Saudi Arabia has been back in the news recently over the “28 pages” controversy. For anyone out of the loop, the government’s official report about the events of 9/11, called the 9/11 Commission Report – or the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States – includes a classified section of 28 pages.
Many, including Members of Congress, believe these pages contain information that links Saudi Arabia and the September 11th attacks. According to Vox:
Some members of Congress who have read the report, but are barred from revealing its contents, describe it as potentially damning. An unnamed member of Congress told the New Yorker, “The real question is whether it was sanctioned at the royal-family level or beneath that, and whether these leads were followed through.”
So the obvious questions are: if the links are more than suspected, why is Saudi Arabia treated as an ally, and who was aware of this the entire time?
Obama has been pressed to declassify the 28 pages before his trip of Saudi Arabia – and he has said that he would make a decision within sixty days. Obama is going to be out of office relatively soon, and as for the woman who may replace him, she has some suspicious connections to the nation of her own.
A major Hillary Clinton campaign funder is personally lobbying on behalf of an arm of the Saudi government, federal records show.
It’s been known for months that the Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court, an arm of the Saudi regime, has been paying the Podesta Group to lobby lawmakers and federal agencies on its behalf. The Intercept reported the relationship last year. And The Hill reported on Tuesday that the Saudi government was paying the Beltway lobbyist $140,000 a month for its services.
Podesta also has family ties to the Clinton campaign. His brother John is Clinton’s campaign chairman. He served as Bill Clinton’s chief of staff for a time in the 1990s and as an adviser to President Obama. The Podesta brothers started their eponymous lobbying outfit in 1988.
The Saudi Royal Court’s contact with the Podesta Group is part of a sprawling effort to prevent passage of a law that would allow victims of terrorism to sue foreign governments which have aided and abetted terrorists.
When Hillary inevitably pulls the “9/11” card during the likely Presidential debate with Donald Trump, this information should be more than enough to shut her up.