Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years Later, We Still Have Trouble With "Truth"

It's been a while since I've posted here. Several months, in fact, have elapsed since posting anything overtly political. Leave it to September 11 to change that.

No, it's not the solemn remembrances of what we've learned over the last 10 years that have been flooding mainstream media. Rather it's what we haven't learned, what we refuse to examine and comprehend, what we sweep under the rug or stick our fingers in our ears and shout, "La-la-la, can't hear you, can't HEAR YOU!" That inconvenient thing that in spite of a Congressional probe and an "independent" commission investigation, keeps seeping through like the blood on Lady Macbeth's hands that isn't there, but is all too real. You know, the truth!

I wrote about this general subject a year ago today. Little did I imagine one year later, more specific connections between 9/11 and the group I consider to be the genesis for that horrific homicide, BCCI, would come to light:

Posted on Wednesday, 09.07.11

Link to 9/11 hijackers found in
Special to The Miami Herald

FBI found
ties between hijackers and Saudis in Sarasota but never revealed the

By Anthony Summers and Dan
Special to The Miami Herald
Just two weeks before the 9/11
hijackers slammed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center, members of a Saudi
family abruptly vacated their luxury home near Sarasota, leaving a brand new car
in the driveway, a refrigerator full of food, fruit on the counter — and an open
safe in a master bedroom.

In the weeks to follow, law enforcement agents not only discovered the
home was visited by vehicles used by the hijackers, but phone calls were linked
between the home and those who carried out the death flights — including leader
Mohamed Atta — in discoveries never before revealed to the public.

Ten years after the deadliest attack of terrorism on U.S. soil, new
information has emerged that shows the FBI found troubling ties between the
hijackers and residents in the upscale community in southwest Florida, but the
investigation wasn’t reported to Congress or mentioned in the 9/11 Commission

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat who co-chaired the
congressional Joint Inquiry into the attacks, said he should have been told
about the findings, saying it “opens the door to a new chapter of investigation
as to the depth of the Saudi role in 9/11. ... No information relative to the
named people in Sarasota was disclosed.”

Read more:

Fantastic revelations! Just four days before the 10th anniversary, you would think something this shocking would have been headline news. Not that I thought it would when I read it. After 10 years of seeing anything that questions the "official story" get squeezed down the memory hole, it didn't surprise me that I only found out about this report from alternative media sources. What surprised me was that I found out about this in the General Discussion forum at Democratic Underground. Usually a story like this would get banished to their 9/11 forum, known affectionately or unaffectionately as "the dungeon".

Two days later, Mark G. Levey, who posts on Democratic Underground as leveymg, followed up this story with his own research confirming the connection between Ghazzawi and BCCI:

leveymg (1000+ posts)
Fri Sep-09-11 07:55 PM
Original message
Florida al-Qaeda fugitive Esam Ghazzawi linked to BCCI and two dead Saudi Princes

This follows up my posting yesterday, which examined the Miami Herald report Wednesday that the FBI had covered up the escape of a Saudi financier living in Florida who had hosted Mohamed Atta at his Sarasota villa in the months leading up to the 9/11 attacks. See,

Esam Ghazzawi, his daughter, Anoud, and her husband, Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii suddenly disappeared on August 30, 2001, leaving behind a million dollar, fully furnished Sarasota home, several automobiles, and their personal belongings. For ten years, the FBI withheld information from Congressional investigators and the public that Ghazzami has been visited by Atta and another hijacker, and phone records showed numerous calls to other figures involved in the 9/11 attack. Read more:

Ghazzawi linked to BCCI and two dead Saudi Princes

Background checking since yesterday’s news account reveals evidence that Ghazzawi, who was on US government watch-lists along with his daughter and son-in-law, has a long history of association with Saudi financiers linked to terrorism and major global bank frauds in the 1980s and 1990s. He now lives openly in Jeddah and owns the posh Orient Restaurant in Khobar, KSA. Most intriguingly, he is mentioned in a 1997 London court document as having held funds for Prince Fahd bin Salman, a member of the Saudi Royal family who died suddenly at the age of 46 on July 24, 2001.

Prince Fahd's father Salman is the governor of Riyadh and brother of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. The eldest of four brothers, and born in 1955, Prince Fahd acted as deputy governor of Riyadh's Eastern Region during the Gulf War of 1991. Little has ever been written about the death of Fahd, but his involvement with BCCI was noted several years earlier in connection with a law suit in London. Reprinted at:


Private Eye reports: "Prince Fahd bin Salman, eldest son of ... Prince
Salman, the governor of Riyadh ... a court case brought by the BCCI liquidators
over the little matter of $397,000 owed to the rogue bank. Since 1994 the
liquidators had been seeking repayment of this money under a guarantee given by
the prince for the overdraft of an offshore company, Colchest Corporation N.V.
In an unusual response, Prince Fahd sought to offset against this debt money
held at another BCCI branch in the name of one Esam Ghazzawi, claiming that this
was his money. The court of appeal rejected this suggestion on the basis that it
was unclear who owned what in the Ghazzawi accounts."

Prince Fahd’s death five weeks before Ghazzami suddenly fled his Sarasota home, barely 6 weeks before 9/11 might not in itself be more than coincidence. However, the unfolding story takes a particularly sinister turn when one realizes that Faud’s older brother, Prince Ahmed bin Salman died almost exactly a year later (November 17, 1958 – July 22, 2002), and his death has been labeled the first of a series of post-9/11 U.S. targeted killings of prominent figures identified as having had leading roles in the attacks.

In his 2003 book Why America Slept, author Gerald Posner writes that Prince Ahmed bin Salman had had ties to al-Qaeda and had advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. When 9/11 figure Abu Zubaydeh was captured, Posner claims that he revealed to American interrogators the identity of a number of top al-Qaeda backers, including Prince Ahmed, and the head of the Pakistani Air Force, who died with his family and closest aides in a February 2003 mid-air transport plane explosion.

To the timeline of events leading up to 9/11, including the 08/30/2001 flight of Ghazzawi and his family, we must now add the death five weeks earlier of Prince Faud and the death almost a year to the day of his older brother, Prince Ahmed. Their father is a co-director of the Saudi intelligence service along with Prince Turki bin Faisal, who suddenly resigned his 25 year commission as the Director of the Saudi General Intelligence agency and departed his long-time post in Washington suddenly on September 4, 2001. That is another important date that should put on anyone’s 9/11 timeline.

It is now past time for the redacted material in the 9/11 Report about Saudi al-Qaeda finance to be released, and the case reopened to examine new evidence.

It was exciting to see the headline for this follow up post. I immediately recommended and bookmarked it to read later. When I tried to read it later so I could comment and contribute to the discussion, I found the DU moderators had once again returned to form and banished this thread to the dungeon. Apparently even in the alternative media universe, it still isn't good form to broadly display any questioning of the 9/11 official story beyond a cursory nod.

What would Bill Hicks say if he were still alive? Oh yeah, "Go back to bed, America!"Link


Tanya Savko said...

I wonder if it's a case of playing ostrich or just avoiding the truth. Either way, we're in the dark.

Robert Paulsen said...

That's true, Tanya. So far, the only MSM outlet to address this story was the Dylan Ratigan show. Former Senator Bob Graham called for a new 9/11 investigation.