During the 60 Minutes segment, Steve Kroft asked Graham if he believes Saudi Arabia was involved in the attack. “Substantially,” the former senator responded. He said support came from the Saudi government, charities, and rich people in the country. Graham said that support was downplayed because of the “special relationship” between the United States and the kingdom.
Former CIA director and the Republican co-chairman on the House side of the Joint Inquiry, Porter Goss, said the 28 pages should have been included in the final report, but then-FBI director Robert Mueller refused.
Tim Roehmer, a former Democratic senator, has read the 28 pages. He said a connection between five of the alleged hijackers and a Saudi cleric in California is “enough to make you squirm and uncomfortable.”
In the past Obama promised on at least two separate occasions to release the classified 28 pages. Political heat is now rising to the point where he may actually make good on the promise.
While the report may implicate the Saudis, it is unlikely additional information revealing the role the United States played in the attacks will be released to the public.
In September, Washington’s Blog posted Kevin Ryan’s “Why Saudi Ties to 9/11 Mean U.S. Ties to 9/11,” an article spelling out the connection between the Saudis, the FBI, and the CIA. This information explains who was behind the attacks over fifteen years ago in New York and Washington D.C.
20 examples of complicity in the attacks follow:
1. When two of the alleged 9/11 hijackers, Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi, came to the U.S. in January 2000, they immediately met with Omar Al-Bayoumi, a suspected Saudi spy and an employee of a Saudi aviation company. Al-Bayoumi, who was the target of FBI investigations in the two years before 9/11, became a good friend to the two 9/11 suspects, setting them up in an apartment and paying their rent.
2. Al-Mihdhar and Al-Hazmi then moved in with a long-time FBI asset, Abdussattar Shaikh, who was said to be a teacher of the Saudi language. Shaikh allowed them to live in his home for at least seven months, later saying that he thought they were only Saudi students. In an unlikely coincidence, both Al-Bayoumi and Shaikh also knew Hani Hanjour, the alleged pilot of Flight 77. Although Shaikh was reported to be a retired professor at San Diego State University, the university had no records of him. He was then said to be a professor at American Commonwealth University but that turned out to be a phony institution. During the 9/11 investigations, the FBI refused to allow Shaikh to be interviewed or deposed. The FBI also tried to prevent the testimony of Shaikh’s FBI handler, which occurred only secretly at a later date. Despite having a very suspicious background, the FBI gave Shaikh $100,000 and closed his contract.