Sen. Bill Nelson Calls Saudis 'Duplicitous' and 'Two-Faced'

January 21, 2015

For the second time in as many days, a sitting Senator has singled out Saudi perfidy on the terrorist question. Contacted Jan. 16 for his response to former Sen. Bob  Graham's call to release the 28 pages, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) told the Florida Politics blog, although he had not read them, he did not need to in order to affirm that the Saudis are "quite duplicitous" regarding the terror threat in their own country. With this, Nelson joins Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Chris Murphy (D-CT)—who spoke out on CNN's "State of the Union" January 18th—in the assault on the House of Saud. Nelson said:

"They will say one thing in private, which they desperately want us to do this or that against the bad guys, but because of their politics and their position in the Middle East among their Arab colleagues, they're afraid to say those things."

While this problem is widely encountered when dealing with foreign governments, Nelson said, the Saudis are notorious for playing a "two-faced game" on this account.

"Because they allowed, back in the late '90s and early 2000s, the incubation and hatching of these radical terrorists [sic] groups that were often started in Saudi Arabia, and/or funded by Saudi money. It may not be government money, but it was Saudi citizen money, and as a result, they're rueing the day now, because Saudi Arabia is one of the prime targets of the terrorists all over the world wherever there is a Saudi interest."

Additionally, the article names Walter Jones' and Stephen Lynch's H.Res.14, the legislation for the full release of the redacted 28 pages of the joint inquiry into 9/11