Declassified report alleges Saudi ties to 9/11 attacks

While federal officials continue deliberate on the release of 28 pages from the joint congressional investigation of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a recently released report has offered indicators as to the content of the redacted section from Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.

Titled “File 17,” the document is allegedly a summary of the secret 28 pages from the joint-congressional committee’s report and reputedly contains evidence of multiple links to Saudi cooperation with the al-Qaeda network of hijackers who carried out the attacks.

Commenting on the content of File 17, former Florida Senator Bob Graham, a fierce proponent of the release of the the redacted 28 pages and co-chair of the congressional 9/11 inquiry, said:

“Much of the information upon which File 17 was written was based on what’s in the 28 pages.”

Among the disclosures in File 17:  The 9/11 hijackers were aided prior to the attacks by an extensive and profound network of Saudi nationals or U.S. citizens of Saudi descent living in the country.

The report specifically names Iman Fahad al-Thumairy of the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City, CA, who reportedly assisted Omar Al-Bayoumi, who allegedly abetted 9/11 hijackers Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar after their arrival in the United States in 2000.

Omar al-Bayoumi is suspected to have ties to terrorist groups and, alternatively, has been described by the FBI as an agent of the Saudi government.  File 17 suggests both al-Thumairy and al-Bayoumi were in regular contact.

In early May, CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News the 28 pages were rife with inaccurate information implicating the Saudi government and would lead critics to draw incorrect conclusions as to the nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

In June, Brennan reversed himself, stating the publication of the contentious chapter would exonerate the Saudi government, members of the Saudi ruling family and wealthy Saudis from any ties to terror groups behind the 9/11 attacks.


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