Could the full story of 9/11 finally be revealed?
Today, Congress released a mysterious classified document that reveals the links between 9/11 and a Saudi network that was allegedly aiding the hijackers.
The 28-page document has been kept hidden for 13 years, until Friday when the file was released online.
With only occasional redactions, the declassified document is one chapter in a longer 2002 congressional inquiry and it describes those with Saudi ties who allegedly assisted the hijackers prior to the attack that killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
As the Chicago Tribune reported, Saudi Arabia too has “called for the release of the chapter since 2002 so the kingdom could respond to any allegations and punish any Saudis who may have been involved in the attacks.” Of the 19 hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks, 15 were from Saudi Arabia.
One part of the document suggests that a man named Omar al-Bayoumi “provided substantial assistance to hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi after they arrived in San Diego in February 2000." The chapter also says that his encounter with the hijackers may not have been accidental. While he was aiding the hijackers he had "extensive contact" with the Saudi government, it states.
The file says al-Bayoumi received financial support from a company affiliated with the Saudi Ministry of Defense and received a monthly salary from them, even though he visited infrequently. His financial support was increased in April 2000, decreased in December 2000, and remained the same until August 2001.
The same company also had ties to Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
Another key finding in the chapter is the reveal that Al-Bayoumi had “noted on one of his school applications that he worked for a company called ‘Dallah/Avco.’"
“Dallah and Avco are under the same umbrella company,” the document says. “Avco Dallah Trans Arab, a subsidiary of Al Barakaat Investment and Development.” The chapter says that the company also has links to Osama Bin Laden. FBI headquarters was even informed of the affiliation between Dallah/Avco and Al Barakaat in Feb. 2001, “but the San Diego Field Office apparently never got this information.”
The Washington Post reported that when the 9/11 Commission released their final report in 2004, it claimed that the Saudi government had “turned a blind eye" to “charities that funded the attack but was not directly involved.”
The report concluded that "Saudi Arabia has long been considered the primary source of al Qaeda funding, but we found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior officials within the Saudi government funded al Qaeda."
Reports have surfaced that presumptive democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had taken donations from Saudi Arabia. The Clinton Foundation donor list states that Saudi Arabia gave between $10 million and $25 million to the foundation, Politifact reported.