View Full Version : NYT: Report on 9/11 Suggests a Role by Saudi Spies

Aug 2, 2003, 05:48 PM

The classified part of a Congressional report on the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, says that two Saudi citizens who had at least indirect links with two hijackers were probably Saudi intelligence agents and may have reported to Saudi government officials, according to people who have seen the report.

These findings, according to several people who have read the report, help to explain why the classified part of the report has become so politically charged, causing strains between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Senior Saudi officials have denied any links between their government and the attacks and have asked that the section be declassified, but President Bush has refused.

People familiar with the report and who spoke on condition of not being named said that the two Saudi citizens, Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, operated in a complex web of financial relationships with officials of the Saudi government. The sections that focus on them draw connections between the two men, two hijackers, and Saudi officials.


Aug 2, 2003, 07:03 PM
Let me see, we have an autocratic regime based on a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that has ties to the people who actually planned and excucted the 9/11 attacks. This regime denies its citizens the most basic of rights based on sex, religion and status relative to a corrupt "royal" family. It still beheads people for "crimes" such as adultery. And this government is our ally?

At the very least there seems to be a lack of consitency from the Bush administration about their concerns around human rights? More likely, it just shows how the concerns for liberty only are important to Bush and Co. when they coincide with "larger geopolitical" goals.

IJ Reilly
Aug 2, 2003, 07:44 PM
The Bush administration has painted itself into a rhetorical corner. By making the Iraq war increasingly about terrorism and human rights, the question of our close ties to a nation that supports terrorism and denies human rights looks stunningly hypocritical. Some of the same charges could be made against Pakistan, which in addition to the above issues, is harboring Osama bin Ladin. Kind of makes the priorities look all screwed up.

The Saudi ambassador's visit to the White House last week, supposedly requesting the release of the redacted pages, looked at the time like a set-piece. He was begging for something safe in the knowledge that it would never happen. It was sort of the Brair Rabbit gambit in reverse. I thought so then at least, and now I'm fairly certain about it.