Saudi Arabia, America's second most important ally in the Middle East (after Israel) is not likely to finance a 9/11 attack on the United States of its own volition. And if it did, why would the U.S. feel compelled to cover it up? Because of embarrassment over betrayal by a "close ally" — Or because full disclosure on Saudi Arabia could expose a trail of evidence that leads right back to co-conspirators within the United States?
—Ronald David Jackson
|9-11 Memorial Bayonne, NJ. (Photo by Jackie)|
In the latest indication of a rolling government cover-up of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is disowning an explosive internal report that suggests high-level Saudi involvement. And Washington seems only too happy to accept this latest peculiar FBI apologia.
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The same FBI that attempted to hide its prior relationship with accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev—until that link was outed by the Russian FSB security service—is now rewriting its involvement in the worst terror attack on American soil.
In this bizarre development, the Bureau claims that an internal FBI document indirectly tying the alleged Al Qaeda hijackers to a prominent Saudi prince was fabricated.
If the FBI is telling the truth and its own agent simply made the whole thing up, that would in itself be a remarkable and essentially unprecedented development.
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But since we have reason to believe—as you shall see—that the FBI agent did not make it up, the Bureau’s claim is prima facie evidence of a cover-up: one that could only be authorized at the highest levels, for reasons which will become apparent.
The FBI’s disavowal of its own agent’s April 16, 2002 report was revealed in a new 128–page publication released March 25 by a Congressionally authorized entity called the 9/11 Review Commission. (This is not to be confused with either Congress’s original Joint Inquiry or the “independent” 9/11 commission chaired by Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton.)
The new report, whose three co-authors include former Reagan attorney general Ed Meese and former Democratic Congressman Tim Roemer, credits the FBI with “making great strides” in protecting the country from terrorism, while scolding the Bureau for putting out incorrect information, back in 2002, regarding the alleged Saudi Connection.
This seems like an odd time to go back 12 years to “clear up” the record.
Indeed, former Senator Bob Graham of Florida, who co-chaired Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11, remarkably told the Florida Bulldog, an investigative news site, that he did not even know that the newest 9/11 Review Commission existed—until this new report came out. And he expressed continued misgivings about the way the Saudi connection has been treated.
“The FBI has served America through most of its history,” he told the Bulldog. “There were stumbles by the agency before 9/11 and since the tragedy there has been a consistent effort to cover up the extent of Saudi Arabia’s involvement. Let’s let the American people know what happened and have… a serious discussion of what happened, why it happened, where it was adverse to U.S. interests and how to avoid its repetition.”
What We Know
In 2011, on the tenth anniversary of the still-astonishing attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, a nonprofit Florida investigative news site, the Broward Bulldog (now the Florida Bulldog), published an article tying a number of the alleged 9/11 hijackers to a wealthy Saudi family living in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida.
Neighbors had noticed that the family fled abruptly from their house just days before the 9/11 attacks—and investigators later discovered that the owners had left behind cars, furniture, clothing, food and other articles, giving the unmistakable impression of a hasty departure. The family never moved back.
Further investigation revealed that some of the 9/11 hijackers had visited the Sarasota residence, and phone records showed communication with others. Evidence was corroborated in part by the direct knowledge of a security official at the complex, and a Florida senior counterterrorism officer.
A subsequent article in the Bulldog revealed the existence of a secret FBI document stating that the house’s inhabitants had “many connections to individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.” It provided details and even mentioned that one member of the Sarasota household was training to fly planes at the same facilities as the hijackers.
Protecting the Homeland—Or the Image of the FBI?
In case you were wondering why this wasn’t given bigger play at the time, we now learn that the FBI assured the little-known 9/11 Review Commission that there was nothing to its own 2002 report: “The FBI told the Review Commission that the (FBI document) on which the news article was based was ‘poorly written’ and wholly unsubstantiated.”
The FBI’s bad-mouthing its own earlier work comes via the Commission’s new report, “The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century”:
“When questioned later by others in the FBI, the special agent who wrote the EC (Electronic Communication) was unable to provide any basis for the contents of the document or explain why he wrote it as he did.”
The new report, which might better be titled “Protecting the FBI in the 21st Century,” offers no more information on this astonishing admission from the vaunted Bureau. It includes nothing on the agent’s identity or why this person would have fabricated such explosive information.
Meanwhile, a credible source in South Florida told WhoWhatWhy that the likely author of the FBI’s now-disavowed 2002 document was actually promoted to a super-sensitive inter-agency counterintelligence position shortly after writing his report.