Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Judicial Watch: Did Osama Charter Plane For Family Members In US?

Holy smoke, this should cause something of a sensation:

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released new documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) related to the “expeditious departure” of Saudi nationals, including members of the bin Laden family, from the United States following the 9/11 attacks. According to one of the formerly confidential documents, dated 9/21/2001, terrorist Osama bin Laden may have chartered one of the Saudi flights.

The document states: “ON 9/19/01, A 727 PLANE LEFT LAX, RYAN FLT #441 TO ORLANDO, FL W/ETA (estimated time of arrival) OF 4-5PM. THE PLANE WAS CHARTERED EITHER BY THE SAUDI ARABIAN ROYAL FAMILY OR OSAMA BIN LADEN…THE LA FBI SEARCHED THE PLANE [REDACTED] LUGGAGE, OF WHICH NOTHING UNUSUAL WAS FOUND.” The plane was allowed to depart the United States after making four stops to pick up passengers, ultimately landing in Paris where all passengers disembarked on 9/20/01, according to the document.
(bold added for emphasis).

It will be interesting to see how the "Truthers" incorporate this into their theories, given that most of them don't believe Osama pulled off 9-11. I suppose it will be added to "The FBI doesn't want Osama for 9-11" evidence.

Hat tip to our buddy Rob Breakenridge for pointing this out.

Update: I should have indicated in my original post my skepticism of the possibility that the plane was actually chartered by OBL. Sometimes I forget that the first rule of blogging is the same as the rule to get onto Jim Rome's radio show: Have a take and don't suck. My take is that it is extremely unlikely that OBL chartered that plane, and far more likely that it was the Saudi Royal Family.

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