Was the 9/11 Commission a White Wash?

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The Senate Select Committee said (in 2002) that foreign governments WERE involved in 9/11 attacks ?

So why did the 9/11 Commission Report LATER DENY foreign governments were involved in 9/11 attacks

What was the White House hiding about 9/11 ?

Why did President Bush personally ask Senator Daschle to limit congressional investigation of 9/11?

Was Thomas Kean (Director of Hess Oil) a good choice for head of the 9/11 Commission, if Delta Oil financed terrorism and was in partners with Hess?, and What are the links between Bush and Delta Oil ?

Why would Bush (Pres) and Thomas Ken (Hess Oil and 9/11 Commission) both have connections to Mahfouz (Delta Oil) if he funded terrorists and 9/11?

 


Foreign Governments Were Involved in Facilitating 9/11 Attack

December 11, 2002(C): In discussing the report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 9/11 (see December 11, 2002(B)), Senator Bob Graham (D-Florida), the committee chairman, says he is "surprised at the evidence that there were foreign governments involved in facilitating the activities of at least some of the [9/11] terrorists in the United States. ... To me that is an extremely significant issue and most of that information is classified, I think overly-classified. I believe the American people should know the extent of the challenge that we face in terms of foreign government involvement. I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing - although that was part of it - by a sovereign foreign government and that we have been derelict in our duty to track that down ... It will become public at some point when it's turned over to the archives, but that's 20 or 30 years from now." [PBS Newshour, 12/11/02]

So why did the 9/11 Commission report denies Foreign Government financing 9/11 attack?

"Our investigation has uncovered no credible evidence that any person in the United States gave the hijackers substantial financial assistance. Similarly, we have seen no evidence that any foreign government - or foreign government official--supplied any funding"  {The 9/11 Commission Report  pg 172]

What is the White House Hiding about 9/11 ?  

A behind-the-scenes dispute over how much the public should be allowed to see of a report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could touch off a constitutional confrontation between Congress and the White House. When the agencies recommended censoring more than two-thirds of the report, committee leaders protested. ...

CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield....said the agency is trying to ''protect sensitive sources and methods that will help us prevent future attacks.'' 

But Sen. Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat who co-chaired the joint intelligence committee's inquiry and is running for president, said he suspects intelligence agencies want parts of the report kept secret because it tells ''a fuller and more complete story than they would like.'' 

One sign of the seriousness of the dispute: Even House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss, R-Fla., a former CIA officer who is sympathetic to the intelligence agencies, has said Congress could overrule the agencies. ''We have the right to use our apparatus to declassify the report,'' he said earlier this week.

Under an obscure, 26-year-old rule, the House and Senate could vote to declassify the intelligence committees' report over administration objections. ''If we want, we could have the entire thing printed,'' said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Among the information at issue: reports on Saudi Arabian ties to the terrorists. Graham would not confirm that the report fingers the Saudis, but he said, ''There's a lot of protection of . . . political relationships between the United States and foreign governments.''

Another potential area of dispute: an August 6, 2001, intelligence briefing for President Bush that warned al-Qaeda might try to hijack U.S. airliners.

The White House says material from the briefings should not be made public for security reasons. But some committee members have questioned that argument after it was revealed that Bush invited Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend his morning intelligence updates while they were at his Texas ranch.

''You can be assured that they are getting access to information that is in America's interest for them to know,'' White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said she wants to know what type of briefings were shared with the foreign leaders. ''If it's the president's daily briefing, which is only for him, that would be totally inappropriate,'' she said.

The declassification rule has never been used and would be certain to provoke a court challenge. But there are those, including some family members of Sept. 11 victims, who think Congress should invoke it if the agencies don't agree to make most of the report public.

''If the agencies cannot or will not declassify it, then Congress . . . should pursue that option,'' said Tim Roemer, a former congressman who participated in the House-Senate inquiry. He is now a member of an independent commission investigating the attacks.

