The Saudi Connection to 9/11 Attacks
The Saudi Connection to 9/11 Attacks
Congressmen call for declassifying 28 pages from a 9/11 joint congressional inquiry

WASHINGTON—Not long after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, questions about a connection between the hijackers and the Saudi government have been raised from the media and investigators. After all, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. Some have suggested a cover-up by the Bush Administration. Classified pages from a 2002 congressional intelligence report may provide the evidence.

On Dec. 2, two congressmen introduced the bipartisan House Resolution H. Res. 428 that asks President Obama to declassify 28 pages in the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001,”—an 858 page report to Congress concerning the  Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The House and Senate respective intelligence committees worked on a Joint Inquiry congressional report that was released Dec. 2002. 

Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) recently had an opportunity to review the 28 pages, and now believe it would be in the public interest to declassify them. 

The report was about to begin on page 395 (416 in the original pagination) a new section on “sources of foreign support for some of the Sept. 11 hijackers while they were in the United States,” when the reader encounters for the next 28 pages only brackets with strikeout lines.

In a press release, Congressman Lynch—Democratic Chairman of the bipartisan Task Force on Terrorism and Proliferation Financing—states, “These pages contain information that is vital to a full understanding of the events and circumstances surrounding this tragedy. The families of the victims and the American people … deserve a full accounting, and that has not happened yet.”

President George W. Bush was the sole decider that these 28 pages would not be made public for what he said were national security reasons. 

According to Lynch, the information will not compromise national security.

The Joint Inquiry report should not be confused with “The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States,” also known as the 9-11 Commission, which was wider in scope and released later, in July 2004.

9/11 Victims ‘Deserve Answers’

Congressman Lynch has said in interviews that the reason he and Rep. Jones want to declassify the section is for the sake of transparency. The resolution states “The families of the victims and the people of the United States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001.”

“We owe it to them to give 100 percent thorough information,” he said to Mike Nikitas, on NECN television interview on Dec. 16.

Lynch said that this portion of the investigation regarding foreign support for some of the hijackers was not just rewritten, shortened, or sanitized, but was deleted. “These 28 pages were actually excised from that report. These are not just redactions; the 28 pages that I read and that [Rep.] Walter Jones read, have actually been pulled from the report completely,” Lynch told Piers Morgan on CNN, Dec. 16.

Soon after the Joint Inquiry report was released, “more than 40 U.S. senators clamored for the release of the censored section of the report. They included John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, Charles Schumer, Sam Brownback, Olympia Snowe, and Pat Roberts,” states Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan in an article about Saudi and Pakistani involvement in 9/11, appearing in Vanity Fair, Aug. 2011.

Nikitas asked Lynch whether people will be shocked at what they read. Lynch replied, “I think some people will be very surprised.”

For now, Lynch urges his colleagues in Congress to read the pages for themselves. He’s confident that once they do, many will join him and Rep. Jones and sponsor Resolution 428. “We will have support,” he told Nikitas.

However, it won’t be easy for other Congress Members to get access to the 28 pages. According to Paul Sperry, Hoover Institute media fellow, in an op-ed, Dec. 15, in the NY Post, “It took a month long letter-writing campaign by Jones and Lynch to convince the House intelligence panel to give them access to the material.

Leaks: Saudi Kingdom Complicit

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. But Lynch will not answer questions about any assistance the hijackers received from members of the Saudi royal family or officials of the Saudi government. The 28 pages are still classified material. 

However, Sperry states in the NY Post op-ed cited above, “Some information already has leaked from the classified section, which is based on both CIA and FBI documents, and it points back to Saudi Arabia, a presumed ally.” 

“Case agents tell me, [investigators] were repeatedly called off pursuing 9/11 leads back to the Saudi Embassy, which had curious sway over White House and FBI responses to the attacks,” Sperry writes.

Sperry concluded, “Not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and intelligence officers employed by the kingdom helped the hijackers both financially and logistically. The intelligence files cited in the report directly implicate the Saudi embassy in Washington and consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks.”

Sen. Bob Graham

Someone else who has read those 28 pages, the co-Chair of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11, former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), has not been at all reticent to speak out about the Saudi connection to at least some of the hijackers. 

In Huffington Post article from Sept. 11, 2012, co-author Graham wrote, “From the outset of the Congressional Joint Inquiry Into 9/11, it seemed implausible that the hijackers—most of whom spoke no English and had never been to the U.S.—could have executed the heinous plot on their own. … Sadly, those 28 pages represent only a fraction of the evidence complicity that our government continues to shield from the public, under a flawed classification program which appears to be part of a systematic effort to protect Saudi Arabia from any real accountability for its actions.”

Graham, who was formerly chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, noted the unwillingness of the FBI to acknowledge the nefarious connection between a Saudi couple living in a gated community in Sarasota, Fla. and several of the hijackers, including Mohamed Atta, who frequently visited their “posh home.” The couple abruptly returned to Saudi Arabia about two weeks before 9/11. 

