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Sun Feb 8, 2015, 08:59 AM

Saudi Funding of 9/11 Attacks Still Cloaked in Secrecy

(The Progressive) The revelation that Zacarias Moussaoui had “high-level” contacts with Saudi officials brought back attention to the Saudi role in the formation and financing of Al-Qaeda. It also revived the debate on whether the U.S. government should release Part 4 of the September 11 report, which deals with Saudi financing of terrorism.

The report remains classified and the U.S. government has been vigilant to protect the Saudi government in court and in Congress. The Saudi government, in typical fashion, dismissed the account of Moussaoui as the product of a deranged mind––just as it accuses all critics of its policies and repression of being deranged. But the American public can never understand the real circumstances of September 11 and the origins of Al-Qaeda without releasing the report and bringing more attention to the role of Saudi Arabia in funding (and arming, as in the case of Syria) of various militant Jihadi terrorist groups.

This is what we know. After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. government launched a horrific campaign to recruit fanatical Muslims from around the world in order to form an anti-communist militia. It jointly ran the program through the CIA with the Saudi and Pakistani intelligence.

So the U.S. government is not only protecting the Saudi royal family from scrutiny, but also protecting its secret role in the campaign against the Soviet army in Afghanistan. We still don’t know the extent to which American intelligence officials in Pakistan had direct contacts with Osama Bin Laden when he was a chief organizer of the Arab volunteer effort against the Soviet Union (the gang of Jihads was technically a volunteer force, because the Saudi government picked up the tabs for those who came to Pakistan from Saudi Arabia). The Economist revealed after September 11 that American intelligence agents did have contacts with Bin Laden, at least prior to 1994. .............(more)

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Reply Saudi Funding of 9/11 Attacks Still Cloaked in Secrecy (Original post)
marmar Feb 2015 OP
leveymg Feb 2015 #1
CJCRANE Feb 2015 #2
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sun Feb 8, 2015, 10:28 AM

1. Article is so incomplete as to be misleading. The CIA had contact with Usama bin Laden after Afghan.

The CIA had contact with Usama bin Laden after he left Afghanistan and decamped to Sudan in 1996. It's on the public record that the Station Chief in Khartoum at that time was Cofer Black, who has admitted that he had personal contact with bin Laden.

Mr. Black went on to be the Director of the CIA Counter Terrorism Center (CTC) at the time that unit allowed known al Qaeda terrorists into the US on January 15, 2000 after they had attended an AQ summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A warning cable was ordered withheld that would have alerted the FBI of the arrival of al-Midhar and al-Hazmi. These individuals went on to hijack Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon.

Cofer Black was later appointed a Director of Blackwater after he resigned CIA. UBL cooperated with the US in Bosnia and in 1999 his fighters were in the same sector as US Special Forces in Kosovo, which included a Navy Seal operator named Erik Prince. What is publicly known about the CIA-UBL relationship after Afghanistan is all laid out in detail here -- http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/12/04/810764/-Erik-Prince-American-Bin-Laden-CIA-Asset-Money-Gunmen -- the author might want to review this before he again writes on the subject.

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Sun Feb 8, 2015, 10:31 AM

2. Is it accepted that we and our allies fund extremists to

gain a geopolitical advantage (and financial benefts)?

I see a lot of screaming on DU that we must do something about these groups but conversely little interest in discussing the funding.

How do our military men and women feel about fighting enemies that can not necessarily be defeated because it is more about continuing the process than getting an outcome?

Or maybe it's for the best that we don't dig too deeply, and just let things play out as our superiors intend them to.

I find myself in the strange position that I'm very sympathetic towards the people in the counties involved but I also prefer that we speak and know the truth. But there are those who scream and shout about extremism but aren't interested in getting to the bottom of all this.

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Response to CJCRANE (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 8, 2015, 10:43 AM

3. ISIS funding is the same Saudi/GCC elites that have written the checks for three decades.

We know exactly who they are, because they have been funding covert wars since the Saudi-CIA partnership started in 1979 in Afghanistan. The US would have to acknowledge that it cooperates with and arms terrorists, and has been for a long time.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 8, 2015, 10:54 AM

4. I think the rest of the world

has pretty much put 2 and 2 together and figured it out.

The neocons et al went into overdrive in Obama's second term and made it too obvious.

It remains to be seen if the warmongers will drown out the voices of sanity...again.

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