Investor's Business Daily
September 9, 2011
9/11: A new report revealing the hijackers met in Florida with a well-connected Saudi family who fled to Riyadh just days before the attacks raises fresh concerns about the Saudis' role in the plot.
The Saudi hijackers who entered the country from San Diego also met with Saudi handlers. So now we know al-Qaida had Saudi help from coast to coast. According to the Miami Herald, investigators believe the wealthy family at a minimum knew of their guests' evil plans, and possibly aided them.
Just two weeks before 9/11, and after meetings and calls with ringleader Mohamed Atta and other hijackers, the Saudi nationals abandoned three cars, including a new Chrysler PT Cruiser, in the garage and driveway of their Sarasota home. In their haste to leave the country, they also left behind opulent furniture. A safe, however, was cleaned out. They also took a computer.
Their Sarasota home was owned by Esam Ghazzawi, a Saudi financier. He'd been on an FBI watch list for terror-fundraising. The FBI, however, never briefed the 9/11 Commission about his and the other Saudi occupants' connections to the hijackers. Congress also was left in the dark about the house search.
It's one of many mysteries surrounding the Saudis and 9/11. Other questions still unanswered after 10 years: