The Saudi Role in 9/11, the Story that Won't Go Away

February 5, 2015

A 4,000-page court filing on Feb. 3 by lawyers for the 9/11 families, is putting a renewed spotlight on the role of Saudi Arabia in sponsoring the 9/11 attacks, and is increasing the pressure for release of the censored 28 pages from the Congressional Joint Inquiry.

Starting Tuesday evening, coverage of the explosive filings spread from the New York Times and CNN through the news media internationally and domestically. Importantly, the filings contained affidavits from two former 9/11 Commissioners, and from former Senate Intelligence Commission chairman Bob Graham, debunking Saudi claims that they were exonerated by the 9/11 Commission, and with 9/11 Commission member John Lehman calling for release of the 28 pages.

In 2013-14, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia & Herzegovina (SHC), were reinstated as defendants by actions of the U.S. Appeals Court in New York and the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Kingdom and the SHC are now desperately trying to get themselves dismissed again. A blockbuster pleading filed last September, states that the success of the 9/11 attacks "was made possible by the lavish sponsorship al Qaeda received from its material sponsors, including the Kingdom and SHC, over more than a decade leading up to September 11, 2001." It not only contains detailed evidence of how Saudi-sponsored "charities" financed Al-Qaeda in the years leading up the 9/11 attacks, but it also describes — in detail — how Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud (now King Salman), was put in charge of the SHC and how he personally directed the arming and financing of al-Qaeda during the 1990s.

One of the exhibits attached to Monday's filing, is a copy of the "Matrix of Threat Indicators" used by the U.S. military at Guantanamo. According to an affidavit by attorney Sean Carter, one of the lawyers for the 9/11 families, The Matrix of Threat Indicators identifies the 'Saudi High Commission for Relief' as one of the organizations within a list of 'terrorist and terrorist support entities' and indicates that 'through associations with these groups and organizations, a detainee may have provided support to al-Qaeda or the Taliban, or engaged in hostilities against U.S. or Coalition forces. A number of other exhibits also deal with the role of the Salman-run SHC in financing and arming Al-Qaeda.

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Leading the news coverage of Monday's filing, is the more than one hundred pages of sworn testimony by would-be hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui, describing how wealthy Saudis and members of the Saudi royal family provided financial support to him and other terrorists in the late 1990s.

Although Moussaoui was declared mentally-ill by his own lawyers in his 2006 trial in Alexandria, Va., and his public behavior was wild and erratic, nonetheless 9/11 families' attorney Sean Carter told the New York Times that his impression during the taking of Moussaoui's deposition was that Moussaoui "was of completely sound mind — focused and thoughtful."

Among those named by Moussaoui in his deposition were former Saudi intelligence head Prince Turki bin-Faisal and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. who has previously been identified as providing support to the San Diego hijackers, and whom Executive Intelligence Review put in the center of the British-Saudi Al Yamamah terrorist-funding slush fund.

Whatever the ultimate value of Moussaoui's testimony turns out to be, the furor surrounding it is shining a bright light on the already-established, highly-credible mountains of evidence of Saudi sponsorship of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and is giving added momentum to the demands for release of the 28 pages.

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John Lehman: 9/11 Commission Did Not Exonerate Saudis

Former Navy Secretary John Lehman.

Former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, who also served on the 9/11 Commission, is calling for the release of the censored 28 pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry, joining former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey (also a 9/11 Commissioner) and former Senator Bob Graham, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry. All three have just submitted affidavits in support of the 9/11 families in their lawsuit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, pending in Federal Court in New York — which the Saudis are trying again to have dismissed.

Lehman is adamant that the 9/11 Commission did not exonerate Saudi Arabia from culpability for the 9/11 attacks, or of financing Al Qaeda in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks — as claimed repeatedly by Saudi officials and their backers. Lehman says that he was, and still remains, deeply troubled by the evidence the 9/11 Commission developed concerning the support given to two future hijackers in San Diego by Saudi citizen Omar al-Bayoumi, and also by an official of the Islamic Affairs Department of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles. He notes that the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs is run by Wahabi imams, who have fueled the rise of jihadism and whose teaching provides the ideological basis of Al-Qaeda, ISIL, etc. All of this warrants further examination, Lehman asserts, adding that he read the 28 pages while a member of the 9/11 Commission and that there is nothing in them harmful to national security.

"To the contrary," Lehman states,

"I believe that the disclosure of those 28 pages from the Joint Inquiry report would greatly assist policy-makers and the public in better understanding many of the threats we now confront."

Therefore, says Lehman, he fully supports the 9/11 families in their efforts to obtain full disclosure of the records of both the Congressional Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission.

In his book The Commission, author Philip Shenon quoted Lehman on his inability to get any information out of the White House about the Saudis.

"They were refusing to declassify anything having to do with Saudi Arabia," Lehman said. "Anything having to do with the Saudis... it had this very special sensitivity."

Bob Graham's affidavit filed Monday includes his statements made to the same court in 2012, that he is convinced that there is a "direct line" between some of the 9/11 terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia, and that he believes that al-Bayoumi was operating under the direction of the Saudi government and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, and was in fact an agent of the Saudi government. Graham says this evidence has never been fully explored and pursued.

Graham adds the Sarasota, Florida, story to his previous statements, pointing out that three of the 9/11 hijackers were linked to the al-Hijji family, who abruptly fled from the U.S. shortly before the Sept. 11 attacks. Also new, are Graham's charges about the role of Saudi "charities" in providing financial support to Al-Qaeda. The 9/11 attacks could not have been planned and executed without a support infrastructure, he says, adding:

"I applaud the 9/11 Plaintiffs for their efforts to use the civil justice system to enlighten the American public concerning those important issues."

The Bob Kerrey affidavit, the same as he submitted to the court in 2012, states emphatically that the claims by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia & Herzegovina, that the 9/11 Commission exonerated them, are "fundamentally inaccurate and misleading." Those claims by the Saudis are one of the principal grounds on which they are attempting, once again, to get the 9/11 families' case against them, thrown out of court.

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