Saudi Arabia may be tied to 9/11, 2 ex-senators say

The New York Times reports: For more than a decade, questions have lingered about the possible role of the Saudi government in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, even as the royal kingdom has made itself a crucial counterterrorism partner in the eyes of American diplomats.

Now, in sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, two former senators who were privy to top secret information on the Saudis’ activities say they believe that the Saudi government might have played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.

“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia,” former Senator Bob Graham, Democrat of Florida, said in an affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought against the Saudi government and dozens of institutions in the country by families of Sept. 11 victims and others. Mr. Graham led a joint 2002 Congressional inquiry into the attacks.

His former Senate colleague, Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, a Democrat who served on the separate 9/11 Commission, said in a sworn affidavit of his own in the case that “significant questions remain unanswered” about the role of Saudi institutions. “Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the September 11th attacks has never been fully pursued,” Mr. Kerrey said.

Their affidavits, which were filed on Friday and have not previously been disclosed, are part of a multibillion-dollar lawsuit that has wound its way through federal courts since 2002. An appellate court, reversing an earlier decision, said in November that foreign nations were not immune to lawsuits under certain terrorism claims, clearing the way for parts of the Saudi case to be reheard in United States District Court in Manhattan.

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3 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia may be tied to 9/11, 2 ex-senators say

  1. Osama

    Government of Saudi Arabia? what is he talking about…

    The so-called government is more a confederation of the Sons of Abdulaziz Al-Saud… than a real country… the princes are untouchable and they are free to do what they like within their fiefdoms without much questioning from their fellow princes, let alone the people….(I am referring to the top princes, not the 1000’s of minor princes).

    Its quite possible for a minor prince to have some relationship or sympathy with Alqaeda or its goals, but don’t forget that OBL had already had a very public falling out with the top royals after the invasion of Kuwait, which was one of the key points driving him to launch his war against the US.

    I would take whatever these two senators have to say with a spoonful of salt… the Saudi government has every interest in insuring good/great relationship with the US and would never, ever, never do anything to threaten it… its one of the key pillars of their rule.

  2. delia ruhe

    Gee, no kidding? A link between Saudia and 9/11! Seems to me that this theme figured prominently in Michael Moore’s *Fahrenheit 9/11*, and he was called a racist, even by some prominent Lefties.

  3. DE Teodoru

    One side owns us through campaign contributions, the other through oil. Why is it so characteristic of American politicians that they would sell out their mother for electoral victories? Ditto for Wall Street!

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