Graham wrote that the FBI issued statements that the couple had been investigated and cleared, and the Congressional Joint Inquiry and 9/11 Commission had been duly informed. Graham wrote that he had personal information and evidence that the FBI was not being truthful.

In his book, Intelligence Matters (2004), Graham concluded that the White House was stonewalling Congress’s inquiry and directing a cover-up. 

In Nov. 2004, Graham said in an interview with Mother Earth Jones, “We found that there was compelling evidence that the Saudis played an active role in assisting two of the terrorists in Southern California, including being the means of substantial funding for those two terrorists. And this question of whether their support was limited to those two, or may have extended to others of the 17 terrorists, is still an unsolved mystery ….”

What Graham and Sperry say is not inconsistent with a high-ranking official in the Bush Administration, who was the assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, 2005-2009. Juan C. Zarate, who also served as deputy assistant to President Bush, referred in his book, Treasury’s War (2013) on pages 84-85, to “FBI investigations that found its way to some of the 9/11 hijackers” and that the FBI was getting “to the bottom of suspicions that the embassy had been subsidizing the hijackers’ stay in the United States.”

Zarate identifies two of the hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, as receiving cash payments from the embassy. However, the two hijackers were Saudi citizens and there could be other reasons for the payments. Zarate states, “There was no evidence that the Saudi government had tried to assist the 9/11 hijackers.”

Sperry implicated then-President Bush: “Just days after Bush met with the Saudi ambassador in the White House, the FBI evacuated from the United States dozens of Saudi officials, as well as Osama bin Laden family members. [Prince Bandar bin Sultan] made the request for escorts directly to FBI headquarters on Sept. 13, 2001—just hours after he met with the president.”

Sperry wrote, “[The Joint Inquiry] findings must be released, even if they forever change US-Saudi relations.”

  • rg9rts

    You mean that George II is going to own up to his part in the coverup??? Why did the Saudi’s get a special flight when NO ONE ELSE was allowed to fly???? Does it have anything to do with George’sII hand holding??

    • HeyJude

      That whole thing stunk to high heaven right from the start. Hi rg, I didn’t see that you had commented until after I had posted or I would have done my first comment in reply to you. :-)

      • rg9rts

        Picky picky….1 degree here ! You realize the GWB means the George Washington Bridge to a lot of us LOL

        • HeyJude

          Ha! And 0 here…which is uncomfortable enough to almost make me call him ***hole instead of GWB but figured it would be some sort of ET violation, I don’t want to make our mods work too much harder. So if you’re picky in the cold, I understand, because I’m prickly! LOL

          • rg9rts

            I would have washed that off

          • HeyJude

            OK….I can tell that I will be living with many showering references to come in the weeks ahead! LMAO All I have to fight back with is the absence of your neck. 😛

          • rg9rts

            What do you want??? I offered to help not just watch!

          • HeyJude

            You should just know…I shouldn’t have to tell you. Just how long have we been married??? LOL 😛

        • tense641

          lots of smiles! Morning rg.

          • rg9rts

            Morning I see my cheering section is assembled

        • Cynthia W.

          Uh oh, I called him GWB in my first comment here. Of course, I meant George Dubya and not the bridge who was in that classroom that day. :-)

    • tense641

      I wonder how many have conveniently forgotten that special flight? Now THAT was scandalous Issa!

  • HeyJude

    It needs to be made public, period! Far too often, high officials (GWB and Cheney, looking at you) worked their own personal agendas at the expense of our citizenry. We suffer greatly by their hubris and their ability to be those “sole deciders” in secret. I feel we’d have better National Security if we roped in these cowboys, nefarious secret relationships and the deals that go on are always bad for the rest of us.

    • Cynthia W.

      It makes one wonder just how far and wide this “cover-up” goes. With such a huge event as 9/11, there is a potential for MANY whistle blowers to come forth. I wonder where they are, and what is preventing them from giving us the truth. Can money be enough to make everyone turn a blind eye? I keep coming back to the same question–how much money does one man really need?

      • takawalk

        I don’t know what I don’t know, and I suspect none of us know the full story about 9-11. I am not trying to imply anything when I say this, jus sayin. On 9-11 my wife woke me and said there is something you need to see. I woke up and as I was still half asleep I saw a replay of the towers falling. My very first thought was that of a demolition job. More than a trillion or so dollars later and a basic change in the very fiber of this country, and after hearing all the reasoning about building 7 and why the towers fell in the manner they did, my mind often still returns to that first thought.

        • Cynthia W.

          I know what you mean. My Mom woke me, crying and told me to turn on the TV. When I saw the towers fall, my first thought was “no way”. I know that some TV reporter mentioned the similarity to a controlled demolition, and that “slip” was edited out.

          • takawalk

            Yes I remember that.

          • sisterlauren

            The more I look at tapes of the time after the planes hit and before the towers fell, the more I am convinced they were demolished with pre-placed explosives.

