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re A Second Look at Saudi Arabia has a book in pdfs

May 3, 2008

The website A Second Look at Saudi Arabia makes it clear that Saudi Arabia is at war with the United States and the West. This is not stated that bluntly up-front but it is the conclusion one reaches from reading the materials. We basically knew this, but this website and these pdf’s put the case together. It is very well documented and heavily footnoted.

This is well done. The case is carefully made without overstatement. The conclusion though adds up as one goes through the materials. Saudi Arabia is at war with the United States. This is a war from the bottom up to the top. The people and the government are both in the war.

This is a great resource and complements the Complete 9/11 Timeline.

Graham Book: Inquiry into 9/11, Saudi Ties Blocked
By Frank Davies
The Miami Herald

Sunday 05 September 2004

WASHINGTON – Two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers had a support network in the United States that included agents of the Saudi government, and the Bush administration and FBI blocked a congressional investigation into that relationship, Sen. Bob Graham wrote in a book to be released Tuesday.

The discovery of the financial backing of the two hijackers “would draw a direct line between the terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia, and trigger an attempted coverup by the Bush administration,” the Florida Democrat wrote.

And in Graham’s book, Intelligence Matters, obtained by The Herald Saturday, he makes clear that some details of that financial support from Saudi Arabia were in the 27 pages of the congressional inquiry’s final report that were blocked from release by the administration, despite the pleas of leaders of both parties on the House and Senate intelligence committees.

Bush had concluded that “a nation-state that had aided the terrorists should not be held publicly to account,” Graham wrote. “It was as if the president’s loyalty lay more with Saudi Arabia than with America’s safety.”


Following should be read in full and carefully.

Saudi Government Provided Aid to 9/11 Hijackers, Sources Say
By Josh Meyer
The Los Angeles Times

Saturday 02 August 2003

WASHINGTON – The 27 classified pages of a congressional report about Sept. 11 depict a Saudi government that not only provided significant money and aid to the suicide hijackers but also allowed potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to flow to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups through suspect charities and other fronts, according to sources familiar with the document.

One U.S. official who has read the classified section said it describes “very direct, very specific links” between Saudi officials, two of the San Diego-based hijackers and other potential co-conspirators “that cannot be passed off as rogue, isolated or coincidental.”

Said another official: “It’s really damning. What it says is that not only Saudi entities or nationals are implicated in 9/11, but the [Saudi] government” as well.


Those officials refused to discuss the classified sections of the report but confirmed that they detailed additional allegations about Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, two Saudi men, and their suspicious activities in the United States.

Al Bayoumi was an employee of the Saudi civil aviation authority who FBI agents said received “seemingly unlimited funding” from Saudi Arabia. Bassnan and his family received significant charitable support from Princess Haifa al-Faisal, wife of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Al Bayoumi and Bassnan are believed to be in Saudi Arabia.

Federal law enforcement officials said they viewed both men with deep suspicion, particularly Al Bayoumi, and that the ties between the purported San Diego-based student and Saudi officials were more extensive than has been disclosed to date. The classified section cites federal authorities as saying they believed both men, each of whom has been linked to Al Qaeda operatives, could have been Saudi intelligence agents who reported back to government officials in Riyadh and acted as conduits for financial aid for the hijackers and other Saudi militants. Sources say the classified section concludes that Al Bayoumi received at least $3,000 a month from Saudi officials.

The article in the newspaper is a condensed summary of the 27 or 28 classified pages in the Senate report. Those are a condensed summary of what the Senate was given. That is a subset of what the FBI and government knew. That is a subset of what happened.

Because its a condensed summary, the article has to be reread several times at different dates. Its like a math text. You learn something new each time you reread it. This LA Times article and the NY Times summary of the same report are the Rosetta Stone of 9/11. They show the Saudi government was fully engaged in 9/11 and al Qaeda. Remember, they flew out to go hunting with bin Laden as a lark in Afghanistan.

