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New evidence links Saudi Arabia to 9/11 hijackers: Graham

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Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii, his wife and twins lived in this home in the Prestancia community of Sarasota. They left everything behind.
Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii, his wife and twins lived in this home in the Prestancia community of Sarasota. They left everything behind.

SARASOTA — Weeks after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center, FBI agents swarmed into a Sarasota gated community to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy young Saudi couple who apparently had ties to some of the hijackers.

The couple and their two children abandoned their home abruptly, just a week or so before Sept. 11, leaving behind cars, furniture and food on countertops.

According to one published report, the FBI discovered phone calls between the house and at least two of the hijackers and several other terrorism suspects stretching back a year.

Yet until a Fort Lauderdale website reported the news this week, no mention of the couple has ever appeared publicly — not in the Sept. 11 commission report, nor in FBI briefings to congressional investigators, former Florida Sen. Bob Graham said Friday.

Graham called on President Barack Obama to reopen the case.

“This is the most important thing about 9/11 to surface in the last seven or eight years,” Graham told the St. Petersburg Times. “It’s very important for the White House to take control of this situation. The key umbrella question is: What was the full extent of Saudi involvement prior to 9/11 and why did the U.S. administration cover this up?”

The Sarasota revelations parallel earlier information about a Saudi government employee who had lived in California for years, Graham said. That man, Omar al-Bayoumi, had paid for a San Diego apartment for two of the hijackers, funneled them money and then left the United States in July 2011.

Graham thinks Bayoumi and the Sarasota husband and wife, as well as her wealthy father could have helped form a shadow support system for the hijackers.

“These 19 people did not play out this plot as lone wolves,” Graham said. “The chances that 19 people, most of whom had never been in the U.S., who did not speak English, and most of whom did not know each other, could have completed training, practiced and executed such a complicated plot defies common sense.”

The current administration should re-examine whether hijackers who stayed in New Jersey, Virginia and other U.S. cities also had secret Saudi supporters.

One Saudi living in America before Sept. 11 was Esam Ghazzawi, a financier and interior designer, who had built “a gigantic house” on two waterfront lots on Longboat Key, according to former neighbor Betty Blair.

“I think he sent his kids to camp here, and that’s why he’d come in the summers,” she recalled on Friday.

In 1995, Ghazzawi and his American wife, Debra, paid $350,000 for a home in Prestancia, a lush gated community in south Sarasota.

Their daughter Anoud moved in, along with her husband, Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii, and their twin babies, neighbors said.

Abdulazzi appeared to be in his 20s, Anoud even younger, said neighbor Tom DiBello, who now lives in Fort Lauderdale. Abdulazzi said he was a student. Anoud was very religious.

“He would come over for a cigarette and a drink and to get away from that praying every two hours,” DiBello said

The couple’s house was elaborately furnished, with Persian rugs, statues and over-sized furniture. The wife’s family supposedly had royal connections.

“He said his wife’s father was friends with the prince or king or something,” DiBello said.

Another neighbor, Patrick Gallagher, said he never saw Anoud in three years. Gallagher had only one contact with Abdulazzi — when he helped the Arab man fix his sprinkler system.

Then on Labor Day weekend 2001, Gallagher noticed “an incredible amount of trash” piled in front of the al-Hiijjii home.

He asked one of the association directors, “What the hell is that trash doing there? There won’t be any pickup until Tuesday or Wednesday.

“She said, ‘They went back to Saudi Arabia and said they weren’t ever coming back.’ ”

Gallagher found it strange that a car was left in the driveway and that the house was not for sale.

He grew more suspicious a few days after Sept. 11 when it turned out that two of the hijackers had trained at a Venice flight school just 14 miles away. So Gallagher went on the FBI’s website to report what he had seen.

What happened next comes from BrowardBulldog.org, a nonprofit investigative website in Fort Lauderdale that broke the Sarasota story this week, along with Irish journalist Anthony Summers, whose book The Eleventh Day: The full story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden, is due out next month.

Several weeks after Gallagher’s tip, FBI agents arrived at Prestancia and discovered that guard gate logs of vehicle tags showed the al-Hiijjiis had received important visitors. A car owned by Sept. 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta had gone through. Driver’s license information indicated that Atta and fellow hijacker Ziad Jarrah were in the car.