            If you were going to do it, there would be a series of explosions as the supporting structures were progressively destroyed. They are there, there is lots of video evidence where you can hear them going off.

            I’m convinced the towers were also destroyed using nukes, so I keep looking to see how that was done. If the underground nuke went off before the more traditional explosives were allowed to do their work, then they would not work at all. So, the controlled demolition had to be very carefully timed to be able to drop the building into the nuke just as it was exploding upwards.

            The technical problem is interesting. I think they must have timed the nukes to go off just as the demolished tower was supposed to hit ground level, or maybe just before.

          • Cynthia W.

            There’s lots of video evidence of explosions going off as the towers fell–not only audio, but video evidence. You can see the smoke “puffs” below the collapsing part of the buildings as they fell. There’s also the “computer team” that accessed the towers on the weekend before 9/11, who had access to hidden areas in the towers where they were supposedly laying cables. What were they REALLY doing there? After my first look at the way the towers fell, the next “anomaly” was that the president should have been rushed to safety after the towers were hit. Instead, he was allowed to just sit in that classroom, which told me that it was KNOWN that he wasn’t in danger. I think the towers were “made to collapse” in order to increase the death toll, simply to encourage the American people to be more outraged, and therefore more agreeable to seek vengeance through war. Without 9/11. the Iraq war would be a hard sell, and it had been planned even before Bush took office, by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc. Just look at the way Bush was “appointed” to the presidency by the Supreme Court. Was that not odd? There’s also all those steel beams from the towers that were removed and sold overseas as scrap that should have been kept as evidence of a crime scene. Practically the biggest crime scene in American history was compromised. I have reason to be suspicious, and until all these “anomalies” are addressed, I will remain so.

      • HeyJude

        Hi Cynthia…long time since I last saw you. A question I can never answer, but others explain it by saying it’s not the money but the power. But that doesn’t make any more sense than wanting more money than one could possibly use in 10 lifetimes. I want to hear from whistleblowers, too, and I’m sure we don’t because of great fear for their livelyhoods, maybe even their lives?
        With the money thing, it has infected all areas. Who are these people who feel a need to be at the helm of how the rest of us live their lives? Why do the Koch brothers care so much about pulling the strings and changing the laws of our land? They can’t say it’s to make MORE money or that they’re losing money to those taxes…the billions they spend to shape laws could just stay in their pockets and they never have to suffer a single day of their lives for want of anything. Why work to destroy public schools, health care for women, discrimination of voters and who marries, and who gets health insurance? The desire to be cruel overlords? I will NEVER understand it.

        • Cynthia W.

          Perhaps they think that cruelty will bring them infamy, which may be, to them, better than anonymity. What they fail to realize is that death is the great equalizer–they will be just as dead as the rest of us, and never get to enjoy their infamy. I’ve often wondered, as a health care provider, if there is a mental disorder that is exacerbated by the accumulation of wealth. There are just too many rich, powerful people who feel nothing while destroying others. To me, that is sick.

          • HeyJude

            Hey, healthcare here, too. In the DSMO, it probably falls in one of the categories of sociopathology. Perhaps it’s the same mental unbalance that occurs in spouse abusers, control freaks, people who pull wings off flies, serial killers and those that would keep young girls in basements. The huge piles of money just give them access to more people to victimize. It is sick and cruel. :-( Romney is not among the worst of them, but even his line about “these people think they are entitled to food” will always make me aware that he is quite evil enough.

          • Cynthia W.

            Pathological–absolutely. It’s not only that so many died, it’s also that many spent their last hours KNOWING they were going to die. That’s cruelty inflicted by someone with no conscience at all. The people who purposely cover this up are not much better.

          • sisterlauren

            Romney is not among the worst of them

            We don’t know that. He might have been if given the opportunity. We have no idea how much of a tyrant he would be given presidential power.

            He said he was going to bomb Iran and jail more potheads. I think we should take him at his word.

          • HeyJude

            Oh, I do agree sisterlauren….he would be capable, I even called him “evil enough” , and couldn’t stand the man. But if I had to make a list of the top 5 worst, I’d start at Bush/Cheney and the Koch brothers, and keep working from there. Romney would make the list following a whole bunch of others. I also believe Romney would be a tyrant if told to be, he’s so puppet like, no real core or agenda of his own (other than glory)…he would be whoever he was told to be, as he demonstrated during his campaign.

          • sisterlauren

            I can explain it. They are raised by rapists and pedophiles.

            There are people who enjoy torture as a sexual activity and do it to their own children, so it becomes a family habit that breeds psychopaths.

            Dick Cheney is a person to check into to learn more about it. So are the Bushes or the Saudis. It is sick, that is for sure. It is also covered up by the Catholic church. I call it the culture of rape.

        • sisterlauren

          The Kochs get a very good return on investment when they buy politicians who support their no-taxes for them, full of subsidies for their industry, agenda.

