A long-classified report totaling 28 pages of top secret information about the September 11 attacks has finally been released, showing that Saudi nationals appeared to help some of the 9/11 hijackers in the U.S. before they carried out the terrorist strikes, reported Bloomberg.
Read The 28 Declassified Pages About Potential Saudi Involvement In 9/11 https://t.co/WqXfDb8lhN
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) July 15, 2016
The formerly top secret 28 pages of information was released following an in-depth congressional inquiry into the September 11 terrorist attacks and the documents appear to implicate Saudi Arabian allies as complicit in 9/11, specifically Saudi government officials.
“While in the Unites States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi government.”
It’s clear that at least some citizens who took to social media about the release of the now-infamous and previously top secret 28 pages of information about the September 11 attacks felt uneasy about the new Saudi connections.
#28pages: "What is clear is that the FBI did no treat the Saudis as a counterterrorism [redacted] threat prior to September 11."
— Samuel Oakford (@samueloakford) July 15, 2016
“FBI documents also indicate that several Saudi Naval officers were in contact with the September 11 hijackers” https://t.co/3V9Hn9Ez9o
— Dylan Baddour (@DylanBaddour) July 15, 2016
The 28 pages regarding the September 11 attacks were released after backlash in recent months from American citizens, many of whom are family members of 9/11 victims. They claim that the Saudi Arabian government, as well as multinational organizations and wealthy Saudi-based individuals, has long financed groups that are linked to terrorism, while also failing to crack down on known militants and hiding evidence from the public.
“Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks were identified as Saudi nationals.”
In addition, a CBS 60 Minutes report that aired in April of 2016 suggested that a respected Saudi diplomat who is “known to hold extremist views” helped the hijackers after they traveled to the U.S. to prepare for the attacks.
As for the now-infamous 28 pages, the information is a selection of a congressional inquiry dating back to 2002, which has been kept secret due to concerns that it could cause strained diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia surrounding the September 11 attacks, reported the New York Times.
“Its release marks the end of a years-long fight by lawmakers and families of the Sept. 11 victims to make public any evidence that the kingdom might have played a role in the attacks.”
Still, it’s important to note that the 28 pages that were just released are more akin to a summary of the information that was given to agencies about the September 11 attacks, all intended for follow-up investigations, instead of a list of hard and fast conclusions that were set in stone. Despite this revelation and subsequent attempts by the Saudi government and some U.S. officials to completely discredit the validity of the claims contained within the 28 pages, a number of other investigators remain puzzled by the exact role played by individuals like Fahad al-Thumairy in the September 11 attacks.
“A Saudi consular official based in the Los Angeles area at the time of the attacks, they believe that if there had been any Saudi government role in the plot, it probably would have involved him.”
According to the just released 28 pages, Mr. Thumairy served as imam of a mosque that was reportedly visited regularly by two of the September 11 hijackers, and U.S. government officials have long suspected him of assisting the two men – Nawaq Alhamzi and Kalid al-Midhar – when they initially arrived in L.A. during 2000.
The 28 pages also discuss the role Mr. Thumairy is suspected to have played in 9/11, along with a number of other likely connections between Al-Qaeda operatives and Saudi officials in the September 11 attacks. This includes a section that details how a phone number found in a book owned by Abu Zubayda – who was captured by CIA officials in Pakistan during early 2002 – was linked to a corporation in Aspen, Colo., which is responsible for managing the affairs of Saudi Prince Bandar’s Colorado residence.
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