Bob Graham Asserts 'Direct Line' Between Saudis and 9/11 Hijackers, While Prince Bandar Denies Involvement
September 12, 2014 • 8:39AM

There is a direct line between some of the 9/11 terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia, former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham told the Tampa/Sarasota television station WTSP in the first part of a two-part story aired Wednesday night. "There was a network supporting the hijackers," Graham declared, and the FBI continues to cover this up. If the American public were to find out that the Saudis financed the 9/11 attacks, Graham added, "That would certainly change our attitude toward arming Saudi Arabia." Graham specifically cited the FBI's awareness of a "strong connection" between some of the hijackers and a Saudi Arabian family living in an upscale community in Sarasota before Sept. 2001 attacks.

Meanwhile, the former Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar bin Sultan, denied any role in the 9/11 attacks in an interview with Al-Jazeera. Bandar, a close confidante of the Bush family, who has been linked to funds channeled to two hijackers living in San Diego, stated, "The idea that the Saudi government funded, organised or even knew about September 11 is malicious and blatantly false." Al-Jazeera also quotes Michael Kellogg, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as denying allegations made about Saudi intelligence agent Omar al-Bayoumi, who has been identified as a key part of the Saudi support network in San Diego.

The Al-Jazeera story is titled "9/11's secret 28-page history," and gives prominent coverage of the calls of the 9/11 families for release of the 28 pages from the Joint Congressional Inquiry, and to the drive in Congress around H.Res. 428 to obtain declassification of the 28 pages. It also cites Stephen Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, who "told Al Jazeera while the information might negatively affect U.S. foreign relations, the importance of shedding light on the September 11 attacks takes precedence."

The Huffington Post ran a column Thursday by 9/11 families representative Terry Strada, titled "Thirteen Years After September 11, 2001, Terrorism Financing Remains Our Biggest Challenge." Strada emphasizes that the truth about who financed the 9/11 attacks is still being kept secret from the American people, and she states: "Timely declassification of the 28 pages is essential for our national security. YES, declassification will actually protect us, not endanger us. We need to know who our enemies are. As long as those pages remain hidden, we will be proxies in the wars of those who are the subject of the 28 pages and they will remain with impunity to repeat themselves again and again."

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), in an op-ed published in WickedLocal.com, a Massachusetts website, says that on 9/11, it's not enough to say "never forget;" we also need "a full accounting of the events and circumstances surrounding the tragedy of 9/11." Which, he says, we will not have as long as the 28 pages remain classified.

JASTA Bill, Targeting Saudis, Passed Unanimously by Senate Judiciary Committee, Sent to Floor

By a unanimous vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new version of the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" (JASTA) Thursday morning, sending it to the Senate floor for a vote. This is a victory for the 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism who have fought hard for the legislation, declaring that they want to hold Saudi Arabia and its ruling family legally responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The New Jersey Daily Orange reported that the bill, which would expand provisions in the Foreign Sovereignties Immunities Act and the Anti-Terrorism Act, faces "fierce opposition" in the House, from pressure spearheaded by companies such as Chiquita (the old United Fruit), which fears being held liable for payments made to terrorist groups in Colombia. But Senator Tom Cornyn (R-Texas) indicated at this morning's markup that these concerns had been "worked through" in an amendment.

At a Sept. 1 press conference at the 9/11 memorial in Manhattan, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), accompanied by 9/11 families' representatives, announced that the Judiciary Committee would take up JASTA on September 11. Schumer said at the time that it "doesn't matter" if lawsuits would create tensions with so-called allies like Saudi Arabia. "Justice must be done," he said, according to the NY Daily News. "They did a horrible thing" by helping to fund Al Qaeda.