Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th September 11 hijacker, has fingered members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major al-Qaeda donors.
A former Al Qaeda operative described Saudi royal family members as donors to the terrorist network in the 1990s http://t.co/QsBzWPTwdf
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The New York Times reports the Saudis deny the accusation and dismiss Moussaoui as mentally deranged. They say the allegation was rejected by the 9/11 commission.
Moussaoui made similar claims in November.
Despite the Saudi denial, there is plenty of evidence Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Pakistan organized, funded and trained the so-called “Afghan Arabs” that would ultimately become al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
A number of high level U.S. officials have admitted as much.
Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski told Le Nouvel Observateur in 1998 the U.S. organized and supported Bin Laden and the Mujahideen that would become al-Qaeda.
Former CIA director and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in his 1996 memoir that the U.S. supported the Mujahideen.
In 2012 then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said the United States created al-Qaeda.
The Reagan administration authorized the CIA to equip and train the Mujahideen. “To keep US involvement secret, the operation would acquire Soviet weapons through countries like China and Egypt and transport them to the resistance forces through Pakistan. Both intelligence committees supported the program,” notes GlobalSecurity.org.
There is also plenty of evidence the United States continues to fund and support al-Qaeda and its affiliates, primarily in the proxy war against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The U.S. government also supported al-Qaeda affiliates during the engineered overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya.
None of this information was published in The New York Times.