Phone records from the al-Hiijjiis’ home contained calls to Atta, hijacker Marwan al-Shehhi and other terrorist suspects.

BrowardBulldog.org attributed this information to Larry Berberich, then a consultant for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office who also oversaw security at Prestancia, and an unnamed “counterterrorism agent” who had worked the case.

Both entered the abandoned al-Hiijjii house. “There was mail on the table, dirty diapers in one of the bathrooms and all the toiletries still in place . . . all their clothes hanging in the closet,” BrowardBulldog.org reported.

Berberich could not be reached for comment Friday.

The counterterrorism agent said the FBI tracked the couple’s departure. They left the United States along with her father, Esam Ghazzawi, and ended up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to BrowardBulldog.org, the counterterrorism agent said Ghazzawi and Abdulazzi Hiijii were both on the FBI’s watch list before Sept. 11.

The house stayed vacant until it was sold in 2003.

Summers, the Irish author, recently stumbled across the Sarasota story while researching his book, said Graham, who has known Summers for years. Summers joined forces with BrowardBulldog.org because he is friends with editor Dan Christensen, Christensen said.

Graham, who co-chaired the joint congressional committee that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks, noted that the FBI heavily redacted portions of the committee’s report that dealt with the extent of Saudi involvement.

Graham said he did not know why the FBI kept information about the Sarasota couple close to the vest. But he has a theory:

“The administration was so focused on avoiding a second attack that they decided they could not run the risk of irritating the Saudis and this was the results of that.”

Neither the FBI nor Justice Department responded Friday to a request for comment.

 

Official: Bin Laden buried at sea

By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press – Mon May 2, 3:40 am ET

WASHINGTON – A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.

After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.

The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.

 

 

 

— Iconoclast says: “Something smells fishy…”

Building WHAT? What happened to WTC 7?

Let’s not forget that the BBC announced that WTC 7 had collapsed too early. It was clearly seen still standing behind the reporter delivering the news that it had gone down.

Building 7 was a 47-story skyscraper that was part of the World Trade Center complex. It would have been the tallest high-rise in 33 states. It collapsed at 5:20 pm on September 11, 2001. It was not hit by an airplane and suffered minimal damage compared to other buildings much closer to the Twin Towers.

Visit: BuildingWHAT.org for more information.

The Envrionmental and Health Impacts of 9/11

Submitted by Jon Gold on Fri, 08/25/2006

Considering the Whistleblower who came out today speaking about the lies from the Government about the environmental impact of 9/11, I thought this would be prudent. This is a topic that gets me very angry.

9/11 COP’S LUNG DEATH

A Fallen Hero

The Horror Continues

Goodbye to dad poisoned by 9/11

Growing Concern About Respiratory Disease from 9/11

9/11 workers die after respiratory illnesses

Emergency Responder Dies From 9/11-Related Illness

Study: 9/11 Escapees Have Health Problems

ASBESTOS SHIRT IS A TOXIC NEW WRINKLE IN WTC WOE

9/11 First Responders With Cancer Sue City

9/11 rescue work blamed for cop’s death

Problems mount from 9/11 fallout

With 9/11 Dust Officially Labeled a Killer, Debate Revives

9/11 workers see hope, fear in autopsy

Sept. 11 health official says he’s worried about illnesses

Whitman, Bush both lied to U.S.

Tracing Lung Ailments That Rose With 9/11 Dust

Doctor details findings of study on health of 9/11 rescue workers

‘BLAME THE VICTIM’ FURY

WTC responders illness worse than expected

Officials Begin Survey for 9/11 Registry

AIR MASKS AT ISSUE IN CLAIMS OF 9/11 ILLNESSES

AIR MASKS AT ISSUE IN CLAIMS OF 9/11 ILLNESSES pt2

Program will focus on post-9/11 health problems

CANCER HITS 283 RESCUERS OF 9/11

First Responders Ask Government To Pay 9-11 Health Bill

Protesters Urge Better Care for Those Exposed to 9/11 Dust

Thousands claim exposure in 9/11 aftermath

Lawsuit says poisons killed 57 at WTC site

9/11 Suit Tests New York Stand on Immunity

9/11 responders speak of pain

9/11 recovery workers: Govt deceived, abandoned us

Rep. Bill Pascrell wants feds who ‘cleared air’ charged

Abandoned heroes

9/11 cash for what?