Some of those who lost loved ones in the attacks suspect a cover-up. ''Apparently, the joint inquiry did too good a job,'' said Kristen Breitweiser of New Jersey, whose husband, Ronald, died at the World Trade Center. Said Steve Push of Washington, D.C., whose wife, Lisa Raines, died on the jet that struck the Pentagon: ''It's essential that this report be declassified.''

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20030530/5201146s.htm

 

Why did Bush personally ask Senator Daschle to limit 9/11 investigations?

Jan. 29, 2002 CNN reported: "President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of 9/11/01. Democrats privately question why the White House fears a broader investigation to determine culpability. (Daschle was also one of the few Anthrax letter targets)

 

Was Thomas Kean (Director of Hess Oil) a good choice for head of the 9/11 Commission, if Delta Oil financed terrorism and was in partners with Hess?,  and what are the links between Bush and Delta Oil?

December 16, 2002: President Bush selects Thomas Kean to head the 9/11 investigation

December 27, 2002 Thomas Kean, New Chairman of 9/11 Commission had business ties with Osama's Brother in Law

UNOCAL's partner in the Cent-Gas trans-Afghan pipeline consortium, the Saudi Company Delta Oil is owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans which allegedly have ties to bin Laden’s Al Qaeda. Powerful financier Khalid bin Mahfouz’ younger sister is married to Osama bin Laden,. (US Senate, Senate Judiciary Committee, Federal News Service, 3 Sept. 1998) Bin Mahfouz is suspected to have funneled millions of dollars to the Al Qaeda network.(See Tom Flocco, Scoop.co.nz 28 Aug. 2002)

Thomas Kean, the man chosen by President Bush to lead the 9/11 commission also has business ties with bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi. Thomas Kean is a director (and shareholder) of Amerada Hess Corporation --Hess-Delta (joint venture). Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans.

Delta-Hess "was established in 1998 for the development and exploration of oil fields in the Caspian region...In Azerbaijan Delta Hess is involved in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli PSA (2.72%) and the Garabaghli-Kursangi PSA (20%). It is also an equity holder in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline": Delta- Hess, which... is registered in the Cayman Islands says the terms of the alliance--are subject to confidentiality clauses. 'There's no reason why this should be public information,' a Hess spokesman says." (Energy Compass, 15 Nov. 2002)

Thomas Kean is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, together with another prominent member of the board of directors of Amerada Hess, former Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas Brady: Delta Oil Ltd. of Saudi Arabia --which is a partner in the Hess-Delta Alliance--is in part controlled by Khalid bin Mafhouz, Osama's brother in law.

Thomas Kean also heads the 9/11 Commission, which has a mandate to investigate Khalid's brother in law, Osama bin Laden. Dr. Kissinger had a conflict of interest and resigned. The vice chairman of the Commission, former Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, resigned for the same reason. (See Xymphora, 19 Dec 2002 ) Corporate media applauds Thomas Kean without acknowledging his Saudi business connections, Thomas Kean is heralded as "a man of extraordinary integrity, decency and intellect." In the words of the Baltimore Sun: "he lacks obvious conflicts of interest" (26 Dec.2002).

Thomas Kean also sits as co-chairman of the Homeland Security Project (HSP) under the auspices of the Century Foundation. In this capacity, Kean has played a key role in the draft recommendations of the Century Foundation, which laid the groundwork of the Office of Homeland Security legislation.

Delta officials (involved in the UNOCAL trans-Afghan pipeline consortium) played a key role in negotiations with the Taliban. Enron, (whose former CEO, Ken Lay, had close connections to the Bush family) had been contracted to undertake feasibility studies for the Unocal-Delta consortium. Enron Corporation had also been entrusted --in liaison with Delta-- with pipeline negotiations with the Taliban government

George W. Bush had dealings with Khalid bin Mafhouz, when he was in the Texas oil business. Both George W. Bush and Khalid bin-Mahfouz were implicated in the Bank of Commerce International (BCCI) scandal:

Links between Bush and Mahfouz found in the Carlyle Group an investment firm managed by a board on which former president George Bush himself sat. George W. Bush personally held shares in Carlyle group, (Caterair company, between 1990-94). Carlyle today ranks as a leading contributor to Bush’s electoral campaign. On Carlyle’s advisory board is found the name of Sami Baarma, director of the Pakistani financial establishment Prime Commercial Bank that is based in Lahore and owned by Mahfouz. In the wake of 9/11, Khalid bin Mahfouz (Osama's brother in law) was carefully exempted from the Treasury investigations which led to the freezing of the financial assets of some 150 Saudi businesses, charities and individuals: "The US Treasury has frozen the assets of 150 Saudi individuals, companies and charities suspected of financing terrorism. It has named Blessed Relief, a Saudi "charity" as a front organisation providing funds to Osama bin Laden. "Saudi businessmen have been transferring millions of dollars to Bin Laden through Blessed Relief," the agency said. One rich Saudi patriarch under suspicion is Khaled bin Mahfouz, owner of the National Commercial Bank, banker to the Saudi royal family,

Thomas Kean --in contrast to Dr. Henry Kissinger-- was selected to head the 9/11 Commission because he was "close to the families of the 9/11 victims, an important credential to the White House, which was coming under increasing criticism from those families" (Scripps Howard News Service, 17 December 2002)

The $1 trillion lawsuit filed last August by the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks , lists two of Thomas Kean's business partners in the Hess-Delta joint-venture, among the accused: Khalid Bin Mahfouz (Osama's brother in law), and Mohammed Hussein al Amoudi. Both individuals have been tagged in the lawsuit as alleged "financiers" of Al Qaeda. Now, how will Thomas Kean deal with that in the context of the 9/11 Commission?

Former CIA director James Woolsey's testimony confirms that the Sudan pharmaceutical company bombed in 1998 on the orders of President Clinton was owned  by Salah Idris, a business associate and protegé of Khalid bin Mahfouz, The bombing was in retribution for the alleged Al Qaeda African Embassy bombings.

The Mahfouz conglomerate, owns the National Commercial Bank (largest bank in Saudi Arabia) was preparing to pump money into the trans-Afghan pipeline deal. Delta-Hess was also set up in 1998 to explore and develop oil and gas resources in the Caspian Sea basin. Why would the Clinton administration order the bombing of a factory which was controlled by a business crony of Unocal Corporation and Amerada-Hess?

[From Michel Chossudovsky article in globalresearch.ca, 27 december 2002 ]

Why would Bush and Thomas Kean both have connections to Mahfouz (Delta Oil) if he funded terrorists and 9/11 ?  

Anyone who lived within shouting distance of New Jersey in the 1980s will remember Governor Tom Kean as the tall, balding man who roamed the beach in tourism commercials for the Garden State. "New Jersey and you—perfect together," he recited, in a curiously New England accent. Despite being the Republican governor of a densely populated, highly unionized, and ethnically diverse state, his tenure in office came and went with little incident. This past fall, he made a brief political reemergence to campaign unsuccessfully for Doug Forrester, Frank Lautenberg's opponent in New Jersey's Senate race. Seemingly little had changed about Kean since his days in the capitol. He was still an innocuous looking man, with an aloof professorial air, who spoke with the patrician tones of George Plimpton. He remains extremely popular today, though few of his former constituents remember anything he did while in office.

This fact, as much as anything else, is what led President Bush to name Kean the head of the panel investigating September 11. Henry Kissinger, Bush's original choice, was far too high profile. Though Kissinger has not held an official governmental position since the end of the Ford administration, he remains the very essence of 21st century celebrity, with a face, voice, and checkered past that is burned into the memory of nearly every American.

On the surface, Kean is everything Kissinger is not. Surface is all that really matters, of course, since Bush shows little interest in going any deeper than that in his 9/11 probe. The administration waited well over a year to begin convening its investigation, and it has placed prohibitive and arcane strictures on the commission, such as requiring that any criminal subpoenas must be approved by six of the ten committee members. And when the time came to appoint a committee chair, a wanted war criminal was Bush's first choice: a man who will no longer leave the country for fear of being whisked off to the Hague, Milosevic-style.