==quote from above link

After the Taliban takes control of the area around Kandahar, Afghanistan, in September 1994, prominent Persian Gulf state officials and businessmen, including high-ranking United Arab Emirates and Saudi government ministers such as Saudi Intelligence Minister Prince Turki al-Faisal, frequently secretly fly into Kandahar on state and private jets for bird hunting expeditions. [Los Angeles Times, 11/18/2001] General Wayne Downing, who will later serve as one of President Bush’s counterterrorism “tsars,” says: “They would go out and see Osama, spend some time with him, talk with him, you know, live out in the tents, eat the simple food, engage in falconing, some other pursuits, ride horses.” [MSNBC, 9/5/2003] One noted visitor is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Defense Minister and Crown Prince for the emirate of Dubai. Another is Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ruler of the UAE. While there, some develop ties to the Taliban and al-Qaeda and give them money. Both Osama bin Laden and Taliban ruler Mullah Omar sometimes participate in these hunting trips. Al Maktoum allegedly hunts with bin Laden once in 1999 (see 1999). [Los Angeles Times, 11/18/2001; Farah and Braun, 2007, pp. 120-121] On one occasion in 1999, the US will decide not to attack bin Laden with a missile because he’s bird hunting with important members of the UAE’s royal family (see February 11, 1999). US and Afghan officials suspect that the dignitaries’ outbound jets may also have smuggle out al-Qaeda and Taliban personnel. [Los Angeles Times, 11/18/2001] The CIA also develops suspicions that many royals use the hunting trips as cover to fly out of Afghanistan with large amounts of heroin, but they are unable to prove it (see 1998).

Entity Tags: Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Turki al-Faisal, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar, Wayne Downing

==end quote from link

The ones bird hunting with bin Laden were just as much involved. Remember, the first attack by al Qaeda was at a minimum the August 1998 embassy attacks. Then the 2000 USS Cole. It was reported in the papers that bin Laden declared war on the US in 1998. They knew that and still hunted with him. They were also hunting us with him on 9/11.


The following text is the second fatwa originally published on February 23, 1998, to declare a holy war, or jihad, against the West and Israel. It is signed by Osama bin Laden, head of al Qaeda; Ayman al-Zawahiri, head of Jihad Group in Egypt, and several other Islamic terrorist groups.


At what point is the obvious not obvious? The Saudis people and government both were in it with bin Laden against us the whole time. It doesn’t matter whether person A knew about attack B in advance. In a war, all the people on one side don’t know every operation in advance. The Saudis knew they were at war with the United States from Feb 23, 1998. As of that date, Saudi Arabia was at war with the United States. They certainly knew it after the August 1998 embassy attacks by Bin Laden, an act in furtherance of the declaration of war. It was also an act in furtherance of the conspiracy between bin Laden and the government and people of Saudi Arabia to kill Americans at the embassies, on the USS Cole and in America on 9/11 and since then in Iraq and Afghanistan.



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Like LA Times article, following at NY Times has info on secret Senate report tying Saudis to 9/11.

Classified Section of Sept. 11 Report Faults Saudi Rulers
By David Johnston
New York Times

Saturday 26 July 2003

WASHINGTON, July 25 – Senior officials of Saudi Arabia have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable groups and other organizations that may have helped finance the September 2001 attacks, a still-classified section of a Congressional report on the hijackings says, according to people who have read it.

The 28-page section of the report was deleted from the nearly 900-page declassified version released on Thursday by a joint committee of the House and Senate intelligence committees. The chapter focuses on the role foreign governments played in the hijackings, but centers almost entirely on Saudi Arabia, the people who saw the section said.


The little tip offs of attacks from the Saudis we get here and there are pretend. They really want to finish us off. We need to take this seriously, i.e. draft 2 million men and do a ground invasion of Saudi Arabia. Bush betrayed us after 9/11.



