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Friday, March 22, 2019

9/11 INVESTIGATION: FBI FAILED TO LINK PHOENIX CONNECTION to the SARASOTA CONNECTION and the SAN DIEGO CONNECTION to SAUDI ARABIA

NEWSWEEK WRITES March 11, 2019....An advocate for the families of victims and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks said that Republican and Democrat administrations have taken the side of Saudi Arabia over American citizens impacted by the tragedy. "They've all handled it the same," Terry Strada, the national chairwoman of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, told Hill.TV co-host Krystal Ball. "They have sided with the Saudis more than they have sided with the 9/11 families,” the Washington, D.C. news site reported Monday. However, Strada pointed out that President Donald Trump had not “done anything, to my knowledge, that has hurt us.” She reminded Ball that Trump actually supported the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) before he was elected. Although the legislation passed Congress, it was vetoed by former President Barack Obama. Congress garnered the votes to override his veto, allowing the bill to inevitably pass. “Democrat, Republican, past administrations, they usually side with the Saudis," Strada said. "Obama, he vetoed the bill that we needed to pass, and we came back and overrode his veto. Unanimously we passed it out of the Senate, unanimously out of the House, and then we came back with a veto override, his one and only veto override of his entire presidency." The attacks of September 11, 2001, commonly referred to as 9/11, were orchestrated by Saudi Arabian citizen and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who carried out the terrorist attacks were Saudi citizens, while the others hailed from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon. Saudi Arabia has consistently denied any government involvement in the attacks, but a lawsuit by victims’ families alleged that the Saudi embassy paid for two Saudi Al-Qaeda terrorists Mohammed al-Qudhaeein, Hamdan al-Shalawi to fly from Phoenix to Washington two years before the hijackings as part of a "dry run" to prepare for the attacks, according to Al Jazeera. Their lawyers said it was part of "a pattern of both financial and operational support.” The lawsuit targeting Saudi Arabia was allowed to move forward after JASTA was passed. Obama had attempted to block the measure. Trump publicly voiced his support for JASTA at the time, criticizing Obama’s veto as “shameful.” However, since taking office, the president has become staunchly supportive of Saudi Arabia. In the wake of the murder of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi late last year, Trump defended the Middle Eastern kingdom as a “great ally” and praised close ties between Washington and Riyadh.
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PHOENIX CONNECTION: Saudi Al-Qaeda terrorists Mohammed al-Qudhaeein, Hamdan al-Shalawi, Hani Hanjour and Nawaf al Hazmi were in Phoenix years before 9/11. Two years before 9/11 attacks Saudi Embassy in Washington paid the airfare for two Saudi nationals living undercover in the US as students to fly from Phoenix to Washington “in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks,” alleges the amended complaint filed on behalf of the families of some 1,400 victims who died in the terrorist attacks 18 years ago. The story cites FBI documents in the complaint alleging Saudi students Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi were in fact members of "the Kingdom's network of agents in the US", and participated in the conspiracy. During the flight in November 1999, the Saudis are reported to have attempted to get into the plane's cockpit to test security. The pilots made an emergency landing because of the incident, and the men were interrogated by the FBI, which eventually let them go. According to the Post story, the FBI confirmed the men's airline tickets were paid for by the Saudi embassy in Washington. Citing FBI documents, the complaint alleges that the Saudi students — Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi — were in fact members of “the Kingdom’s network of agents in the US,” and participated in the terrorist conspiracy. They had trained at al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan at the same time some of the hijackers were there. And while living in Arizona, they had regular contacts with a Saudi hijacker pilot, Hani Hanjour, and
Ghassan al Sharbi a senior al Qaeda leader from Saudi now incarcerated at Gitmo. At least one tried to re-enter the US a month before the attacks as a possible muscle hijacker but was denied admission because he appeared on a terrorist watch list.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, CUBA A review board has decided that a Saudi prisoner who attended flight school in the U.S. and was trained to make explosives by al-Qaida should continue to be held without charge. The Periodic Review Board said in a decision released Friday that Ghassan Abdallah al-Sharbi, 41, should remain in custody at the U.S. base in Cuba because he remains a security threat. He spoke with candor at his June 23 board hearing, the decision said. Sharbi attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, and later went to a U.S. flight school, where he “associated with” two of the 9/11 hijackers, according to a profile released by the Pentagon before his review board hearing. Authorities said he later received training by al-Qaida in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices and was captured in a raid on a terrorist safe house in Faisalabad, Pakistan in 2002. One of Guantanamo Bay’s most dangerous and longest-held terror suspects is a Saudi national who knows how to fly planes and build sophisticated bombs, speaks fluent English and remains committed to killing Americans, say former U.S. officials who dealt with Ghassan al Sharbi face-to-face.Revelations last week that Al Sharbi’s flight training certificate, tucked into a Saudi Arabian Embassy envelope, had been found in 2003 among a trove of documents buried in Pakistan following his arrest there, raised fresh questions about the Kingdom’s possible involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Although Al Sharbi, who trained with several of the 9/11 hijackers at an Arizona flight school, did not take part in the attacks, he is seen as one of the most lethal and committed terrorists held at the military base

