The following blurb was posted to the Democracy Now website today.
Former Florida senator, Bob Graham, is calling on President Obama to reopen the investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks after new information has emerged about the possible role of prominent Saudis in the 9/11 attack. According to recent news reports, a wealthy young Saudi couple fled their home in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida, just a week or so before 9/11, leaving behind three cars and nearly all of their possessions. The FBI was tipped off about the couple but never passed the information on to the Sept. 11 Commission, even though phone records showed the couple had ties to Mohamed Atta and at least 10 other al-Qaeda suspects. Former Senator Bob Graham described the news as “the most important thing about 9/11 to surface in the last seven or eight years.” Graham said, “The key umbrella question is: What was the full extent of Saudi involvement prior to 9/11 and why did the U.S. administration cover this up?’’
Graham, by the way, served as co-chair of the September 11 Commission, so this isn’t just some whacko making unsubstantiated claims. This is a former U.S. Senator stating, on the record, that the 9/11 Commission was likely misled by the Bush administration in order to protect those who may have been behind the deadly attacks on our country in 2001.
The following clip comes from a Reuters article issued today.
…The report was published by BrowardBulldog.org., a nonprofit Internet news site and was simultaneously published on the news website of the Miami Herald.
If true, it reveals another Saudi terrorism connection that was never disclosed by the FBI to the public or to the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks, said Graham, who was co-chair of the committee.
The FBI office in Tampa issued a statement on Monday saying the Sarasota case was one of many leads that “were resolved and determined not to be related to any threat nor connected to the 9/11 plot.”
Graham called the Sarasota case “eerily similar” to the FBI’s failure to tell the intelligence committee about a former Saudi civil servant, Omar al-Bayoumi, who supported two hijackers while they were living in San Diego. Graham said an investigator for his committee independently unearthed the information about al-Bayoumi.
“Why did the U.S. government go to such lengths to cover up the Saudi involvement?” Graham said.
The former Democratic senator from Florida has long been critical of the administration of former President George W. Bush for refusing to release 28 pages of the intelligence committee’s report, which allegedly included information about Saudi financial support of terrorists.
Information about the Saudi couple in Sarasota was reported by Anthony Summers, an independent journalist and co-author of The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden, and Dan Christensen, editor of the BrowardBulldog.org.
Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii, his wife Anoud and their small children resided in a home owned by Anoud’s father, Esam Ghazzawi, in the gated Sarasota subdivision called Prestancia, according to the report…
I don’t have much to add to this, but I wanted to do my little part to make sure that this story wasn’t lost in this week’s jingoistic orgy of flag waving.