‘Secret’ 9/11 lies?

Study: Major lung damage for 9/11 first-responders

9/11 NUN’S DYING PLEA: AUTOPSY MY BODY TO AID WTC AILING

E.P.A. Whistle-Blower Says U.S. Hid 9/11 Dust Danger

Jenna Orkin At The Truth Convergence – Video Inside

Al Qaeda-Linked Imam Dined at Pentagon after 9/11

Al Qaeda-Linked Imam Dined at Pentagon after 9/11

Anwar al-Awlaki, Linked to 9/11, Ft. Hood Shooting, and Times Square Bomb Attempt was Contacted in Muslim Outreach Effort
(CBS) This story was written by CBS News Justice and Homeland Security correspondent Bob Orr

Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki – the radical spiritual leader linked to several 9/11 attackers, the Fort Hood shooting, and the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an airliner – was a guest at the Pentagon in the months after 9/11, a Pentagon official confirmed to CBS News.

Awlaki was invited as “…part of an informal outreach program” in which officials sought contact “…with leading members of the Muslim community,” the official said. At that time, Awlaki was widely viewed as a “moderate” imam at a mosque in Northern Virginia.

At the same time, the FBI was also interviewing Awlaki about his contacts with three of the 9/11 attackers – Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al Midhar and Hani Hanjour – who were all part of the crew of five that hijacked the American Airlines jet that hit the Pentagon.

In the days after 9/11, Awlaki told FBI officials he remembered meeting al Hazmi but recalled little else about him. It is believed Awlaki met both al Hazmi and al Midhar in 2000 when Awlaki was the imam at a mosque in San Diego. Awlaki later moved to Northern Virginia and al Hazmi was seen at the Virginia mosque as well. However, there are scant details about Awlaki’s actual contacts with al Midhar and Hani Hanjour.

In 2001, the FBI did not share this investigative information with the Pentagon, but officials say there was no reason to – Awlaki was not a suspect and was not believed to be connected to the 9/11 attacks. Instead he was viewed as a valuable liaison to the Muslim community and a potential investigative source. As one official put it, “he was a much different guy back then.”

Still, it’s not clear what kind of vetting or background check was done by the Defense Department before Awlaki was allowed into the building.

In the nine years since the meeting, Awlaki has become increasingly radicalized and is part of the core leadership of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. His radical preachings helped to inspire alleged Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan and officials say Awlaki took a direct operational role in the failed Christmas Day attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253. Awlak, who was born in the United States, has now been targeted by the government – he’s currently on the CIA’s list of terrorists to be killed or captured.

The FBI only learned of Awlaki’s Pentagon luncheon during the investigation into the November 2009 Fort Hood shootings. A Defense Department employee recognized the cleric’s picture and reported the 2001 meeting to the FBI.

News of al-Awlaki’s presence at the Pentagon event was first reported by Fox News.

9/11 Cover up

Some in Congress want to know how four 9/11 hijackers were identified before 9/11

Star Tribune | Nov 26 2005

Military intelligence officers and contractors who ran the clandestine mission, named Able Danger, say that more than a year before the attacks, the operation identified four of the plot’s 19 hijackers and produced a chart that fingered ringleader Mohamed Atta.

Those claims contradict findings of the 9/11 commission set up by Congress. In its final report last year, the commission spread wide blame for the attacks but concluded that none of the hijackers, some of whom lived in the United States before Sept. 11, had been identified before the tragedy.

Now many in Congress want more answers. Read more…

9/11 Whitewash Commission: Air Defenses Faltered on 9/11

Washington Post | June 17 2004

Vice President Cheney did not issue orders to shoot down hostile aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001, until long after the last hijacked airliner had already crashed, and the order was never passed along to military fighter pilots searching for errant aircraft that morning, according to a new report issued this morning by the panel investigating the attacks

Giuliani Hears ‘your government trained and funded Al-Qaeda’ at end of Commission Hearing

C-Span | May 19 2004

Eleventh public hearing of the 9/11 Commission, with testimony by Fmr. Mayor Rudy Giuliani. See the family members of the victims chastise the whitewash commission, where a family member of a victim says, “remmeber this, your government trained and funded Al-Qaeda” – as the rest of the 9/11 families applause.

