the joint Congressional inquiry into 9/11 – state in sworn declarations that the Saudi government backed the 9/11 attack.

The New York Times reports:

For more than a decade, questions have lingered about the possible role of the Saudi government in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, even as the royal kingdom has made itself a crucial counterterrorism partner in the eyes of American diplomats.

Now, in sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, two former senators who were privy to top secret information on the Saudis’ activities say they believe that the Saudi government might have played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.

“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia,” former Senator Bob Graham, Democrat of Florida, said in an affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought against the Saudi government and dozens of institutions in the country by families of Sept. 11 victims and others. Mr. Graham led a joint 2002 Congressional inquiry into the attacks.

As we noted last year:

The Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and former Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Bob Graham, previously stated that an FBI informant had hosted and rented a room to two hijackers in 2000 and that, when the Inquiry sought to interview the informant, the FBI refused outright, and then hid him in an unknown location, and that a high-level FBI official stated these blocking maneuvers were undertaken under orders from the White House (confirmed here).

Today, Graham called for a new 9/11 investigation. As Raw Story notes:

Graham on Monday called on the U.S. government to reopen its investigation into 9/11 after a report found that links between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers were never disclosed by the FBI to the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks.

“In the final report of the congressional inquiry, there was a chapter related primarily to the Saudi role in 9/11 that was totally censored, every word of the chapter has been withheld from the public,” Graham said on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show.

“Some of the other questions we ought to be asking are if we know that the Saudis who lived in San Diego and now apparently in Sarasota received substantial assistance, what about the Saudis who lived in Phoenix, Arizona? Or Arlington, Virginia? … What was happening in those places?”

“I believe these are questions for which there are definitive answers, but the American people and largely their elected representatives have been denied that information.”

(And see this.)

The Times continues:

His former Senate colleague, Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, a Democrat who served on the separate 9/11 Commission, said in a sworn affidavit of his own in the case that “significant questions remain unanswered” about the role of Saudi institutions. “Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the September 11th attacks has never been fully pursued,” Mr. Kerrey said.

Their affidavits, which were filed on Friday and have not previously been disclosed, are part of a multibillion-dollar lawsuit that has wound its way through federal courts since 2002. An appellate court, reversing an earlier decision, said in November that foreign nations were not immune to lawsuits under certain terrorism claims, clearing the way for parts of the Saudi case to be reheard in United States District Court in Manhattan.

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The Saudis are seeking to have the case dismissed in part because they say American inquiries — including those in which Mr. Graham and Mr. Kerrey took part — have essentially exonerated them. A recent court filing by the Saudis prominently cited the 9/11 Commission’s “exhaustive” final report, which “found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi individuals funded” Al Qaeda.

But Mr. Kerrey and Mr. Graham said that the findings should not be seen as an exoneration and that many important questions about the Saudis’ role had never been fully examined, partly because their panels simply did not have the time or resources given their wider scope.

Terry Strada of New Vernon, N.J., whose husband died in the World Trade Center, said it was “so absurd that it’s laughable” for the Saudis to claim that the federal inquiries had exonerated them.

Unanswered questions include the work of a number of Saudi-sponsored charities with financial links to Al Qaeda, as well as the role of a Saudi citizen living in San Diego at the time of the attacks, Omar al-Bayoumi, who had ties to two of the hijackers and to Saudi officials, Mr. Graham said in his affidavit.

Still, Washington has continued to stand behind Saudi Arabia publicly, with the Justice Department joining the kingdom in trying to have the lawsuits thrown out of court on the grounds that the Saudis are protected by international immunity.

As we’ve repeatedly noted:

9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey said that “There are ample reasons to suspect that there may be some alternative to what we outlined in our version . . . We didn’t have access . . . .” He also says that it might take “a permanent 9/11 commission” to end the remaining mysteries of September 11

Indeed, while everyone remembers the false allegations about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, most forget that the other primary justification for the war was the false linkage between Iraq and 9/11.

The failure to really investigate 9/11 led us into a disastrous war … which has virtually bankrupted our country.

Unfortunately, the endless wars in the Middle East and North Africa are about oil, not national security (and see this).

