Subject: Newsweek: FBI Housed Hijackers
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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 00:05:30 GMT
Exclusive—The 9-11 Report: Slamming the FBI
By Michael Isikoff
July 28 issue — The FBI blew repeated chances to uncover the 9-11
plot because it failed to aggressively investigate evidence of Al Qaeda’s
presence in the United States, especially in the San Diego area, where
two of the hijackers were living with one of the bureau’s own informants,
according to the congressional report set for release this week.
THE LONG-DELAYED 900-page report also contains potentially
explosive new evidence suggesting that Omar al-Bayoumi, a key associate
of two of the hijackers, may have been a Saudi-government agent, sources
tell NEWSWEEK. The report documents extensive ties between al-Bayoumi and
the hijackers. But the bureau never kept tabs on al-Bayoumi—despite
receiving prior information he was a secret Saudi agent, the report says.
In January 2000, al-Bayoumi had a meeting at the Saudi Consulate in Los
Angeles—and then went directly to a restaurant where he met future
hijackers Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, whom he took back with him
to San Diego. (Al-Bayoumi later arranged for the men to get an apartment
next to his and fronted them their first two months rent.) The report is
sure to reignite questions about whether some Saudi officials were
secretly monitoring the hijackers—or even facilitating their conduct.
Questions about the Saudi role arose repeatedly during last year’s joint
House-Senate intelligence-committees inquiry. But the Bush administration
has refused to declassify many key passages of the committees’ findings.
A 28-page section of the report dealing with the Saudis and other foreign
governments will be deleted. “They are protecting a foreign government,”
charged Sen. Bob Graham, who oversaw the inquiry.
The report criticizes the Pentagon for resisting military strikes
against Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan prior to 9-11, and the CIA for
failing to pass along crucial information about Almihdhar and Alhazmi at
a terrorists’ summit in Malaysia. But the FBI gets the toughest
treatment. A few months after al-Bayoumi took them to San Diego,
Almihdhar and Alhazmi moved into the house of a local professor who was a
longtime FBI “asset.” The prof also had earlier contact with another
hijacker, Hani Hanjour. But even though the informant was in regular
touch with his FBI handler, the bureau never pieced together that he was
living with terrorists. The bureau also failed to pursue other leads,
including a local imam who dealt with several key 9-11 figures. The
report, one congressional investigator said, “is a scathing indictment of
the FBI as an agency that doesn’t have a clue about terrorism.” Furious
bureau officials say the report misstates the evidence. They say the
bureau checked out al-Bayoumi—now back in Saudi Arabia—and concluded he
had not given the hijackers “material support.” As for Almihdhar and
Alhazmi, “there was nothing there that gave us any suspicion about these
guys,” said one FBI official.
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