28 pages of a Congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks were made public on Friday, displaying reports which could point to direct Saudi Arabian government connections to the al-Qaeda terrorists who planned the attack.
The report states that “while in the United States, some of the hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from individuals who may be connected to the Saudi government.”
Later on, the 9/11 Commission reported that there was no concrete evidence to suggest the Saudi government was involved in the attacks, but many people have suspicions. The Saudi government, aware of these suspicions, has denied any role in the attacks.
The report does not show a direct connection between the Saudi government and the 9/11 attackers, but it reveals that Saudi-funded charities once supported al-Qaeda, that Saudi government officials traveled with known extremists, and that FBI officials complained the Saudi government blocked terror investigations.
On Friday, the Obama administration also made public a 2005 joint report by the CIA and FBI which provides the solid conclusion that there is no evidence of Saudi government involvement in 9/11. The joint report explains that there is support from Saudi officials to individuals associated with individual organizations.
The Congressional report report introduces Saudis with al-Qaeda sympathies in the United States as well as Saudi-funded mosques encouraging extremism. The FBI was not collecting intelligence about any of that activity prior to 9/11 because Saudi Arabia was thought to be an ally.
Much of the information in the 28 pages showing connections between the 9/11 attackers and Saudi government officials is already known as it has been previously released. The 28 pages conclude with FBI and CIA officials saying that Saudi government involvement in 9/11 needed to be further investigated.
The matter has been investigated extensively with no evidence of involvement being found.