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Top secret 9/11 report released into Saudis involvement in September 11 terrorist attacks

UNDER wraps for 13 years, the US has released once-top secret pages from a congressional report into 9/11 that questioned whether Saudis who were in contact with the hijackers after they arrived in the US knew what they were planning.

The newly declassified document, with light redactions, names people the hijackers associated with before they carried out the attacks, killing nearly 3000 people in New York, Washington and on a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. It identifies individuals who helped the hijackers get apartments, open bank accounts, attend local mosques and get flight lessons. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals and several were not fluent in English and had little experience living in the West.

Later investigations found no evidence that the Saudi government or senior Saudi officials knowingly supported those who orchestrated the attacks. But politicians and relatives of victims, who don’t think all Saudi links to the attackers were thoroughly investigated, campaigned for more than 13 years to get the final chapter of the 2002 congressional inquiry released.

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A section of one of the 28 pages from the once-top secret pages from a congressional report into 9/11 that questioned whether Saudis who were in contact with the hijackers after they arrived in the U.S. Picture: AP

Saudi Arabia has called for the release of the chapter since 2002 so the kingdom could respond to any allegations and punish any Saudis who may have been involved in the attacks.

“Since 2002, the 9/11 Commission and several government agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, have investigated the contents of the ‘28 pages’ and have confirmed that neither the Saudi government, nor senior Saudi officials, nor any person acting on behalf of the Saudi government provided any support or encouragement for these attacks,” Abdullah Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, said in a statement. “We hope the release of these pages will clear up, once and for all, any lingering questions or suspicions about Saudi Arabia’s actions, intentions, or long-term friendship with the United States.”

“Saudi Arabia is working closely with the United States and other allies to eradicate terrorism and destroy terrorist organisations,” he said.

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FAmerican Airlines Flight 175 closes in on World Trade Center Tower 2 in New York, just before impact. Picture: AP

House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes said that while he supported the release, “it’s important to note that this section does not put forward vetted conclusions, but rather unverified leads that were later fully investigated by the intelligence community.”

However, others — including Former Florida Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the congressional inquiry — believe the hijackers had an extensive Saudi support system while they were in the United States.

Mr Graham has said that the pages “point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principle financier.”

Former US President George W. Bush classified the chapter to protect intelligence sources and methods, although he also probably did not want to upset US relations with Saudi Arabia, a close US ally.

Two years ago, under pressure from the families of those killed or injured on September 11, and others, US President Barack Obama ordered a declassification review of the chapter.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper conducted that declassification review and transmitted the document to Congress, which released the pages online a day after Congress recessed ahead of the national political conventions.

Several investigations into 9/11 followed the congressional inquiry, which released its report — minus the secret chapter — in December 2002. The most well-known investigation was done by the 9/11 Commission, led by Republican. Tom Kean and Democrat Lee Hamilton.

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Smoke billows from World Trade Center Tower 1 and flames explode from Tower 2 as it is struck by American Airlines Flight 175, in New York. Picture: AP

Mr Kean and Mr Hamilton said the 28 pages were based almost entirely on raw, unvetted material that came to the FBI. They said the material was then written up in FBI files as possible leads for further investigation.

They said the commission and its staff spent 18 months investigating “all the leads contained in the 28 pages, and many more.”

The commission’s 567-page report, released in July 2004, stated that it found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” al-Qaeda. “This conclusion does not exclude the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to al-Qaeda.”

Some critics of the commission’s work say the commission failed to run down every Saudi lead and say various agencies obstructed its work. Mr Kean and Mr Hamilton also complained that various government agencies withheld relevant information.

Saudi minister says 9/11 report exonerates kingdom

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Former drug squad detective Paul Dale loses mental compensation bid

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Paul Dale before appearing at the independent medical panel in October. Photo: Eddie Jim

Paul Dale, the former drug squad detective implicated in the execution of a police informer and his wife during Melbourne’s gangland war, has lost a bid for taxpayer-funded compensation for trauma he claims he suffered in prison.

The Sunday Age can reveal the controversial ex-cop abandoned his lawsuit against the state government when an independent medical panel ruled Dale experienced no significant psychological damage from spending seven months in solitary confinement.

Dale claims he suffers from severe depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder after being put in near continuous lockdown in a high-security unit in Barwon Prison while awaiting trial for the murders of witness Terrence​ Hodson and his wife Christine.

