Lawmakers demand release of docs on Saudi involvement in 9/11

Pressure is constructing on President Biden to release secret FBI paperwork exhibiting Saudi Arabia’s alleged complicity in the 9/11 terror assaults, with households of the victims accusing the US authorities of letting a Middle East ally  “get away with the murder of our loved ones.”

A group of 22 New York and New Jersey federal lawmakers, together with lone Republican Nicole Malliotakis and NY Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, sent a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, difficult the “state secrets privilege” that ex-Presidents Trump, Obama and Bush invoked to dam release of a categorised 16-page FBI report.

Relatives of these killed on 9/11 or from diseases triggered by Ground Zero toxins applauded final week’s missive.

“After nearly 20 years, it is long past time that the American public learned the extent of Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11,” stated Brett Eagleson, who was 15 when his father was killed in the South Tower collapse.

Evidence of Saudi involvement in the phobia assault emerged in a 2012 FBI memo as half of its Operation Encore investigation from 2007 to 2016. The heavily redacted four-page doc recognized three senior Saudi authorities officers who helped present two 9/11 hijackers with dwelling quarters, monetary support, flight classes and driver’s licenses in California — allegedly realizing they “were here to commit an act of terrorism.” One of the officers, Musaed Jarrah, was working in the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

Brett Eagleson
Brett Eagleson is in search of justice for his late father.

The households, who’re suing Saudi Arabia for damages in Manhattan federal court docket, search the FBI’s remaining 16-page report.

“They’re holding onto the juiciest material,” Andrew Maloney, a lawyer for the households, instructed The Post.

What’s worse, he stated, the company has shared confidential paperwork with American legal professionals for the alleged Saudi co-conspirators. “The FBI has actually been helping the Saudis instead of the families. It’s crazy,” 

Eagleson’s father, Bruce Eagleson, 53, who labored for retail large Westfield, was in the foyer of the South Tower when he headed upstairs to provide walkie talkies to firefighters. The tower collapsed on his approach up. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland
Attorney General Merrick Garland acquired a letter on April 21 from Malliotakis and 4 different GOP congress members charging that 9/11 victims and injured first responders have been disadvantaged of justice.
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Brett raised an attraction for the FBI stories with President Trump throughout a ceremony on the White House on Sept. 11, 2019.

“I’m going to help you — it’s done,” Eagleson stated Trump promised him and a half-dozen family members.

But the subsequent day, then-US Attorney William Barr cited the “state secrets privilege” on an government order to dam the release. The Department of Justice later filed court docket papers insisting that additional disclosures on Saudi hyperlinks to the phobia plot would imperil national security.

The repressive Saudi regime is a key strategic US ally with a standard enemy, Iran. The kingdom additionally buys billions of {dollars} in weapons from the US.  It has denied collusion on  9/11, although 15 of the 19 hijackers have been Saudis.

Brett Eagleson with father Bruce Eagleson
Brett Eagleson is seen in a household {photograph} along with his father Bruce Eagleson.

“It’s unconscionable to think that the FBI is actually helping the Saudis and not doing their due diligence for the families as well as America,” stated Tim Frolich, a Fuji Bank worker whose foot was crushed whereas escaping the mud cloud when when the South Tower collapsed. “The families are hopeful that the Biden administration will seize the moment to provide the closure we’ve waited way too long to get.”

In their letter to Garland, the 22 US lawmakers argue the state secrets and techniques doctrine is legally flawed, and “has frequently been asserted to cover up government misconduct.”

Malliotakis despatched Garland an April 21 letter, signed by 4 fellow GOP Congress members, charging that the 9/11 victims and injured first responders have been disadvantaged of justice. She demanded an instantaneous release of the FBI report.

In addition, greater than 2,100 relations signed a March 12 letter to President Biden and Garland, alleging the DOJ and FBI “have continually obstructed and impeded” their lawsuit in opposition to Saudi Arabia.

Brett Eagelson is seen with former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump.
Brett Eagelson is seen with former President Donald Trump and former first woman Melania Trump.

The letter asks: “Does the Federal Bureau of Investigation work for the American people or for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?”

Biden has not but replied.

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