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Media’s Belated “Acknowledgment” of Saudi 9/11 Story

Suddenly, the “Saudi-9/11 connection” is on the table for the media. But it certainly wasn’t, for the longest time.

Our story about apparent Saudi royal ties to the 9/11 hijackers caused a minor sensation via social media sharing when it came out in September, 2011, but was resolutely ignored by virtually all news organizations, including the vaunted online “alternative media.” Not surprisingly, the traditional corporate-owned mainstream media (MSM) managed to ignore the massive revelations—even though they were documented in exactly the same manner that the traditional media uses, and they were on a topic of tremendous importance and public interest.

We know they ignored it because we know them, and we sent it to them. And we heard that it would be and was being ignored. They were only willing to do maudlin, “human interest” stories for the 10th anniversary of this monumental and still-mysterious event.

Now, however, the MSM has suddenly found a “safe” way into the dark underbelly: Let officials’ statements pave the route. Here’s the New York Times:

For more than a decade, questions have lingered about the possible role of the Saudi government in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, even as the royal kingdom has made itself a crucial counterterrorism partner in the eyes of American diplomats.

Now, in sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, two former senators who were privy to top secret information on the Saudis’ activities say they believe that the Saudi government might have played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.

“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia,” former Senator Bob Graham, Democrat of Florida, said in an affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought against the Saudi government and dozens of institutions in the country by families of Sept. 11 victims and others. Mr. Graham led a joint 2002 Congressional inquiry into the attacks.

His former Senate colleague, Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, a Democrat who served on the separate 9/11 Commission, said in a sworn affidavit of his own in the case that “significant questions remain unanswered” about the role of Saudi institutions. “Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the September 11th attacks has never been fully pursued,” Mr. Kerrey said.

Their affidavits, which were filed on Friday and have not previously been disclosed, are part of a multibillion-dollar lawsuit that has wound its way through federal courts since 2002. An appellate court, reversing an earlier decision, said in November that foreign nations were not immune to lawsuits under certain terrorism claims, clearing the way for parts of the Saudi case to be reheard in United States District Court in Manhattan.

This article begins by asserting that “For more than a decade, questions have lingered about the possible role of the Saudi government in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.” Where have they lingered? They have lingered on the Internet, while being essentially ignored by virtually all of the so-called legitimate media.

So, conventional media, don’t start acting like you were dealing with this for all that time. Don’t pretend that you have shown the slightest interest in a house in Florida tied by visits or calls to many of the people we’re told were the hijackers on Sept 11. Don’t pretend that you have been curious about the fact that the owner of that house worked directly for one of the most powerful Saudi princes. Don’t pretend you’ve shown any curiosity toward an apparently effective US government effort to block further inquiries into this extraordinarily interesting and consequential development. (If you are curious, we’d urge you to read the story, here.)

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It’s great to find the kind of “news peg” that cautious editors are comfortable with—esteemed former senators, a “multibillion-dollar lawsuit,” an “appellate court.” But where’s the enterprise, where’s the guts?

Stay tuned for these same news organizations to eventually “discover” the very same material the Miami Herald, Broward Bulldog and WhoWhatWhy put together—of course, without giving proper credit, something they are loathe to do. That’s because this would  legitimize and draw attention to competing brands that…gasp…in some ways do the work much better than they.

This episode is so, so telling about why we need a whole new, much bolder, and much more independent, media to address the reality of a changing and ever more perilous world.

 

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  • Mcdonagh4

    this is  how you turn facts into myths. spin the facts and then add time. just as was done to cover up the kennedy assasination. this stories shelf life is over . there is nothing to be done. no further investigating will be done by government agencies. there is no political upside. sorry russ. 

  • Fred Fonebone

    The story will and is coming out.  As did the Kennedy assassination.  Thanks Russ.  Good work.

  • Jimbo

    Let this be an opening  into another investigation into what happened on 9/11.  Look more deeply into this Saudi connection and then see who may have enabled them in the US government.  

    • Daniel LaLiberte

      I hope this Saudi connection is not merely used as an excuse to invade Saudi Arabia.  If a huge effort is required to crack open and break the news about the Saudi connection, there might be a greater resistance to going any further than that, and there is a LOT more for MSM to wake up about, regarding 9/11 and many other things.