“The Victorian government is denying my mental injuries were caused by my incarceration in Acacia [Unit]. I’m going before this panel, they’ll make a finding, and we’ll see what happens after that,” he told The Sunday Age ahead of the review in late October

Dale said he was confident the state government had a case to answer for his mental injuries because Victoria’s Court of Appeal had found his incarceration in Acacia had “severely affected his mental health”.

“Not surprisingly, the conditions in which [Dale] has been kept in gaol have caused him great suffering. So far as can be told, he was not afflicted by any ailments when he was arrested,” the court said.

Dale was granted bail, in large part, for this reason in late 2009.

But a spokeswoman for the Andrews government said Dale has “discontinued” his compensation lawsuit after the medical panel found he was “unable to meet the relevant injury threshold” under the law.

No compensation was paid to Dale to drop the case, the government said.

Dale declined to comment.

The nature of Dale’s relationship to Carl Williams and the execution of Hodson and his wife remain one of the most controversial unsolved chapters of Melbourne’s gangland war.

Dale, who has beaten a string of serious criminal charges, has been accused of conduct that would make him one of the most corrupt police officers in the state’s history despite never being convicted.

In 2003, the former drug squad detective was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and drug trafficking over his alleged role in a plan with fellow detective David Miechel​ and career criminal Terrence​ Hodson to steal millions of dollars worth of ecstasy from a stash house.

The charges against Dale were dropped after the execution style-shooting deaths of Hodson and his wife Christine in their Kew home in 2004.

Dale was charged with their murders in 2009 after drug kingpin-turned-jailhouse informant Carl Williams told police he acted as the middle-man between Dale and hitman Rodney Collins, who was allegedly paid $150,000 to kill Hodson after he became a police informer.

But that case collapsed after Williams was bashed to death in prison by Matthew Johnson, head of anti-informer gang Prisoners of War.

In 2013, Dale was found not guilty on 12 charges of giving false and misleading evidence to the Australian Crime Commission about his links to Williams.

After a coronial inquest into the Hodson murders in 2015, Judge Ian Gray could not determine what role, if any, Dale had in the killings.

“At the very least it certainly appears, following the Dublin Street burglary, to have been a highly inappropriate relationship [with Williams] for a suspended police officer to have engaged in,” Judge Gray said.

Fairfax Media revealed in July that police were considering laying fresh corruption charges over Dale’s relationship with Williams.

Earlier this year, Carl Williams’ daughter Dhakota​ received a compensation payout from the state government for the trauma she allegedly suffered when he was killed in prison.

The “pragmatic call” was made by Premier Daniel Andrews after an independent medical panel found Dhakota​ and Carl’s former wife Roberta had experienced severe mental impairment as a result of his death.

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Vladimir Putin ‘probably’ ordered KGB defector Alexander Litvinenko’s death by radioactive poisoning: inquiry. Story in videos & pics.

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President Putin ‘probably’ approved Litvinenko murder

A British inquiry has concluded the murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 was “probably” approved by President Vladimir Putin. Courtesy ABC News 24.

London: Russian President Vladimir Putin “probably” ordered the murder of defected KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, an official inquiry in Britain has found.

The finding will put pressure on the British government to take fresh measures against Russia, possibly including targeted sanctions and travel bans. It may also harm potential co-operation in military action against ISIS, and upcoming peace talks on the Syrian conflict.

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after a radioactive poison was slipped into his tea at a London hotel.

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Alexander Litvinenko lies in a London hospital in November 2006, dying of radiation poisoning. In 2014, the British government opened an inquiry into Moscow’s alleged involvement in the death of the former KGB agent.

There was a “strong probability” that the two killers were under the direction of the FSB, Russia’s security service.

“The FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by [then FSB head Nikolai] Patrushev and also by President Putin,” Sir Robert Owen, who led the year-long inquiry, said.

The inquiry examined expert evidence and heard testimony from forensic scientists and family members, as well as secret evidence that was not disclosed in the public report – but believed to be from Western intelligence agencies.

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Russian Andrey Lugovoy, a former KGB agent, allegedly spiked the tea of Alexander Litvinenko with highly radioactive polonium 210 at the Pine Bar of the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, London, on November 1, 2006. Photo: aklugovoy.ru

Sir Robert said he was “sure” that Litvinenko was deliberately poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210, which he ingested on November 1, 2006.

That afternoon Litvinenko had met two men for tea at the Pine Bar of the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, London.

The men were Andrey Lugovoy and his associate Dmitri Kovtun – former Russian army officers. Lugovoy was a former KGB agent.

