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9/11 Families Lash Out at Saudi Campaign of Lies

May 20, 2016 (EIRNS)—The Anglo-Saudi empire is in a desperate flight forward to block the release of the 28 pages and the passage of JASTA, which has the potential to blow open the entire top-down London-Riyad control over global terrorism.

In the past 24 hours, the Saudi government has produced and circulated to every Member of Congress a 104-page “white paper” claiming to document the key role that Saudi Arabia is playing in combatting terrorism worldwide. The Saudi document, exposed today in Politico, prompted an immediate response from attorneys Sean Carter and Jack Quinn, who represent the 9/11 families in their ongoing lawsuits against prominent Saudis. After citing the Politico story, the attorneys assailed the Saudi document as “more whitewash than white paper,” noting that the Saudi chronology of the so-called anti-terror actions began years after the 9/11 attacks. The statement quoted from the very paragraph in the 9/11 Commission report that the Saudis claim exonerated them of any role in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which stated

“This conclusion does not exclude the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to Al Qaeda.”

The letter noted that 9/11 Commissioners Sen. Bob Kerrey, Navy Secretary John Lehman, Congressman Tim Roemer and Richard Ben-Veniste have all made clear that the Commission report did not, and did not intend to, exonerate the Saudi regime.

The letter concluded by blasting President Obama:

“What is absolutely clear is that the victims and families have no recourse whatsoever to the Executive Branch of government at this time. Only the courts can help them discover the truth of 9/11 and only the enactment of JASTA—if necessary by an override of the president’s veto—can ensure that the courts are available to do just that.”

In another obvious British-Saudi put-up job, Anthony Cordesman, the top Gulf expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), penned a disgusting report, dated May 19, headlined “Dealing Fairly with a Key Ally: Releasing the 28 Pages.” In that paper, Cordesman picked up on the same fraudulent claims that were first made by CIA Director John Brennan on Meet the Press—that the fact that mid-level Saudi officials were tied to the 9/11 terrorists does not necessarily implicate the Saudi Royals or the Saudi regime as a whole.

“Releasing unvalidated material out of context,” he wined, “raises critical issues in terms of both U.S. relations with a major ally, and in the fairness of any such release.”

While Cordesman acknowledges he has not seen the 28 pages, he nevertheless described the pages as “unvalidated material,” “unvalidated charges and conspiracies,” and “conspiracy theories.”

The Cordesman rant was actually a brief summary of a longer “draft report” he posted on the CSIS website, going into greater detail in defending the Saudi role as a key U.S. ally and partner in the War on Terrorism.