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article92789632.html#storylink=cpy


Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article92789632.html#storylink=cpyQudhaeein and Shalawi both worked for and received money from the Saudi government, with Qudhaeein employed at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. Shalawi was also “a longtime employee of the Saudi government.” The pair were in “frequent contact” with Saudi officials while in the US, according to the filings. The pilots were so spooked by the Saudi passengers and their aggressive behavior that they made an emergency landing in Ohio. On the ground there, police handcuffed them and took them into custody. Though the FBI later questioned them, it decided not to pursue prosecution. But after the FBI discovered that a suspect in a counterterrorism investigation in Phoenix was driving Shalawi’s car, the bureau opened a counterterrorism case on Shalawi. Then, in November 2000, the FBI received reporting that Shalawi trained at terrorist camps in Afghanistan and had received explosives training to perform attacks on American targets. The bureau also suspected Qudhaeein was a Saudi intelligence agent, based on his frequent contact with Saudi officials. More, investigators learned that the two Saudis traveled to Washington to attend a symposium hosted by the Saudi Embassy in collaboration with the Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America, which was chaired by the Saudi ambassador. Before being shut down for terrorist ties, IIASA employed the late al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki as a lecturer. Awlaki ministered to some of the hijackers and helped them obtain housing and IDs. The FBI also confirmed that Qudhaeein’s and Shalawi’s airline tickets for the pre-9/11 dry run were paid for by the Saudi Embassy. “The dry run reveals more of the fingerprints of the Saudi government,” said Kristen Breitweiser, one of the New York plaintiffs, whose husband perished at the World Trade Center. “These guys were Saudi government employees for years and were paid by the Saudi government,” she added. “In fact, the Saudi Embassy paid for their plane tickets for the dry run.”

Hani Hanjour, a 9/11 hijacker that piloted a jet into the Pentagon, was trained to fly right in Arizona. Hani Hanjour of Saudi Arabia initially went to Afghanistan to join the jihad against the Soviets, but they had already pulled out. He then ended up working in Afghanistan for a relief agency. Hanjour first came to the United States in 1991 to study at the "Center for English as a Second Language " at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Hanjour returned home to Saudi Arabia to apply for flight training. He came back to the U.S. to pursue flight training here. He drove to Arizona from Florida with two friends and, in 1997, he received his pilot's license from an Arizona flight school. After a few more months of training, Hanjour received his commercial pilot's license from the Federal Aviation Administration. While in Arizona, Hanjour associated himself with al-Qaeda figures Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi who lived in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. In Spring 2000, Hanjour was again in Afghanistan where he reported to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for his inclusion in an operation that required trained pilots. From there, Hanjour returned to Saudi Arabia and then obtained a student visa to return to the U.S. Upon his U.S. arrival, Hanjour housed himself with Nawaf al Hazmi in Mesa to continue training on multi-engine aircrafts at Arizona Aviation. He continued to have trouble in his classes because of his limited English. In early 2001, Hanjour began training on a Boeing 737 simulator at the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Mesa. As the plan was coming together, Hanjour and Hazmi drove to Virginia to meet the rest of their team. The "muscle hijackers," Khalid al Mihdhar and Majed Moqed would be the ones who would storm the cockpit and control passengers.

