With the topic once again emerging due to the release of previously off-limits documents outlining Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11, a brief outline of exactly where we stand on facts is appropriate – especially since almost no news station bothered to do the same.
In the investigations following 9/11 by the Congress, the Blue Ribbon 9/11 Commission, and the federal government, the actions of many players were scrutinized. For obvious reasons, the player that drew the most interest was the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, home of 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers – as well as Bin Laden himself.
Saudi Arabia, for many good reasons, is often blamed for Sunni jihadist violence because of its global advocacy for Wahhabi Islam – and more than a few strange links to Sunni militias domestic and abroad.
All three of those inquiries ultimately absolved the Saudi Arabia Government of responsibility for the events of 9/11.
20 years later, with a lot more known today than at the time, we ask a simple question: Were those findings correct?
As most Americans are aware and as previously stated, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi Nationals. Saudi Arabia has also been known to give money to charities that in turn funded al-Qaeda. Those facts are just the beginning of one of the most disgusting stories in American history.
As new evidence proves, Saudi Arabian government officials were accomplices in the attack, without whom there never could have been a 9/11 attack.
Before going into those details, let’s start with why Saudi Arabia supports al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, and generally all Sunni terrorists. Back in 1979, two cataclysmic events happened within the Islamic world. The Shah of Iran was overthrown by radical Shiite Muslims, and the mosque in Mecca was taken over by Wahhabi radicals.
In fear that radical Islam would soon overthrow the kingdom, the Saudi royal made a conscious effort to begin accommodating the Wahhabi Muwahs. First, the Saudi government created a new branch called the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, which is dedicated to the spread of Wahhabism internationally. In every embassy and consulate in the world, there is a mini Ministry of Islamic Affairs embedded in it. Secondly, in the absence of elections, high-ranking positions such as foreign minister, or defense minister are raised to power by the Wahhabi Muwahs.
Most prominent people in Saudi Arabia, including King Salman, his predecessors, and other ranking members of the royal family made their pilgrimages to kiss Bin Laden’s ring in Kandahar.
Without doing that, they would not have the internal support, they needed to rise into positions of power.
The Hijackers Arrive
In 1999, the two lead hijackers, Hazmi and Mihdar, attended a conference in Malaysia of al-Qaeda and other terrorists at which the 9/11 attack was planned. Shockingly, the group was monitored by the CIA, daily. After the planning was complete, they went on a holiday that had particular appeal to two radical Wahhabists – a sex vacation to Bangkok. The CIA monitored their sexual exploits. From Bangkok, they arrived in Los Angeles January 15th, 2000. The CIA monitored their flight and their arrival.
Before January 15th, 2000, Saudi diplomat Fahad al-Thumairy sent an instruction to the Saudi consular official in Los Angeles, ordering him to provide the help that Hazmi and Mihdhar needed. Thumairy called the pair “two very significant people” more than a year before the attacks.
Thumairy and his accomplice, who is a Saudi intelligence official, Bayoumi, would provide their guests with English lessons, gave them money, housing, and introduced them to Saudi military pilots – who many believe were instrumental in training them to fly jets. They managed to make time for a little trip to Las Vegas.
Prince Bandar’s wife, though Boyoumi, gave Hazmi and Mihdhar $25,000.00.
The exact money trail was traced from one of the dirty charities under scrutiny into the hands of a Saudi government agent in Los Angeles. Bandar was a close friend of the Bush family, had been to the ranch in Crawford, Texas many times.
In a short period of time, the FBI was alerted to the presence of Hazmi and Mihdhar.
Hazmi and Mihdhar are in fact roomed with an FBI informant. Regardless of the suspicious behavior, the FBI did not arrest them, did not question them, and eventually lost them.
The rest is history. Hazmi and Mihdar would go on to hijack American Airlines Flight 77 before flying the Boeing 757-223 into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Bayoumi and Thumairy told 9/11 investigators they had nothing to do with the attacks. Due to fear of discrediting the intelligence community as well as a desire to remain friendly with our number one oil dealer at the time, the Saudi leads were swept under the rug for decades.
The United States denied Thumairy re-entry in 2003 for having ties to terrorist activity.