The missing 28 pages from the U.S. Congressional Joint Inquiry into intelligence activities related to 911 were finally released to the public. These pages do not reveal a lot of new information but what is new strengthens lines of investigation that need to be followed-up. Here are five examples.
- The 28 pages say a lot about two men—Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan. The pages hint at the idea that Al-Bayoumi and Bassnan, who sponsored some of the alleged hijackers in the U.S., were Saudi intelligence agents or assets. Although this is not new, the pages also mention that both of them worked closely with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM). That should bring investigators back to the WTC security company Stratesec, which held its annual meetings in SACM offices.
- The SACM was part of the Saudi Embassy run by then-ambassador Prince Bandar. The released pages do a lot of hinting about Bandar’s funding of Al-Bayoumi and Bassnan’s activities in the United States. What is perhaps a revelation is that the men’s wives received money from Bandar’s wife but also that Bassnan received $15,000 directly from Bandar’s account.
- The pages also reveal that, “several Saudi Naval officers were in contact with the September 11th hijackers.” A related fact that needs more scrutiny is that Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), which profited greatly from the 9/11 crimes, had spent over twenty years building and training the Saudi Navy. At the time of 9/11, SAIC was run by Dick Cheney’s protégé Duane Andrews, who was the most knowledgeable person regarding the vulnerabilities of the information and communications networks that failed that day.
- The released pages also make a lot of insinuations about Abu Zubaydah’s “phonebook.” Zubaydah was the first alleged al Qaeda leader captured. The 28 pages repeatedly mention that his phonebook had several numbers that could be “linked” to U.S. phone numbers. Readers will likely fail to realize that in 2009 the U.S. government retracted its claims that Zubaydah had any association to al Qaeda. That the 9/11 Commission Report depended heavily on Zubaydah’s torture testimony is a fact that was quickly forgotten by Commission and intelligence agency leaders.
- The Inquiry’s report was built largely on information provided by the FBI and the CIA. The 28 pages show this clearly. What people might fail to question is why the Inquiry would go about investigating intelligence agencies simply by reporting information provided by those agencies. That contradiction was amplified when the Inquiry’s leaders allowed the FBI to intimidate their own panel members by investigating them while they were investigating the FBI. The reasons for these contradictions are probably related to the fact that leaders of the FBI and the CIA are legitimate suspects in the 9/11 crimes.
In the end, the release of the 28 pages reinforces some information that was already available but does nothing to correct the propaganda that the Joint Inquiry produced. The public can learn from it, of course, but that requires looking beyond the propaganda.
Excellent article, I hope you continue to produce insights into this topic to help others elucidate dynamics of the power structures around them.
Excellent dissection as always! I was unfamiliar with Stratesec’s meeting place (SACM).
I always remember finding the Marvin Bush/Wirt Walker III the most damning aspects of 9/11. I read this in some of David Ray Griffin’s work. I always get confused by the name change: Stratesec and Securacom.
When you mentioned Bandar, that brought back to mind the meaningful meme Bandar Bush.
Also, good work on bringing up the SAIC connection.
Thank you for your research,
Thank you Kevin – once again, good work.
Regarding Zubaida, How or why did they get him in Pakistan to begin with? Did reliable intelligence lead the CIA to him, or was there a blanketed indiscriminate roundup at the time in that location and he seemed a good choice for poster boy? Also, the report says he had phone # of bodyguard at Saudi embassy who some have alleged may be a ________________. Any guesses on the blank?
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Released on a Friday in order to be completely buried, with revelations such as these downplayed or entirely overlooked by corporate media as they all too conveniently turned their attention to the unfolding pageantry in Turkey.
Thanks, again, for digging within these ’28’ pages, which share nothing extremely useful in dismantling the cover-up by the CIA and FBI.
See pg 419 & 420 for interesting wisp of a smoking gun in the stated concern regarding an allegedly (due to redactions) important CIA memo given to a San Diego FBI agent, who buried the info in a case file instead of forwarding it to others at FBI DC.
Thank you Mr. Ryan.
You failed to mention that Prince Bandar is “lovingly” known as Bandar Bush because he is such a good friend/honorary member, of the Bush family.
Reference to Abu Zubaydah certainly dates the pages.
The Saudi connections would have been incendiary in 2003, derailing WMD/IRAQ myopia and begging wider investigation – might even have drag-netted otherwise ‘see-nothing’’’art students’ and ‘those we cannot name’ dancing on van roofs recording the 911 event.
I can see why they [REDACTED] them.
As it is, Mueller and Tenant and the odious BUSH, are gone on to brighter, better connected futures, while the millions lie dead and dying behind them. The release of these pages, addressing collaboration in the greatest single crime in Amercian history, is so full of ‘maybes,’ and ‘at least’s,’ and ‘apparently,’ that ‘any attempts to investigate and assess accuracy and significance of the information was beyond the inquiries scope,’ enters a mind-scape ever further raddled by GLADIO type mass killing events every week.
The writers of this public myth, finding a passport in 4 inches of hot thermitic laced DUST in the streets of NY.,can ‘approve’ an entire WAR program. They can establish in a red bandana found floating from the conflagration proof positive of ‘middle-eastern’ men with box cutters extrapolating into a Torture commission length movie, all from a zero  second phone call made from a plane that was supposedly vaporised into a damage field even now not agreed upon ;
These masters of investigation can establish all of that ‘proof positive’ – yet cannot investigate and assess accuracy and significance of 28 pages of links between two or more named men with bank accounts and addresses and vehicles interacting with Saudi Arabian entities, their wives, and officers within the USA.
Here is a theory on why people were tortured: to make sure they could never be brought before a court and asked to testify by Justice. The torture was part of a coverup. Part of the coverup.
That explains the weird position on Abu Zubaydah now.
Short but very good and important article!
Here is another speculation/theory:
1. Saudi people ran Al Qaeda,
2. Abu Zubaydah was their agent in Al Qaeda to do this
3. The Americans knew this and when they captured him they impersonated the Saudis to see what would happen
4. Zubaydah revealed his handlers phone numbers
5. Realising the deception, Zubaydah identified KSM as Mukhtar, the operational head of 9/11
6. This information redirected investigators away from the Saudi angle
7. Some of his claims would later be discredited but long after his information formed the basis of the official version.