Exposure of Paterson, N.J. 9/11 Support Network
April 4, 2013 • 9:59AM

On March 24, Fox (TV) Files ran a report on Daoud Chehazeh, a Syrian national who is a known associate of the 9/11 hijackers, who has now been granted political asylum in the U.S. This expose, combined with previous initiatives taken by Rep. Peter King when he was chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee in 2011, point to a support network which existed for the 9/11 terrorists, which, as former Senator Bob Graham has pointed out, will not be conclusively dismantled as long as the cover-up of Saudi Arabia's role is maintained by the classification of the 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on Saudi Involvement by both Bush and Obama.

The fact that the Obama administration has not responded to Congressional requests for information, and the fact that one of the New Jersey facilitators of 9/11 was granted asylum, are further evidence of the continuing cover-up of the original 9/11 by Barack Obama and his administration.

What follows is a summary of the explosive material which cries out for a thorough investigation:

Chehazeh arrived in the U.S. in July 2000 from Saudi Arabia and quickly settled into Paterson, N.J.'s Middle Eastern community. 11 of the 19 hijackers passed through Paterson before the attacks. In Paterson, Chehazeh met up and lived with another key facilitator of the hijackers, a Jordanian named Eyad al Rababah. Seven months before the attacks, Chehazeh, who had no job and no known source of income, suddenly left Paterson along with his roommate, Rababah, and moved to Northern Virginia, where they made contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the imam at the Mosque in Falls Church, Va. According to declassified documents, Chehazeh told Rababah to go to al-Awlaki and look for work.

By April 2001, Chehazeh's new circle of friends and neighbors included future Flight 77 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour, a pilot.

(Al-Hazmi had been one of the first two hijackers to come to the U.S. When al-Hazmi arrived in Los Angeles along with al-Mihdhar, both were met by Saudi intelligence agent Al-Bayoumi, who invited them to San Diego. Al-Bayoumi received funds from Prince Bandar's wife. At the time, Bandar was the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. His wife was the sister of Prince Turki, head of Saudi Intelligence. Bandar is now the head of Saudi Intelligence and is funding al-Qaeda in Syria.)

Rababah got the hijackers an apartment in Virginia and helped them get VA driver's licenses. Then, in May 2001, Rababah drove al-Hazmi, Hanjhour, and two other newly arrived hijackers to Connecticut and New Jersey. The 9/11 Commission Report said that within a few weeks, seven of the hijackers were living in New Jersey in a one-room apartment. Rep. Peter King describes these seven as the core of the conspiracy.

Both Al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi attended the mosque in San Diego where al-Awlaki preached. In January 2001, al-Awlaki relocated to Northern Virginia. Four months later, on April 4, 2001, al-Hazmi and Hanjour moved from Arizona to Northern Virginia.

After 9/11 both Chehazeh and Rababah went to the FBI to tell the FBI what they knew about the hijackers. Chehazeh was also interviewed by the 9/11 Commission, but the 9/11 Commission report makes no reference to him. In respect to Rababah, the 9/11 Commission concluded: "We have insufficient basis to conclude that Rababah knew the operatives were terrorists when he assisted them."

In 2001 Chehazeh applied for political asylum. He was granted asylum on the grounds that he belonged to a social group of "people who are hopelessly in debt." The judge concluded that he would be tortured or killed if deported to Syria.

In 2003 Rababah was deported to Jordan after serving six months in prison on a fraudulent driver's license charge.

In 2007, the Chehazeh case was reopened when the FBI asserted that he was a danger to national security, due to his connection to the hijackers. Nonetheless, in November 2012, the Board of Immigration Appeals reversed its decision to reopen his case, and on Feb. 13 the case was officially closed.

In 2011, before the most recent developments, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King sent three letters: one to the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, asking him to question suspects held at Gitmo about Chehazeh, Rababah, and Awlaki's possible roles in 9/11; a second letter was sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking for help obtaining sworn testimony from Rababah; and a third letter was sent to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, asking that Chehazeh not be deported without first questioning him under oath about the role played by all three in the 9/11 attacks. The letters cited new evidence that Chehazeh and Rababah were aware of pilot Hanjour's flight training and that the men were also aware of where and how Hanjour, along with fellow hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi, bought their tickets for the attacks at a "New Jersey library computer facility," and the men's facilitation of the hijackers' movements inside the United States.

Rep. King also wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on May 26, 2011, in which he made a request for documents on these and other related matters. None of these letters produced results from the Obama Administration

Another indication of the al-Qaeda support network in the U.S. which needs to be investigated, is the report that Muneer Arafat became the imam of the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton Mosque in Florida in March 2000, just before Mohamed Atta and the rest of the 9/11 terrorists showed up in nearby Venice, Florida, in June of 2000. Muneer Arafat had been the roommate of Ziyad Khaleel in Columbia, Mo., and the St. Louis area. Khaleel had bought the satellite telephone that al-Qaeda leaders used to bomb the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Peter King also cited a San Diego terrorism task force which investaged an alleged link between al-Awlaki, Osama Bin Laden, and Ziyad Khaleel, the former roommate of Muneer Arafat.