The 9/11 attack was just the beginning of the bloodletting and the wanton abuse of law to extend unaccountable state authority
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Who was Behind the 9/11
By Nafeez Ahmed "PhD is an investigative journalist".
Yet the US knew Prince Bandar was linked to the 9/11 attacks, according to press leaks on the notoriously classified 28 pages from the 2002 report of the Congressional inquiry.
In his book, Intelligence Matters (2004), inquiry co-chair Senator Bob Graham discusses a top secret CIA memo about two 9/11 hijackers, Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, which found “incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists within the Saudi government”.
Almidhar and Alhazmi were "handled" in the US by several Saudi nationals with close ties to Saudi government officials, who received tens of thousands of dollars in cashier’s cheques in total – about $3,500 a month – from Prince Bandar and his wife, Princess Haifa bint Faisal. Princess Haifa later claimed the money was charity, although Senator Graham and the CIA clearly believed otherwise.
The Obama administration, which has scorned the 9/11 families’ demands to declassify the 28 pages, tapped Prince Bandar yet again in relation to the 2011 bin Laden raid. The US had called him in months before the raid to help negotiate the strategic agreement with Pakistan that led to the Abbottabad operation.
The CIA and bin Laden
The ongoing Saudi relationship with al-Qaeda is masterfully documented in The Eleventh Day (2012), a book by Vanity Fair journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan.
As early as 1995, they reported, the Saudi royal family paid “protection money” to bin Laden on condition that he avoided targeting the Kingdom. The deal was brokered by then intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal.
According to the French daily Le Figaro, French intelligence sources revealed that two months before 9/11 under Prince Turki’s patronage, bin Laden was flown to the American hospital in Dubai for kidney treatment, where the al-Qaeda chief met CIA officials.
Although denied by Washington, Summers and Swan found intriguing corroboration for the story from credible sources who “described the visit independently, in detail, and at the same time”.
They also interviewed Alain Chouet, a DGSE intelligence chief at the time of the alleged meeting:
"Did Chouet credit the account of the contact in Dubai? He replied, ‘Yes.’ Did the DGSE have knowledge at the time that CIA officers met with bin Laden? ‘Yes,’ Chouet said. ‘Before 9/11,’ Chouet observed. ‘It was not a scoop for us – we weren’t surprised.’"
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