So we have idiots like MSNBC talking head Joe Scarborough saying that – even if the Saudi government backed the 9/11 attacks – Saudi oil is too important to do anything about it:

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  • Jay Rowland

    It takes a village.
    http://911review.org/Wget/

  • http://johnm2.typepad.com/blog/ John M

    The United Airline flights each have two different takeoff times, depending on who you check. UA175 took off at 8:14 according to the 9/11 Commission, based on National Transportation Safety studies and Air Traffic Control transcripts.

    UA175 took off at 8:23 according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), based on times automatically transmitted from the aircraft at wheels-off.

    http://www.bts.gov/xml/ontimesummarystatistics/src/dstat/OntimeSummaryDepatures.xml

    Likewise, UA93 took off at 8:42 (Commission) or 8:28 (BTS).

    No official investigation has acknowledged the BTS times, let alone reconciled or resolved the differences. A White House website petition calls for investigation of the takeoff times, but needs 150 signatures to become public and searchable: wh.gov/89w

    I tried posting this at the Naked Capitalism version of this post, but it seemed not to be posting.

  • Andy Tyme

    Oh come one, George!
    The disinfo “Saudi’s did it” meme was all but spray-painted in (neon red letters) on the aftermath news coverage of both the Congressional and 9/11 Commission reports. To promote this “alternate-myth number two,” (probably also authored by Dr. Zelikow’s team) at this late date — after all that the genuinely astute and sincere (as opposed to sayanim/co-opted) “9/11 truth” community has discovered about what DIDN’T happen at the WTC, Pentagon and Shanksville — is to grievously discredit your otherwise fine and sensible blog.
    For shame.

    • http://buelahman.wordpress.com/ BuelahMan

      Amen.

      If it comes from Scar and his associated harlot (hell, anyone from ANY MSM “news” source, it is guaranteed to be a lie.

      Graham and Kerrey are both shills and full of shit.

    • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

      Andy Tyme,

      This is taking place in a United States District Court, in Manhattan.

      It is no joke. It has been to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and allowed to go forward.

      And it is certainly no shame for this blog to report on federal court cases.

      Your constitutional perspective on citizen rights to have their cases heard is weak at the moment, sir.

      Which is the real shame.

  • n

    I agree with Andy. The “Saudis did it” crap is pure disinfo. Israelis and American traitors did 9/11 no matter what controlled opposition and mainstream media says. Sorry.

    • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

      n,

      A trial before a jury will settle the matter constitutionally.

      There is no shame in jury trials.

      More like a right, not a shame.

      Your beliefs in the matter also should be heard by a jury. Why not?

      • davidgmills

        Because a trial almost never settles real scientific issues. I am a lawyer (34 years) and I understand the limitations of trials. Science is not what trials do best.

        • davidgmills

          For that matter commissions are also notorious for getting to the scientific truth of a matter. The 9/11 commission was woeful in its scientific analysis which is why I really don’t support another commission.

          Leave the scientific questions to the scientific method.

          A good place to start is the Journal of 911 studies. Real scientists doing real science.

  • Anomalous Howard

    Their only involvement was to help create legends for the patsies. Probably not even knowing what they were going to be blamed for. An ongoing patsie mill is just constantly running in the background so it would’ve been no big deal for the Saudis to be involved in that.

  • xxy

    Saudi Arabia?

    Bhahahahaha!
    Anyone with half a brain already knows that all three WTC buildings were demolished by the zionist neocons traitors in cooperation with the Mossad, as a false flag attack in order to start a war against Irak and Afghanistan.

    http://majorityrights.com/911.who

  • Dean

    “”The Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and former Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Bob Graham, previously stated that an FBI informant had hosted and rented a room to two hijackers in 2000 and that, when the Inquiry sought to interview the informant, the FBI refused outright, and then hid him in an unknown location, and that a high-level FBI official stated these blocking maneuvers were undertaken under orders from the White House “”

    What is an informant working for the FBI doing hosting two of the hijackers? Was the informant hid away to protect the Saudi angle…or something else?

  • Lois Gagnon

    It’s worth remembering the close ties the Bush’s have to the Saudi royals. They were scuttled out of the country under cover of darkness when all other aircraft were grounded. Perhaps it wasn’t the Saudis who “did it”, but were part of a broader coalition of elite interests who colluded to bring about the catastrophe that would usher in their NWO.

