Friday, 24. February 2012
Boiling Frogs

Re-Burying the Recently Unearthed 9/11 Reports

In the last week, three important new articles have added to our understanding and raised new questions about the crimes of September 11, 2001. As of today, Friday morning, there is nary a peep about their contents in the U.S.mainstream media. The lack of apparent media attention may be in keeping with character, and predictable, but sad nonetheless. When are they going to wake up? Can we make a valid prediction market for that date?

Last Saturday, the London-based Daily Telegraph published an article by Anthony Summers, Neil Tweedie and Dan Christensen titled “London-based oil executive linked to 9/11 hijackers.” The same day, the independent Florida-based Broward Bulldog published a related article by Christensen and Summers, titled “FBI informant says Sarasota Saudi praised bin Laden; knew Broward County Qaeda suspect.” And then on the next Monday morning, the Broward Bulldog put out another article by Summers and Christensen, titled “Graham: FBI’s public statements are in conflict with still secret records of Sarasota 9/11 probe.”

The “Graham” in the third title is Senator Robert Graham of Florida. Graham served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years, where his tenure included ten years as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. That committee led the Senate’s contribution to the Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, published in late 2002, a report whose public contents were heavily redacted.

Summing up, some good journalists have unearthed new leads on one of the worst crimes in history, and a leading Senator is raising new questions about the integrity of the government’s investigation. But the, outside of the dogged, independent Broward Bulldog, doesn’t see fit to report on it.

The Daily Telegraph story tells how the journalists tracked down Abdulaziz al-Hijji, living in London. This person left his home inFlorida rather hurriedly in late August, 2001. And law enforcement records based on information from the gated community where he lived indicate that several alleged 9/11 hijackers, including Mohamed Atta, visited his house in Sarasota, which was less than 20 miles away from an airport where they were taking flying lessons.

The house in which al-Hijji lived was owned by his father-in-law, Esam Ghazzawi, a person who the article reported had been placed on an FBI watch list soon before 9/11. (Some background on Ghazzawi can be had in this September 2011 article by Mark Levey, titled “Florida al-Qaeda fugitive Esam Ghazzawi linked to BCCI and two dead Saudi Princes.”)

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