WhoWhatWhy has found evidence linking the Saudi royal family to Saudis in South Florida who reportedly had direct contact with the 9/11 hijackers before fleeing the United States just prior to the attacks. Our report connects some of the dots first laid out by investigative author Anthony Summers and Florida-based journalist Dan Christensen in articles jointly published in the Miami Herald and on the nonprofit news site BrowardBulldog.org.

In early September of this year, Summers and Christensen reported that a secret FBI probe, never shared with Congressional investigators or the presidential 9/11 commission, had uncovered information indicating the possibility of support for the hijackers from previously unknown confederates in the United States during 2001.

Now WhoWhatWhy reveals that those alleged confederates were closely tied to influential members of the Saudi ruling elite.

The House

As reported in the Herald, phone records documented communication, dating back more than a year, that connected a Saudi family then living in a house near Sarasota, Florida, with the alleged plot leader, Mohammed Atta, and his hijack pilots—as well as to eleven of the other hijackers. In addition, records from the guard house at the gated community tied Atta’s vehicle and his accomplice Ziad Jarrah to actual visits to the house.  Although requiring further investigation, this information suggests that the house may have functioned as an operational base for the hijackers.

According to interviews and records examined by The Herald, Anoud and Abdulaziz al-Hijji and their young twins abruptly departed their home in Sarasota only days before September 11, 2001 and traveled to Arlington, Virginia, where they stayed briefly at another house owned by Anoud’s father, Esam Ghazzawi.

Then, still well before 9/11, the entire group, now including the father, flew to London and on to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Sarasota house was sold in 2003, as was a penthouse apartment in another DC, suburb, Rosslyn, Virginia. The Ghazzawis do not seem to have set foot again in the United States.

New Revelations

Building on these revelations, WhoWhatWhy has found documents laying out the Ghazzawis’ royal connections through a nest of Saudi corporations that share the name EIRAD. Esam Ghazzawi is director of EIRAD Management Company, the UK division of EIRAD Trading and Contracting Co. Ltd., which among other things holds the Saudi franchise for many multinational brands, including UPS. Esam’s brother Mamdouh, whose name shows up on public records associated with family properties in the U.S., is the Executive Managing Director of the parent firm, EIRAD Holding Co. Ltd. EIRAD has connections to the US government via contracts. In 2008, records show, the State Department paid EIRAD $11,733 for rental of facilities, presumably in Saudi Arabia.

There is no indication that the company itself, or any of its officers or employees, have any connection to the 9/11 incident, or knowledge of anything regarding Mr. Ghazzawi’s activities in the United States.  Calls for comment to the company’s main switchboard went unanswered during normal business hours; its website was not functioning properly and Saudi trade officials in the United States had not furnished alternative contact information at publication time.

But the now-revealed link between the Ghazzawis and the highest ranks of the Saudi establishment reopens questions about the White House’s controversial approval for multiple charter flights allowing Saudi nationals to depart the U.S., beginning about 48 hours after the attacks, without the passengers being interviewed by law enforcement—despite the identification of the majority of the hijackers as Saudis.

In addition, the new revelations draw further attention to a web of relationships that include the long and close business, personal and political ties between the Bush family and the Saudi royal family.

Saudi money is woven throughout business ventures connected to the Bushes. Saudi funds even helped bail out George W. Bush’s failing oil company early in his life. Jim Bath, a close friend of Bush in the Texas Air National Guard, went on to start a business in conjunction with two sons of powerful Saudi families—Khalid bin Mahfouz, whose family provides banking services to the Saudi royals, and Salem bin Laden, heir to the bin Laden family’s global construction empire and a half brother to Osama bin Laden. (For a detailed probe of the Bush family’s dealings with the Saudis, including substantial previously unreported material, see my book, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years.)

Details of The Herald’s Revelations

The Ghazzawi presence in the Sunshine State predated 9/11 by at least six years. In 1995 a young Saudi woman named Anoud Ghazzawi living in South Florida married a fellow Saudi native, Abdulaziz al-Hijji (English spellings of his first name and surname vary, as is typical of  Arabic names.) Anoud’s father, Esam, and his American-born wife Deborah bought the couple a stylish, three-bedroom house in a gated community in Sarasota. The house remained in the elder Ghazzawis’ names while the young couple lived there and began a family.

Six years later, less than two weeks before the 9/11 attacks, Anoud, Abdulaziz and their children left their home on or about August 30, 2001 in great haste, taking off in a white van. This was about the same time that the hijackers were purchasing their tickets for the targeted flights.

The family apparently left with no advance planning, leaving behind almost all their possessions, abandoning three recently registered vehicles, including a brand-new Chrysler PT Cruiser, in the garage and driveway. As the Herald article explained:

“there was mail on the table, dirty diapers in one of the bathrooms … all the toiletries still in place … all their clothes hanging in the closet … opulent furniture, equal or greater in value than the house … the pool running, with toys in it….The beds were made … fruit on the counter … the refrigerator full of food. … It was like they went grocery shopping. Like they went out to a movie … [But] the safe was open in the master bedroom, with nothing in it, not a paper clip. … A computer was still there. A computer plug in another room, and the line still there. Looked like they’d taken [another] computer and left the cord.”

After public disclosure of Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks, people in the gated community took note of the rushed departure and disappearance of the Ghazzawi-al-Hijjis. After all, the attackers were not just overwhelmingly of Saudi nationality, but three out of four of the future hijackers had lived and trained to fly in Venice, Florida, just 10 miles away from the house.

The complex’s security officer alerted the FBI, which began an investigation into the house at 4224 Escondito Circle. (In addition, a suspicious neighbor alerted the FBI by email on the day of the attacks.)

The Justice Department declined to give the Herald a statement, but, according to an unnamed senior counterterrorism officer who was one of two people who got into the house first and served as a key source for the paper, the investigation bore stunning fruit.

Ziad Jarrah

Phone records showed communication, dating back more than a year, that connected those in the house with the alleged plot leader, Mohammed Atta and his accomplices, including eleven of the other hijackers. Other records, kept by guards at the gated community, documented numerous visits to the house by a vehicle known to have been used by Atta, and indicated the physical presence in the car of Atta’s purported accomplice Ziad Jarrah. It appeared as if the Ghazzawi house was some kind of nerve center for the entire operation.

According to the senior counterterrorism officer, both Esam Ghazzawi and his son-in-law al-Hijji had been on a watch list at the FBI predating 9/11. An unnamed U.S. agency tracking terror funds had also taken an interest in them. “464 was Ghazzawi’s number,” the officer said. “I don’t remember the other man’s number.”

Secrecy Reveals Little Official Curiosity—or Coverup?

These stunning revelations—said to be based on the work of the swarm of FBI agents who descended on the gated community in the fall of 2001—would surely have generated headlines worldwide if they had become known after 9/11. But the FBI, for reasons unknown, failed to provide the information to Congressional 9/11 investigators or to the presidential 9/11 commission, and thus it has remained a secret for the past decade.

In response to the Herald article, the FBI has issued a statement saying that the occupants of the house had been tracked down and interrogated, and were found to have no connections to the hijackers. It is not clear when these interrogations are supposed to have taken place, or whether they were conducted by the FBI or by Saudi intelligence. But given the FBI’s poor track record for candor in the matter, the statement is being viewed with some skepticism.

Inside the House

Adding to these doubts is an ineffective effort by the Bureau to woo the house owners back to Florida. According to Scott McKay, a lawyer for homeowners’ association of the gated community, known as Prestancia, the FBI attempted to convince the Ghazzawis they needed to come back in person to sign documents related to unpaid back dues to the association. This attempt proved unsuccessful when the Ghazzawis simply arranged to sign the documents elsewhere. These facts, reported by The Herald, raise questions about the U.S. government’s determination to interview the couple: Esam Ghazzawi’s signature was notarized in Lebanon—by a U.S. official no less—the vice consul at the US embassy in Beirut. His wife’s signature was also notarized—elsewhere in the United States, in Riverside County, California.

The emergence of this information chagrined Bob Graham, the former Florida U.S. Senator. Graham was Senate Intelligence Committee chair (and a 2004 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination) and served as co-chair of the congressional joint inquiry into 9/11. “At the beginning of the investigation,” he told The Herald, “each of the intelligence agencies, including the FBI, was asked to provide all information that agency possessed in relation to 9/11.” Graham noted that the Bureau also failed to turn over information connecting the hijackers to other Saudis living in California, which his own investigators later discovered on their own.

