The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee recently declassified 28 pages of a report on the 9/11 terror attacks, and they reveal possible connections to Saudia Arabia of which the public was not previously aware. As reported by USA Today, details in the 9/11 report are unconfirmed, but they indicate a possible connection between the Saudi royal family and Saudis living in the U.S. as well as two of the hijackers in San Diego. In addition, the newly declassified pages of the 9/11 report indicate a possible connection between the Saudi royal family and mosques located in California that are considered to support radical Islamic ideas.
The 28 pages were part of the investigation of the 9/11 Commission into the intelligence failures that occurred before the terror attacks.
The pages of the 9/11 report also indicate two items of note regarding information found in the phone book belonging to Abu Zubaydah, an Al Qaeda operative who was captured in Pakistan in March 2002. One was a phone number for a corporation located in Aspen, Colorado. The corporation is said to manage “the affairs of the Colorado residence of the Saudi Ambassador Bandar.” The other was a phone number for a bodyguard who worked at the Saudi embassy in Washington according to the FBI.
Following the 9/11 attacks, the 9/11 Commission conducted an investigation from which they communicated a conclusion that they had found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” Al Qaeda. Their investigation into the 9/11 attacks also stated that the above conclusion “does not exclude the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to Al Qaeda.”
As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-JubierI pushed for the release of the 9/11 documents in hopes that it would put an end to speculation about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the terror attacks. Following the release of the previously classified pages related to 9/11, al-Jubier said, “That matter is now finished. The surprise in the 28 pages is that there is no surprise.”
Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina and Dianne Feinstein of California reaffirmed that sentiment, urging Americans to read the pages, believing that doing so will “debunk” many conspiracy theories and end much speculation about 9/11.
Not all senators agree, however. A connection between the events of 9/11 and Saudi Arabia has not yet been disproven according to Senator Bob Graham of Florida.
“This is not the end. Most of what we know about 9/11 is from the investigations that were done in southern California and that’s the primary focus of the 28 pages. Ironically, two-thirds of the hijackers lived, most of the time they were in the US, in Florida and we know very little about their financing, who they associate with, or what assistance they may have had.”
Graham has indicated that a federal judge in Florida is reviewing 80,000 pages that include reports from the FBI’s investigation into the 9/11 terror attacks and the activities of the hijackers in Sarasota, Florida. The judge will determine whether some or all of those pages may also be declassified as part of a Freedom of Information act suit filed by the Florida Bulldog, an investigative reporting organization.
The 9/11 Families United For Justice Against Terrorism is also pushing for the release of more documents related to investigations into the 9/11 attacks. The organization’s national chair, Terry Strada, commented on the recent release of 28 pages of the investigation into 9/11.
“There is so much more on the Saudi connection to 9/11 and this is the tip of the iceberg, but you had to get this first. It’s the beginning, but I don’t think it’s the end.”
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