Monday, December 16, 2013

The Saudis and 9/11

Interesting 9/11 related news today. Paul Sperry wrote a lengthy editorial in the very conservative Murdoch-run New York Post supporting documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s assertion in Fahrenheit 911 that the Saudi government helped fund the 9/11 terrorists. This position would be controversial coming from any mainstream news source, but to be written in a paper that has ridiculed Moore in the past and was an ardent supporter of George Bush during his presidency is truly stunning. Apparently, this information is contained in the 9/11 Commissions report, but the 28-page section relating to foreign involvement was completely redacted. Not even some members of the Commission could read it.

If the assertion proves to be true, it raises some very disturbing questions. What motivation would the Saudi government have for funding a major terrorist action against the United States, especially during the presidency of George Bush, whose family has had very close relations with members of the Saudi ruling class?

Then there’s this: Two days after the 9/11 attacks, while American air space was still closed, the FBI helped about 140 Saudi Royals and members of the Bin Laden family fly from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia. This has always been a strange side bar in the 9/11 saga, but it becomes nefarious if it is true that the Saudi government was involved in the attacks. Bin Laden was named as a suspect in the assault very early on, and yet we…the FBI, no less…let his closest relatives leave the country without interrogating them.

And this raises even more questions. How could the Bush administration have known about a Saudi/9/11 connection a mere two days after the attack? If they didn’t know about it, why were they flying these particular Saudi’s out of the U.S.? And if the administration did know the Saudi government was somehow connected to 9/11 that early on, why would they do the Saudi’s the favor of flying VIPs from the U.S. back to Saudi Arabia? Why would they want to help a country that assisted in the attacks on the Twin Towers?

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