Deception about 9/11—Sen. Bob Graham

Sen. Bob Graham: Deception about 9/11

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On April 11, CBS’s “60 Minutes” led with an important segment about the tragedy of 9/11 and how a 28-page chapter of a congressional investigation has been withheld from the American people for almost 13 years.

This was not a cover-up. It was the result of aggressive deception. Your government has purposely used deceit to withhold the truth.

The reason for deceit: to protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from its complicity in the murder of 2,977 Americans. On April 15, The New York Times reported: “Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.”

If that is not sufficient to get your blood boiling, read on: “The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage …” Of the many unanswered questions of 9/11, the most significant, I believe, is whether the 19 hijackers operated alone or were aided by a support network. The official position of the U.S. government is that they acted alone. Like myself, the lead investigators of 9/11 find it implausible that these 19 poorly-educated Arab men — most unable to speak English and with no prior experience in the U.S. — could have conducted such a complex plot without assistance from within our country.

The forms of aggressive deceit have been multiple. A few are illustrative:

The 28 pages, which have been reported to disclose the sources of funding for the attack, have been under review for purposes of declassification for three years — three times the amount of time required for the congressional inquiry to research, analyze and issue an 838-page report.

The 28 pages are the most iconic, but not the only, evidence to be withheld from the report of the congressional inquiry. The report is pocked by hundreds of specific redactions.

Investigations at locales where the hijackers lived and plotted prior to the attacks also have been classified. One of those involves Mohamed Atta, the leader of the hijackers, and two of his henchmen who are alleged to have collaborated with a prominent Saudi family who lived in Sarasota for six years before abruptly departing for Saudi Arabia two weeks before 9/11.

The FBI publicly described its Sarasota investigation as complete and said it found no connection between the hijackers and the family. Later, responding to a Freedom of Information lawsuit, the FBI released an investigative report that said the family had “many connections” to individuals tied to the terrorist attacks. The FBI now claims the agent who prepared the report was incompetent, yet refuses to make public the findings upon which that 20-year career agent was thrown under the bus. Some now say, why worry about events that will soon be 15 years old? There are at least three reasons to continue demanding full transparency:

Justice: The legislation referred to in The New York Times article is designed to modernize the procedures under which Americans can seek justice in an American court for murder or lesser crimes inflicted on U.S. soil by foreign terrorists. Without this, justice to the families of the victims is denied.

National security: The Saudis blatant attempts to avoid liability as co-conspirators in the crime of 9/11, and the U.S. government’s acquiescence by refusing to release information (and opposition to reforming laws that would hold collaborators in murder to account) has been a clear signal to the Kingdom that it is immune from U.S. sanctions. With that impunity, it continues to finance terrorists and fund mosques and schools used to indoctrinate the next generation of terrorists in intolerance and jihad.

Democracy: The American government is founded on the consent of the governed. To give that consent, the people must know what the government is doing in its name. Distrust in government is reflected in the speeches of today’s presidential candidates. The public’s sometimes angry response is fueled by a sense of betrayal and deceit.

Bob Graham is a former governor of Florida and U.S. Senator and was a co-chairman of the 2002 congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.

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Washington State Psychologists To Face Jury For Endorsing and Teaching CIA Torture

Civil Action No. 2:15-CV-286-JLQ
COMPLAINT AND
DEMAND FOR
JURY TRIAL

SULEIMAN ABDULLAH SALIM,
MOHAMED AHMED BEN SOUD, OBAID
ULLAH (AS PERSONAL
REPRESENTATIVE OF GUL RAHMAN),
Plaintiffs,
v.
JAMES ELMER MITCHELL and JOHN
“BRUCE” JESSEN
Defendants.

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Lawsuit accuses two former Air Force psychologists out of Spokane of endorsing and teaching torture

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Russia Embassy rejects Moscow is cooperating with Taliban to fight ISIS

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Russia not supporting Taliban

 

 

 

 

 

The Embassy of Russia in Kabul has rejected reports regarding Moscow’s cooperation with the Taliban group in fight against the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in the country.

According to a statement by the Embassy of Russia, the statements by the Russian Presidential Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov have been repeatedly altered.

Dismissing the reports as baseless, the statement further added that the reports have sparked anger among the Russian officials, specifically the misinterpretation of the statements following the deadly attack in Kabul.

The statement also added that rumors circulating in social media are aimed at provoking the public view against the Russia, warning that such moves will have a negative impact on relations between the two nations.

The Russian Embassy also insisted that Moscow’s stance towards the Afghan peace process is clear, emphasizing that the Taliban group should accept the Afghan constitution, refrain from violence and terminate links with al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks.

The statement said Russia remains committed in supporting Afghanistan to bolster security and capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces.

This comes as reports earlier emerged regarding the growing concerns of Moscow as the loyalists of the Islamic State are expanding foothold and terrorist related activities in Afghanistan.

Moscow is mainly concerned that the loyalists of the terror group are looking to further expand foothold by infiltrating into the Central Asian countries and Russia.

Govt of Pakistan’s Hypocritical Commitment To “Take Effective Action” Against Haqqani Network

“Advisor Aziz affirmed the Government of Pakistan’s resolve to take effective action against United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including al-Qa’ida, the Haqqani Network, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates, as per its international commitments and obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force.”—U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Joint Statement

US concerned over Pakistan’s tolerance for Afghan Taliban groups

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Jalaluddin Haqqani (R) of the Haqqani network points to a map of Afghanistan during a visit to Pakistan. (File Photo)

The US expressed concern on Saturday over Pakistan’s continued tolerance for terrorist groups like Haqqani network and said that it has raised this issue at the highest level with the authorities in Islamabad.

“We have consistently expressed our concerns at that the highest level of the government of Pakistan about their continued tolerance for Afghan Taliban groups, such as the Haqqani network, operating from Pakistani soil,” state department Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said.

America’s concerns were raised with Pakistan again after the dreaded terrorist attack in Kabul this week in which more than 70 people were killed. Afghan authorities have blamed this to the Haqqani network and alleged this had the backing of the Pakistani establishment.

“We have pressed the government of Pakistan to follow up on its expressed commitment not to discriminate between terror groups, regardless of their agenda or their affiliation by undertaking concrete action against the Haqqanis,” Trudeau said in response to a question.

Pakistani authorities have reiterated their commitment that they will not discriminate against those groups, she noted.

“We continue to call on them to live up to that commitment,” the spokesperson said. “I think words matter and we continue to encourage them to have their actions match those words,” Trudeau said responding to Afghan allegations that Pakistanis helped the Haqqani network in this Kabul attack.

“Any attack the Haqqani group conducts is not possible without Pakistan’s help and this has been repeatedly proven in the last 14 years,” a presidential spokesperson, Dawa Khan Meenapal, was quoted as saying by Voice of America on Saturday.