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September 11: US Federal Investigation says no evidence to condemn Saudi Arabia

The American media and social media flocked to obtain information For the September 11 attacks that may satisfy the groups claiming Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks, but the documents contradicted those expectations, and proved the absence of any evidence condemning the Saudi government’s involvement in this attack.

The documents published on the evening of the 20th anniversary of the “bloody September”, which shook America and the world at the time in 2001, killing about 3,000 people, include information about the logistical support provided to two terrorist hijackers in Al-Qaeda, in the period prior to the September 11 attacks.

This information is the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Office in 2015 with a former employee of the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles, California, after he applied for US citizenship, but the investigations did not provide evidence of the official involvement of Saudi Arabia.

The person interrogated by the US government, who was not named, claimed that Omar al-Bayoumi used to come to the consulate, had a good relationship with the consular staff, and may have a relationship with two of the terrorist hijackers of one of the planes that were flying in. The lawyers for the victims of the September bombings claim that al-Bayoumi was an agent of the Saudi intelligence, without providing evidence to prove this.

In an interview with Omar al-Bayoumi for the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in December 2003, he confirmed that he was never aware of the terrorists who carried out the September 11 attacks, and that the British and American authorities investigated him in this regard, and it was confirmed that the information and contents with him were correct. Consequently he was allowed to continue to study in Britain, despite the harassment he faced during that period.

Thomas Kean, the general supervisor of the investigation committee into the events of September 11 from 2001 to 2004, and the governor of New Jersey for a long time, said that “the investigations did not find evidence to condemn the Saudi government in the bombings,” stressing the absolute Saudi cooperation in the investigations during that period, and on the contrary. He stated that there are many things that “may lead to Iran’s involvement in these attacks.”

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