Aegis of Federal Protection:
The Pattern That Shepherded Key 9/11 “Hijackers”.
   
   


 

The San Diego Connection

Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar lived with a well-paid FBI informant, Abdussattar Shaikh, in San Diego, in early Fall, 2000, before heading to Shreveport where they met Graham that November. (This San Diego FBI informant story is mainstream news, it was first broken by Michael Isikoff at Newsweek.)

Abdussattar Shaikh was a crooked character with academic credentials from a diploma mill. Shaikh was fiercely protected by FBI. Senator Bob Graham (the Florida Democrat, no relation to the Shreveport dentist) was part of the Senate/House Joint Inquiry investigating 9/11. The Senator was keen to interview Shaikh, regarding his embarrassing shepherding of the 9/11 terrorists. But the FBI refused to produce Shaikh. Senator Graham prepared a subpoena. The FBI refused to accept that subpoena from him and, according to Senator Graham’s book, chose instead to practically run out of Graham’s Senate office.

According to a 2005 story by Josh Meyer in the Los Angeles Times, new documents surfaced showing that Shaikh received $100,000 from FBI for staying out of the reaches of Senator Graham and the Joint Congressional Inquiry in 2003. After the White House withheld documents from the Joint Inquiry, Senator Bob Graham concluded, “the White House was directing the cover-up” in his important book, Intelligence Matters (Random House, 2004). “Directing the cover-up” is a putting it mildly. The cover-up was not all the White House directed. I have access to Senator Graham, and in our interview, I intend to probe this further.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer

Able Danger: The DIA Operation Unable to Stop Al Qaeda

Before Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar lived with a powerful FBI informant in San Diego, they were monitored by Able Danger, a Defense Intelligence Agency operation staffed by the “military’s best and brightest.”

Able Danger was the operation that knew too much. By using “data-mining” of open-source intelligence, as well as classified databases, they put together a financial picture of who was supporting Al Qaeda. But in 1999, Able Danger was forced by Pentagon top brass to destroy 2.5 terabytes of that financial data.

In February 2006, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s gave 48 pages worth of Congressional testimony in the largely-ignored “Able Danger Hearings” on Capitol Hill. He revealed how his superiors at Pentagon protected the identity of Mohamed Atta, Nawaf Al-Hazmi, and Khalid Al-Mihdhar, from Shaffer and his operation, back in February 2000. Pentagon heavy-weight covered up faces of Al Qaeda terrorist charts with “yellow stickies” at crucial meetings. Pentagon top brass prevented FBI from being briefed on Able Danger’s findings.

For speaking to the 9/11 Commission, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer had his security clearance revoked. He has survived suppresion in the military and harassment in the media. His colleagues and peers enthusiastically supported the anti-terrorist Able Danger operation. But the Pentagon’s leadership suppressed his work. Why?

Shaffer was attacked in Washington Post. The 9/11 Commission called Able Danger, “not historically relevant.” But Shaffer, before Congress in 2006, showed how the truth about Able Danger will someday “will rewrite the history of 9-11.” That day is now.

 


L to R: 9/11 Widow Monica Gabrielle, Sander Hicks, Lois Ann Battuello, Susan Trento, assistant to Trentos, Joe Trento, at Vox Pop.

 

Who WERE Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar?

I am friendly with Joe Trento at the National Security News Service of Washington, DC. Trento wrote in his 2006 book, Unsafe at Any Altitude (Steerforth) that Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, were Saudi agents. They were friendly spies, officially a part of the Saudi Royal Family’s General Intelligence Directorate (GID). Trento shared with me that his sources for this were “Western and Saudi intelligence.”

If they were GID agents, that explains why Bush White House friend Saudi Princess Haifa was censured for wiring Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar between $51,000 and $73,000 while they were living in San Diego. (The Princess was investigated by the FBI, but was exonerated by the U.S. Treasury, thank you very much.)

In January, 2000, the CIA photographed Al-Hazmi, and Al-Mihdhar, at the Malaysian terrorism summit, in Kuala Lumpur. These two were perhaps being targeted as potential CIA/GID double agents. How else to explain that the CIA did not to put them on the terrorist watch list at that time. As a result, these terrorists were free to enter the U.S.

Khalid Al-Mihdhar played a role in the bombing of the USS Cole, in October 2000, yet was free to travel in and out of the USA, all throughout 2000 and 2001. Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar got season passes to SeaWorld in their own names. They were listed in the phone book. These guys wanted to be seen. They were not under deep cover, just the opposite.

Days before the 9/11 attacks, in August, 2001 the CIA deported an undercover Mossad operation out of south Florida. This Israeli intelligence operation was a bunch of young agents posing as “art students.” They got close to key 9/11 terrorists, including Al-Hazmi, Al-Mihdhar, and Mohamed Atta. But as they were being deported, Mossad published a list of “potential terrorists,” in order to embarrass CIA. Only then, 18 months after the Malaysian summit, did CIA put Nawaf Al-Hazmi, and Khalid Al-Mihdhar on the terrorism watch list.

This Mossad “undercover art students” story never made it into the US media at all. Coverage in mainstream German newspapers was translated and posted online.


Saudi Prince Bandhar

So let’s get this straight:

Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar had financial support from the Saudi Royals close to President Bush.

Good sources report they were agents of Saudi Intelligence.

They got protection from CIA, from the US Pentagon, from the FBI in several cities. The pattern of protection itself shows a pattern: in FBI cases, intermediaries, or “handlers” were used. The media coverage, when it’s there at all, slants heavily towards the official story. Whistle-blowers like Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer are eviscerated by the Pentagon. The influential newspapers fall in line.

But the truth is still alive. Justice deferred is only justice delayed. Inevitably, there will be a reckoning.

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