Following the December 15th article which appeared in the New York Post on the Saudi 9/11 connection, the Huffington Post interviewed former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, who was co-chair of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11. Graham emphasized that there are real consequences to the coverup of the Saudi role in 9/11. The families of the victims have been blocked by two administrations from obtaining justice. There is also the question of our foreign policy. Specifically, Graham said, based on our knowledge of Saudi involvement in 9/11, we have to ask, do we want such a perfidious ally?
Graham was asked what is the interest in protecting Saudi Arabia? He detailed the personal relationship between the Bush family and the Saudis, particularly Prince Bandar, and pointed out that as a result of Bandar’s relationship with Bush, 140 Saudis were allowed to leave the U.S. by plane after 9/11 even though all other planes were grounded. There is also a national relationship which has existed since the end of World War II when we gave Saudi Arabia a defense capability in exchange for a secure supply of oil.
However, Graham emphasized, this special relationship is not good. There is a dark side to it. We have to ask, what are the Saudi long-term motivations? Thus far we have only scratched the surface. Graham said he hopes the coverage in the New York Post will lead to the release of the 28 pages, but also that it will result in reopening the case as a whole, including an investigation of Sarasota, Florida, Falls Church, Virginia, and Paterson, New Jersey. The result will be justice, but it will also provide clarity about the relationship with the Saudis.
Graham pointed out that the challenge has been that we must fight every step of the way against our own government and powerful agencies. Because of the suppression of the truth, the impression has been given that Saudi Arabia is a good ally. But there is a much darker side to Saudi Arabia. This includes its funding of madrassas (religious schools), the brainwashing of young Muslims and its financial support to Al Qaeda.
When that is known it will cause a sea change in the relationship.
When asked about the report in the New York Times of a speech given by Prince Turki denouncing the U.S., Graham said nobody would take that if they knew the truth.
In response to the question, whether he would call it a coverup? Graham said, “absolutely.” Not only have the 28 pages been blacked out, but every element of the investigation has been obstructed. We know what happened in San Diego and Sarasota. There has been a pervasive and very successful coverup of the most significant event in modern U.S. history. When the truth is revealed it will change the entire narrative both pre and post 9/11.
When pressed on the effect on our relationship with Saudi Arabia if the truth were revealed, Graham asked, “are we such a servile nation that we have to capitulate to a country which may have been involved in the murder of 3,000 of our citizens because of the adverse reaction of the Kingdom if it is called to account?” (wfw)
Criminal Saudi Prince Mouths Off Again
The New York Times reports that Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, mouthed off again at the U.S. for not sufficiently doing the Saudi’s dirty work in refusing to launch a military attack against Syria.
On Sunday at a conference in Morocco, Prince Turki denounced the failure of the U.S. to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for chemical weapons attacks actually carried out by the Syrian opposition with the encouragement of the Saudis themselves. Turki stated that the failure to act against Assad was almost criminal negligence.
As Senator Bob Graham stated in an interview with Huffington Post above, nobody would take such comments from Turki, if they knew the truth about the Saudi involvement in 9/11.
Turki was the head of Saudi intelligence until a week prior to 9/11. He is reported to have been in the U.S. at the time of the attack. His sister, Haifa, the wife of Prince Bandar, the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. at the time, is documented to have sent tens of thousands of dollars to support the first two Saudi hijackers to have arrived in the U.S. to help them settle in San Diego.
It is about time that he be called to account.
A media-savvy al-Qaeda-linked Saudi cleric, Abdullah Al Muhaysini, based in Syria now, has given a call to the fellow terrorists to cooperate with al-Qaeda’s two official branches inside Syria, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or Levant (ISIS), and Al Nusrah Front. Reports indicate that ISIS has quarreled with other jihadist groups, including the Al Nusrah Front, and with Ahrar al Sham, which is a leading member in the new Islamic Front. These groups frequently coordinate their operations, but ISIS has often proven to be a problematic partner. The disagreements have even boiled over into occasional skirmishes.
On Oct. 26, Al Muhaysini began a fundraising campaign using social media, encouraging followers to wage jihad using their money. In late November, Muhaysini released a video endorsing the new Islamic Front and suggesting that the group work to bring together “brothers” who have not joined. In this he means the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as well as Al Nusrah. He went as far as to state that his endorsement was conditional on the new alliance working with the other two fronts in their common goal. Muhaysini’s common goal is to unify the Wahhabi fighters to wage jihad against the Shi’a forces of Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran.
Al Muhaysini is also backed by another Wahhabi cleric, Sheikh Abu Yahya al Shinqiti, who serves on the sharia committee of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Al Shinqiti has warned the mujahideen to avoid infighting, saying they should be “wary of disputes and division.” He also signaled out al-Muhaysini for praise. Al Shinqiti expressed his “gratitude” for al-Muhaysini’s fundraising activities, as well as the Saudis’ attempt to establish a unified Islamic court for settling the jihadists’ differences. Al Shinqiti asked Allah to make al-Muhaysini successful.