Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, August 08, 2016

FBI Documents

Last April, Saudi Arabia warned that it would sell off billions in American assets if our Congress passes a bipartisan bill that would allow victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks to sue foreign governments.

Twenty-eight pages of the 9/11 Commission Report were said to focus on the role of foreign governments in the plot had remained classified.  Saudi officials asked our government to release the redacted pages in 2003, saying it would give them the opportunity to defend themselves against claims of involvement.  But, the Bush administration refused, saying the material would jeopardize their ability to gather intelligence on suspected terrorists.

President Obama had continued that policy, but recently decided to release that classified information.  The documents analyzed by the 9/11 Commission have finally been released.  It’s about what the FBI and CIA officials uncovered in their investigation of the intelligence failures surrounding the 9/11 attacks.  Much of that information involved Saudi Arabia, its diplomats and its financial support of Islamic groups and causes.

1. California-based Saudis aided two 9/11 hijackers.  Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassan gave money and other help to two of the hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi when they arrived in San Diego in February 2000.  FBI officials told the 9/11 commission: "There are indications in the files that his encounter with the hijackers may not have been accidental."

2. A Los Angeles-area mosque was a "site of extremist-related activity."  FBI documents show, that The King Fahad Mosque in Culver City, California, received substantial amounts of money from "Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdulaziz.  The mosque is reportedly attended by members of the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles and is widely recognized for its anti-Western views."  The FBI identified Shaykh al-Thumairy as one of the Imams at the mosque who "may have been in contact" with al-Midhar and al-Hazmi.

3. A telephone number found in the phone book of Abu Zubaydah, a 9/11 plotter captured in Pakistan in March 2002 belonged to a Colorado-based company that managed the "affairs of the Colorado residence of the Saudi Ambassador" Prince Bandar bin-Sultan.  According to FBI documents, the longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States, Bandar had especially close ties to the family of Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush.

4. The FBI reported, that an unnamed Saudi who was on a State Department watch list slipped into the United States without the notice of the Customs and Immigration and Naturalization services because he traveled here with another Saudi royal, Prince Khalid al-Bandar.  The documents showed the FBI only learned of the trip after the fact.

5. CIA documents show, that Saudi officials were uncooperative in U.S. attempts to learn more about Osama bin Laden.  Documents showed, that the former chief of the CIA's anti-bin Laden unit, known as Alec Station: "thought that the U.S. Government's hope of eventually obtaining Saudi cooperation on this matter was contrary to Saudi national interests."


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