To tidligere senatorer fra det demokratiske partiet, Bob Graham og Bob Kerry, sier i en rettserklæringer at de tror hele sannheten ikke er kommet frem om Saudi-Arabias innblanding i 9/11.
Det som gir deres forklaringer tyngde er at begge satt i kommisjoner som gransket 9/11. Graham satt i Kongressens granskning og Kerry i den offisielle 9/11-kommisjonen.
De er kommet med erklæringene i anledning av etterlatte som forsøker å stevne Saudi-Arabia for retten. State Department er ikke begeistret for å si det mildt.
Now, in sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, two former senators who were privy to top secret information on the Saudis’ activities say they believe that the Saudi government might have played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.
“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia,” former Senator Bob Graham, Democrat of Florida, said in an affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought against the Saudi government and dozens of institutions in the country by families of Sept. 11 victims and others. Mr. Graham led a joint 2002 Congressional inquiry into the attacks.
His former Senate colleague, Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, a Democrat who served on the separate 9/11 Commission, said in a sworn affidavit of his own in the case that “significant questions remain unanswered” about the role of Saudi institutions. “Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the September 11th attacks has never been fully pursued,” Mr. Kerrey said.
Their affidavits, which were filed on Friday and have not previously been disclosed, are part of a multibillion-dollar lawsuit that has wound its way through federal courts since 2002. An appellate court, reversing an earlier decision, said in November that foreign nations were not immune to lawsuits under certain terrorism claims, clearing the way for parts of the Saudi case to be reheard in United States District Court in Manhattan.