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After Taking Saudi $$, Clinton Got Wobbly On Releasing 9/11 Report

- July 15, 2016

TODAY'S MUCH ANTICIPATED DECLASSIFICATION OF A PORTION OF THE 9/11 REPORT SHOWS SAUDI ARABIA'S CONNECTION

The Washington Post Headline: "Congress Releases Long-Classified '28 Pages' On Alleged Saudi Ties To 9/11." (Karen DeYoung, Karoun Demirjian and Adam Goldman, "Congress Releases Long-Classified '28 Pages' On Alleged Saudi Ties To 9/11," The Washington Post , 7/15/16)

USA Today Headline: "Declassified 9/11 Pages Show Ties To Former Saudi Ambassador." "Declassified 9/11 pages show ties to former Saudi ambassador." (Erin Kelly And Ray Locker, "Declassified 9/11 Pages Show Ties To Former Saudi Ambassador," USA Today, 7/15/16)

The New York Times Headline: "Congress Releases Secret 9/11 Document Detailing Possible Saudi Ties To Al Qaeda" (Mark Mazzetti, "Congress Releases Secret 9/11 Document Detailing Possible Saudi Ties to Al Qaeda," The New York Times. 7/15/16)

According To The Report, "While In The United States, Some Of The September 11 Hijackers Were In Contact With, And Received Support From, Individuals Who May Be Connected To The Saudi Government." ("Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before And After The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11, 2001," U.S. Senate Select Committee On Intelligence And The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence , 12/02, p. 415)

A CIA Memorandum Discussed "Alleged Financial Connections Between The September 11 Hijackers, Saudi Government Officials, And Members Of The Saudi Royal Family…" Finally, the Committees are particularly concerned about the serious nature of allegations contained in a CIA memorandum found by the Join Inquiry Staff in the files of the FBI's San Diego Field Office. That memorandum, which discusses alleged financial connections between the September 11 hijackers, Saudi Government officials, and members of the Saudi Royal family, was drafted by a CIA officer, [redacted], relying primarily on information from FBI files." ("Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before And After The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11, 2001," U.S. Senate Select Committee On Intelligence And The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence , 12/02, p. 415)

"In Reviewing FBI Documents And The CIA Memorandum, The Joint Inquiry Staff Has Examined Information Suggesting That: … Saudi Government Officials In The United States May Have Ties To Usama Bin Ladin's Terrorist Network." "In reviewing FBI documents and the CIA memorandum, the Joint Inquiry Staff has examined information suggesting that: One individual who provided assistance to Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar may be connected to the Saudi Government. A second individual who may have been in contact with al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar also has ties to the Saudi Government, including connections to the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. There is reporting in FBI files that persons have alleged that both of these individuals may be Saudi intelligence officers; The September 11 hijackers may have been in contact with Saudi Government officials in the United States prior to the September 11 attacks; and… Saudi Government officials in the United States may have ties to Usama Bin Ladin's terrorist network." ("Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before And After The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11, 2001," U.S. Senate Select Committee On Intelligence And The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence , 12/02, p. 415)

THE SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT WAS SO FEARFUL OF THE REPORT THAT IT THREATENED TO SELL OFF AMERICAN ASSETS IF CONGRESS PASSED LEGISLATION THAT HOLDS IT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ROLE IN 9/11

Saudi Arabia Has Threatened To Sell Off "Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars' Worth Of American Assets" If Congress Passes A Bill That Would Allow The Saudi Government To Be Held Responsible In American Courts For Any Roll In The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. "Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks." (Mark Mazzetti, "Saudi Arabia Warns Of Economic Fallout If Congress Passes 9/11 Bill," The New York Times , 4/15/16)