      Instead, a proper investigation could expose some of the monetary motivations behind 9/11, since oil was quite obviously the dominant reason why the US feels it needs to control the mid-east.   Israel is the other major factor, also tied up with money.  Terrorism had very little to do with 9/11, except for US CIA-sponsored terrorism.

      • Anonymous

         Mr. LaLiberte:

        You’d be well-advised here to avoid casting any suspicion on Israel. Russ will jump in and label you a troll, semi-troll, or, God forbid, an anti-Semite.

        He will also raise the prospect of censoring — I mean, “moderating” — comments, which in fact, he or someone he works with already does.

        Russ has staked out the position that Israel is merely an innocent pawn in a bloody geopolitical strategy run solely by oil barons and Arab sheiks. See Russ’s February 7 article, “Is Israel Really Iran’s Main Adversary?” It’s either Russ’s way or the highway on this subject, for reasons that are easy to speculate about.

        It’s a shame, because Russ has done and is doing a tremendous service by pointing out the cowardice and deceit of the New York Times and its ilk in their coverage of events like 9-11 and the JFK assassination — and the connections of the Bush family to these scenarios.

        Perhaps he will some day make an effort to reveal exactly who within the news media have been making these editorial decisions — now and in the past.  Flesh-and-blood people decide which subjects will be covered and how, not impersonal institutional forces. Perhaps Russ will delve into the “whys” of all this, beyond just calling these media “mainstream” and “corporate,” as if that explains everything.

  • Anonymous

    Just like in the JFK case, the Texas connection with LBJ having the most to gain(and avoid – crimimal charges) but yet he/they(the Texans- big oil, etc) couldn’t have setup LHO for all those years and put him in place and coverup…..so too, the Saudi’s may have had much to gain from 911 event on US territory but yet they couldn’t have controlled all events on the ground and coverup too.

    And here we have another x-Gov of Texas at a crisis point as US President where he has to appoint a “commission” to “investigate”
    a history changing crime…?! 

    JFK Truth = 911 Truth     

    • Daniel LaLiberte

      I hope this Saudi connection is not merely used as an excuse to invade Saudi Arabia.  If a huge effort is required to crack open and break the news about the Saudi connection, there might be a greater resistance to going any further than that, and there is a LOT more for MSM to wake up about, regarding 9/11 and many other things.

      Instead, a proper investigation could expose some of the monetary motivations behind 9/11, since oil was quite obviously the dominant reason why the US feels it needs to control the mid-east.   Israel is the other major factor, also tied up with money.  Terrorism had very little to do with 9/11, except for US CIA-sponsored terrorism.

  • Lee Chen

    Thank you, Russ Baker.  With continued incisive reporting and investigation more truth will eventually surface in this, possibly the most explosive, event of our lifetimes.

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  • Grumpusrex

    There is a chapter in Daniel Hopsicker’s book Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-up in Florida entitled ‘Saudi Cover’ that would be relevant to anyone interested out there.

  • Dollah062

    Very Promising

  • Anonymous

    There are many who believe the facts that have been fed to
    the public through the MSM were penned by someone other than the authore named on
    the story. Many are also aware of the fact that the MSM only reports
    information that has been preapproved by The Hill, corporate and financial institutions
    controlling our Nation. Many believe that Lil’ Bush and Chaney were more involved
    with 9/11 than we’ll ever be told about. Bring us a story that has enough evidence
    to hang those two and YOU will be forever mentioned in the history books of
    America.

    • Russ Baker

       One problem with so many people who are active posters is they don’t take the time to check the spelling of the most basic names. If one misspells the name of the former vice president, which is Cheney not Chaney, or writes author as “authore”, then those reading just dismiss the person as someone not to be taken seriously. Also, a lot of people seem to arbitrarily capitalize words like “Nation” which would only be capitalized if it were a proper name, like The Nation Magazine. Folks, please take a few minutes to correct your typing–or maybe ask a friend to look it over.  We appreciate your interest! And thanks.

      • Anonymous

        Damn Russ, I wish I could live in your perfet world. I’ll try to do better, I’ll really try. Promise.

