28 Pages Reveal Evidence of Saudi Govt Involvement in 9/11
Hijackers Had Contact With Likely Saudi Intelligence Officers
Jason Ditz, AntiWar.com, Jul 15 2016
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has finally released the notorious “28 pages” from the 9/11 Report, which had been kept classified, and which detail more or less exclusively with the culpability of the Toads in the attacks. Though the White House claimed, even after the release, that the pages “proved” the Toads had nothing to do with it, they did anything but that, providing considerable evidence that the hijackers had contact with two probable Toad intelligence officers in advance of the attacks, and had received support from those officers. The information centres on two men, Omar Bayouni and Osama Bassman. Bayouni was said to have provided “substantial assistance” to the hijackers in 2000, and had extensive contact with the Toads at the same time. Bayouni was nominally an employee of Ercan, a subsidiary of a company with substantial ties to the Toad Defense Ministry, and was in frequent contact with a Defense Ministry official responsible for air traffic control. Though he was only confirmed to have ever actually gone to Ercan one time, he received a $465 per month “allowance” from them, which was increased to $3,700 a month after he met with the hijackers. In addition to the money he got from Ercan, Bayouni’s wife also received $1,200 a month from Princess Haifa Bint Sultan, the wife of the then Saudi Ambassador to the United States. The two kept receiving this money after Bayouni’s contact with the 9/11 hijackers right up until late July or early August of 2001, when they left the country.
Bassman, on the other hand, lived across the street from the hijackers, and says he was introduced to them by way of Bayouni. The CIA says they believe he got a fake passport from the Toads, and the FBI says he was a known support of AQ who spoke of bin Laden “like a god” as far back as 1992. He and his wife also received significant financial support from Princess Haifa, to the tune of $74k for “nursing services” that there is no evidence were ever provided. The FBI also reported millions of dollars in wire transfers from them, purportedly laundered through the Tamiyah Mosque in Culver City, delivered to al-Barakaat, a Somali company affiliated with Osama bin Laden. The FBI said they believed this was a way for the Toads to covertly and indirectly fund AQ. The 28 pages also mention that several active-duty Toad Naval officers had contact with the hijackers in the lead-up to 9/11. Interestingly, however, despite the high-profile “declassification” of this documents, essentially this entire section is redacted in the final release, meaning the details are still secret. FBI boxtops ultimately conceded they hadn’t focused on Toads in the lead-up to 9/11 because they were supposed to be Pindosi vassals, and even by the time of the 9/11 report, they told the Joint Inquiry neither they nor the CIA could “definitively” identify the true extent of Toad ties to AQ or terrorism in general, though it had become a priority. Both agencies also noted the Toads were extremely uncooperative with their investigations into 9/11, though one FBI official noted this wasn’t out of the ordinary, and that the Toads were “useless and obstructionist” for years on any investigation they didn’t think was directly in their interest.
The Joint Inquiry ultimately tried to shrug off the myriad evidence provided by the FBI and CIA, saying that independently confirming the reports was beyond the scope of their investigation, and that there were conceivably “innocent” explanations for all the aid provided to the hijackers in the lead-up to the attack. Still, the document certainly provides more ammunition for families of 9/11 victims who have sought to sue the Toads over their involvement in the attack, and despite the White House’s protestations, will only fuel the fire of questions about whether this high-profile Pindosi vassal actually played a role in the largest attack in history on Pindo soil.
Pages of 9/11 report detailing possible Toad ties made public
Patricia Zengerle, Yara Bayoumy, Mark Hosenball, Roberta Rampton, Amanda Becker, Reuters, Jul 15 2016
WASHINGTON – The Pindosi Congress on Friday released a long-classified section of the official report on the 9/11 attacks describing an array of potential links between some of the hijackers and Toad boxtops. The 28 pages of the report on the 2002 investigation focus on potential Toad ties to the 2001 aircraft attacks. The report said the alleged links had not been independently verified. The pages were released by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee after years of wrangling in Washington between Congress and different administrations, Republicans and Democrats, and urging by families of those killed. Toad Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference in Washington:
The matter is now finished.
Asked whether the report exonerated the kingdom, he replied:
The release of the previously classified pages is unlikely to end the controversy over the role of the Toads. Many Pindo boxtops who opposed their release had worried they would damage diplomatic relations. The report gave a catalog of alleged links, saying:
According to various FBI documents and CIA memorandum, some of the 9/11 hijackers, while in Pindostan, apparently had contacts with individuals who may be connected to the Toads.
They included reported contacts between Toads in California, money possibly sent from the Toad royal family to the hijackers and even a statement that a reported Toad Interior Ministry official stayed at the same Virginia hotel as one hijacker in Sep 2001. One section said Omar al-Bayoumi, said to be a Toad intelligence officer, met with two hijackers at a public place after they arrived in San Diego. Citing FBI files, it said his salary rose to $3,700 a month from $465 two months after two of the hijackers arrived in California. Another described how two of the hijackers asked flight attendants technical questions during a trip in 1999 from Phoenix to Washington to attend a party at the Toad embassy. One tried twice to enter the cockpit. The plane made an emergency landing and the FBI investigated, but did not prosecute.
