Congress Releases ’28 Pages’ That looks For Saudi One-way links To Sept. eleven Hijackers

Enlarge this imageFormer Florida Senator Bob Graham, proven below in 2011, co-chaired the congre sional inquiry into feasible Saudi federal government back links towards the Sept. eleven hijackers. He lengthy advocated releasing the 2002 report, referred to as the "28 internet pages," which ended up manufactured community on Friday.John Raoux/APhide captiontoggle captionJohn Raoux/APFormer Florida Senator Bob Graham, demonstrated here in 2011, co-chaired the congre sional inquiry into probable Saudi govt back links on the Sept. 11 hijackers. He long advocated releasing the 2002 report, called the "28 pages," which were made general public on Friday.John Raoux/APCongre s on Friday unveiled the "28 internet pages," a previously labeled document that examined feasible connections concerning the Saudi government as well as the Sept. eleven hijackers. The doc which truly contains 29 webpages experienced taken with a lifestyle of its have, prompting recurrent speculation about its contents, while only a minimal amount of federal government officers had been allowed to browse it. Bob Graham, the previous Democratic senator from Florida, was amongst the co-chairman on the congre sional inquiry that produced the webpages again in 2002. He experienced prolonged called for that document's launch, declaring it pointed to intensive Saudi federal government contact with a number of the hijackers. Fifteen of your 19 hijackers had been from Saudi Arabia. Neverthele s the White Residence stated Friday the document supported other investigations in to the same query. The document "does not change the a se sment from the U.S. govt that there is no proof which the Saudi governing administration as an establishment or senior Saudi officers separately funded al-Qaida," reported White Home push secretary Josh Earnest. The document was centered mostly on info the FBI and CIA gathered in the initially yr following the Sept. 11 attack. This facts was available to U.S. investigators, such as the 9/11 Fee, which adopted up in 2004 with its extensive report on many of the occasions encompa sing Sept. eleven.The U.S. has not accused or prosecuted any Saudi authorities officers of involvement from the Sept. eleven plot. Still some critics have claimed the U.S. federal government was shielding the kingdom because the 2 nations are shut allies. The Saudis argue which they would in no way guidance al-Qaida, a terrorist team committed to overthrowing the Saudi monarchy. Leads, But No Conclusions The doc does offer you intriguing potential customers. "While within the United states of america, some of the September eleven hijackers had been involved with, and gained a sist or a sistance from, men and women who can be connected to the Saudi governing administration," it states. Neverthele s the report reaches no conclusions. It goes on to state: "It must be very clear that this Joint Inquiry has produced no closing resolve concerning the trustworthine s or sufficiency on the details pertaining to these problems that we found contained in FBI and CIA paperwork." Considered one of the figures scrutinized is Fahad al-Thumairy , who was a consular official situated in Los angeles from 1996 to 2003. Thumairy was also an imam with the King Fahd Mosque, in the L. a. suburb of Culver Metropolis, exactly where he could have met and delivered aid to two of your Sept. eleven hijackers, as outlined by the report. Investigators from the 9/11 Fee interviewed Thumairy in the Saudi money of Riyadh in 2004, but no prices have at any time been brought from him. Saudi Arabia, in the meantime, reported it welcomed the document's release, which it experienced advocated for many years. The Saudis explained that keeping it labeled remaining a cloud more than the kingdom they usually were being unable to respond to your contents considering the fact that they were not publicly recognised. "Since 2002, the 9/11 Commi sion and several other government companies, including the C.I.A. as well as F.B.I., have investigated the contents on the '28 Pages' and also have confirmed that neither the Saudi governing administration, nor senior Saudi officials, nor any person acting on behalf in the Saudi authorities furnished any support or encouragement for these attacks," Abdullah al-Saud, the Saudi amba sador to the United states, claimed inside of a statement. "We hope the discharge of such webpages will crystal clear up, the moment and for all, any lingering i sues or suspicions about Saudi Arabia's steps, intentions, or long-term friendship using the Usa," he extra.