I must confess that I am a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. My theory is that the attacks on New York and Washington were the result of a plot organized by Khalid Sheik Muhammed, funded by Osama bin Laden, and carried out by Muhammed’s extended family and other men enlisted by the lead co-conspirators.
The historical validity of that conclusion doesn’t mean we know the whole story of the 9/11 attacks.
So says Bob Graham, the former Florida Senator and 9/11 Commission member.
Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers broke the story last week in the BrowardBulldog.org, an independent south Florida news site.
In a sworn deposition that Christensen and Summers obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Graham charged the FBI is hiding the results of an investigation of a well-connected Saudi man living in Florida who was reportedly contacted by several of the hijackers in the summer of 2001.
“I am troubled by what appears to me to be a persistent effort by the FBI to conceal from the American people information concerning possible Saudi support of the Sept. 11 attacks,” Graham said
The story was picked up by the 9/11 family group which asked the FBI to “come clean.”
The story concerns Esam Ghazzawi, an advisor to a senior Saudi prince, who hastily deserted his home in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida in the summer of 2001.
In September 2011, Christensen and Summers broke the story that the “FBI found direct ties between 9/11 hijackers” and Ghazzawi yet did not share the information with Congress or investigators.
Christensen and Summers reported that two well-placed sources — an unnamed U.S. counterterrorism official and a Sarasota property manager — said that gatehouse logbooks and security camera photographs of license plates showed that vehicles used by the future hijackers had visited the home where Ghazzawi lived. Analysis of phone records also linked the hijackers to their house, the counterterrorism officer said.
Four of the hijackers lived less than 10 miles away from Ghazawwi’s house in 2001 and two attended a nearby flight school where they learned how to pilot commercial airliners.
Graham says the 9/11 Commission never learned about the FBI investigation of Ghazzawi. The FBI denies that it found any connetion between Ghazzawi and the hijackers.
Graham says the FBI is still withholding evidence. He cited a Sept. 16, 2002, FBI report about Sarasota that he was allowed to see after making inquiries at the FBI. That report has never been publicly released, he said.
Christensen is the editor of the BrowardBulldog. Summers is co-author (with Robbyn Swan) “The Eleventh Day,” an account of the 9/11 conspiracy. Summers is also author of “Not In Your Lifetime,” about the assassination of JFK. (Full disclosure: Summers is a friend.)