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PRESS RELEASE


Obama's Bandar 9/11 Perfidy

July 21, 2012 (EIRNS)—This release was issued today by the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee.

In February 2009, just weeks into his Presidency, Barack Obama met with family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and pledged that he would declassify the 28-page chapter from the Congressional investigation into the events of Sept. 11, 2001 that revealed how Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, had provided funds to at least two of the 9/11 terrorists, using money drawn from the al-Yamamah slush fund.

President Obama lied to the families, and to this date, he has refused to reveal the role of Prince Bandar and the Saudi Royals in the 9/11 attacks. Beyond refusing to declassify the damning pages from the Congressional 9/11 Commission report, on May 29, 2009, Obama ordered Solicitor General Elena Kagan, later an Obama appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court, to file a brief urging the courts to prevent the 9/11 families from suing Saudi government officials or members of the Saudi Royal Family on the grounds that they enjoyed sovereign immunity.

As the result of President Obama's perfidy, some of the leading criminals behind the 9/11 attacks are free today. Last week, Prince Bandar was named as the new head of Saudi Arabia's intelligence services, a position that will allow him to direct neo-Salafi terrorism around the globe.

Prince Bandar's role in the 9/11 attacks was precise. Part of a $2 billion payoff that he received from Britain's BAE Systems for his role in launching the al-Yamamah arms-for-oil barter deal, under which a massive Anglo-Saudi offshore secret fund for running global black operations was established, went to two Saudi intelligence officers stationed on the West Coast of the United States. Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Basnan, the Saudi intelligence agents, passed at least $50,000-70,000 to two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Alhamzi and Khalid Almihdar. In addition, they provided the hijackers with housing, transportation and access to flight schools. Just prior to the 9/11 attacks, both Saudi intelligence officers fled the United States.

Soon after the 9/11 attacks, criminal charges against Riggs National Bank resulted in the bank's takeover by PNC Bank. Riggs had managed the Saudi Embassy accounts through which the funds were conduited to the 9/11 hijackers—as detailed in the still-classified chapter from the Congressional 9/11 report. The Saudi account was then transferred to HSBC, the very same British bank that was the subject of a just-concluded year-long investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, revealing it to be the world's largest launderer of drug money and funds for terrorism around the globe. A chapter in the Senate report revealed HSBC's ties to Al Rahji Bank in Saudi Arabia, one of the conduits for funds to al-Qaeda, both before and after the 9/11 attacks.

Lyndon LaRouche today demanded that the United States sever all ties to Saudi Arabia, so long as Prince Bandar maintains a post in the Kingdom's government. LaRouche declared that it is an act of perfidy against all the victims of 9/11 and their families to allow the very people behind that war against the United States to operate. Those same people, including Prince Bandar, are now waging war in the Middle East, a war that could spread into general war involving the use of thermonuclear weapons, LaRouche warned. President Obama's criminal collusion with Prince Bandar is a scar on the United States that must be removed.