  • Wolf58

    What was the one common factor of the Bush/Cheney administration? Oil and who benefited from it. I’ll bet if one was to go back and review contracts of that time between the Saudi’s and those companies with links to Bush/Cheney you will understand why Bush classified those 28 pages.
    We already know the links of these companies to Cheney and how they benefited with their no bid contracts in Iraq.
    This is what happens when you give the two highest positions of power in the free world to oil backed neoCons, and they have the nerve to call themselves patriots…traitors, the both of them.

  • VincentTPackhorse

    Presumed Saudi complicity and/or authorship of 9/11 and Iraq became the whipping boy?

    It seems we are only pawns in their game.

    • Lindstr7

      “It seems we are only pawns in their game.” And in other breaking news……

  • Canukistani

    Seems to me that after this length of time any information that was of intelligence value or related to possible follow-up threats at the time should be of little or no current importance. It’s too stale.

    If there’s some other reason that this needs to be kept classified Obama needs to make a credible public case for it. Otherwise people are right to be suspicious.

    Information should be classified for reasons of national interest, not reasons of political interest. The reputations of political leaders and former leaders are not matters of national interest.

    In fact it’s in the national interest to know as much about how they do their jobs as possible.

  • LaoTzu22

    Anything short of hanging for Bush ,Cheney, Rumsfeld I think would be justifield .

    • Cynthia W.

      And anything short of the truth for Americans would be, as it is now, unjustified.

    • Clark_Nova

      Hanging would also be justified.

  • RockyFjord

    It’s almost as if officials in the US, FBI and CIA, were in on it. They helped to manufacture a war on terror, because that’s what they wanted. The purpose being to show how powerful the US was, to make amends for Bush Sr’s perceived guffaw in 1991 at end of Desert Storm, and to
    aggrandize defense contractors like Haliburton and all the rest. Power in the US cannot be trusted; they are conscienceless players where money is the only value.

    • Lindstr7

      And they brought in Condi Rice to be the soft touch. Well, if Condi says its okay… With a background in academics, they figured she’d be the touchpoint for liberals to give the go ahead. We all have fantasies of seeing GWB & Co. standing before a court in the Hauge but it will never ever ever ever ever happen. This stuff will trickle out slowly after people have emotionally moved on after the nightmare of Iraq.

      • sisterlauren

        We all have fantasies of seeing GWB & Co. standing before a court in the Hauge but it will never ever ever ever ever happen.

        Never say never. Instead ask what we would have to do to make it happen.

  • AskandTell

    From the NY Post:

    “The Saudis deny any role in 9/11, but the CIA in one memo reportedly found “incontrovertible evidence” that Saudi government officials — not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and intelligence officers employed by the kingdom — helped the hijackers both financially and logistically. The intelligence files cited in the report directly implicate the Saudi embassy in Washington and consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks, making 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war.

    Astonishing as that sounds, few lawmakers in fact have bothered to read the classified section of arguably the most important investigation in US history.”

    http://nypost.com/2013/12/15/inside-the-saudi-911-coverup/

  • tense641

    Such despicable!

  • AskandTell

    Families of 9/11 victims can sue the Saudi Arabian government

    “Victims of the 9/11 attacks will have another chance to sue the Saudi Arabian government after a federal appeals court ruled that the original dismissal of the case was an “error of law.”

    A three-judge panel for the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed itself after finding that it had “treated cases arising from the same incident differently.”

    They said Saudi money funneled through Islamic charities funded terrorism.

    Manhattan District Court Judge Richard Casey tossed the case in 2005, finding the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act shielded the Saudis. The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

    http://nypost.com/2013/12/20/911-victims-ok-to-sue-saudi-government/

    • malta123

      I’ll keep my nose out of this one, I don’t know enough to comment, let alone have an informed opinion, but I’d sure like to know what that guy whispered to Adriana, at the end of the interview.

      Unlike my wife, I’m no psychologist, or an expert on human behaviour, but she sure looked uncomfortable to me.

      • The Pope

        Remember “Operation Mockingbird?”
        “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any
        significance in the major media.” — William Colby, former CIA Director,
        cited by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy.

        • malta123

          I’m a Brit, so don’t keep abreast of US issues, but thanks, I’ll certainly Google it and read with interest, unless you have a link for me?

          • sisterlauren

            I bet they own your media too.

  • konspikuous

    It’s only the biggest coverup in the history of history. Bush never met anyone from the house of Saud who he didn’t kiss. And why not, what, with all the old money and ties his family has with them, why wouldn’t a good ol’boy grant them the favor of hushing up their involvement, connections and knowledge?

    And there’s the FBI being complicit is keeping facts from coming to light. Which is just dreadful that they made a calculated, political decision to profit instead of prosecute.

    And corporate media…I mean, wow. Their role in actively sweeping 9/11 under a rug is simply unconscionable. No credible investigation or report was allowed to make it to air. They flat out suppressed the story.

