Swiss Financial Daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung Gives Prominent Coverage to 28 Pages

The leading Swiss news daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung has a full-page article on the 28 pages, noting in its subhead that the investigation of the Saudi role in 9/11 “has reached a turning point.” Apart from some twists, the article, authored by the daily’s Washington correspondent, Peter Winkler, reports mostly objectively on the fact that Osama bin Laden himself, the head of al-Qaeda, maintained connections into Saudi Arabia even at the time he was expelled from his country, and that the modern jihadist movement as such from which al-Qaeda emerged, was raised with active and generous support inclusively from Saudi Arabia.

Winkler sides more, however, with the FBI in seeing no evidence of terrorist support in the case of the wealthy Saudi family who resided in Sarasota, Florida, where one of the four 9/11 cells was based, before abruptly leaving the United States immediately before 9/11, but he adds that Sen. Bob Graham is firmly convinced that there was a Saudi role and that the FBI covered it up. Even more explosive than Graham’s own efforts are, in Winkler’s view, those of former Sen. Mike Gravel, who may repeat his 1971 coup of reading the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record by using his privileges as a then-member of the Senate, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1972.

The related Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) issue is likewise explosive, Winkler writes, because apart from Obama’s announcement that he would veto the legislation — which would allow the 9/11 victims and their families to sue Saudi Arabia for its involvement — there are strong concerns in the United States that this law, once passed, would inspire similar legislation in other countries, triggering trials against members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Winkler concludes by voicing doubts that the Congressional Democrats would dare to override Obama’s veto. Furthermore, he believes that a summary of the 28 pages, as opposed to the full chapter, will be published in the end, modelled on the example of the report on the CIA torture practices.

The NZZ article reflects the fact that many concerned Swiss citizens have shown intense interest in the 28 pages issue—similarly evidenced by the circulation, in considerable numbers in the recent weeks in Switzerland, of the special brochure produced by the EIR Wiesbaden office.

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