    • Matty in Florida

      I (got cut-off ) continued:

  • Matty in Florida

    George, PLEASE post an article on this latest report about the Dover (Air Force Base) Port Mortuary about the destruction – that’s DESTRUCTION, not “loss”, nor “dumping” – of 9/11 victims’ remains, also known as EVIDENCE:
    http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/321543/dover-port-mortuary-independent-review.txt

    Which, I believe is the REAL REVELATION from which this resurgent horsecrap about “the Saudis did it” is (I agree with “Andy Tyme”) designed to divert attention.

    And when you do post it, PLEASE pick up on the stupendous admission – apparently lost on all reporters so far – that Dover’s destruction of 9/11 evidence was:

    1. Begun specifically for the disposal of 9/11 remains – in their own words: “This policy began shortly after September 11, 2001, (with) several portions of remains from the Pentagon attack and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site”

    2. Done specifically – again, in their own words – with “the assumption on the part of (the US Air Force’s Dover Port Mortuary)…that after final incineration nothing remained.

    These amount to a VERY specific admission of an intent not just to destroy evidence, but to completely DISAPPEAR the PENTAGON AND SHANKSVILLE remains: precisely the two plane “crashes” in which (anyone with two eyes can see) the damage was not caused by any sort of jetliner(s) .

    And tell that to the next person who asks you “Well then if they didn’t crash the liners then what did they do with all those passengers?”. And then you SHOW them HERE is EXACTLY what the US AIR FORCE – again, in their own words – did to them: “they…were cremated under contract at a civilian crematory and returned to DPM…These cremated portions were then placed in sealed containers that were provided to a biomedical waste disposal contractor (who) then transported these containers and incinerated them…A DPM management query found that there was some residual material following incineration and that the contractor was disposing of it in a landfill. The landfill disposition was not disclosed

    • Matty in Florida

      I (got cut-off ) continued:
      Note above that the initially-cremated remains were returned to Dover DPM – for no concievable purpose, it would appear, other than to make good and sure they were destroyed beyond all recognition.

      Oh, and for all those smarmy pricks mocking 9/11 Truthers with “wild speculation” that “they dumped the bodies at sea” – get a load of DOVER’S CURRENT policy – again, straight from the above document, in their own words: “(The double-incineration-dumping) practice ceased in 2008, and a new policy was in place by 2009; under the new policy such portions of remains are now cremated and retired at sea.” Which is more effectively “disappeared”, it seems obvious, than a LANDFILL NEAR DOVER, DELAWARE.

      9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB – notwithstanding all Saudi, Israeli, German, Pakistani or Turkish collaborators – IT WAS AN AMERICAN JOB: born, bred, executed and especially covered-up PRIMARILY BY AMERICANS.

      Until we face up – and do something about – this utterly shameful and horrifying truth, we will not heal nor dig out of this hole into which we have been thrust. So, Graham and Kerry : you had your chance – STFU now – AND THE TRUTH WILL OUT!

      Semper Fi,

      Matty in Florida

  • Matty in Florida

    George, PLEASE post an article on this latest report about the Dover (Air Force Base) Port Mortuary about the destruction – that’s DESTRUCTION, not “loss”, nor “dumping” – of 9/11 victims’ remains, also known as EVIDENCE:
    http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/321543/dover-port-mortuary-independent-review.txt

    Which, I believe is the REAL REVELATION from which this resurgent horsecrap about “the Saudis did it” is (I agree with “Andy Tyme”) designed to divert attention.

    And when you do post it, PLEASE pick up on the stupendous admission – apparently lost on all reporters so far – that Dover’s destruction of 9/11 evidence was:

    1. Begun specifically for the disposal of 9/11 remains – in their own words: “This policy began shortly after September 11, 2001, (with) several portions of remains from the Pentagon attack and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site”

    2. Done specifically – again, in their own words – with “the assumption on the part of (the US Air Force’s Dover Port Mortuary)…that after final incineration nothing remained.

    These amount to a VERY specific admission of an intent not just to destroy evidence, but to completely DISAPPEAR the PENTAGON AND SHANKSVILLE remains: precisely the two plane “crashes” in which (anyone with two eyes can see) the damage was not caused by any sort of jetliner(s) .

