What Exactly Was the 9-11 Commission For?

So, if you haven’t heard the news yet, new documents “have been released” by the Justice Department concerning the 9-11 2001 terrorist attacks.

From the Miami Herald:

The Justice Department Friday made public four new, heavily censored documents confirming that by 2002 the FBI had found “many connections” between 9/11 terrorist figures and the Florida family of “an allegedly wealthy international businessman” with ties to the Saudi Royal family.

“On or about 8/27/01 his family fled their house in Sarasota leaving behind valuable items in a manner indicating they left quickly without prior preparation,” says an FBI “case narrative” written on April 16, 2002.

The name of the international businessman, Esam Ghazzawi, is blanked out in the narrative. Ghazzawi’s name, however, is included on another page — an FBI form that accompanied a letter acquired by FBI agents in Tampa as “evidence” in July 2002. Details about the letter were not released.

The release of Ghazzawi’s name is the first time the government has confirmed Ghazzawi’s involvement in the FBI investigation that lasted until at least 2004, yet was never disclosed to the 9/11 Commission or congressional investigators.

Ghazzawi, advisor to a senior Saudi prince, owned the upscale south Sarasota home where his daughter, Anoud, and her husband, Abdulaziz al-Hijji lived prior to 9/11. Law enforcement sources have said that after 9/11 investigators found evidence — telephone records and photographs of license tags and security gate log books — showing that hijack pilot Mohamed Atta, former Broward resident and fugitive al Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah and other terror suspects had visited the home. The home is about 10 miles from the Venice airport, where Atta and the two other hijack pilots trained.

So why exactly did we have a 9-11 Commission that supposedly issued a report? The FBI had this information by April 2002. The Commission was not established until the following November, late in the month. So why was this not included in the testimony or the report? According to Wikipedia, “The 9/11 Commission Report, formally named Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, is the official report of the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks.” So how does a report that leaves out major known information get to be a “final report.” It sounds like it is more aptly described as “the official story of the events leading up to the September 11, 2001.

When was the FBI planning to let us know about this information? Answer: Never.

The only reason we have this information is because BrowardBulldog.org went to court and sued the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act. They won their case with the judge, at least enough to get those four “heavily censored” documents. So if it were not for that lawsuit, we would still have no official word about this connection.

The Broward Bulldog points to what seems to me to be the most likely reason for the cover-up:

A Saudi family who “fled” their Sarasota area home weeks before September 11th had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” according to newly released FBI records.

The information runs counter to previous FBI statements. It also adds to concern raised by official investigations but never fully explored, that the full truth about Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 attacks has not yet been told.

The question, as always, is how much and how much official (if any) Saudi support was given to the terrorists. They support terrorists now with our blessing. But that raises all sorts of further questions about what happened on and leading up to 9/11.

The bottom line is that “independent commission” was mostly stage magic to put our minds at ease that we knew the truth. But the truth was being hidden in that report.