Sunday, March 27, 2005

New revelation about Saudi special treatment after 9-11

FBI documents uncovered by Judicial Watch through an FOIA request prove the claim made by Michael Moore and others that, "in the frenzied days after Sept. 11, 2001, when some flights were still grounded, dozens of well-connected Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, managed to leave the United States on specially chartered flights."

More importantly, despite Dubya's claims to the contrary, these documents prove that George W. Bush, coddled by the Saudi family, neglected his responsibility to investigate the murder of 3000 Americans, allowing Saudis to leave the country without being asked if they knew anything about the attacks, whether more attacks might be forthcoming, or the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.

The NY Times reports that:

...Saudi travelers were not interviewed before departing the country, and F.B.I. officials sought to determine how what seemed to be lapses had occurred, the documents show.

The F.B.I. documents left open the possibility that some departing Saudis had information relevant to the Sept. 11 investigation.

...a 2003 memo said, "it is not possible to state conclusively that no such individuals left the U.S. without F.B.I. knowledge."

"The F.B.I. was more interested in achieving diplomatic success than investigative success," said Christopher J. Farrell, who is director of investigations for Judicial Watch and a former counterintelligence interrogator for the Army.


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