Just as strange, when Graham’s congressional investigators turned over a large body of information on the hijackers they had assembled to the presidential 9/11 Commission, it seemed uninterested. “They did very little with it,” Graham said, “and their reference to Saudi Arabia is almost cryptic sometimes. … I never got a good answer as to why they did not pursue that.”

About the new discovery in Sarasota, Graham said it “opens the door to a new chapter of investigation as to the depth of the Saudi role in 9/11.”

All Eyes on Prince Sultan

Of special interest is the Ghazzawis’ boss, the chairman of Eirad Holding Co. Ltd., Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He is a prominent member of the ruling Saudi royal family. He is a great-grandson of King Abdulaziz (commonly referred to as Ibn Saud), founder of modern Saudi Arabia, and grandson of the current king.

His uncle is another Sultan – Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. A leading advocate of teaching Saudis to fly, Prince Sultan is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Aviation Club, and Chairman of the King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) Supervisory Committee. Since 2000, he has also headed Saudi Arabia’s tourism commission, placing him among a handful of the King’s grandsons to hold ministerial rank. One of his missions as head of the tourism commission is to repair the damage to Saudi Arabia’s image caused by the 9/11 attacks.

Prince Sultan bin Salman

In a document released by Wikileaks, the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James B. Smith,  characterizes Prince Sultan this way: “With a powerful father who is the Governor of Riyadh and a strong candidate to be the next crown-prince, Sultan is well positioned to move up the Saudi government ranks… Sultan has visited almost every state [in the U.S.]. He joked with the Ambassador that ‘perhaps the only states he has not yet visited are the Dakotas.’ ”  (He is extra well connected, with one brother serving as the deputy oil minister)

Prince Sultan is closely allied with Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, the former longtime ambassador to the United States, who is often called “Bandar Bush” for his friendly relationship with the Bush family. Sultan and Bandar have worked together for years to promote Saudi interest in aviation.

The Bushes and the Royals

The Bush family have long been regarded as friendly with the prince’s family and their associates. Prince Sultan’s NASA mission is perceived as having been orchestrated by George HW Bush as a favor to the Saudis. Associates of the Bush family have many connections with the Prince’s family.  Prince Sultan’s father’s legal counsel is William Jeffress Jr, of Houston-based Baker Botts LLP, where James A. Baker III, longstanding advisor to the Bush family, including both Presidents Bush, is a senior partner.  At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Baker held the post of Senior Counselor for the Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm which is heavily invested in military contracting stocks; among Carlyle’s large investors were the bin Ladens. (In a curious coincidence, Baker watched the live television coverage of the attacks from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, where he and representatives of Osama bin Laden‘s extended family were attending the Carlyle Group’s annual conference. In another odd coincidence, President George W. Bush himself was in Sarasota, reading to schoolchildren, at the very time the Sarasota-area-based terrorists were hijacking the planes. Indeed, he was a short distance from the home the Ghazzawis had recently abandoned.)

President Bush’s actions in the aftermath of the World Trade Center and Pentagon assaults with regard to the Saudi royal family have long been known but have yet to be fully explored. Shortly after the attacks, President Bush permitted an exception to the ban on air traffic so that planes could take prominent Saudis out of the country. One of those leaving on the flights was the late Prince Ahmed bin Salman, brother of Prince Sultan.

In a 2004 letter to the New York Times, Prince Sultan responded to allegations surrounding those flights, and pointed to a conclusion in the 9/11 commission report: ”Our own independent review of the Saudi nationals involved confirms that no one with known links to terrorism departed on these flights.” (Another Saudi who left the US after 9/11 was the architect Abdel Wahed El-Wakil, who had a base in Miami and serves as an advisor to Prince Sultan.)

Allegations of Saudi Royal Complicity

Prince Ahmed with his horse

Sultan’s brother Prince Ahmed was the most westernized of the Saudi set. He raised racehorses in Kentucky and was the owner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, with the perhaps unfortunate name “War Emblem.” Allegations concerning Prince Ahmed emerged in the 2003 book, Why America Slept, by the bestselling author Gerald Posner. Posner says that intelligence sources told him how in March, 2002, under interrogation (but before he was waterboarded 83 times in August), Al Qaeda’s purported chief of operations, Abu Zubaydah, relaxed and began cooperating. Tricked into thinking he was in Saudi custody, Zubaydah asked his interrogators to call a senior member of the Saudi Royal family, who he said was his contact. He provided, from memory, the man’s private home and cell phones. This contact, according to Posner, was Prince Ahmed.

Zubaydah is alleged to have said that Osama bin Laden had cut a deal with a top Pakistani military official, Air Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir, who was close to Islamist elements in Pakistani intelligence. According to this account, the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki, signed off on this, and agreed to provide aid to the Taliban in Afghanistan and not to go after Al Qaeda so long as the terrorist group kept its gun sights trained away from the Saudi royals.

In this version of events, Zubaydah is said to have also implicated Prince Sultan, along with another cousin, Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, as Al Qaeda backers, and to have claimed that the Pakistani Air Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir and Saudi Prince Ahmed knew in advance about the 9/11 attacks.

Though the interrogators were skeptical of these claims, Zubaydah often proved credible. Information he provided led to the capture of a senior al-Qaeda operative in Southeast Asia. Zubaydah would only talk when he thought he was in Saudi hands. When U.S. personnel, no longer posing as Saudis, confronted him, Zubaydah said he had made up his earlier statements. But investigators found no basis for believing the information to be false—and even found material that corroborated his claimed ties to high level Saudis. Not surprisingly, the Saudi and Pakistani governments insisted his claims were false in all respects.

One of the key figures named by Zubaydah, Prince Turki, had been  removed from his position as Saudi intelligence chief on September 1, 2001, ten days before the attacks. Thus, he was apparently not in that post on the critical day. Yet, his removal was a   temporary absence from the highest levels of Saudi leadership, and not necessarily an indication that he had fallen into serious disfavor. The next year, he was named Saudi ambassador to Great Britain, just as a shift in focus from Al Qaeda to Iraq was being pitched to the British. If Zubaydah’s claims are at all credible, the removal of Turki from an official position shortly before the attacks surely warrants additional analysis— as does the Ghazzawis’ hasty flight from the U.S. right in the same time frame.

According to the book The Eleventh Day, by Summers and his co-author Robbyn Swan, Zubaydah is not alone in asserting a Saudi-Al Qaeda deal:

In sworn statements after 9/11, former Taliban intelligence chief Mohammed Khaksar said that in 1998 Prince Turki, chief of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Department (G.I.D.), sealed a deal under which bin Laden agreed not to attack Saudi targets. In return, Saudi Arabia would provide funds and material assistance to the Taliban, not demand bin Laden’s extradition, and not bring pressure to close down al-Qaeda training camps. Saudi businesses, meanwhile, would ensure that money also flowed directly to bin Laden.


Prince Ahmed and another royal, Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, were among the fifteen Saudis spirited out of the US, with President Bush’s approval, on September 16, 2001, via Lexington, Kentucky—i.e., out of Prince Ahmed’s U.S. backyard. Prince Sultan bin Fahd is the nephew of Prince Ahmed and Prince Sultan, and the son of Prince Fahd bin Salman (see below) who died unexpectedly shortly before the 9/11 attacks.

“It appears as if they didn’t want to be around to be questioned as to what role they had played and the best way to avoid that was to get out of the country,” former Senator Bob Graham told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

As author Craig Unger notes in his book, House of Bush, House of Saud, FBI agents were stationed at all points of departure for the group of Saudis who massed in Lexington before departing the country, yet there’s no evidence they were asked any questions at all.

