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Leaked cable reveals previously undisclosed 9/11 suspects

UN human rights official claims there is evidence 9/11 was US plot. Al Qaeda allegedly building ‘dirty bombs’.

Secret documents reveal that three Qatari men conducted surveillance on the targets, provided “support” to the plotters and had tickets for a flight to Washington on the eve of the atrocities. The details of the secret 9/11 team have emerged in a secret American government document obtained by the Wikileaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph. It was sent between the American Embassy in Doha and the Department for Homeland Security in Washington. The suspected terrorists flew from London to New York on a British Airways flight three weeks before the attacks. They allegedly carried out surveillance at the World Trade Centre, the White House and in Virginia, the US state where the Pentagon and CIA headquarters are located. Ten days later they flew to Los Angeles, where they stationed themselves in a hotel near the airport which the FBI has now established was paid for by a “convicted terrorist”, who also paid for their airline tickets. On September 10 they were booked on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington, but failed to board. The following day the same Boeing 757 aircraft was hijacked by five terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon. But, instead of boarding the American flight, the Qatari suspects – named as Meshal Alhajri, Fahad Abdulla and Ali Alfehaid – flew back to London on a British Airways flight before returning to Qatar. Their current location is unknown. Investigators are also hunting a fourth man, Mohamed Al Mansoori, who they say supported the alleged terrorist cell while they were in the US. The man, who is from the United Arab Emirates, previously lived in Long Beach, Los Angeles. His current location is also unknown.


Details of the unknown 9/11 alleged plotters has never previously been disclosed. An official inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, indicated that the hijackers may have received assistance in Los Angeles but investigators did not publicly provide more details. The three Qatari men were included on an FBI list of more than 300 people who were wanted for questioning in connection with the 9/11 attacks, which was leaked in 2002. At the time, the FBI stressed it was not a list of suspects, but merely parties they thought might have information useful to the investigation.


‘COVER-UP OPERATION’


Meanwhile, the UN special investigator into human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk, a retired professor from Princeton University, wrote on his blog that there had been an “apparent cover up” by American authorities, according to The Telegraph. He added that most media were “unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events” on 9/11, despite it containing “gaps and contradictions”. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, described the comments as “preposterous.” But Ban said that it was not for him to decide whether Prof Falk should be fired by the UN. The row came as the new Republican-led US Congress opened an inquiry into “urgent problems” with America’s contribution to the UN, including its membership of the human rights council. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, which held its first hearing on the subject on Tuesday wants Barack Obama to pull the US out of the council. She has pledged to try to “kill all US funding for that beast,” which she described as a “rogues’ gallery” for “pariah states”.


NUCLEAR THREAT


Al-Qaida is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build “dirty” bombs, Vancouver Sun reported on Wednesday. Thousands of classified American cables obtained by WikiLeaks detail the international struggle to stop the spread of weapons-grade nuclear, chemical and biological material around the globe. At a NATO meeting in 2009, security chiefs briefed member states that al-Qaida was plotting a program of “dirty radioactive IEDs”, makeshift nuclear roadside bombs that could be used against western troops in Afghanistan.

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