Al Qaeda in Yemen Headed Up by Anwar al-Awlaki Who Linked to Ziyad Khaleel in Orlando and Muneer Arafat in Sarasota prior to 9/11/2001.
KPBS NEWS, Sept. 7th, 2011...Questions Linger Over San Diego 9/11 Hijackers’ Ties to Saudi Government, but FBI says no link, oh really. The decision to send hijackers Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi to San Diego was supposedly made in Karachi, Pakistan by the 9/11 architects, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Al-Hazmi and Al-Midhar arrived here in February of 2000.
Retired professor Abdusattar Shaikh unwittingly rented rooms in his Lemon Grove home to the two hijackers. He described them 10 years ago as simple desert men or Bedouins. They ate and slept on the floor. They prayed regularly at the Islamic Center of San Diego and at a mosque in La Mesa and come in contact with terror Imam Anwar al-Awlaki.
“They were home most of the time, reading the Koran listening to the Arabic cassettes," Shaikh said back then. But former Sen. Graham, who co-chaired the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11, said the hijackers led a less than pious lifestyle outside the mosque and home. “Well, they drank," the Florida Democrat said. "They went to nightclubs, strip clubs and at one point, Al-Hazmi wanted to marry one of the strippers but that was finally quashed.” What we don’t yet know about the hijackers, according to Graham, is who financed their mission.
Hijackers in the September 11 attacks;
American Airlines Flight 11- Mohamed Atta (Pilot) · Satam al-Suqami · Waleed al-Shehri · Wail al-Shehri · Abdulaziz al-Omari.
United Airlines Flight 175- Marwan al-Shehhi (Pilot)i · Fayez Banihammad · Mohand al-Shehri · Hamza al-Ghamdi · Ahmed al-Ghamdi
American Airlines Flight 77- Hani Hanjour (Pilot) · Khalid al-Mihdhar · Majed Moqed · Nawaf al-Hazmi · Salem al-Hazmi
United Airlines Flight 93- Ziad Jarrah (Pilot) · Ahmed al-Nami · Saeed al-Ghamdi · Ahmed al-Haznawi .
Former Sen. Bob Graham said a Saudi man named Omar Al Bayoumi, his photo above, helped the two hijackers find apartments in San Diego and introduced them to other Muslims in the area. Graham said before Al Bayoumi helped the men, he received $465 per month from a Saudi government contractor. Afterward, his monthly allowance jumped to $3,700. Graham believed the funding source was Saudi government officials. He says his staff tried to interview Shaikh, who had rented rooms to Al-Hazmi and Al-Midhar.
“He was an informant for the FBI, as a paid asset," Graham said. "His principle responsibility was monitoring Saudi youth living in the San Diego community as to whether they were contemplating any actions that would be detrimental to the United States." “He was taken into protective custody immediately after 9/11 and held for the better part of four years, at the end of which he was given a $100,000 payment and discharged of his responsibilities," Graham said. "He was withheld from us and in my own opinion, it was purposeful so that we would not get access to whatever information he had.” That information might link the Saudi government to the hijackers, according to Graham.Mohamed Atta and Ziad Jarrah "fit that of drivers and cars entering Prestancia on their way to visit'' the Saudis' Sarasota home.
ST PETE TIMES Sept. 16th, 2011....FBI disputes story tying Sarasota Saudi couple to 9/11 hijackers. The FBI said Thursday that it had interviewed members of a Saudi Arabian family that left Sarasota shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and found no evidence they were connected to the hijackers or the terror plot.In what he called a statement "to correct the public record,'' Steven Ibison, special agent in charge of the Tampa office, took issue with a recent story that claimed the FBI found "troubling ties'' between the hijackers and the al-Hijji family, the residents of a home in a gated Sarasota community.
As the FBI investigated leads after Sept. 11, "family members were located and interviewed,'' the statement said. "At no time did the FBI develop evidence that connected the family members to any of the 9/11 hijackers, as suggested in the article, and there was no connection to the 9/11 plot.''
The FBI's statement did not say where or when it interviewed the family members. In its original story, http://www.browardbulldog.org/ said that a "link analysis" of incoming and outgoing phone calls "lined up with the known suspects." Link analysis is an investigative technique that does not rely on direct contact between parties (phone calls).
Despite a request from the Times, the FBI did not specifically deny the most serious allegation in the http://www.browardbulldog.org/ story — that name and vehicle information for hijackers Mohamed Atta and Ziad Jarrah "fit that of drivers entering Prestancia on their way to visit'' the Saudis' home. The FBI would not comment on whether it reviewed the Prestancia community's gate records because "it's not our policy to discuss any investigative techniques,'' said David Couvertier, an FBI spokesman in Tampa.
"This is exactly what happened in San Diego when we were told by the FBI that there was no information that would have linked any activities in San Diego to terrorists,'' Bob Graham said. But when investigators got there, Graham said, "they found these very extensive relations between two of the hijackers and Saudi entities in San Diego.'' The FBI has said it turned over all information it collected on the attacks to Graham's committee and the 9/11 Commission, (Bob Graham says no, he never saw any such report on the Sarasota Saudi family).
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat, said she "appreciated'' the FBI's statements this week. However, she repeated her call for the House and Senate intelligence committees to verify what information the agency had given Congress and the 9/11 panel.
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