  • The Obama Administration Has Lobbied Congress To Block The Bill's Passage, Warning Of Diplomatic And Economic Fallout. "The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill's passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation." (Mark Mazzetti, "Saudi Arabia Warns Of Economic Fallout If Congress Passes 9/11 Bill," The New York Times , 4/15/16)
  • The Saudi Foreign Minister Delivered The Message Personally Last Month, Stating That The Country Would Be Forced To Sell $750 Billion In U.S. Treasury Securities And Other Assets Before They Could Be Frozen By American Courts. "Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the kingdom's message personally last month during a trip to Washington, telling lawmakers that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts." (Mark Mazzetti, "Saudi Arabia Warns Of Economic Fallout If Congress Passes 9/11 Bill," The New York Times , 4/15/16)

CLINTON RECENTLY FLIP-FLOPPED ON DECLASSIFICATION OF THE 28 PAGES OF THE 9/11 REPORT

While Campaigning For President In 2016 Clinton Has Resisted Fully Supporting Declassification

Clinton Stated That The Administration Should Seriously Consider Declassifying The 28 Pages Of The Report. "Hillary Clinton said Monday that the Obama administration should seriously consider declassifying the 28 pages of Congress' joint inquiry into intelligence failures around the 9/11 attacks. The report was issued in 2002, but those pages were held back by the Bush administration in the interest of national security." (Reuven Balu, "Mayor De Blasio Joins Democrats In Calling On President Obama To Go After Saudi Arabia On 9/11 Ties," New York Daily News, 4/19/16)

  • Clinton: "I Think The Administration Should Take A Hard Look At Them And Determine Whether That Can Be Done Consistent With National Security." "'I think the administration should take a hard look at them and determine whether that can be done consistent with national security,' she said." (Reuven Balu, "Mayor De Blasio Joins Democrats In Calling On President Obama To Go After Saudi Arabia On 9/11 Ties," New York Daily News, 4/19/16)

Clinton Refused To Say If She Read The 28 Pages Of The Report

While Campaigning In New York, Clinton Refused To Comment On Whether Or Not She's Read The 28 Secret Pages Of The 9/11 Report. (Monica Alba, Twitter Feed, 4/18/16)

In 2003, As A Senator From New York, Clinton Signed A Letter Urging President Bush To Declassify The 28 Pages That Had Been Withheld From The Report

As Senator, Clinton Signed A Letter To President Bush That Requested Declassification Of The 28 Page Section, Arguing: "The Decision To Classify This Information Sends The Wrong Message To The American People About Our Nation's Anti-Terror Effort And Makes It Seem As If There Will Be No Penalty For Foreign Abettors Of The Hijackers." "It has been widely reported in the press that the foreign sources referred to in this portion of the Join Inquiry analysis reside primarily in Saudi Arabia. As a result, the decision to classify this information send the wrong message to the American people about our nation's anti-terror effort and makes it seem as if there will be no penalty for foreign abettors of the hijackers." (Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Sam Brownback, et al , Letter To President Bush, 8/1/03)

(Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Sam Brownback, et al , Letter To President Bush, 8/1/03)

The Letter Also Argued That Since Saudi Arabia's Banks And Charities Had Been Used To Funnel Money To Al Qaeda And That Fifteen Of The Nineteen Hijackers Were Saudis, "Protecting The Saudi Regime By Eliminating Any Public Penalty For The Support Given To Terrorists From Within Its Borders Would Be A Mistake." "As you are aware, Saudi Arabia's banks and charities have been used to funnel money to Al-Qaeda; its madrassah schools spew hateful anti-American rhetoric to would-be-suicide bombers across the Middle East; and fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudis. Given these facts, protecting the Saudi regime by eliminating any public penalty for the support given to terrorists within its borders would be a mistake." (Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Sam Brownback, et al, Letter To President Bush, 8/1/03)

WHAT CHANGED FROM 2003 TO 2016? THE CLINTON FOUNDATION TOOK MILLIONS FROM THE SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT

As Of 2016, The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia Has Donated Between $10,000,001 And $25,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation, Making A New Donation In 2014. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/16/16)

As Of 2016, Friends Of Saudi Arabia Has Donated Between $1,000,001 And $5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation Accessed 3/15/16)

