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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-19-04 06:02 AM
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NYT p.1: No Saudi Payment to Qaeda Is Found (by 9/11 Comm.)
No Saudi Payment to Qaeda Is Found
By DOUGLAS JEHL

Published: June 19, 2004


WASHINGTON, June 18 The staff of the Sept. 11 commission has put forward what amounts to a major revision of a widely held perception in Washington that top Saudi officials gave money to Al Qaeda.

The new account, based on 19 months of staff work, asserts flatly that there is "no evidence" that the Saudi government or senior Saudi officials financed the group, which is led by Osama bin Laden.

In 2002, a joint Congressional committee was reported to have concluded the opposite in a classified study that was then the most extensive on the issue.

Senator Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat and co-chairman of the committee that issued the report, said at the time, "In my judgment there is compelling evidence that a foreign government provided direct support through officials and agents of that government to some of the Sept. 11 hijackers."...


http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/19/politics/19QAED.html
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-19-04 06:06 AM
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1. whitewash...
Edited on Sat Jun-19-04 06:07 AM by leftchick
How the fuck would they know? Did the WH give them those 26 redacted pages concerning the Saudis? I feel so sorry for the families of the dead. No justice. :(
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-19-04 06:51 AM
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2. Unless they can identify other sources of al Qaeda's funds ...
Edited on Sat Jun-19-04 06:52 AM by TahitiNut
... I'm not at all persuaded by the "no evidence" claim. Such a claim would be noteworthy only if they could identify evidence of other sources. Closing one's eyes and claiming "I don't see it" means nothing other than blanket disregard.
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TomNickell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-19-04 07:00 AM
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3. Arabian Laundry
You wouldn't expect traceable contributions from Gov't officials. Big political happening if you could.

But there is so much money sloshing around the extended royal family, some has to slip off to cousin Osama.
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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-19-04 07:00 AM
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4. This commission is a joke
Edited on Sat Jun-19-04 07:01 AM by teryang
Bin Laden corp built the cave structure in Afghanistan for OBL. Cells in the US were supported by the Saudi Embassy. Al qaeda soldiers in Kosovo and Macedonia received American and Saudi support. The entire al qaeda infrastructure was built with American, Pakistani and Saudi support. The support infrastructure is the legacy of the strategic intelligence relationships tied together in BCCI.
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