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Saudi royals backed al Qaeda?

Saudi royals backed al Qaeda?

September 11 conspirator Moussaoui says Saudi royals backed al Qaeda

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former al Qaeda operative imprisoned for life for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has told lawyers for victims of the attacks that members of the Saudi royal family supported the Islamic militant group.

Zacarias Moussaoui made the statements in testimony filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday by lawyers for attack victims who accuse Saudi Arabia in a suit of providing material support to al Qaeda.

He said a list of donors from the late 1990s that he drafted during al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's tenure included some "extremely famous" Saudi officials, including Prince Turki al-Faisal Al Saud, a former Saudi intelligence chief. "Shaykh Osama wanted to keep a record who give money because ... who is to be listened to or who contribute to - to the jihad," said Moussaoui, a 46-year-old French native who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in 2005.

Moussaoui said he met in Kandahar with an official from Saudi Arabia's Washington embassy. Moussaoui said they were supposed to go to Washington together to find a location "suitable to launch a stinger attack" on the U.S. presidential plane, Air Force One.

In Washington, the Saudi embassy said on Wednesday that Moussaoui's claims appeared aimed at undermining Saudi-U.S. relations and contradicted findings of the 9/11 Commission in 2004 that there was no evidence of Saudi funding of al Qaeda.

Families of Sept. 11 victims allege that Saudi Arabia and a government-affiliated charity knowingly provided funding and other material support to al Qaeda that helped it carry out the attacks. Most of the 19 attackers were Saudi nationals who hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., and into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers revolted.

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{There have been rumors and accusations for years that the ruling royal family in Saudi Arabia was actively supporting Bin Laden and al Qaeda in their plans to attack America. After the attacks on 9/11 there seemed to be a very hasty effort to get Saudis safely out of the country by the Bush administration and this has led to many conspiracy theories that are still talked about.

I don't see any reason that the conspirator Moussaoui would lie about this as there is nothing in it for him. One way or the other he's in prison for life. At this point in time even if there was definitive proof that the Saudi royal family was involved its doubtful anything would be done about it. Successive American administrations seem to consider the Saudis a major friend and one of our few allies in the region. It seems even if its true they are going to get away with it and that's a damn shame. Don't you think?}

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2/7/2015, 1:29 pm Link to this post PM Noserose
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Re: Saudi royals backed al Qaeda?

Most of the skyjackers on 09/11/01 were Saudi nationals.

That's a rough neighborhood.
I'm not endorsing the royal family per se. But they've got a tough balance.
On one hand they're trying to not die.
And on the other hand, trying to not make matters worse.

To show you what a tough neighborhood it is, the air attacks we've been waging against ISIL in Iraq and Syria?

ISIL were the ones trying to oust Assad.
And Obama wanted Assad out, and said so.


Our air-strikes there are essentially helping Assad.
We are essentially now allied with Assad.

Tough neighborhood.

"Gertrude is a lovely name for a turtle." Susa
2/14/2015, 9:33 pm Link to this post PM sear

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