Former Senator Bob Graham: 9/11 a “cover up”
In a column published Monday by the Daily Beast, former Senator Graham – who co-chaired the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 in 2002 – writes that “the government of the United States has engaged in a sustained and effective campaign to keep the American public from knowing the truth.”
Graham then focuses on information uncovered by the inquiry concerning the first two of the 19 alleged hijackers to enter the States in 2000, explaining that they were handled by a man described by the FBI as a Saudi “agent” who furnished them with an apartment in San Diego and flight lessons. The agent further used a welfare account maintained by the Saudi ambassador’s wife to support the hijacker’s “decidedly non-Islamic” taste for “alcohol, strip clubs, even a desired, though unfulfilled, marriage to a stripper.”
“Still unanswered after nearly 10 years are the questions of the full extent of the Saudi pre-9/11 involvement,” Graham writes. “Why the cover-up by our government?”
As it happens, Graham is also hawking his new novel, Keys to the Kingdom, which he says he wrote out of frustration when his non-fiction book, Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia and the Failure of America's War on Terror, was censored by the US Intelligence community. “Having been thwarted in my ”˜real life’ efforts to bring out the answers to these questions, which should be among the highest priorities to our citizens, I resorted to fiction,” he writes.
Graham’s theory is that Saudi Arabia loaned its network of US based agents to al-Qaeda in order to protect itself. US interests were subsequently forced to cover-up their own special relationship with the Saudis. It’s only one of a multiplicity of alternative narratives bandied about by 9/11 researchers.
Darren Pearson of the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society told the Straight that he’s “greatly encouraged by people speaking out like that,” and that he accepts Graham’s implication that the two alleged hijackers in question “were not devout Muslims willing to give up their lives for the cause.”
But Pearson added that he also rejects Graham’s “overall picture that Muslim terrorists were involved.”
It’s not the first time Graham has spoken out. As Washington’s Blog notes, the New York Times in 2004 reported that the FBI - under orders from the White House -refused to hand over and then actually went out of its way to hide an informant from the congressional inquiry, even though he’d been the landlord to two of the hijackers. At the time, Graham said, "The reason for this cover-up goes right to the White House."
Washington’s Blog also describes “numerous obstructions of justice by the government into the 9/11 inquiry,” as reported in Newsweek in 2002, and the intimidation of witnesses by “government minders” at both the Congressional Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission hearings.