The FBI documents finally being declassified on alleged Saudi links to the terror attacks two decades ago were “unknown” to the 9/11 Commission.
That commission was set up “to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks,” as its mission statement reads.
Now, lawyers for 9/11 kin suing the Saudis say, that report is incomplete.
The commission, attorneys for the 9/11 families said, “should have been much more candid and blunt of these guys in Southern California.”
They were referring to the first two 9/11 hijackers in the U.S. — Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar.
Both arrived in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2000, without being able to speak English. Yet, records show, they made it to San Diego where they took flying lessons — and flunked out — rented an apartment and attended a mosque. They were both Saudi nationals.
As the Herald reported Monday, a 16-page FBI document declassified Saturday night is a major win for families who lost loved ones in the attacks as they push to uncover alleged Saudi links to the 9/11 hijackers.
More documents are to follow and equally vital lawyers for the 9/11 kin can finally speak publicly.
They did so in a background briefing Monday where they announced they are heading back into court in New York City Tuesday seeking accommodations now that President Biden has issued an executive order compelling the FBI and Department of Justice to release what they know about Saudi links to the terror attacks.
The lawyers did not reveal exactly what they are seeking, but were asked if in light of the new documents will they ask to depose Saudi officials again.
Of all the 19 hijackers, 15 were citizens of Saudi Arabia. They were all affiliated with al-Qaeda and hijacked four jets, killing nearly 3,000 people on 9/11. The families suing also include those with family members sickened by the toxic fallout from the New York City attacks.
American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 — both out of Logan International Airport in Boston — slammed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center.
The latest FBI report, the lawyers added, “implicated at least eight Saudi officials” — many who held “extremist views.”
“All of this is new and unknown to the 9/11 Commission,” the lawyers added.
They did defend the commission, saying it had “limited resources, limited time” but did call out the tragic lack of communication with key intelligence leading up to the terror attacks and a “lack of imagination in assessing the risks.”
The Saudi “chapter,” they stressed, is now going to be “rewritten” as the documents begin to flow.