Bob Graham was Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
January 3 January 20, 2001
June 6, 2001 January 3, 2003
A London man, Omar Saeed Sheikh , who was arrested for Daniel Pearl's murder was initially exposed as a 9/11 paymaster while acting under the authority of a Pakistani ISI general who was in Washington D.C. on September 11, meeting WITH YOU , was acting under the alias name of Mustafa Ahmed. With him now sitting in prison for Pearl's murder (update this info..where is he now? excuted? imprisoned?).
Why did FBI Director Robert Mueller proclaim on April 30, 2002 that (quote)"The hijackers left no paper trail...In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper...that mentioned any aspect of the Sept. 11 plot."
Yet in the weeks immediately following September 11, Mueller and his FBI had left the public with a very different impression -- an impression that conjured the vision of truckloads of paper documents pointing any number of ways to the culpability of Osama Bin Laden for the events of 9/11.
Let Bob Graham answer and follow up with this if needed:
For one, there was the infamous handwritten "checklist" found not only in hijacker Mohamed Atta's abandoned luggage, but also in the car rented in hijacker al-Hazmi's name, discovered at Dulles Airport, and which included lofty Arabic prayers alongside last minute reminders to bring "knives, your will, IDs, your passport, all your papers." But more importantly, the treasure trove in al-Hazmi's glove compartment yielded a paper trail that led all the way to London -- and to the arrest of a potentially major suspect.
On September 30, 2001, as reported in the Telegraph by David Bamber, British prosecutor Arvinda Sambir announced that authorities had arrested Lotfi Raissi, whose name was found in al-Hazmi's rental. A further search of Raissi's apartment had yielded up a video clip starring Raissi with alleged hijacker Hani Hanjour -- all in all, another circumstantial slam-dunk in the snowballing case against al-Qaida. Or was it? For by April of 2002 -- when Mueller made his "paper trail" declaration -- Raissi would go free for want of evidence.
As we will shortly see, Raissi was being set up to play his part in a prearranged drama, one in which a definitive money trail leading to al-Qaida would be announced just in time for the October 7, 2001 launch into Afghanistan. Yet a brief, almost innocuous, article in the October 9 Times of India would lay havoc to this plan, necessitating a massive cover-up and a search for an alternative smoking gun that would unveil itself before a skeptical world audience on December 13, 2001 as the Official Bin Laden Videotape Confession.
WHAT are your thoughts on this ? Most experts agree, the Bin Laden tape was fake.Was Lofti Raissi's role indeed as patsy?
To continue, please listen to the following:
Times of India & Karachi News
"While the Pakistani Inter Services Public Relations claimed that former ISI [Pakistani intelligence] director-general Lt. General Mahmud Ahmad sought retirement after being superseded on Monday, the truth is more shocking. Top sources confirmed here on Tuesday that the general lost his job because of the "evidence" India produced to show his links to one of the suicide bombers that wrecked the World Trade Center. The U.S. authorities sought his removal after confirming the fact that $100,000 were wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan by [Omar Saeed] at the instance of General Mahmud [Ahmad]."
In short, the Times of India revealed that Omar Saeed was acting under the direct orders of the head of Pakistani intelligence and not Osama bin Laden. That in itself could perhaps have been explained away, as it was widely acknowledged that Islamic elements in the ISI were sympathetic to the Taliban and their al-Qaida guests. Yet tracing the "smoking gun" money trail to General Ahmad created an entirely new smoking gun that led straight back to Washington, D.C. -- for General Ahmad had already been reported as having breakfast in the nation's capital with Senator Bob Graham and Representative Porter Goss on the morning of September 11 (Both Graham and Goss would go on to co-chair the joint Senate-House 9/11 inquiry). In fact, as early as September 9 -- two days before 9/11, for those who didn't notice -- Karachi News had weighed in with the following observation:
"ISI Chief Lt. General [Mahmud Ahmad's] week-long presence in Washington has triggered speculation about the agenda of his mysterious meetings at the Pentagon and National Security Council. . . What added interest to his visit is the history of such visits. Last time Ziauddin Butt, [General Ahmad's] predecessor, was here during Nawaz Sharif's government, the domestic politics turned topsy-turvy within days. That this is not the first visit by [General Ahmad] in the last three months shows the urgency of the ongoing parleys."
WHAT can you tell me about this? Why did you leave this smoking gun information out of your books,especially in Intelligence Matters, where you mention your meeting with Paki ISI Chief General Ahmed on page 95?
Many experts, such retired CIA agents and respective investigative journalists and not just 9/11 truthers and researchers, are perplexed by this?!?
Let Bob Graham answer: