Five Revelations From the 9/11 Joint Inquiry’s 28 Pages

28The missing 28 pages from the U.S. Congressional Joint Inquiry into intelligence activities related to 911 were finally released to the public. These pages do not reveal a lot of new information but what is new strengthens lines of investigation that need to be followed-up. Here are five examples.

  1. The 28 pages say a lot about two men—Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan. The pages hint at the idea that Al-Bayoumi and Bassnan, who sponsored some of the alleged hijackers in the U.S., were Saudi intelligence agents or assets. Although this is not new, the pages also mention that both of them worked closely with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM). That should bring investigators back to the WTC security company Stratesec, which held its annual meetings in SACM offices.
  2. The SACM was part of the Saudi Embassy run by then-ambassador Prince Bandar. The released pages do a lot of hinting about Bandar’s funding of Al-Bayoumi and Bassnan’s activities in the United States. What is perhaps a revelation is that the men’s wives not only received money from Bandar’s wife but also that Bassnan received $15,000 directly from Bandar’s account.
  3. The pages also reveal that, “several Saudi Naval officers were in contact with the September 11th hijackers.” A related fact that needs more scrutiny is that Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), which profited greatly from the 9/11 crimes, had spent over twenty years building and training the Saudi Navy. At the time of 9/11, SAIC was run by Dick Cheney’s protégé Duane Andrews, who was the most knowledgeable person regarding the vulnerabilities of the information and communications networks that failed that day.
  4. The released pages also make a lot of insinuations about Abu Zubaydah’s “phonebook.” Zubaydah was the first alleged al Qaeda leader captured. The 28 pages repeatedly mention that his phonebook had several numbers that could be “linked” to U.S. phone numbers. Readers will likely fail to realize that in 2009 the U.S. government retracted its claims that Zubaydah had any association to al Qaeda. That the 9/11 Commission Report depended heavily on Zubaydah’s torture testimony is a fact that was quickly forgotten by Commission and intelligence agency leaders.
  5. The Inquiry’s report was built largely on information provided by the FBI and the CIA. The 28 pages show this clearly. What people might fail to question is why the Inquiry would go about investigating intelligence agencies simply by reporting information provided by those agencies. That contradiction was amplified when the Inquiry’s leaders allowed the FBI to intimidate their own panel members by investigating them while they were investigating the FBI. The reasons for these contradictions are probably related to the fact that leaders of the FBI and the CIA are legitimate suspects in the 9/11 crimes.

In the end, the release of the 28 pages reinforces some information that was already available but does nothing to correct the propaganda that the Joint Inquiry produced. The public can learn from it, of course, but that requires looking beyond the propaganda.

Kevin Ryan blogs at Dig Within.

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  • jadan

    More useless blather. Straw man. Without forensic analysis we’re lost in the woods. The perps knew that which is why they attempted to sterilize the site and dispose of the debris. There is photographic, video, and eye witness testimonial evidence available to those have the competence to understand and interpret it. Very few people do, and certainly not those in the NIST group of liars & obfuscaters. If one doesn’t know what happened, what is the point of speculating about who did it?

    • Brockland A.T.

      It keeps the issue alive, although more should be done to promote and preserve the real evidence in the public eye. Speculation could be the first step towards the memory hole otherwise.

      • jadan

        You’re right, of course, but it feels a little like Alice in Wonderland just the same.

    • Eric Zuesse

      Not true. There were essential exchanges of money for services rendered, behind 9/11. There’s plenty of written evidence, and there’s plenty of video evidence. There’s plenty of evidence.

      • jadan

        Evidence of what? What services rendered? For whom? By whom?

  • Brabantian

    The ’28 pages’ are just smoke … As major governments KNOW & sometimes ACKNOWLEDGE:

    • Sarastro92

      Yeah. What role did the Mossad play? Clearly they knew about the pre-planning stages… but they were little more than observers… unlike the FBI and CIA.

      • colinjames71

        You ask what role Mossad in one sentence but assert observer status in the next. Just thought I’d point that out, not to be a dick about it, you may be right for all I know. Personally I suspect a major role at least for some Israeli officials and agents. Additionally one can argue that some of our own dear neocons were/are closer to Israeli agents than whatever title they held at State or any other agency. And the commenter to who you replied may be correct to a point, the 28 could very well be misdirection, limited hangout, something less than a full account of foreign govt involvement almost certainly.