New US documents identify Saudi Arabian families as among the first financial backers of Al Qaeda and show that Al Qaeda got funding from Saudi charities

Schumer to urge end to stonewalling that has kept hidden information on high-ranking Saudis who served as ”funding fathers” of Al Qaeda

Schumer says documents could help relatives of 9/11 victims prosecute perpetrators of World Trade Center terror attacks

With hundreds of pages of new documents linking some of Saudi Arabia’s most influential families to Osama bin-Laden in the possession of the Justice Department, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the federal government to release all of the information it has on Saudi financiers and charities who have been tied to Al Qaeda.

U.S.: Saudis Still Filling Al Qaeda’s Coffers

September 11, 2007 5:40 PM

Brian Ross Reports:

Ussaudisstill_mn Despite six years of promises, U.S. officials say Saudi Arabia continues to look the other way at wealthy individuals identified as sending millions of dollars to al Qaeda.

“If I could somehow snap my fingers and cut off the funding from one country, it would be Saudi Arabia,” Stuart Levey, the under secretary of the Treasury in charge of tracking terror financing, told ABC News.

Despite some efforts as a U.S. ally in the war on terror, Levey says Saudi Arabia has dropped the ball. Not one person identified by the United States and the United Nations as a terror financier has been prosecuted by the Saudis, Levey says.


Bush’s Saudi Connections
By Michael Steinberger
The American Prospect

Friday 19 September 2003

Why this is a crucial issue in 2004

Saudi Arabia is the wellspring of radical Islam, its primary source of sustenance and inspiration. Yet, since September 11, the Bush administration has consistently ducked the truth about Riyadh’s role in nurturing terrorism — and concealed the truth as well. Given the many business and personal ties binding the president, his family and his associates to the House of Saud, George W. Bush’s see-no-evildoer attitude toward the Saudis is a vulnerability just begging to be exploited by the Democrats. And they need to do so if they hope to recapture the presidency next year.


One answer to this is the hypothesis that Russia had academic kompromat files on Clinton profs and used those to get over 20 billion in IMF loans. The Clinton team and Democrats were vulnerable on this and Bush had it as leverage. This hypothesis is discussed under Russia’s Plagiarism Files.

==Bush Secret Death Penalty Trial for KSM to silence him as a witness to Saudi ties to 9/11 and much else?

US Accused of Using “Kangaroo Court” to Try Men Accused of Role in 9/11 Attacks
By Andrew Gumbel
The Independent UK

Tuesday 12 February 2008

The United States military announced yesterday that it was bringing death penalty charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other men suspected of orchestrating the September 11 attacks, and intended to try them under the Bush administration’s much-criticised military tribunal system, which is subject only to partial oversight by the civilian appeals system.

The decision to use Mohammed and the others as guinea-pigs in a constitutionally dubious legal proceeding is likely to trigger a firestorm of anti-American sentiment in the Islamic world and spark a fractious domestic debate in an already highly charged presidential election year.

Concerns were raised last night of political interference by the White House in the military’s decision to go to trial in the middle of an election campaign in which the Republican frontrunner, John McCain, has made the fight against al-Qa’ida central to his election bid.

“What we are looking at is a series of show trials by the Bush administration that are really devoid of any due process considerations,” said Vincent Warren, the executive director head of Centre for Constitutional Rights, which represents many Guantanamo detainees. “Rather than playing politics the Bush administration should be seeking speedy and fair trials,” he said. “These are trials that are going to be based on torture as confessions as well as secret evidence. There is no way that this can be said to be fair especially as the death penalty could be an outcome.”

While few doubts have been raised, domestically or internationally, about the men’s involvement in the attacks on New York and Washington, just about everything else about their treatment has been bitterly contested and is likely to continue to be contested, inside the courtroom and out. Everything is laden with potential controversy – the decision to try the six men together rather than individually, the proposed venue at Guantanamo Bay, where all six are being held, the threatened use of the death penalty, and perhaps the most controversial question of all: the admissibility of evidence gathered through waterboarding and other coercive techniques generally defined as torture.


One way to get rid of a witness to torture is kill the victim. But its the Saudi al Qaeda ties that KSM may know about. KSM may also know rumors of Saudi Bush family ties, not to plot terrorist acts of course, but just in general.

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