President Trump’s change in attitude towards Saudi Arabia has apparently had a trickle-down effect, as a federal judge in Miami has reversed her decision to push for the release of crucial documents revealing information on the funding of the 9/11 attacks.
Judge Cecilia Altonaga is now ruling in favor of the FBI, granting the agency’s request to keep large portions of a slide show titled “Overview of the 9/11 Investigation” secret from the public.
The presentation Altonaga is now helping to keep private, includes sections on “Funding of the 9/11 Attacks,” “Early to Mid-2001 Additional Funding,” “Early to Mid-2000: Pilots/Intended Pilots Arrive U.S.,” “Investigative Findings” regarding hijacker “Identification,” and “Financial: Ample Financing was provided.”
This decision is the opposite of Altonaga’s ruling from May 16, in which she stated that the documents “should be largely opened for public inspection,” given the fact that the FBI failed to establish Freedom of Information Act Exemption 7(E), which applies when the release of the information would “disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.”
According to Altonaga’s latest ruling, she changed her mind based on the fact that the FBI countered with a technicality. The agency insisted that the contents of “Document 22” reveal “a photo taken by a security camera, which itself does not discuss FBI techniques, but from which a careful viewer could deduce the location of the security camera at the site the photo was taken.”
The lawsuit was initiated by Florida Bulldog, a team of investigative journalists that has spent years probing the connections between the 9/11 hijackers and Saudi Arabia. According to the CIA’s database, 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and when they first arrived in the United States, nine of them arrived in Florida.
Florida Bulldog sued the FBI in 2012 for details on the ties between the hijackers and a rich Saudi family that mysteriously left all of their belongings and abandoned their luxury home in Sarasota, Florida, just two weeks before the attacks. The lawsuit led to the release of materials from a 2002 FBI report, which found “many connections” between the Saudi family and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.”
The idea that a federal judge would go from supporting a group of investigative journalists and pushing for transparency, to supporting the FBI and insisting that protecting the location of a security camera was worth covering up the funding of the 9/11 attacks, may seem bizarre—but it is a common practice under the current administration.
As The Free Thought Project has reported, Trump also went from calling for holding Saudi Arabia accountable for its involvement in 9/11, to ignoring the idea that the country could have had any involvement at all.
After months on the campaign trail, in which he pledged that if he was elected, Americans would “find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center,” Trump made Saudi Arabia the first foreign nation he visited as president of the U.S.
Trump’s visit with Saudi King Salman occurred on May 20—just four days after Judge Altonaga ruled that the FBI should face a Freedom of Information trial in an attempt to pursue transparency surrounding the funding of the 9/11 attacks.
During the visit, Trump announced plans for a $110 BILLION weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, which adds a new level of context that should be considered when looking at why Altonaga then reversed her decision on June 29.
“After Trump Bows to Saudis”
More lies out here in “alternative” media. It is quite obvious Mr Trump “BENT OVER” because of his height to accept the necklace thingy. But no, we must hear it was something similar to Negrobama’s bowing in Japan, Arabia?? So sick and tired of lies, mis direction, etc. Where can one find the truth anymore??
Ah shucks you took part of my thought on that!! Sooooo, I agree with you 10,000%
You know what they say about great minds :-))
Trump bent over, alright. He bent over backwards to please the Saudis…
U.S President Trump’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia, the fountainhead of terrorism, and the decision to sell $350 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, even as he preaches against terrorism, couldn’t possibly be more ironic.
Saudi Arabia is a chief weapons dealer and financier to the terrorists in Syria – all in coordination with U.S –led NATO.
Trump Lets Saudis – the Real Terrorist Sponsors – Off His ‘Muslim Ban’
The Israeli-Saudi narrative, which is repeated endlessly inside Official Washington, is that Iran is the principal sponsor of terrorism when that dubious honor clearly falls to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Sunni-led Muslim states, including Pakistan, nations that did not make Trump’s list.
Strangely (or not), Saudi Arabia is not on the list (despite having the majority of the 9/11 hijackers) and neither is Israel (despite its involvement in 9/11). Perhaps because best-friends-forever Saudi Arabia and Israel have a powerful sway over the US Government and Trump.
Jeez, what religion are those Luciferian secular liberal ZioNazi Wezztern human rights/democracy warmongers – who keep on sponsoring sewer Cannibal/Necrophiliac CIA-NA*O/MOSSAD-IS-ra*l’s endless Genocide, including by creating Cannibal/Necrophiliac -IS/ISIL/ISIS and organ/drug trafficker gangs in Mexico – to mass murder millions more poor Indigenous Muslims/Catholics in the Middle East; Mexico-Central/South America
Here, educate yrself – see
1. at –
French Report: ISIL Leader Mossad Agent: Simon Elliot, aka Al-Baghdadi, son of
Je*ish parents, Mossad agent,
VT, By GPD
on August4, 2014 (Thanks to the brave heroes, Snowden and Private Manning – for
exposing sewer IS-ra*l/Wezztern ZioNazi regimes’ War Crimes); and
2. at – Zeta gang connected to U.S. Special Forces/Mossad
By Wayne Madsen, March 10, 2011!
Yes, both Israel and Saudi Arabia are besties with the US….
Instead of being thoroughly ensconced in left/right politics, shouldn’t you be more worried that a supposed ally had a major hand in 9/11, resulting in the destruction of multiple innocent nations, and 100’s of thousands killed or wounded?
I guess you are judging my consciousness level from a single comment box offering?
We can only share in incremental porportions friend. After 50 years as a political/social activist I choose to offer bits of digestable info rather than a full course meal in one comment box 🙂
I would say your post served a full course meal of your 50 years of political activism. Based on your one post, it is apparent you are hunkered down in the Rethuglican gang, you’re obviously racist, and you take one euphemism in the article to build a straw man, labeling whole thing as a untruthful. I’ve been at this for thirty years, and I can easily learn a lot from a single comment box offering.
Jeez, APstuff*y; u just HATE freedom of speech that is anti-IS-ra*l; don’t u?! BS is this lying ZioNa*i anti-Saudi propaganda !
ZioNa*i Tru*p’s regime is playing a double-game; in order for his real MASTERS, ZioNa*i-controlled NA*O/IS-ra*l – to conquer Yemen, Bab El Mandeb Strait, Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean/Red Sea, ultimately! Whilst destroying the two most holy cities for Musl*ms, globally, Mecca and Madinah along the way.
Because we know who is really behind 9-11!
See – Isra*l was prime force behind 9/11 attacks: American scholar
By Kevin Barrett on November 23, 2015!
Gee wouldn’t want the public to know that 911 was an inside job. The Sauds were given a ring side seat by the Bushies.
Simple answer to that, don’t include that photo, why should a whole report be ‘excluded’ for one picture?
Trump didn’t bow you fake arsed boolsheetr I watched the it on TV. He leaned forward so they could place a ceremonial necklace around his neck. He leaned forward because he is 6’2″. Fake news!
We already know who did and no, it wasn’t the Saudis. The author of this bs article, Rachel Blevins from Texas, needs to find another big story to write about.