    • sisterlauren

      They not only suppressed the story, they attacked anyone who tried to investigate it.

      Attack and destroy, a lot of people’s reputations took a big hit when they failed to agree with the official 9/11 story. The corporate media made sure of it.

      I think the worst were the comedians, they did the most damage to me personally, but they of course were led around by the ‘news’ folks, so it was a wide, media based conspiracy to destroy us.

  • Lindstr7

    The Saudis are our friends and building 7 fell down on its own.

    • Fattonecat

      ….don’t know if the Saudis are our friends but it’s a fact that building 7 was undermined by fire/heat and collapsed on it’s own.

      • sisterlauren

        Building seven was demolished in a controlled demolition which had nothing to do with any office fires. That is obvious and can be determined by anyone by simply watching the event.

        I think the fires were set on purpose in order to make sure that documents were destroyed. Building seven held a lot of documents I think the perps wanted to make sure were destroyed, fires were the way to make sure that happened. In other words, they were a part of the cover up.

        • Fattonecat

          You are an expert at controlled demolition ? You really should research what it takes to bring down a building that size by implosion, based on your comment you have no idea. There’s no way that could have been done without anyone noticing.

          • sisterlauren

            And you are an expert on office fires?

            You really should explain how office fires destroyed three steel frame buildings. It has never happened before or since.

            I’m not an expert on controlled demolitions, but they are such a regular sort of event that I do recognize what they look like. I think most all people do, thus my comment.

          • Fattonecat

            I worked in high iron steel erection for 15 years. I know people in the demolition industry. They laugh at the idea that building 7 and/or the twin towers were imploded. The “office” fires were in fact an inferno at the base of building 7 that was created by the collapse of the towers. When steel is heated to 800 degrees + it loses 60% of it’s tensile strength. Building #7 collapsed when the support columns were heated to the point that they could not support the weight anymore. You really should do your research before you spout about things that you don’t understand.

          • sisterlauren

            I can tell from here that you are a liar.

          • Fattonecat

            Really ? How’s that ? What am I lying about ?

          • Fattonecat

            ….can’t answer that huh ? Again, what did I lie about ? What specifically did I say that is a lie ?

          • Fattonecat

            So you attack me as a liar for no reason ? Maybe you’re more suited for Huffington Post. Wow !

          • sisterlauren

            New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile
            http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/07/14/whatabout7/

          • Fattonecat

            Just another r-wing conspiracy nut-job website…..get real

          • Fattonecat

            sister….hiding behind your computer screen and taking pot shots at other posters lends you no credibility

          • sisterlauren

            Why Can’t They See The Truth? Psychologists Help 9 11 Truth Deniers
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xzmprkpxac

          • Fattonecat

            Why can’t you ? I present you with a few facts and you fly off the handle by calling me a liar with no rhyme or reason. You tube isn’t a good place to get your “facts”. Now why did you call me a liar ?

          • Fattonecat

            Part 2: In order to facilitate the placing of charges on the support columns they have to precut the columns, in order to do that they have to strip away part of the interior of the building just to get to the columns. Do you think that nobody would notice workers in the building ripping out sheet rock, placing shaped charges and wiring… etc ? Not only that, it takes months of prep work.

          • sisterlauren

            The three towers were demolished with a lot of different tools including the use of underground nukes.

          • Fattonecat

            Nukes ? Pffffffffffffffffft…….you’re out there now sister. No credibility whatsoever.

        • AskandTell

          An interesting Congressional Hearing segment between Rep Keith Ellison (MN) and former Governor Whitman who headed up the EPA and is answering questions about a possible cover- up of air quality issues after 9/11. At the 7:43 mark she explodes and announces to everyone’s surprise that her son was in Building 7 and was lucky to be alive.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q83iRkwmVNI

          • sisterlauren

            She is defensive. She does not want to answer his question because it would incriminate her and set her up for lawsuits, so she falls back on an excuse.

            Her emotional response reminds me of my now ex husband. You should have seen him when I asserted that Gary Webb was murdered. Another dangerous assertion was that the corporate owned media was not liberal.

            He used to be a beat reporter, so his emotional reaction was very telling, IMO. I could tell that for some unknown to me reason, that news to him was actually life threatening.

      • Lindstr7

        I’m still stuck on Larry Silverstein and his “pull it” quote.

        • Fattonecat

          Even IF 9/11
          were an inside job and this guy was in on it, why would he reveal on
          national television that he ordered the demolition of one of the
          buildings?

          • Lindstr7

            I don’t think 9/11 was an inside job, but I do think with the area being heavily cordoned off from the public it wouldn’t be difficult to get explosives into the building. I also don’t think Larry knew everything.

