‘Washington has misled the American people about foreign sponsorship of 9/11,’ says author Paul Sperry
Previously kept secret from the public, information from the congressional investigation regarding the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 have been vetted, released and the previously redacted “28 pages” are now posted online.
Via the Washington Post and the Congressional Intelligence Committee, the pages have been available since Friday for more public review and scrutiny, and they are receiving scrutiny, even as more terror attacks occur and as one U.S. ally, Turkey, seems to be still reeling from a military coup.
As Paul Sperry states in his NYPost opinion column on the subject, it seems that “… Washington has misled the American people about foreign sponsorship of 9/11. For 15 years, we’ve been told that al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors. We were led to believe that 15 Saudi nationals who barely spoke English received no help while in America; that they operated in isolation, like visitors from outer space.”
Sperry sums it all up for readers, however. “It was all a monstrous lie.”
Last year, in a report on the subject from Eugene Kiely over at FactCheck, under the headline “Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks,” the writer quotes from a Times story on the deposition given by Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator.
According to Kiely in his 2015 report, “Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator, says members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family helped finance al Qaeda in the years just prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Saudi government says that ‘there is no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim,’ citing U.S. government investigations.”
And then Kiely wonders. “Who’s right?”
The information cited by Kiely, included this bit on the deposition given in prison:
Feb. 3, New York Times: He said in the prison deposition that he was directed in 1998 or 1999 by Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan to create a digital database of donors to the group. Among those he said he recalled listing in the database were Prince Turki al-Faisal, then the Saudi intelligence chief; Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States; Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent billionaire investor; and many of the country’s leading clerics.
“Sheikh Osama wanted to keep a record who give money,” he said in imperfect English — “who is to be listened to or who contributed to the jihad.”
Mr. Moussaoui said he acted as a courier for Bin Laden, carrying personal messages to prominent Saudi princes and clerics. And he described his training in Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.
Sperry writes in his column that “FBI files show Saudi agent Omar al-Bayoumi provided ‘substantial assistance’ to Saudi hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi after they arrived in San Diego in February 2000. Hazmi was the leader of the cell that attacked the Pentagon, while Mihdhar was one of that cell’s muscle hijackers. …. At the same time he was aiding the hijackers, Bayoumi was getting large salary increases from a Saudi defense front company tied to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, where he worked as a ghost employee. Another alleged Saudi intelligence officer who handled the hijackers, Osama Bassnan, worked closely with Bayoumi.”
But the Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubier, is quoted over in a New York Daily News story on the newly-released documents. Minister al-Jubier said he was happy the pages were out. “The surprise in the 28 pages is that there is no surprise.”