Ironically, Posner, who is regularly cited by the corporate media for his views on the JFK assassination (he is a leading defender of the conclusion that Oswald was the lone gunman), is largely ignored for his work on the Saudi-9/11 connection, where he does posit high-level involvement. Posner is a highly controversial and at times perplexing figure, but he insists he has  solid intelligence sources, and the thrust of his claims have meshed with those of The New York Times intelligence reporter and best-selling author James Risen. As Risen wrote in his book State of War,

Ever since the September 11 attacks, the trail back from al Qaeda to Saudi Arabia has been an intriguing path, but one that very few American investigators have been willing to follow. . . . [B]oth before and after 9/11, President Bush and his administration have displayed a remarkable lack of interest in aggressively examining the connections between Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, and the Saudi power elite. Even as the Bush administration spent enormous time and energy trying in vain to prove connections between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in order to help justify the war in Iraq, the administration was ignoring far more conclusive ties with Saudi Arabia. Those links are much stronger and far more troubling than has ever been previously disclosed, and until they are thoroughly investigated, the roots of Al Qaeda’s power, and the full story of 9/11, will never be known.”

Prince Fahd bin Salman died six weeks before 9/11 attacks

Several of those alleged to have had knowledge of this putative scheme and its enormous implications met with untimely ends shortly after Zubaydah’s interrogation. In June, 2002, three months after Zubaydah’s capture, the man he identified as his controller, Prince Ahmed, died of what officials said was a heart attack while asleep. Another brother of Ahmed’s and Sultan’s, Prince Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, died of a heart attack on July 25, 2001, about six weeks before the 9/11 attacks. The death of Fahd, who preceded his brother as head of EIRAD, is described in a Riyadh-datelined article by Middle East Newsfile, as follows:

Prince Fahd died suddenly. Prince Fahd did not show any symptoms of any ailment. He had, however, made an appointment with a dentist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh to check a toothache.

A cousin, Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki al-Saud, died when his car crashed en route to Salman’s funeral. Zubaydah had supposedly implicated Prince Sultan bin Faisal, and another royal, Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabir. as Al-Qaeda supporters. All these men were in their forties. Still another key figure in Zubaydah’s monstrous scenario met an untimely death. On February 20, 2003, Mushaf Ali Mir, the Pakistani air force chief, his wife and fifteen others, were killed in a plane crash.

Not a hint of the above information appeared in the released portion of the presidential 9/11 commission report. It is not known whether any of it was in the 28 pages of material about Saudi connections that the Bush Administration censored on national security grounds.

A Long-Standing Relationship

The Ghazzawis’ relationship with the United States seems to date back to the 1950’s, when U.S. immigration records show that Abbas Ghazzawi visited New York.  Abbas Ghazzawi was a prominent Saudi attorney. Esam, whose full name is Esam Abbas Ghazzawi, appears to be his son. (WhoWhatWhy was unable to reach Ghazzawi for comment on any of the matters in this article.)

Abbas Ghazzawi, arriving on a first class ticket on a connecting flight that originated in Saudi Arabia, was traveling in an elite entourage. One companion, Rasem al-Khalidi, was a high-ranking Saudi monetary official. Another, Faisal al-Hegelan, would years later serve in the all-important position of Saudi ambassador to Washington. He held that post during 1979-1983, a period that partly coincided with the Reagan-Bush Administration. His replacement was Prince Bandar, the Bush family friend jokingly called “Bandar Bush.”

Saudi Air Force AWACS

The focus of Saudi royals in their dealings with the United States can be seen in the conduct of al-Hegelan. As ambassador, al-Hegelan was principally concerned with propping up the Saudi regime. He had seventeen military attachés assigned fulltime to lobby for the sale of the advanced command-and-control aircraft known as AWACS to the Saudi air force. (see P. 17 of the book Arab Reach, by Hoag Levins.)  Overcoming heavy pressure on Washington from the Israelis, the Saudis succeeded in getting Congress to approve the AWACS sale. Al-Hegelan also led a lobbying campaign against Secretary of State Alexander Haig’s public support of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. President Reagan, with strong input from his vice president, George H.W. Bush, removed Haig and  replaced him with George Schultz, who sided with the Saudis; Schultz had been president of Bechtel, one of the largest construction contractors in Saudi Arabia, whose projects included the original Trans-Arabian Pipeline.

We find the Ghazzawi clan again in the United States in 1970, when the young Esam married the American Deborah G. Browning. The marriage didn’t last long—in July, 1971 they obtained a divorce in Orange County, California.

The first sign of the Ghazzawi clan on the east coast of the United States was in 1992, when Esam bought a penthouse apartment in the D.C. suburb of Rosslyn, Virginia. In various accounts, Esam is described as a banker or financier, who also works as an interior designer. He accrued additional property in Arlington, Virginia and Longboat Key, Florida, and his name turns up in connection with a fancy office building in the K Street lobbying corridor.

In this period, Esam’s name surfaced when investigators probing the monumentally corrupt Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sought to recover assets from Saudi Prince Fahd bin Salman—brother of Prince Sultan bin Salman.  The prince argued that his assets were being held in another account under Esam Ghazzawi’s name. Only low-level BCCI officials went to jail in the sprawling scandal, which involved banks and governments all over the world. Prince Fahd bin Salman is one of the relatives who died unexpectedly in the year of the 9/11 attacks. (The Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations were repeatedly accused by investigators into the BCCI mess of obstructing their inquiries; it is worth noting that the Treasury Department official responsible for scrutinizing BCCI’s affairs in the Reagan-Bush administration was assistant secretary for enforcement John M. Walker Jr.—who happened to be George H.W. Bush’s cousin.)

In 1995, Ghazzawi’s daughter Anoud, living in South Florida, married Abdulaziz al-Hiijii, who was a university student in the area. Esam and Deborah Ghazzawi, apparently reunited sometime after their 1971 divorce, purchased the Sarasota home into which the couple moved. Abdulaziz appears to have received a B.S. and Masters of Information Systems from the University of South Florida. His Master’s should be noted in the context of only one of two items removed from the Sarasota house before the couple fled—a computer.

Today, the family seems comfortably ensconced back in Saudi Arabia. In August, 2003, Abdulaziz al-Hijji became a career counselor at the government oil company—Saudi Aramco—a position he retains to this day. He served on the committee holding a symposium about electronic services in the eastern (oil-producing) province of Saudi Arabia, held in Khobar in 2008.

We found the American-born Deborah Ghazzawi, posting online just three years ago for help on finding her username/password for a Saudi Blackberry sim card.


The seeming reluctance of the US government to pursue hints of possible Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks, wherever they might lead, is hardly an isolated failure. Richard Clarke, the chief counterterrorism official in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, has recently stated his view that the CIA made an unsuccessful attempt to recruit two of the hijackers as double agents before the 9/11 attacks, then scurried to cover up this bungled effort. Clarke thinks evidence points to the spy agency itself allowing the hijackers into the U.S. as part of this scheme. If Clarke is correct, this would be another case of interested parties in the government keeping the truth bottled up for their own purposes.

President Bush with Saudi King Abdullah

Even more disturbing, the final section of the Congressional inquiry’s report, on “sources of foreign support for some of the Sept. 11 hijackers,” was totally redacted. It is still unavailable to the public on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Both Graham and his GOP counterpart, Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, determined that national security would not be harmed by releasing those pages. Yet they were withheld—on the orders of George W. Bush.

Graham told the reporters he thinks suppression of the material provided “protection of the Saudis from embarrassment, protection of the administration from political embarrassment … some of the unknowns, some of the secrets of 9/11.”

Tellingly, the venerable British insurance company Lloyd’s of  London actively investigated Saudi complicity in 9/11. As reported by the U.K. paper The Independent, a Lloyd’s unit has launched what is described as “a landmark legal case” against Saudi Arabia, claiming that the kingdom is indirectly responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Lloyd’s asserts that Saudi banks and charities acting as surrogates for the royal family gave the terrorist group the sustenance it needed to carry out the 2001 assault. (Lloyd’s is seeking to recover sums it paid to firms and individuals affected by the event.) Reports The Independent:

The legal claim states: “Absent the sponsorship of al-Qa’ida’s material sponsors and supporters, including the defendants named therein, al-Qa’ida would not have possessed the capacity to conceive, plan and execute the 11 September attacks. The success of al-Qa’ida’s agenda, including the 11 September attacks themselves, has been made possible by the lavish sponsorship al-Qa’ida has received from its material sponsors and supporters over more than a decade leading up to 11 September 2001.”

Bizarrely, several days ago, Lloyd’s quietly withdrew its suit, declining to explain why. But the move was conducted in such a way to suggest a possible settlement, thereby raising still more questions for investigation.