    And tell that to the next person who asks you “Well then if they didn’t crash the liners then what did they do with all those passengers?”. And then you SHOW them HERE is EXACTLY what the US AIR FORCE – again, in their own words – did to them: “they…were cremated under contract at a civilian crematory and returned to DPM…These cremated portions were then placed in sealed containers that were provided to a biomedical waste disposal contractor (who) then transported these containers and incinerated them…A DPM management query found that there was some residual material following incineration and that the contractor was disposing of it in a landfill. The landfill disposition was not disclosed

    • Matty in Florida

      “George”, why are you blocking the last half of my comment?

      In case it was your mistake, it read as follows:

      “Note above that the initially-cremated remains were returned to Dover DPM – for no concievable purpose, it would appear, other than to make good and sure they were destroyed beyond all recognition.

      Oh, and for all those smarmy pricks mocking 9/11 Truthers with “wild speculation” that “they dumped the bodies at sea” – get a load of DOVER’S CURRENT policy – again, straight from the above document, in their own words: “(The double-incineration-dumping) practice ceased in 2008, and a new policy was in place by 2009; under the new policy such portions of remains are now cremated and retired at sea.” Which is more effectively “disappeared”, it seems obvious, than a LANDFILL NEAR DOVER, DELAWARE.

      9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB – notwithstanding all Saudi, Israeli, German, Pakistani or Turkish collaborators – IT WAS AN AMERICAN JOB: born, bred, executed and especially covered-up PRIMARILY BY AMERICANS.

      Until we face up – and do something about – this utterly shameful and horrifying truth, we will not heal nor dig out of this hole into which we have been thrust. So, Graham and Kerry : you had your chance – STFU now – AND THE TRUTH WILL OUT!

      Semper Fi,

      Matty in Florida”

  • Howard

    Who else could BushCo/neocons better rely on than their close friends in Saudi Arabia? After all, Osama was a CIA operative from Saudi Arabia. Once the Ruskies were driven from Afghanistan, Osama became a thorn in the side of the House of Saud. What better way to kill two birds with one stone: frame Osama while Saudis, Mossad and BushCo neocon CIA goons pulled the job to steal oil, war profiteer and help Israel eliminate a critic. You know that’s what happened.

  • james

    Why is it so hard for some people to believe that the same forces that formed, financed and directed the “mujahideen” in Afghanistan in the 1980′s are also the same people who were behind the 9-11-01 attacks?

    Did the Bush43 administration fly members of the bin Laden family out of the US on chartered aricraft, at the same time that all other civilian aircraft flights were banned?

    Did the Bush43 administration destroy all the interrogation records from Guantanamo? Did the media completely overlook this? If the media, in one of their periodic fits of inquiry, had come across a name that could lead back to operations in Afghanistan?

    Did the Bush43 administration order all individuals be held in a foreign jail? If the accused had access to legal representation, might the names of people who might have been associated with operations in Afghanistan in the 1980′s have come up

    Is the Saudi government covertly financing the so-called Syrian “opposition” at the present time, along with the Qatari’s? Are both governments in place due to actions of the US and the UK? Cutout, maybe?

  • Iqbal Halani

    Seeing is believing. WTC7 100 yards long, fell perfectly level to the ground in free fall along its ENTIRE 100 yard length AND at all four corners simultaneously. Not ONE of the 87 steel columns (engineered to bear 47 story load) resisted. Smoking gun, nahh smoking cannon more like ! No need to get waylaid by the devils’ digress mis/dis/false information.

  • jeremy

    pack of lies. Israhell and US Govt behind 9/11. Saudi Arabia had no role in the planning or execution of 9/11. The Saudis who were accused of being the hijackers turned up alive and well, all having been in OTHER COUNTRIES at the time of the attack and extremely angry at being accused of being terrorists. There is one exception. One of the Saudis accused died more than a year prior to 9/11. Seems incomprehensible to me how a passport and flutter to the ground in pristine condition to be picked up off the ground by some nameless faceless person when zero body parts were recovered from the twin towers. A first in history, no bodies being recovered from a collapsed building.

    • Chinamed

      first time since existance a building was pulverized from “airplanes” ?? good joke !! for the stupid maybe

  • Stephen Anthony Daniels

    I would not be surprised if Obama had something to do with 9/11 he did say that America is a Muslim country if u don’t believe me look it up on YouTube

 

 

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