For the last 15 years, documents detailing the investigation on the Saudi government’s involvement in 9/11 have been collecting dust. Last Friday, they were finally released to the public, with much of it still redacted.
Nonetheless the findings did uncover some evidence that the Saudi government was in fact connected in 9/11.
“Preliminary readings show that there may well have been Saudi involvement in the terror of 9/11 both in the Saudi government and within the Saudi country, within Saudi Arabia,” said New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue foreign states and partners of terrorism. “The families who I have fought for long and hard now will be able to go to court, and soon, and if the Saudi government was complicit in 9/11 they should pay the price to the families who deserve justice. And they should pay the price so no other government will think of playing footsie with terrorists the way the Saudi government may well have done in 2001.”
Unfortunately, there isn’t an extensive explanation about Saudi governments involvement in the terrorist attack.
The report notes that “on the one hand, it is possible that these kinds of connections could suggest, as indicated in a [redacted] dated July 2, 2002, ‘incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists with the Saudi Government.’ On the other hand, it is also possible that further investigation of these allegations could reveal legitimate, and innocent, explanations for these associations.”
Although this is evidence in the report that exposes two “Saudi intelligence officers” for assisting the 9/11 hijackers, Congress was ultimately”not able to corroborate any evidence that high ranking Saudi officials or the Saudi government itself was involved or had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks, but there certainly are questions raised within these 28 or 29 pages that the American people have a right to see,” said House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff.
Even though the report reveals that the Saudi Government was uncooperative in investigations, the government made an announcement following the release of the documents.
“Several government agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, have investigated the contents of the ’28 Pages’ and have confirmed that neither the Saudi government, nor senior Saudi officials, nor any person acting on behalf of the Saudi government provided any support or encouragement for these attacks,” said Abdullah Al-Saud, Saudi Ambassador to the United States.
“We hope the release of these pages will clear up, once and for all, any lingering questions or suspicions about Saudi Arabia’s actions, intentions, or long-term friendship with the United States.”
Read the report for yourself here.
Author’s note: There is something fishy about this report. There are numerous sections inked out and the investigation on Saudi government only started following 9/11. Not to mention, that the government was especially unhelpful. The report doesn’t clear this issue up as Al-Saud states. It instead makes Americas ask more questions about Saudi Arabia and what they are hiding from the US.