President Obama with Saudi King Abdullah

Meanwhile, in the United States, a growing chorus of voices—some very establishment voices—are demanding accountability and candor. Graham and Clarke have now been joined by retired CIA officer Bob Baer, by several former FBI agents and by Tom Kean, chairman of presidential 9/11 commission, all of whom express concern that the full story has not been permitted to emerge.

“No evidence,” But None Sought

The 9/11 Commission report “found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials” financed Al Qaeda. But this carefully worded statement does not foreclose the possibility that members of the Saudi royal family personally provided financing, or that senior officials funded companies or outsiders that in turn provided financing.

Many questions remain to be answered. For example, why did the Ghazzawi clan flee in such a hasty manner, pausing only to empty their safe but leaving food on the kitchen counter and their pool pump running? Was it because they had received some unexpected news, news so urgent and alarming that normal preparations for an orderly departure gave way to what appears to be a panicky exit?

If this question seems inconsequential, think about what kind of news, in the days just before 9/11, could have prompted such intemperate flight from the United States by a well-connected clan of Saudis? The possible answers to this question could prove world-changing.  The most important Mideast nation so far untouched by the dislocations of the Arab Spring is Saudi Arabia, the single largest supplier of petroleum to the western world. If major players in that country’s ruling family are shown to have had a hand in the 9/11 attacks, it would be the equivalent of a geopolitical tsunami—upsetting powerful elites around the world. Is it any wonder that efforts have been made to prevent a no-holds-barred investigation of this connection? And isn’t it time, ten years later, to end this coverup — in the name of the common good?

Former Senator Graham, for one, is increasingly adamant. As he told the St. Petersburg Times: “These 19 people did not play out this plot as lone wolves. 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.”


  • Russ Baker is Editor-in-Chief of WhoWhatWhy. He is an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in exploring power dynamics behind major events.

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Thank you for that Russ –

You did a nice job fleshing out the details of the initial connect-the-dots I did on 09/09 on the Ghazawwi-Salman connection at DailyKos.  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/09/1015098/-Florida-al-Qaeda-fugitive-Esam-Ghazzawi-linked-to-BCCI-and-two-dead-Saudi-Princes?showAll=yes&via=blog_620155

Keep up the good reporting – you’re one of the last real investigative journalists who’s not afraid to put 2+2 together and get an accurate sum of the parts.

Regards – Mark (leveymg) 


Thanks for that reminder, Mark.  Interesting to consider what hasty departures may mean in another context.


You mean as in hasty departures from the sky when Pakistani transport planes blow up?  That did not get much attention, nor did the premature departures of the Salman brothers.


I’m thinking about whether there were any hasty departures of currency


Would a pallet of $100s fit into a white van?  How much does one of those cubes of cash weigh, anyway?  Did anyone inspect or weigh the bags on that charter flight?  I wouldn’t be surprised about the answer.   Hmmm . . .  On a more serious note – seem to recall mention of an unusual flow through Florida banks in the months before 9/11?  Am I remembering that detail correctly?


Incredible.  And yet, too few follow this important reporting and investigative journalism.   But of course millions will facebook and twitter about a kitty video while they claim to care about important events like 9/11.  When will the mind waste cease?  When will Americans regain the intelligent fact based mindset that gets to the real heart of the matter instead of blindly receives soundbites as truth?  We need to call on our leaders to pursue the truth about this tragic event.


Ironically, mass unemployment seems to have anaesthetized the masses, who are ever more on the govt dole and occupied with trivia, afraid to think deeply, lest they wake from their Good American fantasy.


As I’d like to call, ” September 11th Slumber “.


Russ, this is just the sort of reporting we want from our media sources. Keep up the good work and I will support WhoWhatWhy.


They are a bit like that de Mohrenschild guy???

doug vaughan

Russ, re: saudi ambassador to US al-Hegelan 1979-83 — You rightly note his role in lobbying for AWACS deal but that headline-generator was merely cover and a secondary pay-off for the bigger deal that was on the table, and which successor Bandar assumed at key juncture: Recall that Nixon-Kissinger with both Saudi and Israeli blessing famously “tilted” to Pakistani military dictator and Islamic fundamentalist Zia al-Haq, who used BCCI as conduit for ISI’s work on Green Bomb and organized right-wing militias to meddle in Afghanistan, provoking Soviet aid to Afghan regime. Carter-Brzezinski used these networks to ratchet up attacks, provoking Soviet military intervention, then escalated in response thereto. Reagan-Bush took this another step, using same networks and conduits to assemble anti-soviet alliance of Pakistani, Saudi, Turk, even Chinese and Israeli, military and intelligence apparati in coordinated attack in which Saudis played key role in recruiting and funding “Afghan Arabs” including bin Laden via Peshawar. They and Pak ISI always had cat’s paws in this many-sided version of the Great game. This was the huge multinational, imperial, bipartisan contra war that underlay cover-ups and which Dems refused to touch in overlapping October Surprise, Iran-contra, BCCI investigations. This laid basis not only for post-Soviet ISI-Taliban-al Qaeda alliance but for recruitment of long-term moles, sleepers, double-agents and false-flag operations at every turn, on every side — and for the on-going failure to investigate/ cover-up since 9/11, a sore point of swelling infection  that even insiders like Clarke, Graham et al are only tenderly touching lest they loose the whole pustulant mess into the body politic. (And please, I know that concision forces short-cuts but you must precisely spell out and pursue every alleged “link”, “connection” or “association” rather than invite inference or innuendo to fill in the evidentiary gaps in this otherwise good summary. )


According to some sources, Al-Qaeda is really nothing but a database of the CIA-backed mujihadeen who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan (including Osama). Some turned their sights on the American presence in the region — useful idiots whose acts of terror have served to justify the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions and our “enduring” bases there. Like Emmanuel Goldstein in Orwell’s 1984, they are necessary legends for the imperial war project. Most are complete dupes, and possibly even Manchurian Candidates, unwittingly performing in false-flag ops controlled by allied intelligence agencies.

The elite Saudis are full partners in this skullduggery, as are the Israelis, whose agents (the infamous “art student” squads) were shacked up close to and shadowing the alleged hijackers in Florida as well. Paralleling the Saudis hurried evacuation from Florida, we have Dominick Suter, of the Mossad front operation, Urban Moving Systems, fleeing NY a few days after 9/11, after his 5 agents were arrested for videotaping and celebrating the collapse of the Towers.

Good spade work, Russ — but this pit runs deeper still.


The U.S. perpetrators of 9/11 recruited their Saudi pals to provide stooges to participate in the staged “exercises” wherein dupes were to pose as hijackers after having left a trail of clues which would later implicate them. Many of the passengers on the flights were insiders
with top secret status. They were of course expendable. The perps were not on flight manifests, a deliberate cover in the operation.
It was pulled off brilliantly, and not by a rogue Arab in a cave
halfway around the globe.

Richard Cummings

Some years ago, when I was in Washington, I read in the Post that Prince Bandar’s son had been found dead in a town house.  No cause of death was given. I did not clip the article, and when I phoned the Post, they could not find the article and the Saudi embassy ducked and dodged.  These killings all have to do with rivalries among the Saudi royals.  Prince Pandar was angling to become Crown Prince so as to become king. Not long after the death of  his son, he withdrew as ambassador and returned to Saudi Arabia, out of the line of  succession. The Mafia has nothing on these guys.  You may recall that after  9/11, a wealthy Saudi prince offered money to the city but Giuliani turned him down.  That prince blamed American foreign policy for the 9/11 attack.  The Saudis are desperate to get a Palestinian state because of anger in the Arab street.  By supporting the  attacks,  they intended to force America to change its policy towards Israel and the Palestinians. 


It is said that the same prince who offered the 10 mil to Guiliani helped finance Obama through harvard law school.


And I am sure said Prince helped finance HARVARD.

Howard Beale

Whew! The head spins as the tangled web is revealed. Seems that the Bush’s aren’t the only family with secrets. What about another book, Russ?


I remember watching some televised hearing when Richard Clarke said it was he who approved the Saudis flying off after 9/11. 
On KPFA Guns and Butter yesterday, Bonnie Faulkner interviewed Kevin Ryan and there are a lot of interesting connections noted there.  It’s like Fletcher Prouty’s “Secret Team” is finally being exposed. I think the whole hideous plot is rapidly unraveling thanks to dedicated researchers like Russ Baker and Bonnie Faulkner.