Of course, as is true of nearly everyone associated with the Bush administration, the acrid scent of decaying skeletons wafts out of Tom Kean's closet. Though few in the mainstream media seem willing to discuss it, Kean has some very disturbing connections—some of which lead directly to the very people he should be investigating.

To date, the only mainstream newspaper to even come close to raising any issues about Kean's business associations has been New York Newsday. Washington correspondent Thomas Frank, in his December 17 article on the new chair, mentioned in passing that Kean is a director at Aramark, a food-services corporation with business interests in Saudi Arabia. Had Frank cared to probe deeper, however, he would have discovered that cafeteria food is far from Kean's only dealing in the Middle East.

Kean is also a director at Amerada Hess, a petroleum company whose green and white gas stations are a familiar sight in the New York metropolitan area. The Hess family is well known for its ownership of the New York Jets, but their company is less famous for being a partner in Hess-Delta, an oil exploration and development joint venture incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Little is known about Delta-Hess's interests besides its investments in the Caspian Sea region, Azerbaijan, and other former Soviet republics. What is known is that Hess's partner in this joint venture is Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia, a company with some extremely suspicious executives.

Two of Kean's Hess-Delta business partners—Mohammed Hussein al Amoudi and Khalid bin Mahfouz—have been under investigation as far back as 1999 for suspected ties to Al Qaeda (Boston Herald, 12/11/2001). Both men have numerous overlapping oil interests in Saudi Arabia, one of which is Delta. Both men are accused by name in a $1 trillion lawsuit, filed on behalf of families of the victims of September 11, as alleged financiers of Al Qaeda.

Khalid bin Mahfouz, head of Saudi Arabia's powerful National Commercial Bank, has led a storied and very public career in fraud. He was implicated in the BCCI banking scandal during the early 1990s, when the Bank of Commerce and Credit International robbed depositors of $10 billion. He eventually paid a $225 million settlement to escape prosecution. In the mid-1990s, he was caught in a citizenship-for-sale scandal, in which he courted investors for business ventures in Ireland, in exchange for Irish passports and huge tax exemptions.

Shortly thereafter, it appears that bin Mahfouz made the jump from white-collar criminal into terrorist sugar daddy. In 1999, he was reportedly placed under house arrest by the Saudi government on suspicion of supporting terrorism. An audit of his National Commerce Bank discovered that $2 billion dollars had gone missing, and US and Saudi officials feared it was funneled to Al Qaeda via numerous charity fronts. One of the "charities" to which bin Mahfouz may have "contributed" heavily, the Advice and Reformation Committee, was founded by Osama bin Laden himself and financed the 1998 African embassy bombings. US officials also suspect bin Mahfouz to be financially linked to the USS Cole attack, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and numerous failed terrorist actions. Bin Mahfouz's son was on the board of the Sudanese chapter of Blessed Relief, a charity whose assets were frozen by the Treasury Department in October 2001 for suspected terrorist links. (Ottawa Citizen, 9/29/2001)

As a final note, bin Mahfouz also happens to be Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law. According to Senate testimony given by former CIA director James Woolsey, bin Mahfouz's younger sister is one of bin Laden's many brides. (New York Times, 11/12/2001)

One may wonder how Tom Kean has, thus far, been able to avoid such scrutiny. He hasn't entirely; Michel Chussodovsky, an economics professor at the University of Ottawa, recently wrote an extensive exposé of Kean's connections at globalresearch.ca, and a number of other alternative news sources have already published articles on the subject. But the mainstream media refuses to pick up the story, possibly because questions about Kean's connections to bin Mahfouz ultimately lead to questions about President Bush's connections to him as well.

