Friday, May 16, 2003

Is this the bombshell that Bob Graham is threatening to expose about 9/11?

On December 11, 2002 Senator Bob Graham, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, appeared on the News Hour and told interviewer Gwen Ifill that some of the 9/11 terrorists were assisted by a sovereign foreign government. Ifill's eyes nearly popped out of her head, but Graham's shocking claim was roundly ignored by the media, and the 10-or-so viewers watching that night were left wondering, "Who is it?" As The Memory Hole points out:

It obviously wasn't any nation that the US government hates and would love to demonize. If it had been Iraq, for example, the report would not have been classified; it would've been personally faxed by Donald Rumsfeld to every reporter in the nation. No, the one or more facilitators of 9/11 were obviously allies, friendly countries, nations that the US doesn't want to alienate.

Fast forward six months. Newsweek's Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball write an article entitled "The Secrets of September 11" that draws quite a lot of attention, and Isikoff makes the rounds to discuss the piece, including an interview on Democracy Now!. Isikoff:

There is also a lot else in the (classified) report, including information about the role of suspected Saudi intelligence agents and Saudi diplomats in providing support, whether advertent or inadvertent for the hijackers, and the role of Saudi financing for the operations of September 11th. That, of course, is also diplomatically enormously sensitive for the administration which sees Saudi Arabia as a key ally for the war on Iraq.

Very interesting. And what ever happened to that report about Prince Bandar's wife being the money behind the attacks on 9/11? Did I miss something?

[Via The Memory Hole]