Mark Corbett Wilson

With the Toronto Hearings, Senator Graham’s questions, Lloyd’s dropping their lawsuit, and these new revelations about the sudden departure of a Saudi family days before 9/11, maybe enough political pressure will build for a new inquiry.


Why didn’t you report this:
Eirad Holding is a Saudi company under the chairmanship of Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz. Eirad owns, operates and sponsors many multinational companies in Saudi Arabia including, but not limited, to UPS (the world’s largest package distribution company and a world leader in supply chain solutions), TSA ( Security and Defense system integrators a joint venture of Northrop Grumman of the US) and Eirad Travel and Tourism sponsorship of Pakistan International Airline (PIA).


Careless posters never cease to amaze! Article explicitly mentions the Prince (though you misstate his name here) AND EIRAD’s UPS contract. HInt: try reading the article before you criticize it.

Willie Plasencia


Russ, a great new interview with  Graig B. Hulet on Coast to Coast about this is available. Talks about the Lloyds of London lawsuit against the Saudi’s and is    convinced that the Saudi’s backed the 9/11 operation. 


I was wondering on what basis Lloyds of London was suing the Saudis for supporting 9/11 terrorists. This seems to be it.


And for this we invaded Afghanistan???  And then siphoned off support for our troops there in order to invade Iraq???  And all that without budgeting for these adventures?  So we can now go broke nationwide???   Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al belong in The Hague as war criminals.  Hordes have died for their oil connivances.


second the motion

Dennis Carr

The fiscal cliff! For 4 years the damocraps have had a majority in the house lead by Nancy (pass the bill so that we may read it) Pelosi. Nothing has been done, except 9 trillion out of your pocket, must make you feel good at being in line to stone the United States to death with Zero O’Booboo laughing all the time about being born an American… Daddy Obama screwed a stupid broad in college and from that we all have to pay the price…. Remember Ms. Anne Dunham? Married Daddy in Feb and Zero was born in August, being only six months, that means Zero was a bastard for one third of his early life.. And an asshole since…

Jeff Grotke

hey doofus you are changing the subject


Inside job, all the way.  What other reason would there be to hide the Saudi money trail ?

They gave immunity to the Saudis before an investigation even started folks.


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Well like duh…!   10 years later.

Bindar Dunit

This is nothing but speculative…Anonymous ‘ said’ or suddenly new OLD info? nonsense….but somehow these ‘journalists’ got the FBI to give them information that  was so “secret” not even disclosed to the Investigatory commission….however, reliable sources tossed this latest fabrication out a while ago. 

But there seems to be no inclination to actually re-open the investigation on the numerous explosions heard by first responders and several media people present who reported they heard  those unmistakeable sounds in all 3 buildings on that awful day….

Investigating the ‘pattern’ of how 3 buildings designed to withstand 120 mph winds, and the direct impact of a 707 ….80,000 tons of steel framed buildings do not ‘melt’ and collapse within an hour, especially when they fall neatly into their own footprint…..kerosene/JP4 cannot “melt” steel as it burns at about 700 degrees but steel melts at 2700 degrees…and those JP4 fires burned themselves out in a rapid fireball, leaving only office paperwork to burn.   

Then there is the incredible mystery of WTC #7, the THIRD tower…that was not hit….but it also sent out implosion sounds recorded that day…and those few small fires brought it down, also, about 5:30pm …very neatly as if it were a demolition…and for those who have seen it….Larry Silverstein who was the new owner of the WTC was recorded on news film saying “Pull it”….referring to the building.  
The mystery of ‘who’ did it was immediately announced….the unsinged passport of one “highjacker” was found intact on the street when the two concrete and steel buildings were PULVERIZED to dust and steel IBeams were ejected at high speed across the street to an unrelated skyscraper. Evidence was immediately removed…sold to Chinese and Indian metal junk dealers and taken away….No forensic examinations…but everyone is content to accept the bs repeated. Now ten years later they’re working at incriminating another perfect target.  Now that OBL has been murdered instead of put on trial to ‘spill the beans’ of collaboration with CIA and implications….we gotta find another target…with money…so of course point it at the Saudis….isn’t that the perfect solution to our financial woes and solving inexplicable counter rational steel buildings that ‘disappear’…on cue. ?? 

William Bjornson

Yes. A very basic principle in forensics is, I believe, cui bono. Who benefitted from 9/11? Show who benefitted and that is the direction we should look first. We invaded two countries in the wake of 9/11.Odd geopgraphical coincidence places them either side of our REAL target. Tell me again, who is the main benefitee of the destruction of our REAL target? Was ObL EVER wanted by the FBI for WTC? And how did the Saudis get the WTC security company (owned by who?) or the WTC electrical upgrade company (weeks before 9/11, core access, no security cameras, owned by who?) to allow them to place demolition charges throughout the three buildings  so the WTC (owned by who?) could be “pulled” and come down in free fall? LOOK! A SQUIRREL!

Dennis Carr

“Investigating the ‘pattern’ of how 3 buildings designed to withstand 120 mph winds, and the direct impact of a 707 ….80,000 tons of steel framed buildings do not ‘melt’ and collapse within an hour, especially when they fall neatly into their own footprint…..kerosene/JP4 cannot “melt” steel as it burns at about 700 degrees but steel melts at 2700 degrees…and those JP4 fires burned themselves out in a rapid fireball, leaving only office paperwork to burn. ”
And this is were you start your own “guess” and that is all it is… The full face of a building, even one built by a Japanese Designer is designed to meet the force of 120 mile wind, yes, you got that right.. However using the words “steel framed” is the exact reason for this being WRONG.. You are misdirecting people, It did not have the usual steel framing floor to floor, it was a heat tube.. Sure steel melts at 2700, but were you in they with your oven thermometer to check it? NO! ONLY paperwork? RIGHT.. There was no plastic, no covering of wires, no other source of hydrocarbons? BS… You make out that it was a campfire made by boy scouts.. Next you’ll say there is no Santa Claus…….geez


I saw people in tower #1 standing fully clothed in blown out windows waving desperately for help. Could they endure 3000 degrees F. ? Or even 300? Black smoke showed a dying air-starved fire. The buildings were wired weeks in advance with thermite explosives sufficient to bring them down.


Nonsense! I studied metalurgy at the Necwaste smelter. If you dropped one of those girders into the high furnace, most of it will still be there when you come back in the morning. Recently there was a building in Chechnya that burned for more than a day non stop. It still stands, the steel structure that is. Google it up and see.

Max Derpin

“kerosene/JP4 cannot “melt” steel as it burns at about 700 degrees but steel melts at 2700 degrees”…

but in order to lose its structural properties, steel does not need to be “melted” into a liquid, even at 500 degrees steel trusses lose stencil strength. this could be a very bad design, but it can possibly we verified by the support column blueprints.


WTC buildings 1&2 were exploded into trillions of minute particles of dust. vanishing in 10 seconds. I witnessed and photographed it as it occurred.
The scenario of a “collapse” defies the laws of physics and chemistry. Even firefighters described many explosions prior to and during the event. The free fall of WTC7 was clearly a planned demolition by explosives. Definitely.


It’s a big rock keep looking under it and the snake will rattle for you.

Mark Corbett Wilson

With the Toronto Hearings, Senator Graham’s questions, Lloyd’s dropping their lawsuit, and these new revelations about the sudden departure of a Saudi family days before 9/11, maybe enough political pressure will build for a new inquiry.


Articles linking 9/11 to foreign nationals are pure hogwash. That was an inside job to gain momentum for foreign military adventurism. And the US has been well served since then with a near broken military, massive debts and an economy in tatters. It may take the US one century to get out of the conundrum it has thrust itself in.


Inside job doesn’t mean that there was no co-operation with foreign nationals, all “inside job” means to me is that this was orchestrated by a powerful group in the United States, it doesn’t mean that no foreigners were involved.  

Jeff Grotke

recall, also, that when the CIA murdered JFK, they deliberately used Oswald, a man who had defected to the Soviet Union, as a way to deflect and shut down the investigation. So foreign patsies have always proven to be useful.

Nathan (aka) yhwhzson

Well be prepared to “WASH THE HOG” my friend. Because any and everything WASHINGton does has foreign nationals or better yet international planning and aid. This is why our foreign and domestic policy favors globalistist agendas at the expense of our national sovereignty. Some of the people commenting on this page are either egg heads or agents.

There is no other way to explain the type of bone headed remarks I’ve seen.
Hint to the blind.
Council on FOREIGN Relations
United Nations
TRILATERAL Commission, on and on and on!


A century in which the US will sink into near oblivion on the international stage. Historical imperatives confirm this.
We’ve come to a definitive tipping point as a major power. This is part of the scheme to create a new world controlled by economic/industrial oligarchs.


Bush was likely aware of  9/11 being largely orchestrated by Israeli duals to get wars going against Afghanistan and Iraq and tipped off his Saudi confreres to get out of Dodge.  The pointing of fingers at Saudis is just another ruse being promulgated by duals to get attention off Mossad’s role in the attacks.  With so much secrecy surrounding then planes, particularly any communications from them, we don’t know if there were any Saudis on board at all.  Planes were likely preprogrammed by US-Israeli techs for auto-pilot to irreversibly take control and home in on the towers.


The “wars” were certainly an important factor in the plot, but I go back to the murder of JFK and the long, slow, sure process of turning the government over to a cabal of industrial oligarchs, private bankers running the economies of much of Europe and the U.S., the military bloc, and the shadow clique of powerful people who don’t hold office, but control those who do.


The potential Bush connection could be an equally dangerous revelation.  
Remember the fact that the 9/11 event was planned well in advance indicates the potential for complicit acknowledgement by black box components in the government.  The French secret service was warning months in advance and the perpetrators were in Boston for a week protesting US involvement with Israel by hangoing banners from the Storrow Drive pedestrian overpasses.


What better way to infiltrate a country, planting sleeper cells intent upon committing a terrorist attack, than to use a template already in existence.

For decades, Saudi nationals have entered the U.S. for business and recreation purposes, and if younger, to get an education, including as you reported, learning how to fly. Over the years, the Saudi royal family planted representatives in America to keep an eye on the younger Saudis studying here, just in case any got wild and crazy democratic ideas like overthrowing the Saudi monarchy. Thus, the template that al Qaeda and certain sympathetic Saudis exploited, leading to the 9/11 attacks.

The revelation the other day about this Saudi family in Sarasota, one with close ties both to members of the Saudi royal family and to the 9/11 hijackers, made me wonder just how many similar Saudi family-9/11 hijacker “arrangements” like this existed in the U.S. before 9/11, just how many Saudi-financed al Qaeda terrorist sleeper cells there really were, waiting and “determined to strike in U.S..”

Besides the Sarasota terrorist-linked sleeper cell, there was also one in San Diego, reportedly following the same pre-9/11 pattern: a Saudi family presumably helping the Saudi royal family “keep an eye” on Saudi nationals studying in the U.S., but actually facilitating financing and training of al Qaeda terrorists inside the U.S. before the 9/11 attacks. 9/11 hijackers in these sleeper cells attended nearby flight schools and martial arts classes, preparing for their turning 747s into guided terrorist missiles.

So, we know of Saudi families helping 9/11 hijackers in Sarasota and San Diego, but what about in the American Mid-west, close to where the suspected 20th hijacker was picked up by the FBI three weeks before the 9/11 attacks in mid-August 2001 after he raised suspicions of flight school instructors for wanting only to learn how to fly a 747 while airborne, not learn how to take off or land one? And why did the Bush administration (and Mueller’s FBI) block the use of FISA to search this Saudi national’s personal effects, repeatedly denying urgent requests from the FBI field agents who had arrested him? (Note: FISA at that time legally allowed searches without a warrant of a foreign national, with the only stipulation being that the FBI had to justify such a search within 48 hours before the FISA court).

Oh, wait, could it have been the arrest by the FBI of this Saudi national in mid-August, one apparently training to be a terrorist pilot on 9/11, that prompted the sudden departure at the end of August of this Saudi family in Sarasota? Was there another Saudi family living close to where this Saudi national in the Mid-west was training at a flight school, a Saudi family who fled the country between when he was arrested and the Sarasota Saudi family fled?

As a nation, we definitely need to re-open the 9/11 investigation, specifically focusing on Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Of course, the “powers that be”(both here in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia) don’t want this to happen since so many of these out-of-the-terrorist-planning-loop people were blind-sided by what al Qaeda, and certain Saudis sympathetic to al Qaeda, did on 9/11. They’re embarrassed. People they “trusted” took them for a ride, using them.

The Bush administration trusted the Saudis, adopting a hands-off-the-Saudis policy from the get-go, probably believing what certain Saudi officials (like the Saudi intelligence chief) told them; that the Saudis were taking care of the al Qaeda threat from their end, that the Saudis had “trusted” people in the U.S. keeping an eye on Saudi nationals living inside the U.S, not to worry.

(Note: this might explain Bush’s stunned reaction for 7 long minutes on 9/11 in that classroom. He knew. He remembered that August 6, 2001 CIA briefing, the one he and his administration blew off, probably because they’d been given assurances by Saudi officials that the Saudis had the al Qaeda problem under control. Bush wasn’t a complete doofus. But when he trusted someone, he trusted them completely…and he completely trusted the Saudis. The Saudi royals, at least those not involved in the 9/11 plot or into financing or providing logistical support for al Qaeda, have the same problem. They were used, by members of their own inner circle. How embarrassing. Cover-up!!!!).


I wonder if one juxtaposes this (W.W.W )article with the contents of http://markcurtis.info and stand back and look at where the dots connect.                                                                                                                                      Russ Baker should really collaborate (compare notes) with Mark Curtis and start peeling back the layers and layers of deceipt in this Anglo-American alliance and the trail of money, corruption, power and the geo-politics of the 20th century.


Sami al-Arian was based at the University of South Florida


I believe a plan to hijack planes was in place but the plan was infiltrated and used to an advantage. The planes once hijacked and with their security feature were remotely controlled into the Towers 1 and 2. This was not part of the hijackers plan.

Flight 93 was supposed to hit WTC7 via remote control but was shot down.

There were explosives built into towers as a safety feature when they were erected and during the power down the week before 9/11 extra explosives for visual effect were added.

Although no plane hit WTC 7 it still collapsed like WTC1 and WTC2.


Explosives built-in as a safety feature?

Remote-controlled planes made sense and then brain-lock set in.


The wording is wrong but the point is valid.

The planted charges were to ensure the complete destruction of the towers, the evidence contained within etc.


dont forget no arabs on the passengre lists, so what are you all talking about?


Surprisingly, I googled some of these key terms (Hiijjii, etc.) on Daniel Hopsicker’s MadCowProductions site (he is based in Sarasota if I’m not mistaken), and nothing came up, so this is a lead that even he missed? -however, my memory is vague, but something relating to this house might have come up in his interview with Atta’s girlfriend.

It is interesting that these characters stopped by London on their way back to Saudi Arabia, which makes one wonder about the possile BAE Systems tie-in – it was out of he Al Yamamah slush-fund in the Riggs bank in D.C. that Al Hazmi and Al Mihdhar (and maybe others) were funded. Senator Graham details this in his “factional” novel “Keys to the Kingdom” – he also may have let out a real scoop in this book – the Carlyle Group (by another name in the novel) may have been tied into this fund as well.


The FBI’s report just does not add up


This report does not add up from the beginning when 75 Saudis left Los Angeles from the fear of the tremor from an earthquake and arrived in Las Vegas before the earthquake even occurred in Los Angeles. Then the 75 Saudis turn into 69 then another 5 went missing bringing the number to 64. That would mean that there are 11 Saudis went unaccounted for by 9/11/01. There was also another group of Saudis in Las Vegas a total of 34 that left on 9/24/01. By the time you get to the end of the report on pages 118,119 and 120 the 98 Saudis turn into only 50 the other 48 nationalities become unidentified. You would think that after such a horrific event on 9/11/2001 this is the best the United States government can do which in fact it is par excellent disinformation. This leaves us with the last question why is the United States Government so good at disinformation?

Link to FBI report:


“This leaves us with the last question why is the United States Government so good at disinformation?”

Lots and lots of practise :P


I dont know if anyone mentioned this, Bush was in sarasota,fl the morning of 9/11/01 reading a book to kids.


um…WE mentioned it. It is right in the article above. Extra points for people who read articles before posting comments.