        • Sarastro92

          Observor means passive= no role… but since Mossad has moles in the FBI-CIA they were aware of the con being played by US- Saudi intelligence. But Mossad wasn’t giving orders or chaperoning al Q terrorists around the US..

          Anyway, you’re the one shooting off your mouth. So you tell me: what role did Mossad play in 9/11?

          • colinjames71

            Whoa whoa whoa don’t get defensive especially since I specifically said it was NOT to be a dick about it- as in not to challenge your point of view, only to point out to you, for your own benefit, what seemed like a somewhat contradictory set of statements, with zero judgement on my part. Sometimes people, myself included, are unclear or make mistakes when trying to express ourselves. No big deal.

            I just went thru some of your comments on disqus, just wanted to make sure you were a real person- gotta say, you’re quite knowledgeable, I agree with everything I read. I’m on your side!

            So, step back, ease up, I really meant no offense- and I don’t see how that can be interpreted as shooting my mouth off. As to type question, as I wrote, I SUSPECT a more active role for Israeli agents and officials, in which case MAYBE the 28 pages are part of an effort to hide that role, or keep people from examining amt Israelis further. I can’t say for sure, had I more concrete information I’d not use the words suspect and maybe.

            My suspicions arise from the fact that America’s actions in the Middle East seem to be taken on behalf of and/or for the benefit of the state of Israel above all other concerns. It’s no secret how much influence Israel has over our govt, you have all the dual citizen neocons infesting the foreign policy establishment, the Yinon plan appears to be the base template behind ME strategy since at least immediately after 9/11, the infamous “Clean Break” paper, the dancing Israelis including known Mossad agents arrested on 9/11, and of course there’s the history of nefarious activities by Isreal/Mossad continuously provoking conflict since Israel’s inception with loss of American life being zero concern of theirs, so yeah- I suspect but cannot confirm an active role for Israel.

            Hope we’re good,again, much respect for your knowledge and opinions and no offense our challenge meant regarding my first reply.

          • Sarastro92

            Ok. Ok. This is now a semantic dispute… but it comes down to, as you say, “Personally I suspect a major role at least for some Israeli officials and agents”

            I admit Mossad looks good for the part… but if you are an “evidence based” investigator (as I am) the fact is there’s “no evidence” of an operational role of Mossad in 9/11…

            If you can cite anything that is an operational role, a lot of people will be interested to hear the evidence.

          • colinjames71

            I never claimed to be an investigator so what I have is an opinion based on who I believe as far as 9/11-researchers. Ryan Dawson is supposed to have a video out today sometime, explaining how the 28 (29?) pages reveal the Mossad role. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at anything 9/11, anyway whether they just knew about the plot or were actively involved, they obviously wanted it to happen. Their agents filmed it and celebrated it, that’s pretty damning on its own.

            No dispute, I see what you meant, and I explained what I meant, I’m all out of comment. It’s a pain in the ass from a phone.

          • Sarastro92

            You should try reading the evidence, and not following “your opinion”. I’m all ears if any credible evidence appears on the subject. (Credible meaning based in fact and not what some crank would like to believe)… True, the neoCon Likuds actually PROPOSED a 9/11 event a/k/a a New Pearl Harbor … as did Brzezinski in “Global Chess Board”… so they were jumping for joy when 9/11 happened.

            But On the specific question that the Mossad actually ” made 9/ii happen” (which is the charge) there is no evidence. It’s important to get the facts right.

            So yeah… you and I taken this as far as possible.

  • Sarastro92

    Ryan continually claims the Congressional Inquiry is a disinformation operation that issues “propaganda”. But then again, so do the CIA- FBI and the Bush-Obama White House. That puts Ryan in some strange company.

    In actuality, the 28 pages filled in earlier sections of the Congressional 9/11 Inquiry on the role of the Saudis in the Sept. 11 attacks.

    The Inquiry discloses that there is a very direct chain of evidence about financing and logistics the
    goes from the Saudi Royal family (Amb. Bandar’s wife and Bandar’s checking
    account) and Saudi consulate employees (al Thumiari) to the agent handlers
    (Basnan and al Bayoumi) to some of the 9/11 hijackers (Khalid al-Mihdhar, Nawaf

    So tell us, Ryan: what’s untrue about this picture? Tell us why we should ignore this part of the 9/11 story?

