Bob Graham, a former member of the American Senate revealed sensational news that there is evidence indicating that Saudi Arabia had a part to play in the 9/11 terror attacks. A bill in favour of declassifying documents that indicate the Saudi hand in the 9/11 attacks and of authorizing on that basis, legal proceedings against Saudi Arabia was presented in the American Senate. Saudi Arabia had threatened the US with serious economic reprisals if this bill was passed in the Senate. So in the light of this threat, Mr. Graham’s statements have indeed drawn attention.
‘The most important question has been, did the 19 terrorists and hijackers execute this very sophisticated and meticulously planned attack all by themselves or did they have support? It is just not possible that those who saw the plan through so easily, never came to the US and did not speak English. Who then is the most likely to have provided support? All evidence converges towards Saudi Arabia. We know that it was Saudi Arabia that created the Al Qaeda. It was their making’, said Bob Graham accusing Saudi Arabia of complicity in the 9/11 attacks.
Graham made this statement in an interview on the NBC, an American news channel. Following the 9/11 attacks, the American government set up a committee to probe the incident. Graham is known to have been one of those who drew up the report that the committee released in 2002.
As per the conclusions in the report, a few Saudi officials residing in the US in 2001 could have played a role in the 9/11 attacks. However the 28 paged report pointing to the complicity of Saudi Arabia has as yet not been released.
There has been a campaign insisting on declassifying of the report and a bill too has been presented in the Senate. Bob Graham, a former Senator who co-chaired the inquiry that wrote the report too has insisted that the 28 pages be released but has, at the same time warned that the declassification of this report could strain and even sour the relations between Saudi and the US. John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations also concurred with the opinion that the 28 paged report be declassified.
The bill called the ‘Justice against the sponsors of terrorism Act’ has been placed before the Senate and in the event that it is passed, the relatives of the victims of the 9/11 attacks will be authorized to proceed legally in the American courts of law against Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has reacted aggressively to the bill and the Saudi Foreign Minister has threatened to liquidate US assets worth $750 bn.