In 1979, when Bush started up Arbusto Energy in Houston, one of his investors was James Bath, the US business representative of Salem bin Laden—brother of Osama. Though it has yet to be proven, many suspect Bath's $50,000 investment came directly from Salem. Following bin Laden's death in 1988, his Houston-based interests were absorbed by Khalid bin Mahfouz. As a result, Bush soon found himself in hot water during the BCCI scandal, when investigations into the bank's finances revealed that many of the indicted BCCI executives invested heavily in Harken Energy (a reincarnation of Arbusto). Bush denied any knowledge of the BCCI investment, though this answer appears to be disingenuous at best. Bin Mahfouz, a BCCI principal, was implicated in the collective fraud, though not directly connected to Bush's company.

It would not be the last time the men crossed paths. In December 1997, the London Telegraph reported that Taliban representatives were close to signing a deal with Unocal, a California-based oil company, to construct a pipeline across Afghanistan. Bin Mahfouz's Delta Oil was heavily involved in the negotiations, and acted as a liaison between the Taliban and Unocal. At the same time, incidentally, Enron CEO Ken Lay (Kenny Boy to the President) was contracted to conduct feasibility studies for the Unocal-Delta joint venture. Unocal publicly urged the Clinton administration to recognize the Taliban, despite Osama bin Laden's very welcome presence in the country it controlled. Clinton was reluctant to do so, however, and the Afghan pipeline project hung in negotiations limbo for years—as recently as January 2001, the Bush administration was still meeting with Taliban representatives to work out an oil deal. There is no reason to believe that Delta, and therefore bin Mahfouz, had relinquished its interest in the Afghan pipeline by this time.

Shortly after the fall of the Taliban, Bush installed Hamid Karzai, a former Unocal consultant, as president of Afghanistan. Zalmay Khalilzad, late of Unocal and a former Taliban supporter, was appointed as the US special envoy to the country. Assuming the Unocal-Delta joint venture still formally exists, President Bush has as much of a link to terrorism as the man he appointed to head the September 11 commission.

This protects both of them, but at the expense of a thorough investigation. Kean, after all, is unlikely to give the public much cause for alarm. He is obviously not in a position to ask any hard questions of anyone, lest the press dig deeper into his own business dealings, or lest his own commission uncover embarrassing facts about himself. We should be clear that Kean is no Kissinger; circumstance and association indict him more than deeds and documents. And unlike Kissinger, Kean has no entries in the national database, and the evil he may have done is the quiet and distant kind that Americans are usually able to ignore. But he is burdened by disincentives to find the truth, and this is something the American people need to know. Now, anyone unfamiliar with Kean will see nothing more in him than those who remember his old tourism commercials—a man strolling the Jersey shore, without a care in the world, staring enigmatically off into the distant east.

9/11 Hijackers Accounts Were Found at Deutsche Bank

CNN ran a story on October 9, 2001 called Deutsche Bank and the Terror Money Trail," Bank Handling terrorist funds for Al-Qaeda. 10 accounts linked to Al Qaeda had been found at the bank, holding $1 million. [CNN October 9, 2001]

All International Banking Transactions Are Monitored

All international banking transactions are monitored and electronically recorded by "clearing" companies.  There are only three clearing companies for the whole world.  Euroclear and Swift are in Brussels and the Clearstream system is in Luxembourg.  

Clearsteam - Hiding Something?

Denis Robert investigated the Clearstream system and found that half of the Clearstream accounts weren't published.  However all international financial operations are traceable: they are printed on microfiles. [www.local.attac.org/oise/clearing.htm]

 

WASHINGTON -- April 1, 2004 -- (TomFlocco.com) -- Three weeks before President Bush selected Kean on December 16, 2002 to head the terrorist probe (15 months after September 11, 2001), Amerada-Hess--an oil company where Kean is still a director and shareholder--severed its joint venture deal with Saudi Arabia’s Delta Oil, involving one of the largest undeveloped oil fields in the world in the Caspian Sea basin. (Fortune, 1-22-2003)   

According to Fortune, one of Delta Oil’s backers is Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law Khalid bin Mahfouz, founder and chairman of the Saudi National Commercial Bank (NCB). Mahfouz transferred personal funds and $3 million diverted from a Saudi pension fund to New York and London bank accounts linked to terrorism. In turn, NCB deposited the money into Islamic charities Islamic Relief and Blessed Relief--where Mahfouz’s son Abdul Rahman serves on the board in Sudan. Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Mahfouz and others transferred "tens of millions of dollars to bank accounts linked to indicted terrorist Osama bin Laden." (USA Today, 10-28-99)

