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of state-sponsored terrorism:
from the Congressional Record: February 2, 2004 (Senate) Page S337-S341.
First, much of the censored information about Omar al-Bayoumi is
available on pages 173-175. Mr. Bayoumi was an employee of the Saudi
Civil Aviation Authority and a suspected Saudi intelligence agent based
in California. He had extensive contacts with two of the Saudi
hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi. The same day that
Bayoumi picked up the hijackers at a restaurant in Los Angeles, he had
attended a prior meeting at the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles. Bayoumi
co-signed a lease for the two hijackers, paid their first month's rent,
hosted a welcome party for them, helped them get driver's licenses and
flight school applications. He also introduced them to others who
served as their translator and in other support roles.
Second, much of the censored information about Osama Bassnan, another
Saudi national who was a neighbor of the two hijackers in San Diego,
which appears on pages 175 through 177.
...I would note that the declassified sections of the report point out
that, despite public assurances from U.S. officials that Saudi Arabia
has cooperated in counter terrorism efforts, the Joint Inquiry received
testimony that Saudi officials in fact ``had been uncooperative and
often did not act on information implicating Saudi nationals.''
...I ask unanimous consent that The Washington Post article ``U.N.
Dissolves Panel Monitoring Al Qaeda'' be printed in the Record.
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