If San Diego FBI agent Steven Butler had known what the CIA knew about possible terror attacks, he may have had the best chance to stop the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, investigators told ABCNEWS. Butler had two of the hijackers, Nawaf Alhamzi and Khalid Al-Midhar, under his nose for some 18 months, but neither he, nor anyone in the FBI, was warned by the CIA. The CIA had tracked Alhamzi and Al-Midhar to California after the men were photographed at an al Qaeda planning meeting in Malaysia in January 2000 where, it was later determined, terrorists were plotting the attack on the USS Cole. Alhamzi and Al-Midhar then moved to San Diego, where the FBI could have monitored them. The two future hijackers actually rented rooms in the house of one of Butler's informants, Abdussattar Shaikh, a leader at the local mosque, who also helped get them a computer and a car. "We know for a fact that that car was used to travel from San Diego to Phoenix, to meet up with Hani Hanjour …, who [was] another pilot who [was] taking flight training," said Jack Cloonan, a former FBI agent who is now an ABCNEWS consultant. 
"This is a window of opportunity you are seldom presented with." Hanjour would end up with Alhamzi and Al-Midhar on American Airlines Flight 77, the jet that smashed into the Pentagon shortly after departing from Dulles airport outside Washington. A government report on the Sept. 11 attacks, which was prepared by a joint House-Senate committee and released today, says the FBI's informant knew that Alhamzi and Al-Midhar were going to flight school in Arizona but never told his FBI handler, Butler, who was in the dark about the significance of the two men. Nawaf alHazmi and a longtime friend, Khalid al-Mihdhar, left their homes in Saudi Arabia in 1995 to fight for Muslims in the Bosnian War. Hazmi later traveled to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban against the Afghan Northern Alliance. He returned to Saudi Arabia in early 1999. Already long time affiliates of al-Qaeda with extensive fighting experience, Hazmi and Mihdhar were chosen by Osama bin Laden for an ambitious terrorist plot to pilot commercial airlines into designated targets in the United States. Hazmi and Mihdhar both obtained US tourist visas in April 1999.
SARASOTA CONNECTION: 9/11 hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi hung out at home in Prestancia gated community Sarasota Fl prior to the Sept. 11th terror attack. Sarasota Budget Mobile store owner Wissam Hammoud told investigators that he often exercised with Abdulaziz al-Hijji at the Shapes Fitness center near the Prestancia neighborhood, and that the two played soccer together on property surrounding the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center Mosque at 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd Sarasota Fl prior to Sept. 11th, 2001. Abdulaziz al-Hijji was devoted to Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda and Hamas linked Imam Muneer Arafat was hired by the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center in March of 2000, he listed local address’s on Central Sarasota Pkwy and at Nature Circle Sarasota, FL. Former Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat is a member of the terrorist origination Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood. As per a FDLE Report of 12/03/2003, Special Agent Scott McAllister (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) along with Special Agent Tom Baugher (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and Detective James LaPlante (Sarasota City Police Department) interviewed a confidential informant, under control of the Detroit office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The source spoke of Muneer ARAFAT as the Imam of the local Sarasota mosque and that ARAFAT was a member of the Islamic (Muslim) Brotherhood in Kuwait, who follows a radical belief and teachings of ALBAZ, and wishes harm to the United States.
Al-Hijji brought a friend to the Sarasota Mosque soccer games who Hammoud claimed was Adnan El Shukrijumah, a man who was federally indicted in 2010 for his alleged role in a terrorist plot to attack New York City’s subway system. The plot, uncovered in September 2009, was directed by senior Al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan, and El Shukrijumah is thought to have been part of the group’s external operations hierarchy. It was go time for Saudi al-Hijji Clan on Monday August 27th, 2001 as they fled their Prestancia Sarasota Fl home while the Al-Qaeda Hijackers are all booking flights starting on Saturday August 25th, 2001 for the September 11th, 2001 terror attack, there are no coincidences in terrorism! By Monday August 27th, 2001, the day the Saudi al-Hijji Clan fled Sarasota, ten of the 9/11 hijackers had booked and paid for flights departing on September 11th, 2001, did al-Hijji clan get a phone call or email telling them "IT'S TIME", there are no coincidences in terrorism! On August 25th, 2001 the time and date had been set for the September 11th, 2001 terror attack, it appears the al-Hijji clan in Sarasota had prior knowledge of 9/11 terror attack, there are no coincidences in terrorism!

Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Anound al-Hijji were from Saudi Arabia and lived at 4224 Escondito Circle, Sarasota Fl a $400,000 home in the gated community of Prestancia. Abdulaziz al-Hijji worked as a valet for a Siesta Key restaurant on the South end of the Island. She was the daughter of Esam Ghazzawi, a wealthy businessman with connections to the Saudi royal family. It was believed that the family had been in contact with 9/11 hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi from July 2000 to August 2001. Steven E. Ibison, special agent in the FBI’s Tampa field office, issued a statement to the press that said: “At no time did the FBI develop evidence that connected the family members to any of the 9/11 hijackers.″ The statement, however, severely contradicted some of the FBI’s own reports, one of which said, “further investigation of the (name deleted) family revealed many connections between the (name deleted) and individuals associated with the terror attacks on 9/11/01.″ It is interesting to note who the FBI director was while the Sarasota investigation was ongoing: Robert Mueller, current special counsel investigating whether or not President Donald Trump and/or his campaign colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election. It seems clear the FBI misled the public when the agency issued a statement saying there was no connection between the Sarasota family and individuals involved in the attacks. There had to be something of substance, or why else would the investigation go on for more than a decade? And why did the FBI have such a large number of documents — 80,000 — to turn over upon a court’s request? That’s a lot of documents for no connection. So now comes the question: Did Mueller have any role in misleading the public about the Sarasota family’s link to anyone connected to the 9/11 attacks? In light of the ongoing Russia investigation involving the president of the United States, it is an extremely serious question. At a minimum, if Mueller didn’t know there was a Sarasota connection to 9/11, that doesn’t bode well for the job he was doing as FBI director. After all, this was 9/11. And he was the FBI director. How does the FBI director not know everything about the 9/11 investigation?
SAN DIEGO CONNECTION: Chance to foil 9/11 plot lost in San Diego & Sarasota according to Congressional Report that Named Osama 'Sam' Mustafa, Ziyad Khaleel and Anwar Al-Awlaki as part of a nation wide terror support network in the USA. FLORIDA BULLDOG WRITES: As late as October 2012, federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York City were actively exploring filing charges against a suspect, Osama Sam Mustafa, for providing material support to the 9/11 hijackers and other crimes. The suspect’s identity and many details of the New York investigation are blanked out of a FBI summary report that discusses “Updates and Initiatives (as of 5 October 2012)” about 9/11. The document was released to Florida Bulldog amid ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation that seeks access to records of the 9/11 Review Commission. 
The report was heavily redacted for national security, privacy and other reasons but links to Tampa's Osama Sam Mustafa currently a fugitive from justice wanted by US Marshals service. But the report’s declassified portions indicate the New York investigation targeted an apparent U.S. support network for two of the 9/11 suicide hijackers – Saudis Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar – who with three other terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. “This has never been disclosed before and it’s to the contrary of almost everything the FBI has produced so far that has indicated that 9/11 is history,” said former Sen. Bob Graham, D-FL, who co-chaired Congress’s Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks. “It’s interesting that it took them 11 years to get there, and a FOIA to get this information to the public.” The report, originally classified secret, is marked “declassify on 12-31-2037.” The report discloses top-secret communications intercepts in which at least two of the hijackers were identified and linked to a terrorist facility in the Middle East two years before the attacks -- information collected by the National Security Agency but not shared in time with the FBI or other agencies. "I remain deeply disturbed by the amount of material that has been censored from this report," said Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), co-chairman of the joint inquiry, which included members of the Senate and House intelligence committees.




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