Two of George W. Bush’s closest Texas friends, James C. Langdon, and George R. Salem--chairman and fundraiser of Arab-Outreach for Bush 2000, are partners in Washington, DC-based law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. Akin-Gump has earned hefty fees representing Mahfouz and other billionaire Saudi businessmen, but also Texas-based Islamic charity, The Holy Land Foundation--largest in America--which FBI officials fingered as a United States terrorist front organization. (Boston Herald, 12-11-2001)

http://www.tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=52


Sunday Business Post

Mahfouz to keep controversial passports

10/08/03 00:00

By Pat Leahy: The affair of the 11 passports issued to Saudi billionaire Sheikh bin Mahfouz in controversial circumstances by former taoiseach Charles Haughey will not be pursued by the Department of Justice, minister Michael McDowell has decided. In a written reply to a parliamentary question in May, released by the Department of Justice last week, McDowell said that the Attorney General had suggested there were now no grounds for revoking the certificates of naturalisation upon which the passports were based.

Families of the victims of the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington have accused Mahfouz - now an Irish citizen - of funding Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation.

But while the Mahfouz passports issue may have been laid to rest as far as the Department of Justice is concerned, the files remain with the Moriarty Tribunal. The tribunal's investigations have centred on Haughey's role in the affair; Ray Burke was the Minister for Justice who signed the naturalisation certificates.

McDowell was anxious to point out that the Mahfouz affair "centres in large part on events which occurred 13 years ago - events which might have been better addressed when fresher and closer to their occurrence".

The passports were supplied as part of the passportsfor-investment scheme. The Sunday Business Post re-vealed last year that no investments were formally "certified or confirmed", as required by the Department of Justice, in 17 cases out of 66 between 1988 and 1994. This included the 11 Mahfouz passports, although the Moriarty Tribunal is believed to have followed a trail of money transferred by the Mahfouz family to a number of Irish companies.

Funds are thought to have been invested in businesses backed by John Magnier and JP McManus, as well as into Kerry Airport and projects promoted by the entrepreneur Noel C Duggan. However, Duggan has always been keen to point out that this investment was subsequently bought out.

Money was also paid to Butler Engineering, a company run by the late Pat Butler, a supporter of Fianna Fail and of Haughey.

McDowell examined the file in the Department of Justice late last year and declared that it contained no explanation for the "irregular and unusual" manner in which the passports were granted. He asked Attorney General Rory Brady for advice on the possibility of revoking the certificates of naturalisation issued to the Saudi nationals.The advice took almost six months to arrive in the Department of Justice.

McDowell was a persistent and trenchant critic of the passports-for-investment scheme, which was finally abandoned by the government in 1998. The scheme has never been far away from controversy, but the handover of the 11 passports by Haughey at a lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel is one of the scheme's most curious episodes.

Members of the Mahfouz family have since come under investigation by the United States authorities.The family's private bank, the National Commercial Bank, has funded an Islamic charity which is accused of channelling millions of dollars to associates of bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

In 1999 the family patriarch Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz - an Irish citizen - was placed under house arrest by the Saudi authorities after allegations about supporting Islamic fundamentalist front organisations. Members and associates of the Mahfouz family are among those whose assets were frozen by the US authorities in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Sheikh Khalid also paid a $225 million settlement to US prosecutors investigating the BCCI scandal.

The Mahfouz family have business and marriage links to the family of Osama bin Laden. Both families also have close links to the ruling Saudi royal family, which has been the key to the amassing of vast fortunes. Forbes magazine estimates that the bin Laden family is worth €5 billion and the Mahfouz family €4 billion.

The bin Laden family have disowned Osama bin Laden, although US investigators claim that a network of links has existed since the early 1990s between charities which have effectively acted as fundraising fronts for al-Qaeda and prominent members of the Saudi establishment - including members and close associates of the bin Laden and Mahfouz families.