            I’m not into conspiracy theories, its not a hobby of mine and I don’t go looking for them. What is plausible to me is that factions inside the GWB administration (Rumsfeld, Cheney and his ties to previous administrations and Haliburton, etal) used george’s presidency to gain permanent entry into the middle east, since the first george let them down. GWB is no geopolitical military strategist by any stretch. His job was to ignore key intelligence so that an attack could happen on US soil. Intelligence was manipulated, agents were outed and anyone who dared stand in the way of the war (and cleanup) machine had best get out of the way. We weren’t going to get in there any other way to get our hands on that well of natural resources. (If you read Valerie Plame’s book, you get a sense for the level of treachery and duplicity employed by those involved. Robert Novak was just the delivery system, it was those who delivered that information to HIM that are culpable.) If GWB did know, I largely believe he was justifying the scheme on philosophical and religious grounds in order to “save” people and save face (yes I think he’s that dopey).

            All that being said, I don’t think that Silverstein had a clue. Or if he did have a clue, he was out of his league as far as what to say to the press. Some of the offices in bldg 7 were the Secret service, CIA, The Department of Defense and the NYC office of emergency management (in charge of this emergency). I believe the only reason they would want to cover up a demolition is because if people knew they purposely blew up the building (even if it was just to protect sensitive information not related to 9/11) there would be even more speculation that the attack was an inside job (ie, remote plans and our people who planned and executed the attack instead of just being complicit through non interference).

          • Fattonecat

            Yeah, I agree with your GWB/Cheney/Hlliburton scenario….he’s that dopey AND greedy. Imploding a steel structure of that size takes at least a couple of months of preparation just to set the charges and wiring so I’m quite certain that bldg 7 or the twin towers were not imploded. It would be impossible to do that without anyone noticing.

  • Cynthia W.

    I’ve been waiting a long time for a news article that addresses some of what I’ve been questioning for years. Am I surprised at what this article implies? NO !!! It’s been hard expressing my suspicions without being called a “conspiracy nut”, but nothing can convince me that the whole truth has been told. My first doubt came as I watched the towers “collapse”, and then expanded when I saw GWB on TV, sitting in that classroom without having the secret service whisking him to safety, and then hearing about the “special” flight of the Bin Laden family out of the USA. Living close to NYC, I still haven’t gotten the memory of the smell of the towers burning out of my head.

    • konspikuous

      That day, every government agency charged with investigating the event threw out their book of protocol. Years of training, practiced specific responses, methodology, was just…discarded.

      The people who perpetrated and how they were able to pull of crashing the planes is debatable. That the US government actively covered up key evidence, is not. it happened, they did it…and corporate media is complicit in it.

      • AskandTell

        Corporate media’s complicity makes them despicable IHO..

        • sisterlauren

          It also makes them accessory to mass murder.

          • AskandTell

            Certain factions of the media have always been complicit with the government in their military actions; either willingly or under threat since the government controls the FCC.

            Do you remember where CNN’s NYC studio was; on the top floor of one of the towers.

          • sisterlauren

            No, I missed that. I live in California. New York is almost like a foreign country to me.

            I do remember Barnicle on Morning Joe saying that activists (like me) should be shot at from helicopters. It was supposed to be a humorous comment on his part. They were talking about Sarah Palin and shooting wolves from helicopters.

            He also makes disparaging statements about people who claim to have seen black helicopters. I saw one, so I take it personally.

            The guy in the helicopter was pointing his gun at me. I don’t see why people on TV should suggest that I should have been shot.

      • tracey marie

        Is this where you have been hiding? I do not see you on all-len-all or bobs site

    • AskandTell

      The Bin Laden family was attending the Carlyle Group meeting with George Bush Sr on 9-11. But people are told to suspend reality when asking questions; labeling them conspiracy nuts.

      One of those who labels questioning the events is Arianna Huffington. She asked Jesse Ventura to write an article but then censored the article he submitted about engineers and scientists asked that the commission be reopened on behalf of the families. She later said that the Huffington Post is not a place for conspiracy theorists who refused to accept the truth.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-5JgDG7HcY

      • Cynthia W.

        Thanks for the link. VERY interesting !!!

      • epazote

        Poppy’s been in the background (shadows) during several incidents

      • Sharyn G.

        All she does is censor. What’s her problem?

        • AskandTell

          I wish I knew Sharyn. I like to figure things out and I don’t understand HP, AOL, or Arianna.

        • sisterlauren

          Besides 9/11 truth, the other thing I notice is censored at HuffPost is anything about the Green Party. Can you think of other things?

          • Fattonecat

            ….hello

          • sisterlauren

            FYI: I ignore 9/11 denier trolls.

            I have already demonstrated that ALL of your 9/11 ‘official’ claims are lies and nonsense.

            If you are not a troll and actually interested in the issues regarding 9/11, then I recommend that you search my previous comments, they are loaded with links that prove that you are wrong.

            To be honest, I don’t have time for stupid troll tricks. I have more important things to do that to argue with ignorant online trolls about 9/11 truth.

          • Fattonecat

            Wow !! Assume much ? “official claims” ? I made no such claims. I actually have real world experience in steel frame highrise construction and you have nothing to back up your claims except youtube etc. The ignorance is yours sister. Judging by the amount of posts that you make, it’s obvious that you DO have time to argue. If you want to know what a troll is, look no farther than your mirror.