Passport of suspected hijacker found in debris

AP | Sept 16 2001

The passport of a suspected hijacker was discovered near the ruins of the World Trade Center, authorities said Saturday as exhausted rescue workers clawed through the wreckage, searching unsuccessfully for signs of life.

9/11 Commission: Iran ‘gave safe passage to 9/11 hijackers’

Straits Times | July 18 2004

If Iran was involved for providing safe passage then the US government was also involved because they did the same. Furthermore, the people who granted the hijackers’ visas were given raises.

Video Shows 9/11 Hijackers’ Security Check

Associated Press | July 21 2004

A grainy video found three years later that backs up the ‘hijacker’s myth. Another desperate attempt to create some kind of background to the official version of events that will support it in light of massive amounts of evidence to the contrary.

Zogby Poll: Half of New Yorkers Believe Government Complicity in 9/11

Zogby | August 31 2004

Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and “Consciously Failed” To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York’s Attorney General, New Zogby International Poll Reveals

Protesters Allege 9/11 Terror Attacks Were Government Conspiracy

CNS News | September 4 2004

On the final day of the Republican National Convention, protesters gathered where the World Trade Center once stood to allege a massive government conspiracy and cover-up regarding the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

9/11 “black box” cover-up at Ground Zero?

Philadelphia Daily News | October 28 2004

Two men who worked extensively in the wreckage of the World Trade Center claim they helped federal agents find three of the four “black boxes” from the jetliners that struck the towers on 9/11 – contradicting the official account.

CNN Poll: 89% Believe US Government Covering Up 9/11

CNN | November 11 2004

Chertoff’s Cousin Penned Popular Mechanics 9/11 Hit Piece

Chistopher Bollyn for American Free Press | March 7 2005

Who is Benjamin Chertoff, the “senior researcher” at Popular Mechanics who is behind the article? American Free Press has learned that he is none other than a cousin of Michael Chertoff, the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

CIA Chiefs Quash Revealing Report Pointing Fingers For September 11

American Free Press | Jan 15 2005

Detailed CIA report is ordered to be kept secret for fear that ‘prying eyes’ may uncover truth.

Newsday: Court to decide access to 9/11 tapes

Newsday | February 10 2005

Toward the end of the hearing one judge indicated any ruling would likely be sent back to the lower court to be implemented

An “Invisible Army” Fights the Media Lies About 9/11

Christopher Bollyn | March 24 2005

 

Three thousand miles from New York City and Washington, this idyllic California coastal town is a hotbed of citizen activists fighting to uncover the truth about what really happened on 9/11.

9-11 Conspiracy Fact & Fiction

New American Magazine William F. Jasper | May 2 Issue 2005

An abundance of sensational and irrational conjecture about the September 11 terrorist attacks is being used to discredit any consideration of conspiracy in general. [UPDATE, May 23, 2005. Here are selected articles from The New American’s archives challenging the “official” position on 9/11: “Did We Know What Was Coming?” in the March 11, 2002 issue of TNA; “Foreknowledge and Failure” in our June 17, 2002 issue; “Experts Challenge the 9/11 Report,” in our October 4, 2004 issue; and “Agents Challenge 9/11 Commission” in our October 18, 2004 issue.]

Who were the tenants of WTC Building 7, and why did it have to come down?

One of the main stories of 9/11, a story which was completely ignored by the 9/11 commission, is the story of Building 7. Building 7 sustained some debris damage, and some spot fires throughout the building, but the evidence of dense, black smoke coming from the structure on that day was indicative of an oxygen starved fire, which eventually could be handled by the building’s fire prevention mechanisms.

So, why did building 7 come down, almost at free-fall speed, into a perfect footprint of itself? The reason was that it was preplanned. In an interview for the PBS Special “America Rebuilds”, the owner of the property at the time, Larry Silverstein himself admitted that the “smartest option was to just pull it.” This industry term “pull” means to remove the building. How is this possible to plan a perfect implosion of a building neatly into its own footprint in a single day, not even taking into the account of the chaos and confusion of the days events. It’s not possible. Implosions of this magnitude require weeks if not months of careful planning. The only answer is that bombs had to have been pre-positioned in the buildings themselves to be able to be triggered at a moments notice.