    And no, the 9/11 Commission did not debunk the findings of the Congressional
    Report. The NY Times (of all places) demolishes such claims TWICE in front page
    stories. (In Timesspeak they first reiterate the claims that the 9/11
    Commission crack investigators debunked the Inquiry findings, but then go on to
    show this claim is bogus and a farce)

    It is TRUE that the Saudi role is only part of the story. There was deep CIA- FBI coordination with the al Qaeda hijackers and their Saudi handlers. But that info comes from the Congressional 9/11 Inquiry. The document that Ryan denounces, even though the Inquiry and their investigators provide fine-grained details on all of this.

    The big picture, the complete picture, of course is that 9/11 was a joint operation of the US military and intelligence services with the Saudis. The latter provided the al Qaeda stooges. That was necessary to
    advance the story of a New Pearl Harbor that ushers in Perpetual War and and replaces the US Constitution with an Orwellian Police State

    It was the US Military that actually cleared the skies of military aircraft and
    remotely controlled the aircraft.

    Ryan is just acting as a disinformation agent in all this.

  • andrew1212

    28 Pages…with over 100 redactions (often entire sentences)

    I guess we’ll call this the Mad Libs version of the 28 Pages.

  • Lucas Berth

    28 pages = GOVERNMENT PSYOP

    Kevin Ryan, the author of this piece of crap, apparently wants to perpetatue the idiocy surrounding 9/11 by “analyzing” the contents of 28 declassified pages of toilet paper.

  • Gary Youree

    I dont know about these extra pages but i remember the day all this happened. From the attack to the war in Iraq. I was appalled at how obvious and evidently how stupid all those opening their mouths about any of these subjects could expect me/us/them to be so stupid.
    First … ok they are able to hit one tower. As soon as the second tower was hit it was clear it was intentional. When one tower went down, and i am no engineer, and then the other, and I dont easily buy into conspiracies, I knew this was controlled.
    Second…. when there were no more attacks it was clear to me that if it were terrorists they had shot their wad. I mean clearly it would not be that easy another time around. I mean both towers falling in their footprints?!?
    Looking backwards and following the money it is just too clear.
    First an election decided at the Supreme Court level.
    Second..Dick Cheney, CEO of a huge oil and defense contractor supervising George Bush who looked like a deer caught in the headlights when it was pronounced he had won. You could look in the mans eyes, George Bush’s eyes, and clearly see he was amazed that it had worked.
    So looking backwards so much, a huge amount of money has been made through military defense contractors, especially Cheneys’, Iraq was attacked and attached to Bein Laden when their religion would make them natural enemies. The attack on Iraq, a country we created, associated with 911. It made no sense. Why would Saddam hide weapons. He felt lucky to be alive after Bush one lured him over the line into his old 19th providence. The war to get one man kills a half a million innocents. Bush two wanted revenge because his daddy had been threatened by Saddam. Well lets murder a half a million people to get this one man and show who is boss. Cheney just wanted the money and more power in his company and he got it. All those contracts and no bidding. The terrorists without planes. Suicide bombers called cowards. jesus fucking christ am i the only sane person in this country? I dont look for conspiracies but they dont even try anymore. They must surely believe it is over. The brains have been bred out of the super rich. We all die in our time. It is relative. Our whole economy is built on planned obsolescence. Technology has been made a huge net loss to humanity when so much could be done for our species.
    How can so many people (in govt) think I am so stupid. I know there is nothing i can do but i feel insulted every day. Capitalism may well be the natural result and part of survival of the fittest but for what god for saken reason would anyone with a mind think that is a good thing? Unless we use what past alpha predators did not have, self-awareness, do create a paradigm shift in our evolution then our extinction will be the rest of the planets survival.
    I dont know how far back it goes. The de ta was clearly Kennedy who did not want or understand the true goals of war. The coup never happened. It has always been here. it became just too damned clear when Reagan became president. The day that happened … all possibilities that we would exist another 100 years were gone. All pretense was gone. I saw the bank whisper in his ear as he was speaking….. “finish it up”…. We all know – most are just confused by your efforts who the enemy is.