      • sisterlauren

        I finally figured it out. Those people actually believe that if the president does it, it is legal – no matter what it is, including child rape, torture, mass murder, genocide, whatever. Bush did 9/11, therefore investigating him is a non-starter for these people because they believe it was legal and that it is their honor bound duty to cover it up.

        Noam Chomsky said something that made very little sense to me, he said he was glad the plane hit the tower. [Off topic, I don’t see why people think he is such a great linguist when he does not even use the plural properly!]

        Why would he think that? Well obviously it must be because he wanted 9/11 to happen. If he wanted 9/11 to happen, then he would support the idea that if the president does it, it is legal.

        There is an army of them out there, all pulling for us to believe the Big Lie about 9/11, this is the loophole in US law that they are using, the idea that if the president does it is legal. I just realized it yesterday.

        BTW, there is nothing in the constitution that says that. It is an unconstitutional assertion on their part. In real life it is actually treason.

        I’m wondering why CNN is in on the cover up. What is in it for them?

        • AskandTell

          Walter Isaacson, new in his role of heading up CNN News division, met with the Bush administration and GOP leaders in August of 2001. They needed to get their ratings up and asked the GOP who CNN could help. One month later, CNN was #1.

          • sisterlauren

            Wow.

      • sisterlauren

        I used to talk to her on-line in AlterNet comments before she started HuffPost. She started it right after I announced that she would be my press agent. I had a plan to end war globally.

        No, I never talked to her about being my press agent, I just made the announcement.

        I was announcing my Vision for world peace. I assumed she would support it. So I know she has known about that plan all along. She doesn’t support it at all. Like Hillary Clinton, she will do things to make herself look sympathetic to world peace, but her heart is absolutely not in it.

        I was blocked from posting for several years on her site. Blocked for being a 9/11 truther. When I bought a new computer and cable connection, I was able to log back on. I considered that to be my Christmas present that year, to be allowed to post again on HuffPost. Lately I’m blocked again by ‘technical’ issues. What a surprise. [not] I don’t care anymore. I moved on. Between Discus and Facebook, I don’t need her site anymore.

        What I do like about her site is the religion section. Bong hits for Jesus!

  • KD

    Let’s not forget the Saudi king is the ruler Obama bowed to during his first term when he visited there. Disgraceful he hasn’t been impeached or otherwise “relieved” of his post yet.

    • USHA#17

      Lets not forget that the Saudis bailed Bush out of his fialed oil bankruptcy and provided the funds which set Bush’s financial recovery with profits from an insider trading scheme.

      • sisterlauren

        Lets not forget that ‘Poppy’ Bush is not only a mass murdering pedophile, but he is also the biggest global dealer in illegal drugs there is. We should expect his son to be twisted by it as a matter of course.

        We invaded Afghanistan in order to restore the opium production for the Bush dynasty. They need soldiers dying there too, in order to use their body bags to ship the illegal drugs home in. The CIA has been doing that to fund their black ops since Vietnam, that is why the US wars on brown people can never stop.

        The NSA is necessary in order to keep track of us citizens (illegally, it is unconstitutional) so we don’t get wise to them and stop them. That action is often referred to as a war on whistleblowers.

        This is why I say that we have to legalize drugs. It is because there is no other way to cut the money off from this organized crime ring.

        It has already taken over our government (and it does not want us to cut it’s budget) a political process of exposure that I call bringing it out of the closet.

        After we bring it out of the closet, then people will realize it is hideous and want to get rid of it. As long as they are allowed to stay in denial, nothing will ever change – and if we don’t stop it soon, it will destroy us.

    • Gojira

      Let’s not forget that it was Bush who (literally) puked on the Japanese minister on his official visit. Disgraceful, he wasn’t impeached or otherwise relieved of his post.

    • sisterlauren

      We knew somebody was pulling his strings, maybe now we know who it is.

      He is not going to be impeached by a congress that is just as servile to the Saudi- Zionist jihad as he is.

  • Sharyn G.

    This is a fantastic article. I had no idea- all those pages wiped out.

  • Richard M

    The American Ship of State is like a ginormous mile long behemoth. After decades of sailing head on into the raging Soviet Gale, the ossified officer corps is unable to effect, or to even contemplate a change of course.

    That is the reason why all the stops were removed by several administrations to help Pakistani ISI create and build al-Qaida with Saudi funding.

    That is why succeeding administrations continue to condone the Wahhabi cult’s spreading of their hateful teachings in madrassahs around the globe.

    Who is being “shielded” from the truth in these documents? It certainly isn’t the American people, unless your definition of shielding is a killer holding a knife behind his back.

    That our so called leaders in Congress have not read these documents is proof, as if any were needed, that we are indeed at sail on the Grateful Dead’s Ship of Fools.

