July 12, 2011
Appearing on MSNBC, former senator and Florida governor Bob Graham said at least two of the purported 9/11 hijackers had assistance from Saudi Arabia. Graham’s recently released novel, Keys to the Kingdom, implicates the Saudis. He told MSNBC to novel is based on factual information.
Graham said there are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the role played by Saudi Arabia. He also asked why the government prevented Congress from obtaining information on the September 11, 2011, attack and its relationship to Saudi Arabia.
In 2009, the Bush administration refused to release a congressional report alleging possible links between Saudi Arabian officials and the hijackers. Bush said he could not comply with a request by the Saudi foreign minister for a chance to clear the Arab kingdom’s name because publication of the report could hurt U.S. intelligence operations, according to news reports.
Sources revealed that a redacted section of the report describes a money trail between Saudi Arabia and supporters of al-Qaeda.
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Graham failed to mention that the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI also funded groups in Afghanistan that would ultimately be called al-Qaeda. This relationship is one likely reason Bush withheld information on the attacks from Congress.
“Between 1978 and 1992, the US government poured at least US$6 billion (some estimates range as high as $20 billion) worth of arms, training and funds to prop up the mujaheddin factions,” writes Norm Dixon. “Other Western governments, as well as oil-rich Saudi Arabia, kicked in as much again. Wealthy Arab fanatics, like Osama bin Laden, provided millions more.”
The U.S. Afghanistan policy was formulated by Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and was continued by his successors. “His plan went far beyond simply forcing Soviet troops to withdraw,” Dixon notes, “rather it aimed to foster an international movement to spread Islamic fanaticism into the Muslim Central Asian Soviet republics to destabilize the Soviet Union.”
It was also used after September 11, 2001, to rationalize the war on terror and propagandize a threat by radical Islam.
Graham’s book and his assertion that the U.S. covered-up for the Saudis and protected the purported hijackers should be used to press for another investigation of the September 11 attacks.