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Documents Back Saudi Link to Extremists
The New York Times ^ | June 23, 2009 | Eric Lichtblau

Posted on 06/25/2009 6:35:20 AM PDT by Ravnagora

WASHINGTON — Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles.

The case has put the Obama administration in the middle of a political and legal dispute, with the Justice Department siding with the Saudis in court last month in seeking to kill further legal action. Adding to the intrigue, classified American intelligence documents related to Saudi finances were leaked anonymously to lawyers for the families. The Justice Department had the lawyers’ copies destroyed and now wants to prevent a judge from even looking at the material...

The Saudis and their defenders in Washington have long denied links to terrorists...

Allegations of Saudi links to terrorism have been the subject of years of government investigations and furious debate. Critics have said that some members of the Saudi ruling class pay off terrorist groups in part to keep them from being more active in their own country...

Internal Treasury Department documents obtained by the lawyers under the Freedom of Information Act, for instance, said that a prominent Saudi charity, the International Islamic Relief Organization, heavily supported by members of the Saudi royal family, showed “support for terrorist organizations” at least through 2006.

A self-described Qaeda operative in Bosnia said in an interview with lawyers in the lawsuit that another charity largely controlled by members of the royal family, the Saudi High Commission for Aid to Bosnia, provided money and supplies to the terrorist group in the 1990s and hired militant operatives like himself...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bosnia; extremists; islam; saudis

1 posted on 06/25/2009 6:35:20 AM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; vooch; ...

2 posted on 06/25/2009 6:38:42 AM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: All

Serbs tried to tell the world this a long time ago...

They knew the score.

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3 posted on 06/25/2009 6:39:46 AM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora
What do you expect from a country that bans Churches, bans Bibles, outlaws Easter Celebrations and has the death penalty for any non-muslim that enters the city of Mecca?
4 posted on 06/25/2009 6:40:45 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Ravnagora; tx_eggman

NK, Venezuela, Iraq, Iran, China, Russia...

All I can say is.. they are all gonna miss our money when we are gone.


5 posted on 06/25/2009 6:41:58 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: Ravnagora

Obama should go visit them and bow before them in hommage...oh...wait...he already did that.


6 posted on 06/25/2009 6:53:19 AM PDT by oust the louse (This Country now has a smelly BO problem.....)
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To: Ravnagora

Just bow to the king, that will help.


8 posted on 06/25/2009 7:09:13 AM PDT by Colvin (Harry Reid is a sap sucking idiot.)
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To: Ravnagora
The case has put the Obama administration in the middle of a political and legal dispute, with the Justice Department siding with the Saudis in court last month in seeking to kill further legal action.

Ummm, they're NOT in the middle if the Justice Department is siding with the Saudis...

9 posted on 06/25/2009 7:34:44 AM PDT by GOPJ (I'm..opposed to shooting abortionists,but don't believe in imposing my morality on others-Coulter)
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To: Ravnagora

UM YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 06/25/2009 8:52:59 AM PDT by crazydad (=============)
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