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Saudi link of 9/11 terrorist exposed

The allegation of Omar al Bayoumi’s involvement with Saudi intelligence was not confirmed before the 9/11 Commission Report, but new information confirms it

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“Numerous Saudi individuals were involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the question of whether the Saudi Arabian government had any involvement is debated. Successive US presidents have cited the commission’s report in official statements as proof that “ had nothing to do with this terrible crime”. However, new declassified FBI documents published by Business Insider suggest that Omar al Bayoumi was on the payroll of the Saudi intelligence agency.

Bayoumi met two of the 9/11 hijackers before the attack.

The newly declassified and heavily redacted FBI memo from 2017 stated, “In the late 1990s and up to September 11, 2001, Omar al-Bayoumi was paid a monthly stipend as a coopte of the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) via then Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan….”

The memo said further, “Allegations of al-Bayoumi’s involvement with Saudi Intelligence were not confirmed at the time of the 9/11 Commission Report. The above information confirms these allegations.”

Another recently declassified FBI memo from the same year, citing source reporting, said, “There is a 50/50 chance Omar al-Bayoumi had advanced knowledge the 9/11 terrorist attacks were to occur.”

The declassified records pertain to a long-secret investigation, code-named Operation Encore, which centred on the two hijackers who lived in San Diego and who may have assisted them.

US shielding Saudi Arabia?

“Will the Justice Department now explain to the families and to America why they did not pursue charges against (Saudi national Omar) al-Bayoumi? And most astonishingly, why did this information come from the U.K. government and not our own FBI?” Brett Eagleson, who leads a group of families fighting for the documents, asked.

Eagleson was 15 years old when his father, Bruce, was killed in the World Trade Center South Tower, and 20 years later, he wants his children to know what he calls “the secret of 9/11” and who was behind the plot to kill their grandfather.

While US President Joe Biden signed an executive order last autumn to declassify 9/11 evidence, the families of some 9/11 victims say they had to go through the British courts to get records and videos seized two decades ago from an alleged Saudi government operative that has never been public until now.

Less than two weeks after 9/11, police in the UK seized boxes of evidence, including personal notes and video, from a house in Birmingham, England.

Buried inside the trove is a home video from 2000, now being seen publicly for the first time. The event was described in 9/11 Commission records as a party at the San Diego apartment of Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar, the first two hijackers to arrive in the US in January 2000.

While the two hijackers seemed to have avoided the video camera at the party, a handful of frames captured Mihdhar in the kitchen. Along with Hazmi, their team would later commandeer Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon.

British police arrested the party’s host, Saudi national Omar al-Bayoumi, less than two weeks after the attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. British police seized the videos and documents from Bayoumi.

Three years after the attack, the 9/11 Commission instituted in the US said, “We have seen no credible evidence that he (Bayoumi) believed in violent extremism or knowingly aided extremist groups.”

Some of the 9/11 families are suing Saudi Arabia. The Saudis deny involvement, and the 9/11 Commission report found no connection.

Bayoumi is believed to be living in Saudi Arabia. The country where Islam was born had said last year: “Any allegation that is complicit in the September 11 attacks is categorically false.”

The FBI declined to comment. The families of the victims continue to ask whether the bureau would consider re-opening its investigation into Bayoumi, and why the 9/11 plaintiffs had to go through the British courts to get the records and videos, rather than getting them from U.S. law enforcement.

More Saudi links to global terrorism

Retired FBI agent Danny Gonzalez, who worked on Operation Encore, had said during the last autumn that he believed Bayoumi was part of the hijackers’ U.S-based support network.

“He helped them with apartments, he helped them with bank accounts,” Gonzalez told CBS News.

Gonzalez and another former FBI agent, Ken Williams, are working on behalf of the families of some 9/11 victims in their litigation against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Williams wrote a memo before 9/11 that warned potential terrorists were taking flight lessons in Arizona.

Williams said, “He was also an employee of the government of Saudi Arabia.”

According to a spokesman for the 9/11 families, the British files contain over 14,000 pages of documents, more than 20 hours of video and as many hours of audio interrogations of Bayoumi by British counterterrorism police.

As part of their lawsuit seeking money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, CBS News has learned that some of the 9/11 families said they subpoenaed the FBI for the Bayoumi records in 2018, adding only a fraction were provided by the bureau and are under seal, which means they will not be publicly released.

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