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Posted on 06/20/2007 3:18:30 PM PDT by RDTF
Osama bin Laden may have chartered a plane that carried his family members and Saudi nationals out of the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks, said FBI documents released Wednesday. The papers, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, were made public by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based group that investigates government corruption.
One FBI document referred to a Ryan Air 727 airplane that departed Los Angeles International Airport on September 19, 2001, and was said to have carried Saudi nationals out of the United States.
"The plane was chartered either by the Saudi Arabian royal family or Osama bin Laden," according to the document, which was among 224 pages posted online.
The flight made stops in Orlando, Florida; Washington, DC; and Boston, Massachusetts and eventually left its passengers in Paris the following day.
In all, the documents detail six flights between September 14 and September 24 that evacuated Saudi nationals and bin Laden family members, Judicial Watch said in a statement.
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ping a ling
Richard Clarke admitted he ok’d it....
Hmm, my money would be on the Saudi Royals. I mean, since it covers both sides here. What a stupid phrase to put in. But hey, the conspiracy wackaloons will have new kindling to show how it was all arranged.
There is a difference between Osama bin Laden and the bin Laden family.
Bin Laden. The Saudi “Royal” Family. Is there really any difference? Bin Laden carries out terror attacks. The Saudis finance them. According to the Bush Doctrine, the latter is supposed to be just as bad. Supposed to be.
Remember when they went after the corrupt Clintons? Back then it was a RIGHT-WING Washington-based group.
The media sucks so bad, and they never admit they are wrong. Just arrogant.
Judicial Watch Releases New FBI Documents: Osama bin Laden May Have Chartered Saudi Flight Out of U.S. after 9/11
(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released new documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) related to the expeditious departure of Saudi nationals, including members of the bin Laden family, from the United States following the 9/11 attacks. According to one of the formerly confidential documents, dated 9/21/2001, terrorist Osama bin Laden may have chartered one of the Saudi flights.
The document states: ON 9/19/01, A 727 PLANE LEFT LAX, RYAN FLT #441 TO ORLANDO, FL W/ETA (estimated time of arrival) OF 4-5PM. THE PLANE WAS CHARTERED EITHER BY THE SAUDI ARABIAN ROYAL FAMILY OR OSAMA BIN LADEN THE LA FBI SEARCHED THE PLANE [REDACTED] LUGGAGE, OF WHICH NOTHING UNUSUAL WAS FOUND. The plane was allowed to depart the United States after making four stops to pick up passengers, ultimately landing in Paris where all passengers disembarked on 9/20/01, according to the document.
Overall, the FBIs most recent document production includes details of the six flights between 9/14 and 9/24 that evacuated Saudi royals and bin Laden family members. The documents also contain brief interview summaries and occasional notes from intelligence analysts concerning the cursory screening performed prior to the departures. According to the FBI documents, incredibly not a single Saudi national nor any of the bin Laden family members possessed any information of investigative value.
Moreover, the documents contain numerous errors and inconsistencies which call to question the thoroughness of the FBIs investigation of the Saudi flights. For example, on one document, the FBI claims to have interviewed 20 of 23 passengers on the Ryan International Airlines flight (commonly referred to as the Bin Laden Family Flight). On another document, the FBI claims to have interviewed 15 of 22 passengers on the same flight.
Eight days after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Osama bin Laden possibly charters a flight to whisk his family out of the country, and its not worth more than a luggage search and a few brief interviews? asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Clearly these documents prove the FBI conducted a slapdash investigation of these Saudi flights. Well never know how many investigative leads were lost due to the FBIs lack of diligence.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts ordered the FBI to resubmit proper disclosures to the Court and Judicial Watch, having previously criticized the adequacy of redaction descriptions, the validity of exemption claims, and other errors in the FBIs disclosures. Incredibly, the FBI had previously redacted Osama bin Ladens name from the records in order to protect privacy interests.
The latest version of the FBI documents, obtained under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and through ongoing litigation (Judicial Watch v. Department of Homeland Security & Federal Bureau of Investigation, No. 04-1643 (RWR)) is available below.
FBI Saudi Flight Documents
Actually, Bin Laden wants to take out the Royals too.
Actually Osama Bin Laden wants to take out the Royals. The rest of the Bin Laden family, who've disowned him, are reportedly quite sympathetic to, and supportive of the House of Saud.
Not that I care enough about any of them to piss on them if they were on fire, but I think it's a pretty substantive point in the context of the article.
That’s what I just said, isn’t it!?
So what? Was the US supposed to hold the family hostage and then slit their throats on TV?
Not to an AC130 Spectre gunship.
I’m wit you
No interrogation? When your trying to find a mass murderer you at least investigate the family for any clues of his/her whereabouts. Bonehead decisions like this makes me wonder if we really used our best efforts to capture OBL.
Yep. The bloodlust wanes awfully quick when this comes up.
Anytime family members of a mass murderer skip out of the country you have to wonder what are they hiding or refuse to acknowledge. The US knew it was the mastermind of OBL before they departed.
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