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Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, outside a pre-inquest review in London in 2012. Photo: AP

Forensic evidence showed the Pine Bar was “heavily contaminated” with polonium 210, the inquiry found.

“The highest readings were taken from the table where Mr Litvinenko was sitting and from the inside of one of the teapots. No comparable levels of contamination were found in any of the other places that Mr Litvinenko visited that day,” the report said.

Sir Robert said he was sure that Lugovoy and Kovtun placed the polonium in the teapot at the Pine Bar. They had tried to kill him with the same poison at a meeting a few weeks earlier.

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Kovtun and Lugovoy are wanted by British authorities on suspicion of the murder of Mr Litvinenko. A warrant has been issued for their arrest but Russia has not extradited them. Both have denied killing Mr Litvinenko.

Forensic scientists found “widespread radioactive contamination” at locations linked to Lugovoy, Kovtun and Mr Litvinenko in the weeks before he fell ill.

There were also high levels of radioactive contamination on the British Airways plane seats Kovtum and Lugovoy used when flying to Moscow two days after the murder, and in placed visited by Kovtun in Germany the week before he took met with Litvinenko.

The inquiry rejected a “chemical fingerprint” theory that definitively traced the polonium to a Russian factory in Sarov, though it “unquestionably” could have come from there.

Sir Robert also cast doubt on a claim by a ‘Mr Potemkin’ that the polonium came from an August 2006 shipment to the FSB in Moscow.

However, given the amount of polonium possessed and used by the assassins, it “strongly indicated” the involvement of a state, Sir Robert said.

“Ordinary criminals might have been expected to use a straightforward, less sophisticated means of killing… the polonium 210 used to kill Mr Litvinenko must have come from a reactor and such reactors are in general under state control.”

The evidence in open court was strong circumstantial evidence of Russian state involvement, and the ‘closed evidence’ made it a strong probability that the FSB directed Lugovoy to poison Mr Litvinenko.

“There were powerful motives for organisations and individuals within the Russian state to take action against Mr Litvinenko, including killing him,” Sir Robert said.

“Mr Litvinenko was … regarded as having betrayed the FSB, … was an associate of leading opponents of the Putin regime and he had repeatedly targeted President Putin himself with highly personal public criticism.”

In one article, published the year he was killed, Mr Litvinenko claimed Mr Putin was a paedophile.

Evidence suggested Russia had previously killed a number of opponents of the Putin administration, through bombings and poison including radioactive poison.

Sir Robert said he was sure that Lugovoy and Kovtun were acting on behalf of others, probably the FSB.

Though they did not know the precise nature of the poison, they knew it was deadly, Sir Robert said.

During the inquiry Mr Putin awarded Lugovoy an honour for “services to the fatherland”. He is now a member of the Russian parliament.

In a deathbed statement Mr Litvinenko accused Mr Putin of direct involvement in his murder.

The inquiry heard evidence from several of Mr Litvinenko’s associates that the assassination could not have been done without Mr Putin’s knowledge and approval.

“This is a KGB rule number one, cover your back,” said one associate, Yuri Shvets.

An independent expert, Oxford University’s Professor Robert Service, who studies Russian history, told the inquiry it was “inconceivable” that FSB head Mr Patrushev would not have had advance knowledge of the operation.

Professor Service said Mr Putin had “some oversight” of FSB operations, and Sir Robert concluded that Mr Patrushev probably would have told Mr Putin about an operation such as the murder of Mr Litvinenko, though it was at present “unprovable”.

It was widely reported – and claimed by Mr Litvinenko’s widow and associates – that Mr Litvinenko had worked for British intelligence service MI6 after his arrival in Britain.

Sir Robert said the British government had not provided any evidence on the question in the “open” part of the inquiry – but had not denied it, either.

Sir Robert said in any case it was more important whether the FSB believed he was working for British intelligence agencies, and “that is precisely what the FSB believed” according to Lugovoy.

Mr Litvinenko’s former superior at the Russian secret service, Alexander Gusak, had agreed in an interview in 2007 that Litvinenko deserved to be executed because “when (he) defected abroad, he naturally handed over the undercover experts who had been its contacts”.

Mr Litvinenko was born in December 1962 and was an officer in the KGB and then the FSB. He was dismissed in 1998 after making public allegations of illegal activity within the FSB.

He was granted asylum with his wife and son in Britain in 2001 and worked as a journalist and author and producing ‘due diligence’ reports on Russian individuals and companies.

