(ConservativeHub.com) – It’s been over 20 years since terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in western Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people. For the past two decades, government investigators have been looking into just how it happened and who was involved. Now, the FBI has reportedly declassified more documents about these investigations, specifically involving the Saudi Arabian government.
FBI Releases Over 700 Pages of Documents
According to a report from CBS News, the FBI released over 700 pages of declassified documents regarding their investigation of 9/11 on Wednesday, November 3. When the September 11 hijackers arrived in the US, they contacted many different people, including three Saudi nationals. For years, the FBI investigated leads to determine whether the Saudi government was involved in the attacks. However, the newly released papers show the agency didn’t find enough evidence to charge the nationals with aiding the hijackers or connect them to higher Saudi government officials.
Additionally, the FBI highlighted how al Qaeda purposefully “did not make the attack plans known in advance to others” to keep the plans from becoming known. While the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC, didn’t comment on the latest release, they have previously emphasized any allegations against their government were both malicious and untrue.
Families of 9/11 Victims Continue the Fight
After this declassification, a top lawyer for families of 9/11 victims, Andrew Maloney, said the papers disclose “a substantial amount of very incriminating documents regarding the Saudi government’s role in helping al Qaeda,” as well as the first two hijackers who came to the US. While the FBI may be unable to pursue this case further, it seems private entities could continue the fight.
What Did the FBI Uncover?
Within the documents, the FBI studied the relationships between hijackers and people at the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles. They looked into Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi national who helped the first two hijackers who entered the US to find an apartment in San Diego. FBI investigators also repeatedly interviewed a Yemeni student who befriended the hijacker pair in the southern California city. However, nothing substantial came from these investigations.
The FBI noted while they didn’t bring new charges against those close to the hijackers, none of them reside in the US anymore. Still, they did not find any direct involvement from the Saudi government. Yet, as more people dive into these 700 pages in the coming weeks, there may be more light shed on just what happened leading up to that fateful day.
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