Sixteen years after 9/11, the American public deserves answers, not secrecy. By Bob Graham and Dan Christensen, special to the Tampa Bay Times. Vast numbers of investigative and intelligence documents related to 9/11 remain classified. The FBI alone has acknowledged it has tens of thousands of pages of 9/11 reports that it refuses to make public. To make matters worse, agencies withholding information tell what are essentially lies to make their actions seem as acceptable as possible. For example, the FBI repeatedly has said its investigation of a Saudi family who moved abruptly out of their Sarasota home two weeks before 9/11 — leaving behind their cars, clothes, furniture and other belongings — found no connections to the attacks. Yet statements in the FBI's own files that were never disclosed to Congress or the 9/11 Commission say the opposite — that the Sarasota Saudis had "many connections" to "individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001." The Freedom of Information Act is intended to be how classified materials are unearthed. But as it is currently written and has been generally interpreted by the courts, most recently by Miami federal Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Florida Bulldog's lawsuit against the FBI, the frequently trivial concerns of agencies trump the fundamental democratic principle that Americans deserve to know what their government is doing in their name.
The first MAK offices in the United States were established within the Al Kifah Refugee Center in Brooklyn, and at the Islamic Center in Tucson, Arizona. On his fundraising tours Abdullah Azzam visited the mosques of "Brooklyn, St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego - altogether there were 33 cities in America that opened branches of bin Laden and Azzam's organization, the Services Bureau, in order to support the jihad. In 1984, MB operative Abdullah Azzam established the MAK office in Jordan. Azzam’s philosophy helped establish and organize the Brotherhood’s “global jihad” movement, which earned him the alias, “The Father of Global Jihad.” No less important, this philosophy inspired GI and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) to try to export their terrorism and greatly inspired Osama bin Laden, whom Azzam taught at a Saudi university.
In late March 1993, Newsweek will report that “virtually every principal figure implicated in the World Trade Center bombing” that took place the month before (see February 26, 1993) has a connection to the Al-Kifah branch in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of the WTC bombing, Al-Kifah is doing most of its fund raising for the mujaheddin fighting in Bosnia. For instance, one month after the bombing, a member of Al-Kifah/Care in Boston named Aafia Siddiqui sends Muslims newsgroups an e-mail pledge form asking for support for Bosnian widows and orphans. Siddiqui, a university student in Boston for most of the 1990s, is well known to Boston’s Muslim community as a dedicated Islamic activist. One imam will later recall, “She attended many conferences. Whenever there was an event, she would come.” But it appears Siddiqui is also a prominent al-Qaeda operative, working as a “fixer” for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
In 1985, Azzam, Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri, leader of Takfir wa-l-Hijra who fled Egypt after the Sadat assassination, founded MAK in Pakistan, which subsequently evolved into al-Qaeda. Meanwhile, the Amman MAK office recruited one of the world’s most brutal terrorists of modern time, Abu Musab Zarqawi. Mentored by Jordanian former MB leader Abu Muhammad Maqdisi, in 1999, Zarqawi founded Jama’at al-Tawhid wa-l-Jihad (Organization of Monotheism and Jihad), which six years later, evolved into al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) after Zarqawi pledged allegiance to bin Laden in late 2004. This group eventually morphed into ISIS after Zarqawi’s death in June 2006.On March 24, Fox (TV) Files ran a report on Daoud Chehazeh, a Syrian national who is a known associate of the 9/11 hijackers, who has now been granted political asylum in the U.S. This expose, combined with previous initiatives taken by Rep. Peter King when he was chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee in 2011, point to a support network which existed for the 9/11 terrorists, which, as former Senator Bob Graham has pointed out, will not be conclusively dismantled as long as the cover-up of Saudi Arabia's role is maintained by the classification of the 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on Saudi Involvement by both Bush and Obama. Chehazeh arrived in the U.S. in July 2000 from Saudi Arabia and quickly settled into Paterson, N.J.'s Middle Eastern community. 11 of the 19 hijackers passed through Paterson before the attacks. In Paterson, Chehazeh met up and lived with another key facilitator of the hijackers, a Jordanian named Eyad al Rababah. Seven months before the attacks, Chehazeh, who had no job and no known source of income, suddenly left Paterson along with his roommate, Rababah, and moved to Northern Virginia, where they made contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the imam at the Mosque in Falls Church, Va. According to declassified documents, Chehazeh told Rababah to go to al-Awlaki and look for work.
By April 2001, Chehazeh's new circle of friends and neighbors included future Flight 77 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour, a pilot. Rababah got the hijackers an apartment in Virginia and helped them get VA driver's licenses. Then, in May 2001, Rababah drove al-Hazmi, Hanjhour, and two other newly arrived hijackers to Connecticut and New Jersey. The 9/11 Commission Report said that within a few weeks, seven of the hijackers were living in New Jersey in a one-room apartment. Rep. Peter King describes these seven as the core of the conspiracy. Both Al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi attended the mosque in San Diego where al-Awlaki preached. In January 2001, al-Awlaki relocated to Northern Virginia. Four months later, on April 4, 2001, al-Hazmi and Hanjour moved from Arizona to Northern Virginia.
Another indication of the al-Qaeda support network in the U.S. which needs to be investigated, is the report that Muneer Arafat became the imam of the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton Mosque in Florida in March 2000, just before Mohamed Atta and the rest of the 9/11 terrorists showed up in nearby Venice, Florida, in June of 2000. Muneer Arafat had been the roommate of Ziyad Khaleel in Columbia, Mo., and the St. Louis area. Khaleel had bought the satellite telephone that al-Qaeda leaders used to bomb the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Peter King also cited a San Diego terrorism task force which investaged an alleged link between al-Awlaki, Osama Bin Laden, and Ziyad Khaleel, the former roommate of Muneer Arafat.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com