Several hundred families of the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center have launched a lawsuit which accuses Khalid bin Mahfouz and other members of the Saudi ruling elite of having funded the hijackers and their parent organisations.

Companies controlled by the bin Ladens and members of the Mahfouz family invested in business ventures set up by George W Bush while his father was US president. Details of these investments are likely to be embarrassing for President Bush if they are teased out in court.

If anyone produces an Irish passport, the embarrassment might not end there. [Sunday Business Post, Pat Leahy]


Summary:  The Chair of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean,  was Director of Amerada Hess Oil Company which was partnered with Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia in a consortium called CentGas.  CentGas  (Delta/Hess) was financing the trans-Afghanistan pipeline which was thought to be the best way (other than through Iran) to get the natural gas and oil out of Central Asia.  Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia was owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans. bin Mahfouz was accused of getting the passports for the hijackers and financing the 9/11 attacks.            

So....Was the 9/11 Commission Report a Whitewash?

Congress, White House clash over declassifying 9/11 report By Kathy Kiely and John Diamond
USA TODAY Page 6A

WASHINGTON -- A behind-the-scenes dispute over how much the public should be allowed to see of a report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could touch off a constitutional confrontation between Congress and the White House.

The House and Senate intelligence committees spent most of last year investigating why the nation's spy and law enforcement agencies failed to prevent the attacks. The committees filed the approximately 800-page report in December, but it was classified so that intelligence agencies could review it first.

When the agencies recommended censoring more than two-thirds of the report, committee leaders protested. The agencies made their counteroffer late Thursday; committee aides were reviewing it.

''We will continue to work with them to resolve issues and address concerns,'' said CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield. He said the agency is trying to ''protect sensitive sources and methods that will help us prevent future attacks.''

But Sen. Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat who co-chaired the joint intelligence committee's inquiry and is running for president, said he suspects intelligence agencies want parts of the report kept secret because it tells ''a fuller and more complete story than they would like.''

One sign of the seriousness of the dispute: Even House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss, R-Fla., a former CIA officer who is sympathetic to the intelligence agencies, has said Congress could overrule the agencies. ''We have the right to use our apparatus to declassify the report,'' he said earlier this week.

Under an obscure, 26-year-old rule, the House and Senate could vote to declassify the intelligence committees' report over administration objections. ''If we want, we could have the entire thing printed,'' said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Among the information at issue: reports on Saudi Arabian ties to the terrorists. Graham would not confirm that the report fingers the Saudis, but he said, ''There's a lot of protection of . . . political relationships between the United States and foreign governments.''

Another potential area of dispute: an August 6, 2001, intelligence briefing for President Bush that warned al-Qaeda might try to hijack U.S. airliners.

The White House says material from the briefings should not be made public for security reasons. But some committee members have questioned that argument after it was revealed that Bush invited Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend his morning intelligence updates while they were at his Texas ranch.

''You can be assured that they are getting access to information that is in America's interest for them to know,'' White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said she wants to know what type of briefings were shared with the foreign leaders. ''If it's the president's daily briefing, which is only for him, that would be totally inappropriate,'' she said.

The declassification rule has never been used and would be certain to provoke a court challenge. But there are those, including some family members of Sept. 11 victims, who think Congress should invoke it if the agencies don't agree to make most of the report public.

''If the agencies cannot or will not declassify it, then Congress . . . should pursue that option,'' said Tim Roemer, a former congressman who participated in the House-Senate inquiry. He is now a member of an independent commission investigating the attacks.

Some of those who lost loved ones in the attacks suspect a coverup. ''Apparently, the joint inquiry did too good a job,'' said Kristen Breitweiser of New Jersey, whose husband, Ronald, died at the World Trade Center. Said Steve Push of Washington, D.C., whose wife, Lisa Raines, died on the jet that struck the Pentagon: ''It's essential that this report be declassified.''

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20030530/5201146s.htm

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