    • Canukistani

      Very often the reason that leaders in Congress, or any member of Congress doesn’t read a document is because they’re afraid that if they do they’ll have to act, or at least acknowledge an unpleasant truth. They find it better to be able to say “I’d like to comment, but I have not read that document’.

      I find it shameful that any member of a government would prefer to play Sgt Schultz and proclaim ‘I see nothing’ but that seems to be what passes for being politically astute these days. Ship of Fools indeed.

      • sisterlauren

        They refuse to meet with constituents for the very same reason. It is called maintaining their “plausible deniability.”

        I think it is impeachable. They are paid a good salary by the American people to do a job, if they are not going to do it, they need to be replaced by people who will. To accept the money and not do the work is fraud. A conspiracy to commit fraud is an organized crime ring.

        • Canukistani

          I agree. They want the position and the perqs but they don’t want to do what they’re sent there to do so they need to be gone.

          I think today’s so-called journalists aid and abet in this as well. They should be on the front line of holding these people accountable, not tossinng softball questions in order to maintain their access and, in turn, their own perqs.

          • sisterlauren

            Softball questions …

            Remember Jeff Gannon/Guckert? He was obviously a master at the softball question. Turns out he was getting ‘special’ access to the president.

            Considering how much our press loves a sex scandal, that news sure didn’t go anywhere.

          • Canukistani

            I do, and there are a number of other examples as well. I think that for things to work properly that, at it warmest, the relationship between the press and politicians of any party should be neutral. But the norm should be mildly adversarial for best results. There should be none of this Annual Press Club Dinner stuff either.

            There should be politeness, certainly, but team building exercises should be out of the question. If the press and the pols are in bed together it serves nobody but the press and the pols.

          • sisterlauren

            I will never forget Laura Bush saying she wanted “a cook who knew cocaine – cooking.” Correcting herself as cool as a cucumber.

            I was floored. You bet I watched as the reporters all laughed at her mass murderer husband. I did think they looked extra happy that evening, like maybe their meal was actually dosed with cocaine.

            I wondered what the Bush family would NOT do to succeed politically. I really thought that was shocking. Everyone else seemed to ignore it.

  • AskandTell

    BAE Systems
    Foreign Corruption Global Settlement (FCPA)
    Date: 02/05/2010 (Date of Settlement)
    Misconduct Type: Ethics
    Enforcement Agency: Multiple Agencies
    Court Type: Criminal
    Amount: $448,123,750

    Disposition: Pleaded Guilty

    Synopsis: In June 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation into allegations that BAE Systems, using American banks, made up to $2 billion in secret payments to the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, in the years after securing a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia (the al-Yamamah deal). In February 2010, BAE entered into a settlement with the Department of Justice and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which launched an investigation in 2004 of alleged bribery by BAE in Saudi Arabia and other countries. Under the agreement with the Department of Justice, the company pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to make false statements to the U.S. government in connection with certain regulatory filings and agreed to pay a fine of $400 million.

    http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm/1,73,222,html?CaseID=657

  • Rodney Stich

    One of the biggest scandals that enabled the success of the 9/11 attacks is being covered up by members of Congress and the media. For FACTS, go to http://www.defraudingamerica.com/al_qaeda_index, and also, http://www.defraudingamerica.com/corruption_fighting_whistleblower.

  • EmpressL

    15 of the 19 – 9/11 hijackers were Saudi. What more do you need?

    In 1978, Bush and Osama bin Laden’s brother, Salem bin Laden, founded Arbusto Energy, an oil company based in Texas.

    Bush ties to bin Laden haunt grim anniversary – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/rodriguez/ci_4319898#ixzz2BMIXM6cT

  • Robin Cohen

    An especially interesting item when you remember that the Bush family had close ties to the Saudi Royal Family.

    • Sarah Sahasbeen

      It’s also interesting that after 9/11 happened and all flights were canceled, the Saudi royal family members in the US were all flown out of the country and no one knew about it until after the fact.

      • Robin Cohen

        How much better off this country would be without the odious Bush family.

  • http://smu.gs/L1p7XU winston

    The explosives found in every sample of dust tested in a peer-review study (Harrit et.al. 2009) the dust from the WTC demolitions did not originate n Saudi Arabia but, like the anthrax from the same period, was traced back to US military labs. Look at the facts: ajl.smugmugDOTcom/911 puhleeze, tx

  • [email protected]

    Honestly. One of the former hijackers photographed all hoopla before, was obviously released. Met him and his friend downtown a few days ago. His dialect is hard to place, guess some uyghur type? Who knows. His constant companion answers in as slow and distinct mandarin as a Shaw bros. flick would not need to subtitle, who knows. Doctor Wharton business college mickhail osama, repeated many times, per former first shrink ‘ s recommendations at that time, when heeding another one here, mr. Jump ship norske posting mama’s poor deceased cousin’s shrink diplomas. No nos moveran. Indocumentados are one thing, instantly documented, disasters..

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