The Clinton Foundation's Most "Controversial Donors Are Foreign Governments Or Other Foreign Entities…" "Its perhaps most controversial donors are foreign governments or other foreign entities, such as the governments of Oman and Kuwait, which are by law not allowed to give any form of donation to American politicians running for office." ("Why The Clinton Foundation Is So Controversial," The Economist, 2/7/16)

"Rarely, If Ever, Has A Potential Commander In Chief Been So Closely Associated With An Organization That Has Solicited Financial Support From Foreign Governments." "Rarely, if ever, has a potential commander in chief been so closely associated with an organization that has solicited financial support from foreign governments. Clinton formally joined the foundation in 2013 after leaving the State Department, and the organization was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation." (Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Foreign Governments Gave Millions To Foundation While Clinton Was At State Dept.," The Washington Post , 2/25/15)

ONLY AFTER TAKING HEAT AND BEING PRESSED DID CLINTON COME OUT IN FAVOR OF ALLOWING 9/11 VICTIMS FAMILIES THE RIGHt TO SUE SAUDI ARABIA

When Asked About The Bill Sponsored By Sen. Schumer (D-NY) But Opposed By President Obama, Clinton Initially Claimed That She Had Never Looked Into It And That She Would Have To Do More Research

On Sunday, Clinton, Not Just New York's Former Senator, But A Former Secretary Of State, Repeatedly Dodged When Asked For Her Opinion On A Bill Backed By 9/11 Families, Sponsored By Schumer But Opposed By Obama. ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "Your senior senator here in New York, Chuck Schumer, sponsored a bill backed by the 9-11 families that would give them the right to sue state sponsors of terror in federal court. Now, it's opposed by the Obama administration. They say it's going to expose the U.S. and its officials to retaliation. So who's right here, Senator Schumer or President Obama?" CLINTON: "I don't really know about that, George. I'll have to look into it. Obviously, we've got to make anyone who participates in or supports terrorism pay a price, and we also have to be aware of any consequences that might affect Americans, either military or civilian or our nation. So, I'm not able to take a position on something…" STEPHANOPOULOS: "You don't know about this issue? It's been around for several years?" CLINTON: "Well, I know it's, I know there's been an issue about it for quite some time. I don't know about the specific legislation that you're referring to. But obviously, I'll look into it." STEPHANOPOULOS: "Ok, so but you're not prepared to say now if you support it or oppose it?" CLINTON: "I can't. I haven't studied it. Unlike some people, I actually do try to learn what's at the core of any question before I offer an opinion, because you know, it's not enough to say what's wrong. I think you have a responsibility to say how you're going to fix it." (ABC's "This Week," 4/17/16)

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But After Taking Criticism, Clinton's Spokesman Said That She Reversed Course And Now Supports The Bill

Within An Hour After Clinton Claimed To Know Nothing About The 9/11 Bill, But Vowed To Study The Legislation, Her Campaign's Top Spokesman Confirmed Her Support For The Bill Via Twitter. NICK MERRILL: "Hillary Clinton supports the efforts by Senator Schumer and his colleagues in the Senate to secure the ability of 9/11 families and other victims of terrorists acts to hold accountable those responsible. As president, she would work with Congress to this end." (Nick Merrill. Twitter Feed, 4/17/16)

The Next Day, Clinton Said On The Legislation, "Wherever The Trail May Lead, It Should Be Followed… We Need Justice." "Both leading Democratic presidential candidates, on the eve of the New York primary, are throwing their support behind legislation that would allow victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have said they want the Senate to pass the bill, even if it means Saudi Arabia becomes angry with the U.S. 'Wherever the trail may lead, it should be followed,' Clinton, the former secretary of State, said on WABC radio on Monday. 'We need justice.'" (Julian Hattem, "Clinton, Sanders Back Bill Allowing 9/11 Victims To Sue Saudis," The Hill, 4/18/16)


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