Friday :: Jul 25, 2003

9/11 Report: The Saudis? But they're our friends!


by Mary

by CA Pol Junkie

A little bit about Saudi Arabia escaped redaction in Part 1, Finding 15 (pages 110-111) of the 9/11 Report.

According to a U.S. Government official, it was clear from about 1996 that the Saudi government would not cooperate with the United States on matters regarding Usama Bin Ladin. [---redacted---], reemphasized the lack of cooperation and stated that there was little prospect of future cooperation regarding Bin Ladin. [---redacted---] told the Joint Inquiry that he believed the U.S. Government's hope of eventually obtaining Saudi cooperation was unrealistic because Saudi assistance to the U.S. Government on this matter is contrary to Saudi national interests.

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A number of U.S. government officials complained to the Joint Inquiry about a lack of Saudi cooperation in terrorism investigations both before and after the September 11 attacks. [---redacted---]. A high level U.S. government officer cited greater Saudi cooperation when asked how the September 11 attacks might have been prevented. In May 2001, the U.S. government became aware that an individual in Saudi Arabia was in contact with a senior al-Qa'ida operative and was most likely aware of an upcoming al-Qa'ida operation. [---redacted---]

So, is Saudi Arabia "with us" or "against us"?

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