WASHINGTON. December 15, 2013 — The most crucial date of George W. Bush’s presidency was September 11, 2001.
George W. Bush’s legacy has been cast in the colors of the global war on terrorism. Those who support him cheer his “victories” in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Did George Bush know when he attacked Afghanistan in 2001 that there was a nation with more culpability for 9/11 than Afghanistan? Did he know Al-Qaeda did not act alone? By the time he geared up for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, did he know these things?
According to a report in the New York Post, the answer is yes.
According to this same report, based on the leak of classified documents, Al-Qaeda had help in the 9/11 attacks.
Where did this help come from?
In 2002, the U.S. government prepared a report called, “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”
A section of that report remains classified to this day. Sections of that report have been leaked, however, and they show that Al-Qaeda had help from Saudi Arabia.
The conventional wisdom has always been that Osama Bin Laden had help from some wealthy Saudis, but this report shows something far different. This report shows, at least according to the sections of it that have been leaked, that high ranking officials of the Saudi Government aided and abetted the 9/11 hijackers.
Their help was not limited to sympathy, but it involved financial and logistical assistance for the 9/11 hijackers.
According to leaked documents, Saudi officials helped set up what was essentially a forward operating base for the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego. Saudi Ambassador, Prince Bandar sent $130,000 to a Saudi operative who was handling the hijackers. Some of that money ended up in the hands of the hijackers.
According to the leaked reports, the hijackers worked closely with now dead Islamic terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki.
Al-Awlaki worked very closely with the Saudi Embassy in Washington and was recruited from San Diego to be the Imam at a Mosque in the Washington area that was built by the Saudis.
Interestingly enough, after 9/11 Awlaki fled America on a Saudi jet.
Today, a section of the 2002 report remains classified. Congressmen Walter Jones and Stephen Lynch have both asked that the report be declassified.
Congress needs to insist that this report be declassified. If what is alleged in the New York Post report is true, Congress needs to start asking George W. Bush some serious questions.
Perhaps the first should be what did you know and when did you know it?
Saudi Arabia is not now, nor has it ever been America’s friend.
If high-ranking Saudi officials helped the 9/11 attackers, it is more than just an embarrassment. It is an act of war.
If the Bush administration and George W. Bush knew this, it raises a lot of questions about his war in Iraq.
If all of this is true, and the American people knew it in 2001, there would have been an unstoppable demand that America go to war against Saudi Arabia.
Barack Obama must declassify this report and the American people must know.
America is in no position to go to war against Saudi Arabia right now, thanks to Obama’s gutting of the American military. But the American people have the right to know if Saudi Arabia was really behind the 9/11 attacks. If the Bush Administration covered that fact up, then we should remember there are certain crimes that have no statute of limitations.
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