By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A mere 18 years after the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil in the history of the country, the FBI has finally agreed to provide information about the Saudi Arabian government official who assisted the terrorists who hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, and flew them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
After an intense pressure campaign by the surviving families of those lost during the attacks, the FBI said it would has “agreed to provide a key piece of new information about alleged official Saudi involvement,” Zero Hedge reported Friday.
The alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, remains incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with a January 2021 trial date. But he left open the possibility in July of helping victims of the attacks in their lawsuit against the Saudi government if the U.S. spares him the death penalty.
Also, as The Wall Street Journal reports, victims’ families have asked the U.S. government to make more information public, telling President Donald Trump in a letter recently that it would help them “finally learn the full truth and obtain justice from Saudi Arabia.”
The paper added:
The families had sought an unredacted copy of a four-page 2012 summary of an FBI inquiry into three people who may have assisted two of the hijackers in California in finding housing, obtaining driver’s licenses and other matters.
Two of the people, Fahad al-Thumairy and Omar al-Bayoumi, were linked to the Saudi government, according to FBI and congressional documents. The third person, whose name is redacted, is described in the summary as having tasked the other two with assisting the hijackers.
Fifteen of the 19 9/11 hijackers were of Saudi descent. The government in Riyadh has denied complicity in the attacks.
The FBI, citing the “exceptional nature of the case,” said it would release the name of one Saudi official the families’ had most wanted, but wouldn’t provide any other information they are seeking, which seems to suggest the bureau is withholding additional evidence for some reason that is likely tied to U.S. foreign policy objectives that requires the Saudi government’s assistance.
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