Was Saudi Arabia behind 9/11? That at least someone in their government had a role is becoming an increasingly popular theory as Obama faces pressure to declassify 28 pages of a congressional report on the September 11th hijackings.
The debate over the pages, which allegedly indicates that the 19 Saudi Arabian nationals who carried out the deadly attacks received some kind of support from the government in Riyadh, has ebbed and flowed ever since the report was published in 2002.
The controversy has flared up again ahead of President Obama’s upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia for an April 21 summit with the Gulf Cooperation Council. The meeting with Arab leaders, ostensibly, is a chance for the president to repair relations that have become frayed in the wake of last year’s landmark nuclear deal with Iran.
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Even the liberal website Think Progress seems to think this document will implicate Saudi Arabia in some way.
The 28 pages are believed to expose a number of links between various officials in Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 hijackers — 15 of 19 of whom were Saudi citizens. A CIA watchdog report from last year says there is no evidence that the Saudi government “knowingly and willingly” supported al-Qaeda’s attack, but many congressmen believe the 28 pages could indicate heavy Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
In addition to revealing the connection between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers, the 28 pages allegedly also spell out links between the hijackers and people like Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who later joined Al-Qaeda in Yemen and was killed by a drone strike, and Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi who aided the hijackers with finances as well as in finding homes. Some people believe Bayoumi may have been a Saudi agent tasked with helping the hijackers execute the attack.
Obama will make a decision on whether or not to declassify the documents within 60 days. If confirmed, it’s going to be time to reassess who our allies are.
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