Larry Silverstein's big paydayMr. Silverstein is a happy man today, having enjoyed a nice bit of income from the process of losing his buildings to those nasty terrorists. In February of 2002 Silverstein Properties won $861 million from Industrial Risk Insurers to rebuild on the site of WTC 7. Silverstein Properties’ estimated investment in WTC 7 was $386 million. This building’s collapse alone resulted in a payout of nearly $500 million, based on the contention that it was an unforeseen accidental event.

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Now, here’s the reason building 7 HAD to come down, and the reason bombs were surely positioned in the building weeks if not months or even years before the actual “event”

Who was located inside building 7? According to CNN, the following tenants were in the building.

Salomon Smith Barney (WTC 7 is referred to by the BBC as the Salomon Brothers Building. Oddly, reported by the same news agency as having collapsed 15 minutes too soon, as WTC7 is clearly visible behind the reporter’s shoulder as she reports this event. See: BBC announces the collapse of WTC 7 a bit too early in the script… TWICE.)
IRS Regional Council
U.S. Secret Service
C.I.A. (Not counted in the initial table produced by CNN, but later admitted to being there by the same news organization, here)
American Express Bank International
Standard Chartered Bank
Provident Financial Management
ITT Hartford Insurance Group
First State Management Group, Inc
Federal Home Loan Bank
NAIC Securities
Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) (remember the Enron / Global Crossing scandals? All records all but effectively WIPED by this hit. Convenient, eh?)
Mayor’s Office of Emergency Managment

And yeah… Mayor Giuliani’s Office of Emergency Management had its emergency command center on the 23rd floor.. interestingly this floor received 15 million dollars worth of renovations, including independent and secure air and water supplies, and bullet and bomb resistant windows designed to withstand 200 MPH winds…..so why did Ghouliani abandon this office of emergency management, an office DESIGNED for such an event, in favor of another one? Did he possibly know what was coming, just like some of the emergency workers of the morning were saying it would BEFORE it actually did? “That building is gonna blow up

All signs would indicate that this building’s destruction was the destruction of evidence being collected by the corporate fraudsters by the government, to be used against them in court. The destruction of WTC7, to the corporate fat cat conspirators who created this false flag operation, meant the destruction of evidence, and therefore a wiping of the accountability for past crimes that were being investigated by the last vestiges of a government who still held accountability as a virtue. Imagine a “Project Mayhem” on a scale larger than that envisioned by Chuck Palaniuk. Imagine a “Project Mayhem” on a governmental and corporate scale, perpetrated against government, by corporations. But now, imagine that the government was okay with this, because said government had much to gain in the process as well, including the impetus to do what it does worst, and likes the most. Go to war. Find an enemy, and throw money at the process of eradicating it, thus justifying their enormous budgets and securing personal power for themselves.

Now, think about how often in the past decade have we heard of the SEC investigating the banksters of Wall Street for the frauds they have brought upon us people of “Main street”, specifically the housing crash, and the resulting depression? By all accounts, the silence of the SEC in the last few years is indicative of an organization which has been scared into submission. Could it possibly be by the same people who brought you the live, televised, macabre and almost ritualistic death of a president?

If you were to ask a magic eight ball, the thing might say “All signs point to yes”.

WTC7 can only be contributed to a coup, designed to wipe the evidence of crimes away into a neat little pile of rubble. By all physics in the known universe there is no way a 47 story steel tower could collapse under the damage of a bit of debris hitting it, and a few spot fires. Never before, and never since has this happened. Like all events, “follow the money”, and it’ll lead you to the truth. Who was in the building and why was it brought down? These are the questions to ask. The physics of the official “story” simply don’t add up.

Money, corruption, and greed are the reasons it had to come down. The capitalist system itself will feed upon itself in this way, power corrupting absolutely, until the collapses into a neat little pile onto the pavement, to be hauled away and not examined later. The whole story of WTC7 is a story of the human heart, and the corruption it is capable of when given no limits, and an absolute will to power.

The events of the day, specifically the destruction of WTC7 deserve a closer examination, and AltNews.INFO supports a new, independent investigation of the events of 9/11.

BBC announces the collapse of WTC 7 a bit too early in the script… TWICE.

In an extremely bizarre, off-script moment, a BBC reporter goes live to say that the WTC Building #7 had collapsed, as it was clearly still standing behind her shoulder.

Watch it for yourself, and let us know what you think!

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The video can be downloaded through bit torrent at Conspiracy Central HERE and HERE