  • Awergdsfa

    That guys is Bahrain’s King, FFS

  • Anonymous

    Not just the Saudis, Russ, but the Zionists, in complete collusion with Bush, Cheney, et al.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s be clear about what is exactly a “Saudi Government”!!! Just how much air is there between a Royal House and a Government in an absolute monarchy? How much air is between a Royal House and foreign business partners and Government in an absolute monarchy? We need straight talk here to get to the bottom and to identify our own personal and collective responsibility in this chain of events. 

  • Anonymous

     Now how about  news organizations that can give an investigative view of taxpayers starting a tax movement instead of protesting the WSJ and their cohort 1%, who now will have laws to make such protests illegal.  It was terrible enough to see average, peaceful people of all ages being clubbed and met with lethal pepper spray, now they can be thrown in jail, so much for the Constitution.

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  • Kascha K.

    American dummies will take in this confirmation and still find a way to convince themselves that the US and AIPAC knew nothing about this and had nothing to do with it either. I’d say it’s because all Americans know of logic is what Spock tells them on TV but logic doesn’t actually enter into this.

    It’s common sense given the nationality of the participants and that of their shot caller OBL. But don’t worry. Asking any questions about 9/11 or doubting the government’s excuse lines in any way will still get one branded a traitor and conspiracy “wacko” by the “too smart to bite” American public.

    I guess we’ll have to wait for the Youtube vid of Atta, Bush and Netten-yahoo doing the Dougie in the WTC basement the week before the tragedy before people start wondering if something is up.

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  • Ron Larson

    Oh for Christ’s Sake. This is old news. The KSA of 2001 is NOT the same KSA of 2012. This is like uncovering news that slavery used to legal and practiced in the USA as recently as 150 years ago and pretending to be shocked.

    Yes, KSA supported al-Qaeda. Some senior officials and royalty still do, unofficially. They condoned al-Qaeda because they felt it gave the islamic extremist inside KSA a pressure relief valve. The Saudis felt that they had an unspoken agreement that in exchange for sponsorship, al-Queda would leave them alone. In other words, they bought them off.

    The Saudi royal family turned 180 degrees after al-Qaeda turned on KSA and starting attacking them. This was after 2001 and the Saudi Royal Family finally recognized what a threat their little pet project had become. It took a few attacks. They were in denial for a long time. But they finally came around.

    The danger to KSA is still there. Crown Prince Nayef is the royal family’s defacto leader now, and he was one of bin Laden’s biggest supporters. He is  a hard core muslim. He may not agree with al Qaeda’s tactics. But he seems to share their core beliefs.

    Bottom line. KSA is cleaning house. We really can’t ask for more than that without cutting off our own nose.

  • Eastern Seaboard

    I left a comment here yesterday where is it?

    • Eastern Seaboard

      It had scores of links from MSM regarding  Israel/Mossad/PNAC fingerprints

      • Edward Rynearson

         truth kryptonite

      • Edward Rynearson

         truth kryptonite

  • Edward Rynearson

    I think the recent flurry of Saudi 9/11 stories was an attempt to bully them into participating in the planned attacks on Iran. 

    Shortly after the 9/11 attacks it was reported that Saudis planned and carried out the attacks on America. Osama Bin Laden and the 19 hijackers.  

    “We can paint a target on you and then kill you” was the message to the Saudis and anyone else listening. 

    A narrative about the Pakistani ISI giving the confessed – after being water boarded 187 times – 9/11 mastermind Atta a check for a 100K the morning of the attacks was a threat to Pakistan.

    “We can make you ‘Al Qaeda’, we can kill you”

    The Saudi Royals are proxies for the Zionists and at the same time are engaged in a dangerous balancing act with their own populations.

    One of the Saudi Princes owns half of Fox News.  The Saudi Prince and Rupert Murdoch.  Interesting photo shoot.

    That we aren’t getting the real story (cough) is an understatement.  How far you are is willing to travel down the rabbit hole is a better question.

    I’m still traveling.

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  • Pelwood

    Question??   Why is this article accompanied by a photo of former President Bush with Jordanian soldiers?   The red and white “kufiya” is Jordanian as well as the uniform the soldiers are wearing.  Saudi Arabian headgear is white.  I just returned from Jordan last week and it appeared to be in place at that time.

    • Russ Baker

       Actually, it seems this may be neither Saudi NOR Jordan, but Bahrain. Let’s hear from the experts out there….

  • Pelwood

    Upon closer inspection, I believe you are correct.

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