Mep was in a coma.

Jean Herve11

August 25, 2011

C.I.A. Demands Cuts in Book About 9/11 and Terror Fight

By SCOTT SHANE  ______________________   According to Mr Hopsicker, Mohammed Atta started to fly with Huffman Aviation at the small airport of Venice in Florida. There is reportedly a strong CIA presence at this airport. http://www.wfmu.org/flashplayer.php?version=2&show=38077&archive=64941 Besides, the following article says Mr Atta also flied with Kemper Aviation where another CIA agent, Jean-François Buslik, was working. http://archives.lesoir.be/%ABatta-et-son-compagnon-sont-venus-voler-chez-moi%BB_t-20011020-Z0L2C3.html?query=Buslik&firstHit=0&by=10&sort=datedesc&when=-1&queryor=Buslik&pos=1&all=46&nav=1 How is it possible that Mr Atta flied in two CIA-controlled airports ? http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/1999-04-22/news/secrets-and-crimes/________________________


Why so much attention to a bunch of patsies?  There is no credible evidence the so-called “19 hijackers” were even on these planes, and certainly ZERO evidence that they were responsible for the demolition of WTC 1 and 2 and 7 that day, wherein the greatest loss of life occurred.  So let’s get a grip.  911 was a false flag operation, brought to you by the Mossad and the Military Industrial Complex. 


The Mossad are such convenient patsies for latent anti-semites to pin the button on – so they danced – so what? geopoliticaly it was a boon for Israel, so why shouldn’t they celebrate? But that doesn’t mean they did it – foreknowledge perhaps, but they didn’t MAKE IT HAPPEN. 

The real weasels behind the false flag- who almost did a good job of covering their tracks with Saudi footprints – were the original enemy of America – the  BRITISH!

You want to find out whowhatwhy? look into BEA Systems and their state-side enablers the Carlyle group

Of course Carlyle is mostly old news by now… now the new weasels on the block are GLOBAL -Look them up and their puppet viceroy of North America – falsely known as POTUS – who dutifully supplies our military might in support of their neocolonial misadventures in Africa for instance…

Balthazars Rebellion
Nathan (aka) yhwhzson

I LMAO when I hear the term antisemite tossed around. It’s like ten enemies chasing Arnold Schwarzenegger, in one of his blow em up movies, and he suddenly turns and throws a hand grenade to keep them at bay. It seems such a strategic weapon for evading truth and wanting people to back off when closing in on facts. Four syllable word that blows up into a million fear causing pieces. Just like the words “conspiracy theory”. My bad CT is six syllables.


This post is gibberish.


OK, so the English elite (who control MI5), the American elite (who control CIA/NSA) and the Israeli elite (who control Mossad) co-operated in the 9/11 ‘false flag’ op, using the Saudi stooges as patsies. Now, do we have all players on the stage? Let the investigation begin.
(Enter stage centre, Inspector Russ Baker): “Now, now what have we got here?”

Jeff Grotke

if they are patsies then you want to know who their sponsors are, and who was setting them up. I tend to think that they were great patsies because they really wanted to do this thing. They probably needed some help along the way, like standing down fighter squadrons, to help them achieve their goal


There were no hijasckers on those planes, none at all. That is why they had to plant Atta’s passport on the street corner in NY, to suggest that he was there


They were enlisted to participate in a war game action wherein planes were hijacked by Arab terrorists. They were employed by U.S. military intelligence so that when the “war game” turned into the destructions at WTC and the Pentagon they could pin it on these stooge employees who, btw, were known to be rude, loud, and obnoxious in public, a tactic that would leave a trail of witnesses who could help indict them.

Buzz Burza

this is sadly dynamite


The bigger question is why did the FBI report them alive i.e search for
Expert: Hijackers likely skilled with fake IDs – September 21, 2001 FBI Director Robert Mueller has acknowledged that some of those behind
last week’s terror attacks may have stolen the identification of other


Launch a real, public, subpoena-empowered, criminal investigation of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 go to


Brian Romanoff

Thanks for dropping by Point Reyes Russ! Made a video of some Q&A including the death of Bin Laden and 9/11 Commission q’s.



There was a thing in the news about a month ago. Lloyds were going to sue the Saudi Government for funding the 9/11 attacks and then the thing went away.
Do you think you could use your skills as an investigative journalist, which us humble internet folk dont have, to get hold of the legal brief or whatever its called, i.e. all the evidence their lawyers had collected and post it on the internet for us.
I dont know if such a thing is possible.

Russ Baker

Ok, Adam, we’ve retrieved the court filings, and will post them soon. How’s that for quick service?




Check Wikileaks


Thank you for continuing your investigation into the real truth behind 9/11.  It constantly amazes me how many people refuse to take their heads out of the sand on not only this issue but regarding all of the continual dirty work of the United States’ “government by corporate elites.”  I hope I live long enough to see some level of honesty and honor return to the US.  Perhaps Occupy Wall Street is  a beginning but this information needs to be perceived as front page news.    I am anticipating reviewing the court filings you will post soon.


Front page news? Who owns the media? People who pay plenty to not be in the news, even the back page. Maybe an obit or two.


This is a Mad Cow story and you need to attribute him. He has done all the work newspapers have ignored, lied about or if nothing else worked stolen from him, and indies shouldn’t feed off each other, they should support each other.

Russ Baker

The key information in this article, besides what is attributed to the Herald, is unique and exclusive reporting by WhoWhatWhy. Other work has been done about the hijackers living in the Sarasota area, but it is not directly connected to the material in this story.


I was about to forward this story to several friends & then changed my mind as I realized how weak were the key points.


After 9/11, a claim surfaced briefly, saying that the German Cell was funded by a Saudi Princess.

That seemed odd, but I wonder if it was true, but actually a Pilot Training Program for Saudis?

Of course, it also seemed odd, since that Cell was infiltrated by the FBI.

Monte Haun  mchaun@hotmail.com


As a retired pilot of large aircraft, I feel a real investigation into the hijackers’ training is long overdue.  They simply could not have executed the required maneuvers without specific training flying boeing 757/767.  This was probably accomplished in a simulator.  A look at which sympathetic entities own these simulators could be informative.  Saudi and UAE are just two possibilities.


What if, a strong possibility, the planes we saw were modified drones, made capable of attaining 500+ mph
which no passenger jet could achieve at that altitude
without falling apart. So what about the commercial aircraft? Flown elsewhere. And the passengers? Who knows?


is it any more far-fetched than other crackpot theories to feel that this might have to do with keeping iraqi oil off the world markets for another two decades or more-and out of competition with
saudi petroleum?

Brian Romanoff

Sarasota was a hub for 9/11 activity, no doubt. In a perhaps it is, perhaps it ain’t connection – look at what I just ran across:


SARASOTA – The FBI visited a Sarasota recording studio early Wednesday to seize
a copy of a CD containing songs by the Arab Assassins, a mysterious band who
sang of upcoming terrorist acts that the “world will remember.”

 “There are some weird coincidences here,” said Chris Musgrave,
owner of GHC Recording Studio, where the band recorded songs. “I’m sickened by


The music also refers to bombings, New York, fundamentalist Islamic martyrs and
disguises. The lead singer raps that “the U.S. will remember this.”

Details about the band, whose members told Musgrave they were
from Brooklyn, are sketchy. The Recording Industry Association of America has
never heard of a band named Arab Assassins, and no music by any band of that
name was available for purchase on any of the large online music brokers.


Other lyrics contained in the disc taken by the FBI include: “I represent the
Mideast,” “the world will remember this,” “This is what we live and die for,”
and “to turn wives into widows.”

The FBI office in Tampa had no comment on the band or why it
was interested in their CD on Wednesday afternoon.


One of these men, Jawad Saleh, used the address 174 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. This is just down the road from the Al Kifah Refugee centre at 552 Atlantic.

Major Martin

This article assumes that those blamed for the hijackings actually carried them out. The evidence for this is dubious. It is quite possible that these young men were simply Saudi intelligence agents who were “sheep dipped” at various U.S. flying schools to make it appear that they were capable of flying commercial jetliners. Many airline pilots doubt they were technically qualified to fly Boeing 757s. A light Cessna training aircraft is a very different machine than a heavy jet.


this is racist

just cause there middle eastern doesnt meen any thing

thats like saying

the british royal famly is nazi’s since there german desendance


Examining someone’s content of character is not racist.


no no no the Royal Family had nazis for ideological and self serving interests.