He fell ill on the evening of November 1, 2006 and died on November 23.

Just before his death, experts realised his body was highly contaminated with radioactive polonium 201.

Sir Robert said he had made one recommendation as a result of his inquiry, but he could not reveal it publicly as it concerned the ‘closed’ evidence he had heard.

Mr Litvinenko’s widow Marina said she was “very pleased” with the inquiry’s findings.

She called for the British government to expel all Russian intelligence agents, “either FSB or other Russian agencies based in the London embassy”.

She also called for immediate, targeted economic sanctions and travel bans against the people named in the report, including Mr Putin.

“It’s unthinkable that the prime minister would do nothing in the face of (these) damning findings,” she said.

Home Secretary Theresa May revealed she had also written to her counterparts in the EU, NATO and ‘Five Eyes’ countries – which includes Australia – drawing their attention to the report and the need to take steps “to prevent such a murder being committed on their streets”.

She told parliament the report’s finding that the Russian state was probably involved in the murder was “deeply disturbing” and a “blatant and unacceptable breach of fundamental international law”.

She announced new asset freezes on the two alleged killers, saying Russia’s “continued failure to ensure they are brought to justice is unacceptable”.

The government had summoned the Russian ambassador to the Foreign Office to demand an account of the FSB’s role in this case.

Lugovoy calls accusations ‘absurd’

Andrei Lugovoy said the accusations against him were “absurd”, the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.

Lugovoy, who represents the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia in the Russian parliament, called the British inquiry “a pathetic attempt by London to use a skeleton in the closet for the sake of its political ambitions”.

He said the findings of the inquiry published on Thursday continued Britain’s “anti-Russian hysteria” which he said began after “the events in Ukraine in 2014”.

“The accusations brought against me are absurd,” he said.

“As we expected, there was no sensation. The results of the inquiry published today are yet more proof of London’s anti-Russian stance, its blinkered thinking and … unwillingness to establish the true cause of Litvinenko’s death.”

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Anonymous hacks Thai police websites to protest Myanmar workers’ death penalties

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Bangkok: Hackers have attacked Thai police websites in protest the trial of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death last month for the murders of two British tourists.

The international hacking group Anonymous said on its Facebook page that 14 Thai police websites had been attacked. Of those it listed, nine were inaccessible on Tuesday.

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Former Sri Lankan cop wanted over assassination linked to Aussie eco-consultancy business

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Sri Lankans protesting the 2006 shooting death of Tamil politician and human rights lawyer Nadarajah Raviraj in Sri Lanka. Photo: Supplied

A Sri Lankan policeman wanted in connection with the assassination of a prominent Sri Lankan politician and human rights lawyer is suspected of hiding out in Australia and running an eco-consultancy business.

The eco-consultancy is owned by a businesswoman who says she is a friend of former United States President Bill Clinton.

Sri Lankan police have confirmed asking Australian police for assistance in tracking down Fabian Royston Toussaint​ who is wanted in Sri Lanka in connection with the 2006 shooting death of Tamil politician and human rights lawyer Nadarajah Raviraj​.

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Malini Ventura, who is now known as Malini Saba, from a promotional pic used by the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce to promote her appointment to the role.

​Australian Securities and Investment Commission records this month listed Mr Toussaint as being a director of Eco Support Consulting, a private company owned by a Malaysian-born businesswoman Malini Ventura which was established in May 2014, and registered in Victoria.
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Ms Ventura, who has since changed her last name to Saba, has been involved in promoting charity dinners with Mr Clinton in Sydney and Brisbane that were mysteriously cancelled in 2010 leaving ticket buyers out of pocket.

Fairfax does not suggest Ms Saba is in any way connected to the political assassination or any of the allegations involving Toussaint.
The flyer for the Bill Clinton dinner that was promoted by Ventura and her company Redbrick Development in 2010.

The flyer for the Bill Clinton dinner that was promoted by Ventura and her company Redbrick Development in 2010. Photo: Supplied

Ms Saba last week confirmed that she had employed Mr Toussaint in the eco-consulting business but had fired him in January after becoming aware of the allegations levelled against him.

She also confirmed that Mr Toussaint had come to Australia “as a tourist” but said she did not know his whereabouts.

“That guy has been fired since January and I don’t keep in touch with that person. I wouldn’t know where to look for him. I had my team fire him. ”

She said the company was no longer operating.

Last week Sri Lankan Police Homicide Inspector Anuruddha Polwatha confirmed there was a warrant out for the arrest of Mr Toussaint in connection with the slaying of Raviraj.

