‘Saudi Princes Planned To
Down Air Force One With Missile’
By RT and Agencies
February 04, 2015 "ICH"
- A former Al-Qaeda member has revealed a
strong connection between the terrorist
group and the Saudi Royal family in the
1990s. More notably, he alleges that Saudi
princes and terrorists discussed a plan to
shoot Air Force One out of the sky.
The revelations came in the
form of a testimony, delivered from a
maximum-security prison, where Zacarias
Moussaoui is incarcerated.
According to the New York
submitted the claim on his own
initiative. He sent a letter to the judge
presiding over the lawsuit filed by family
members of 9/11 victims against the
government of Saudi Arabia.
And so, for two days last
October, lawyers were permitted for the
first time to interview the terrorist at the
federal prison – the most secure facility in
the federal system, in Florence, Colorado.
He gave a damning report that included very
prominent members within the royal family,
including three princes he says were all
The testimony was
finalized on Monday.
The meeting discussing the
plan to down Air Force One allegedly took
place at the kingdom’s embassy in Washington
This and other meetings
allegedly involved some of Saudi Arabia’s
top princes and billionaires, including
then-Prince Salman – brother to the late
King Abdullah and now the King of Saudi
Arabia. If Moussaoui’s testimony holds up,
the view of Saudi involvement in attacking
the United States and its alleged
double-dealings could be changed profoundly.
Apparently from 1998 to
1999, Moussaoui was tasked by the Afghan
terrorist branch with creating a digital
database of Al-Qaeda donors, including
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former chief of
Saudi intelligence, as well as others,
mostly billionaire businessmen and leading
“Sheikh Osama wanted
to keep a record”
of the money flow, Moussaoui’s testimony
says, adding that he acted as courier for
Bin Laden himself.
NY Times also recounts
Moussaoui describing in detail the training
he received in the camps, as well as a trial
run of a 750-kg bomb that was to be used on
the American embassy in London – and later
the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
But what would surely be a
major blow for the US, Moussaoui also
revealed plans to down the president’s Air
Force One airplane with a Stinger missile.
This was apparently discussed with the
Islamic Affairs Department of the Saudi
“I was supposed to go
to Washington and go with [a visiting Saudi
official]… in order to find a location where
it would be suitable to launch a Stinger
attack and then, after, be able to escape,”
Moussaoui went on.
His arrest allegedly came
on the eve of that scouting trip.
There were attempts in
2006 to present the terrorist as insane, due
to some instances of erratic behavior, but
that didn’t fly with the judge, despite a
psychologist’s diagnosis. And so he was
deemed fit to stand trial.
In fact, “he has
actually a better understanding of the legal
system than some lawyers I’ve seen in
court,” Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said
at the time. She also called him “an
extremely intelligent man” and said she
was “fully satisfied” with his
The Saudis didn’t take kindly
to the possible impact these revelations
could have. Judgment on Moussaoui’s mental
health is what could make or break the
credibility of his testimony. And when
submitting it on Monday, there were no
indications whatsoever that the 9/11
attacker was not of sound mind.
According to NY Times, on
the same day, the Saudi embassy referred to
how the September 11 commission flatly
rejected the possibility of such a
relationship, pointing to how “Moussaoui
is a deranged criminal whose own lawyers
presented evidence that he was mentally
incompetent.” They were alluding to his
earlier mental diagnosis.
“My impression was
that he was of completely sound mind —
focused and thoughtful,”
said a Philadelphia lawyer questioning him.
It should be noted that
allegations of ties between top Saudi
businessmen, the political elite and
Al-Qaeda are nothing new. They have been
substantiated by evidence in the past. Bin
Laden himself was the son of a Saudi
construction magnate, and the money trail
existed before the 2001 attacks.
At the same time, it’s
also known that the Saudi family had
collaborated with the US as well to finance
Islamic militants, many of whom ended up in
what would later become Al-Qaeda. This was
during the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan in
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This is not the most
convenient time for Moussaoui’s allegations
to surface. It has only been two weeks since
the death of King Abdullah, succeeded by
King Salman – his brother – who Moussaoui
had also allegedly been involved with.
President Barack Obama and
Secretary of State John Kerry visited the
kingdom recently, signaling the strong ties
that exist between the two countries.
The world at large
continues to blast Saudi Arabia and its
international partners for the atrocious
human rights situation that still persists
there. There have already been
four executions in the weeks since
Obama’s new friend King Salman acceded to