The newly declassified pages also say a telephone number found in a telephone book of Abu Zubaydah, a Toad-born AQ operative captured in Pakistan, was for a Colorado corporation that managed the affairs of the residence of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Toad ambassador to Washington. The ODNI said its agreement to the release is not an indication that the intelligence community agrees with the pages’ accuracy or concurs with the information it contains. The office also on Friday released a declassified summary of an assessment of whether Riyadh may have supported AQ before and after the attacks, saying the Toads and many of their agencies had been infiltrated and exploited by individuals associated with or sympathetic to AQ. Several Congress critturs said they were pleased the pages had finally been released. Rep Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, said:
The Intelligence Community and the 9/11 Commission, which followed the Joint Inquiry that produced these so-called 28 pages, investigated the questions they raised and was never able to find sufficient evidence to support them.
Legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Toads, was passed unanimously by the Senate and is making its way through the House, despite Obama’s veto threat. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said:
While the pages do not reach a conclusion regarding Toad involvement in the 9/11 attacks, they provide more than enough evidence to raise serious concerns.
9/11 families made clear the pages’ release would not stop their push for the legislation. One group said in a statement:
Congress has to stand up for the interests of the thousands of innocent Pindostanis who lost loved ones on 9/11.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters before the pages were released that they would show no evidence of Toad complicity. The Obama administration sent a declassified version of the 28 pages, with many lines and sentences blacked out to protect intelligence sources and methods, to Congress on Friday morning. The House intelligence panel released it a few hours later.
Toad Ties to 9/11 Detailed in Documents Suppressed Since 2002
Murtaza Hussain, Intercept, Jul 15 2016
After years of political wrangling, the suppressed section of a 2002 congressional report that detailed possible ties between the Saudi government and the 9/11 terrorist attacks was released today. The classified documents have been the source of heated speculation for years, as they highlighted alleged links between high-ranking members of the Toad family and the 9/11 hijackers. Many political figures who had previously seen the report led the charge calling for its release, including former Sen Bob Graham, who said the 28 pages “point a very strong finger at Saudi the Toads,” and Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan, who said the pages “confirm that much of the rhetoric preceding the Pindosi attack on Iraq was terribly wrong.” The suppressed pages, redacted in parts, detail circumstantial evidence of ties among Toad boxtops, intelligence agents, and several of the hijackers. The report saysd:
While in Pindostan, some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with or received assistance from, individuals who may be connected with the Toads. … FBI sources believe at least two of those individuals were Toad intelligence agents.
The report also mentions that numbers found in the phonebook of Abu Zubaydah, a detainee currently held in Guantánamo, could be traced to a company in Denver, Colorado, connected to former Toad ambassador to Pindostan, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. One of the most notable figures mentioned is Omar al-Bayoumi, alleged by the report to have likely been a Toad intelligence agent. Al-Bayoumi was in close contact with hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar, providing them financial assistance during their time in Pindostan and even helping them find an apartment. Bayoumi in turn is believed to have been on the payroll of the Toad Ministry of Defense and was regularly in receipt of large lump sums of money from the Toad Ministry of Finance and other undisclosed arms of the government. Another figure highlighted in the documents is Osama Bassnan, a Toad citizen who was an associate of al-Bayoumi and lived in an apartment nearby al-Hazmi and al-Midhar. The report said of Bassman:
He made a comment to an FBI source after the attacks suggesting that he did more for the hijackers than al-Bayoumi did.
Bassnan and his wife received regular payments from the wife of Bandar bin Sultan. On one occasion, Bassnan is said to have received a check directly from Bandar’s account. Fahd al-Thumairy, a former Toad consular officer in Pindostan who served as an imam at a mosque attended by al-Hazmi and al-Midhar, is also mentioned briefly, as is Saleh al-Hussayen, who is described in the report as a “Toad Interior Ministry employee/official.” Al-Hussayen stayed at the same hotel as one of the hijackers in the days before the attack. While being interviewed by FBI agents after the attacks, al-Hussayen “either passed out or feigned a seizure,” causing the interview to be terminated. He later managed to successfully flee the country. Much of the information in the 28 pages is not new and has been mentioned in previously released documents on the 9/11 investigation. As such, the public release of these suppressed pages is unlikely to precipitate major changes in the relationship between the United States and the Saudi government. In a statement issued on Friday, the Toad Embassy in Pindostan said that it “welcomes the release” of the suppressed pages, saying that they exonerate Riyadh of any direct role in the attacks. While the report does not find any smoking gun pointing to official Saudi involvement, it does highlight one consistently troubling theme of the kingdom’s response to the attacks: its refusal to cooperate with investigators seeking to uncover information about the hijackers. As the report notes:
In testimony and interviews, a number of FBI agents and CIA officers complained to the [inquiry] about a lack of Toad cooperation in terrorism investigations both before and after the 9/11 attacks. … The agency believed that the Toads had stopped providing background information or other assistance on Bin Ladin because Bin Ladin had ‘too much information about official Toad dealings with Islamic extremists in the 1980s for Riyadh to deliver him into Pindosi hands.’