The lawsuit pitting the families of the victims of 9/11 versus the Saudi government took a surprise twist last week. As part of their brief, families make the claim that the Saudi Government, or at least some of its officials, paid two Saudi citizens to pretend to be students and to try to make their way into the cockpit.
Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalaw, were in fact members of the kingdom’s network of agents in the US. In 1999, they made several attempts to get into the cockpit each but failed. They were both arrested upon landing.
The families of the victims have long held that at least certain religious members of the Saudi government provided financial and material support leading up to the 2001 take-down of the World Trade Center. They contend some of the hijackers attended a training camp, which the two who carried out the dry run also attended. If so, that would connect a lot of dots.
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According to the UK Daily Mail:
And while living in Arizona, they were in regular contacts with a Saudi hijacker pilot and Al Qaeda leader from Saudi now incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, the Post reported.
Just weeks before, at least one tried to re-enter the US but was turned away because he was placed on a terrorist watch list.
Qudhaeein was apparently employed at the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, while Shalawi was ‘a longtime employee of the Saudi government’ in Washington DC.
In 1999, both men reportedly tried multiple times to gain access to the cockpit of an America West flight to Washington, testing flight-deck security in advance of the hijackings.
‘After they boarded the plane in Phoenix, they began asking the flight attendants technical questions about the flight that the flight attendants found suspicious,’ according to a summary of the FBI case files.
‘When the plane was in flight, al-Qudhaeein asked where the bathroom was; one of the flight attendants pointed him to the back of the plane,’ it added. ‘Nevertheless, al-Qudhaeein went to the front of the plane and attempted on two occasions to enter the cockpit.’
Pilots were forced to make an emergency landing in Ohio, where FBI agents arrested Qudhaeein and Shalawi.
Is it just me or do all of the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit? During the Obama regime, he fought tooth and nails to prevent FBI files from being released and he vetoed the original bill to allow the families to sue, but Congress overrode the only Obama veto they successfully completed in eight years.
Saudi Arabia is continually trying to get the suit thrown out but with this latest bit of evidence, it would appear to give the judge a reason to allow the suit to continue. The Saudi government filled the pocket of Hillary Clinton through the Clinton Foundation but now it appears that was an extremely bad bet.
The dry run reveals more of the fingerprints of the Saudi government,’ said Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband was killed at the World Trade Center.
‘These guys were Saudi government employees for years and were paid by the Saudi government,’ she added. ‘In fact, the Saudi Embassy paid for their plane tickets for the dry run.’
Carter said that the new allegation added to the lawsuit stem from ‘nearly 5,000 pages of evidence submitted of record and incorporated by reference into the complaint,’ along with ‘every FBI report that we have been able to obtain.’
Hundreds of thousands of US documents relating to Saudi Arabia still remain secret.
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