Ive always thought the Bush administration knew what was coming. They had known ties to the Saudis and Bush would never have survived into a second term without a war on Iraq. 


I find your 911 coverage to be either:

1. woefully behind the times, or otherwise ineffective in terms of the context you provide.
2.deliberately obscuring the truth, as backed up by your frequent radio interviews, either because you fear offending specific power blocks, or because you are in ideological agreement with those power blocks.
3.symptomatic of the larger problem of the Who/What business model:you maintain an arrogant disdain for the citizen journalists or 911 researchers that you feel are not following Establishment protocol and accepting the same epistemological frames and authority paradigms..
the very paradigms your intrepid journalism is trying to turn over for social betterment, prestige, or intellectual honesty.

Thus you are trying to reveal the sins of the Establishment to themselves while still maintaining the identity as one of their own, with its requisite rewards, paydirt, and respect.

Russ Baker

This commenter is only here to grandstand. Zero interest in the substance of our reporting. If you’re only here to pontificate and level insults, please take it elsewhere.


Russ – you know better than that – read his thoughtful response – “epistemological frames” is not grandstanding it is the heart of an important debate that you avoid – preferring to yourself “level insults”


Disappointing response, Russ. Take a lead from Jim Marrs.

Mark Tokar

A cursory look at the evidence yields the simple question “Isn’t it obvious?” Of course it was an inside job. Mark Twain commented on how rare moral courage was compared to physical courage. Guys will give their lives for lies, but ordinary people are afraid to say what is so obviously true: No planes, no hijackers, PSYOP all the way. We were all traumatized that day and believed it all. Time has passes. just as RB came to understand JFK, it’s time now t face 9/11. Man up.

Russ Baker

I find these kinds of commentaries boring and pointless. When there’s an article right in front of you full of documented information, you might start by actually studying it, and then commenting—thoughtfully–about the contents. This is not a forum for 9/11 Truthers just to rant. If you’re not interested in the work we do, you aren’t forced to come here.


Russ – are you afraid to confront the whole story – you want to draw lines around your story – as if Kepler had some new measurements for Mars orbit but avoided the implication the orbit was an ellipse.


The use of TV on 9/11 was a stroke of genius. 99% of people believe whatever they see with their own eyes – ask any stage ‘Magician’.


Russ acts like a lawyer; if it’s not in a document then it cannot be evidence.
The reality is that all documents are second hand representations & can be readily faked. This is why we have jury trials where the man-in-the-street on the jury can bring his own experience & common sense to bear.

Russ Baker

We’re going to start disinviting people like this. In the first place, this fellow is a broken record, always the same thing. Tiresome. In the second place, he shows zero interest in the actual substance of the reporting in the piece. It’s generally disrespectful of the staff and of the readers.


The truth never changes – if an event happened then its retelling always remains valid.
Why, oh why Russ won’t you really dig into 9/11?
You disappoint many of your followers.


Israel and Mossad are sacrosanct, not ever, EVER, to be in any way linked to the events of 9/11. If Russ Baker is adamant about this omission it’s hard to trust any major conclusions he proposes about 9/11.


flying military drones took down the towers !!!


The planes crashing into the buildings was a sideshow to arouse people for bloody revenge. They were drones specially outfitted to look like commercial jets, and modified to attain speeds no ordinary commercial planes could survive at that low altitude. Where are the passengers on the real flights? I don’t know, although I believe snuffing out a couple of hundred lives is a not uncommon practice in the filthy world of international politics and power struggles.

Jeff Grotke

the reality of the situation shows why these were good patsies. the American public has ALWAYS heard that the hijackers had Saudi links, as Michael Moore detailed long ago. In our minds, however, we easily accepted the notion that they were Taliban or Al Qaeda. Basically, the plotters, if there was a larger conspiracy, took advantage of our own racism to gloss over the links to the Saudi Royals.


Al Qaeda has only existed as a branch of Mossad/CIA, and saudis are more Israeli than Israelis are

B Mohr

Steel melts at 1400 degrees why keep saying 2700? Those fires burned anywhere from 450-750 degrees. A match burns at about 450 and a bic lighter about the same. So a big match or big lighter did the job, right. Building #7 fell straight down all uniformly,impossible unless explosives where involed. Towers 1 and 2 did the same. If you through a rock off the top it would take about 10 seconds to hit the ground, average of 10 floors per second with no resisance. Again impossible.High grade concrete and high grade steel would provide resistance, and pleanty of it. That alone should have sparked some genius to say hey WTF. Then there is the Pentagon, where are all the camera angles? 86 cameras where confiscated by FBI and nothing substantial released to the public whatsoever. The whole thing is the biggest bunch of crap I ever seen and only a fool would believe what the gov. tells you to begin with..


It depends on steel, steel containing certain amount carbon can melt at 2750 degrees FAHRENHEIT. T here is no way that this level of heat could have been attained by burning kerosene that is for certain


The 19 (some of them with false identities) were FBI assets being used in the astoundingly coincidental 9/11 anti-terrorism exercise.They believed it was a practice session, which, btw, was why interceptor planes were scattered far and wide. The Bush regime and many others were in on the plot which gave us not only two wars, but more importantly, The Patriot Act, thus effectively nullifying protections guaranteed in the Constitution.

Macon Richardson

Agreed! You speak of interceptor planes being “scattered far and wide”. Rather more importantly, Washington, D. C. and the entire federal government complex surrounding it in Maryland and northern Virginia were left completely unprotected that day.

That’s the tell! That’s the complete give-away to 9/11. The government of the United States of America left the seat of government completely unprotected that day. All the rest is footnote.

Andrews Air Force Base is ten miles (16km) from both the Pentagon and the seat of government, and is charged with defending the nation’s capital. Until after 9/11 the US Air Force bragged that it could have interceptor aircraft in the air within six minutes of receiving a warning. In fact, I witnessed such an exercise on the flight line at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa in 1959. Within six minutes of the second plane hitting the World Trade Center, the skies over Washington should have been crawling with interceptor aircraft.

And yet there were no planes “available” at Andrews Air Force Base that morning.

As to the “Saudi connection story”, it originated with Daniel Hopsicker a few years ago. He began to “investigate” the Saudi connection just at the time when most Americans saw through the nineteen-terrorists-who-couldn’t-fly story and it began to stink.

The Saudi connection story is a fall-back story, one ginned up when the original story fell to pieces. It is analogous to the mafia-did-it fall-back story of the assassination of John Kennedy when the Lee Oswald legend began to stink.

The capital of the US world empire was defenseless on September 11, 2001. Could nineteen people who couldn’t fly arrange that circumstance? Could the Saudi government do so?


Bunch of nonsense! Rich Saudis do that all the time. Money is of no consequence to them. They will buy a multi million dollar home in Monaco, live in it for a week or two and depart, maybe they will come in a week or a year depends on their mood. The rest is just guess work. I wish I had a dollar for every Saudi abandoned house in Europe, Canada, and US, I would be a rich man


such an intellectually lazy man you are. Just ignore all the specifics of the story, why dont you?


what is wrong with people


Some interesting links re Eirad.

Another company at the same address has the Tchenguiz brothers on the board as well as Guy Dellal, son of Black Jack Dellal



FBI ………………….! An org whom no one should believe as they
always go as the wind / tide goes. Sorry, I don’t believe this
news / article at all. Better drop it.


Thanks Russ,

So I send a message to Paul McCartney to tell the Queen, Prince William and Kate that I have first hand knowledge about Sir Bush during Dallas and More. Then the Queen tells William and Kate that she knows details on the assassination of Diana.

My question is what are the ties of the Bush gang/Saudi’s and the companies that invested in the landmines who hated Diana for her campaign to end them. It gets even more involved of course…. confusion is the best cover-up method ever invented.

That is why hiding in plain site is so efficient.


I must say that the very mention of Gerald Posner’s name calls into question the credibility of this information. Why would any informed person believe a word that man says after reading or hearing a single word from him on the JFK assassination. Of course he claims to have intelligence sources. He works for them as a main instrument of their disinformation campaign. So why would I not think that his input on this matter isn’t more of the same?