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The 9/11 “28 Pages” Report, That No One Is Talking About, Indirectly Implicates Saudi Arabia

Excerpts of the redacted report show that Saudi Arabia's ties with Al Qaeda and the 9-11 attackers is murky and blurred.

Congress released the classified report this past Friday amid a whirlwind news cycle that included the Nice terrorist attack, failed Turkey coup, and Tump VP rumors…so media coverage of what is a huge story has been largely ignored.

The “28 Pages” report is heavily redacted, but nonetheless it does provide insight into the alleged ties of the government Saudi Arabia and the 9-11 hijackers.

The reports opens with this statement…

“While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government…”

Zerohedge did cover the report extensively, which mentions Saudi Ambassador at the time (and close Bush family friend) Prince Bandar…

The “28 pages,” the secret document was part of a 2002 congressional investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report’s completion. As CNN reports, former Sen. Bob Graham, who chaired the committee that carried out the investigation and has been pushing the White House to release the pages, said Thursday he was “very pleased” that the documents would be released.

The pages, sent to Congress by the Obama administration, have been the subject of much speculation over what they might reveal about the Saudi government’s involvement in the attacks masterminded by terrorist Osama bin Laden when he led al-Qaeda. The pages were used by the 9/11 Commission as part of its investigation into the intelligence failures leading up to the attacks.

A telephone number found in the phone book of al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaida, who was captured in Pakistan in March 2002, was for an Aspen, Colo., corporation that managed the “affairs of the Colorado residence of the Saudi Ambassador Bandar,” the documents show.

Osama Bassnan, who the documents identify as a financial supporter of two of the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego, received money from Bandar, and Bassnan’s wife also got money from Bandar’s wife. “One at least one occasion,” the documents show, “Bassnan received a check directly from Prince Bandar’s account. According to the FBI, on May 14, 1998, Bassnan cashed a check from Bandar in the amount of $15,000. Bassnan’s wife also received at least one check directly from Bandar.”

The top two members of the House Intelligence Committee cautioned that much of the information in the newly released pages were not “vetted conclusions.”

“It’s important to note that this section does not put forward vetted conclusions, but rather unverified leads that were later fully investigated by the Intelligence Community,” said Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. and the committee chairman, in a statement. “Many of the Intelligence Community’s findings were included in the 9/11 Commission report as well as in a newly declassified executive summary of a CIA-FBI joint assessment that will soon be released by the Director of National Intelligence.”

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the panel’s senior Democrat, said he hopes the newly released pages will reduce the continued speculation over Saudi involvement. “I hope that the release of these pages, with appropriate redactions necessary to protect our nation’s intelligence sources and methods, will diminish speculation that they contain proof of official Saudi Government or senior Saudi official involvement in the 9/11 attacks,” Schiff said in a statement. “The Intelligence Community and the 9/11 Commission…investigated the questions they raised and was never able to find sufficient evidence to support them. I know that the release of these pages will not end debate over the issue, but it will quiet rumors over their contents — as is often the case, the reality is less damaging than the uncertainty.”

As various members of Congress quickly lined up to exonerate the Saudi government’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks, the 28 page report, when read carefully, may not directly place the weapon in the Saudi’s hands, it does show that activity and communication was present between the House of Saud and individuals involved in the attack.

Zerohedge continues its report…

The 9/11 Commission did not actually write the newly released pages. Instead, the pages were part of the material the panel reviewed. The commission’s chairmen have described the pages in the past as information based almost entirely on raw, unvetted material received by the FBI and handed over to House and Senate intelligence committees in 2002 as part of an earlier investigation of 9/11.

Current and former members of Congress have been calling for the pages to be declassified and released for more than a decade.

The 9/11 Commission concluded in its report that senior Saudi officials did not knowingly support the terrorist plot to attack the United States. The panel also found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” al-Qaeda. While the 9/11 Commission found no evidence that senior Saudi officials were involved in the 9/11 attack, the report did criticize the Saudi government for tolerating and sometimes fanning the flames of radical Islam by funding schools and mosques around the world that spread extreme ideology. The report also noted that some rich Saudis gave money to charities with terrorist links.

To be sure, what the report does provide is much circumstantial evidence that the Saudis were most certainly involved in 9/11, sufficient to convince any rational man, but perhaps not enough to launch a lawsuit against, say, the King.

The Saudi government itself has repeated called for the pages to be made public so that it can respond to any allegations, which it has long called unfounded.

“We’ve been saying since 2003 that the pages should be released,” said Nail Al-Jubeir, director of communications for the Saudi Embassy, ahead of Friday’s developments. “They will show everyone that there is no there there.”

Saudi Arabia had already issued a prepared press release in anticipation of the reports release, which backed their public statements, mainly that Saudi Arabia has always wanted the 28 page report to be released, as it proved no official Saudi government involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

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Excerpts of the redacted report, upon more scrutiny, do show that Saudi Arabia’s ties with Al Qaeda and the 9-11 attackers is a bit more murky and blurred than what the Saudi Embassy in the US leads us to believe. In the end the report little to settle the issue of 9-11, and Saudi Arabia’s ties to the attackers.

This will forever remain for the public to decide how much, or how little, the Kingdom and House of Saud had to do with the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, that would prompt the Bush administration to launch a war on terror, that to this day affects us all.

The infamous Prince Bandar is also named:


Full 28 pages (redacted) below (link)


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