Mr Raviraj, who was also a human rights lawyer was gunned down in the street by two men on a motorbike, a day after he led a protest demonstration over a Sri Lankan army bombing that killed civilians in 2006.

Inspector Polwatha said Sri Lankan police had contacted Australian police more than two months ago after receiving a tip-off that Mr Toussaint was living in Australia but were yet to receive any information.

He was surprised to learn of Mr Toussaint’s alleged involvement in the eco-consultancy.

“He’s (Toussaint) a cop. He is not expert in such matters” said Inspector Polwatha speaking by phone from Colombo.

“Can you please send us the details of that company?”.

Inspector Polwatha said police suspected Mr Toussaint may have been seeking asylum in Australia as he was reported to have left Sri Lanka four or five years earlier.

He said Mr Toussaint had been named in court as being a wanted suspect in the killing.

Efforts to contact Mr Toussaint were unsuccessful.

The registered address for the $500 Eco Support Consulting company is listed as being at Swaab lawyers in Hunter St , Sydney.

On Monday Swaab partner Terry Sperber​ said he could confirm that the firm had acted for a Ms Ventura in the past.

But he said: “We haven’t done so for quite some time.”

He said he had no information about the whereabouts of Mr Toussaint or a Ms Ventura.

Ms Saba has courted controversy in the past after being involved in business ventures which investors allege left them out of pocket – claims she vigorously denies.

She also says she is a friend of former Mr Clinton and donated between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation in the United States.

In September Ms Saba featured in local newspapers in Queensland after she was briefly appointed to head a chamber of commerce in Ipswich west of Brisbane this time using the name Malini Saba, but then left after just six weeks.

In 2010 she made headlines when using the name “Malini Alles-Ventura”, she promoted the charity dinners with Mr Clinton organised through a private company Redbrick Development Pty Ltd.

The Australian Financial Review reported the proposed dinners as taking place as part of the Asia Pacific Global Issues forum raising awareness and money for disadvantaged women and children. The paper reported Ms Alles-Ventura was a personal friend of Mr Clinton.

Prominent business people in Brisbane and Sydney bought tickets which were priced in some cases up to $15,000 to attend the events that included a special round table personal dinner with the ex-president to raise money for charity.

One ticket buyer prominent Brisbane businessman John MacTaggart confirmed his organisation Brisbane Angels which represents private investors looking for new technology ventures paid $5000 for tickets to the proposed Clinton dinner in Brisbane in 2010.

“It just started to become obvious things weren’t right. She disappeared.”

Mr MacTaggart said Brisbane Angels had been successful in getting a judgement against Red Brick Development but had not received any refund

“Our legal advice was that that’s about as good as you are going to get. It wasn’t much, about five grand and we weren’t going to spend any more,” he said.

Ms Saba has denied any impropriety in business dealings and said the dinners did not go ahead because Mr Clinton had cancelled.

She denied the ticket sale was a scam and said her “attorneys were still handling” issues with the money being refunded.

When asked who the lawyers were she declined to provide their name.

She said any claims that she had caused individuals to lose money were “all false”.

She said one business in Queensland that was the subject of complaints about losses had been organised by a former partner.

“That’s got nothing to do with me,” she said.

A spokesman for the Australian Federal Police refused to comment on whether officers were assisting Sri Lankan authorities in the hunt for Toussaint.

He said the AFP “did not confirm who it may or may not be investigating nor does it discuss requests for assistance from overseas law enforcement agencies”.

The Immigration Department declined to comment on the grounds it does not make statements on individuals’ immigration status or investigations.
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French Government Knew The Terrorist Attack Would Happen In Paris!

Published on Nov 16, 2015

In this video Luke Rudkowski shows you stunning new information that proves the French government had direct foreknowledge of the terrorist attacks that took place on 11/13/15. He goes over documents, sources and reports that connect the dots with one another, that provides important information to understanding this terrorist attack.

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Paris attacks. Intelligence agencies forced to rethink tracking of Isis

Published on Nov 19, 2015

Western intelligence agencies were forced to rethink their operations and reassess their ability to track Isis yesterday as French officials confirmed the organiser of Friday’s Paris attacks had been operating from under their noses.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the 28-year old Belgian jihadi said to have plotted the attacks in the French capital last week — and previously thought to be operating from Isis’s territories in Syria — died during a seven-hour siege in Saint-Denis on Wednesday, authorities said.

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