Wednesday May 14th, 2014
SARASOTA FL….Just two weeks before 9/11, and after meetings and calls with ringleader Mohamed Atta and other hijackers, Saudi nationals, ESAM GHAZZAWI and ABDULAZIZ AL-HIJJI and ANOUD AL-HIJJI, abandoned three cars, including a new Chrysler PT Cruiser, in the garage and driveway of their Sarasota home. In their haste to leave the country, they also left behind opulent furniture. A safe, however, was cleaned out. They also took a computer. ABDULAZIZ AL-HIJJI is also fouind in documents in the USA as ABDULAZIZ AL-HIIJJII. The Sarasota home at 4224 Escondito Cir, Sarasota, FL 34238, was owned by Esam Ghazzawi, a Saudi financier. He’d been on an FBI watch list for terror-fundraising. The FBI, however, never briefed the 9/11 Commission about his and the other Saudi occupants’ connections to the hijackers. Congress also was left in the dark about the house search.
Anoud al-Hiijjii’s father, Esam Ghazzawi, is a well-known interior designer and financier in Saudi Arabiawho owned multiple properties in the United States, including the Prestancia home. The family bragged that Ghazzawi had a close relationship with the Saudi royal family. The sudden departure two weeks before 9/11 was tracked in detail by the FBI after the attacks, the counterterrorism agent said. First they all left in a white van on or about August 30th, 2001, they then flew to a Ghazzawi property in Arlington, Va., then — with Esam Ghazzawi — to Riyadh by way of Dulles and Heathrow airports.
Wissam Hammoud, Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Mohamed Mezroub Link To Sarasota Mosque on Lockwood Ridge Rd and Al-Qaeda Linked Imam Muneer Arafat Prior to 9/11. SARASOTA HERLAD TRIBUNE 9/11/2013…Lawsuit asks FBI to release Sarasota 9/11 documents. Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks that included three hijacker pilots trained in Venice, the terrorists’ alleged interaction with a high-echelon Saudi family that lived in Sarasota remains shrouded in secrecy. “Sarasota Saudi Family Had Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah over to 4224 Escondito Circle Prior to 9/11 Attack.” Wissam Hammoud told investigators that he often exercised with Abdulaziz al-Hijji and that the two played soccer together on property surrounding a Sarasota mosque“….The “Sarasota Mosque” is the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center on Lockwood Ridge Rd, at the time (6/2000 to 1/2001) the Holy Man at the mosque was Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat.
TAMPA TRIBUNE…Saudi Rescue…The Phantom Flight From Florida. The hastily arranged flight out of Raytheon Airport Services, a private hangar on the outskirts of Tampa International Airport, was anything but ordinary. It lifted off the tarmac at a time when every private plane in the nation was grounded due to safety concerns after the Sept. 11 attacks. For private investigators Dan Grossi and Manuel Perez, the bodyguards on the Lear, it was a trip they can’t forget.
Grossi said Tampa police intelligence detectives called him about 11 a.m. Sept. 13, needing help with a special situation: They had been watching three young Saudi men – at least one a student at the University of Tampa – at their south Tampa apartment, and the trio was scared and wanted to go home. Lexington police Lt. Mark Barnard confirmed a Saudi relative had asked for help in getting protection for the men in Tampa. Two off-duty detectives were assigned. Tampa police records list Sultan bin Fahad as the one requesting the security detail.
In sworn statements after 9/11, former Taliban intelligence chief Mohammed Khaksar said that in 1998 Prince Turki, chief of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Department (G.I.D.), sealed a deal under which bin Laden agreed not to attack Saudi targets. In return, Saudi Arabia would provide funds and material assistance to the Taliban, not demand bin Laden’s extradition, and not bring pressure to close down al-Qaeda training camps. Saudi businesses, meanwhile, would ensure that money also flowed directly to bin Laden. A former Clinton administration official has claimed—and U.S. intelligence sources concurred—that at least two Saudi princes had been paying, on behalf of the kingdom, what amounted to protection money since 1995. The former official added, “The deal was, they would turn a blind eye to what he was doing elsewhere. ‘You don’t conduct operations here, and we won’t disrupt them elsewhere. ”
American and British official sources, speaking later with Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, named the two princes in question. They were, Henderson told the authors, Prince Naif, the interior minister, and Prince Sultan. The money involved in the alleged payments, according to Henderson’s sources, had amounted to “hundreds of millions of dollars.” It had been “Saudi official money—not their own.”
Prince Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (1954 – July 25, 2001) was a member of the Saudi Arabia royal family, the son of the Governor of Riyadh Province, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz. After graduating from King Saud University in Riyadh, Prince Fahd studied business administration in the United States. Prince Fahd bin Salman’s younger brother, Prince Ahmed bin Salman owned the renowned racing stable The Thoroughbred Corp. and introduced him to the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing. Prince Fahd bin Salman then acquired his own stable of Thoroughbred racehorses in the United Kingdom. The Saudi Royal Court today, 7/25/2001, announced the death of His Royal Highness Prince Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz of heart failure he was 46.
Three prominent members of the Saudi royal family die in mysterious circumstances. Prince Ahmed bin Salman, a nephew of the Saudi king, prominent businessman, and owner of the winning 2002 Kentucky Derby horse, is said to die of a heart attack at the age of 43. The next day, Prince Sultan bin Faisal, another nephew of the king, dies driving to Prince Ahmed’s funeral. A week later, Prince Fahd bin Turki supposedly “dies of thirst” in the Arabian desert. Seven months later, on February 20, 2003, Pakistan’s air force chief, Mushaf Ali Mir, dies in a plane crash in clear weather, along with his wife and closest confidants.
Controversial author Gerald Posner implies that all of these events are linked together and the deaths are not accidental, but have occurred because of the testimony of captured al-Qaeda leader Abu Zubaida in March 2002. Prince Ahmed, two other Saudi princes named by Posner, and the chief of the Pakistani Air Force, all died within days of each other, either from a blood clot after a simple operation, a car wreck involving only one vehicle, dehydration in the desert, or a sabotaged helicopter explosion. Three of the men were in their forties, and one in his twenties. The deaths all occurred not long after the Saudi government was told of Zubaida’s confessions.
Esam Ghazzawi, who was on US government watch-lists along with his daughter and son-in-law, has a long history of association with Saudi financiers linked to terrorism and major global bank frauds in the 1980s and 1990s. Esam Ghazzawi now lives openly in Jeddah and owns the posh Orient Restaurant in Khobar, KSA. Most intriguingly, he is mentioned in a 1997 London court document as having held funds for Prince Fahd bin Salman, a member of the Saudi Royal family.
Private Eye reports: “Prince Fahd bin Salman, eldest son of … Prince Salman, the governor of Riyadh … a court case brought by the BCCI liquidators over the little matter of $397,000 owed to the rogue bank. Since 1994 the liquidators had been seeking repayment of this money under a guarantee given by the prince for the overdraft of an offshore company, Colchest Corporation N.V. In an unusual response, Prince Fahd sought to offset against this debt money held at another BCCI branch in the name of one Esam Ghazzawi, claiming that this was his money. The court of appeal rejected this suggestion on the basis that it was unclear who owned what in the Ghazzawi accounts.”
In his 2003 book Why America Slept, author Gerald Posner writes that Prince Ahmed bin Salman (brother of Fahd bin Salman) had ties to al-Qaeda and had advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Bill Warner Private Eye Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com