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Ahead of 9/11, top Trump aide says U.S. not vulnerable to terrorists
September 8, 2017 | WASHINGTON — Days before the United States marks 16 years since the 9/11 attacks, one of the White House’s top counterterrorism officials on Friday played down the possibility of an extremist attack on U.S. soil.
“There is no current, credible actionable threat, terrorist threat, against the homeland,” Tom Bossert, President Trump’s homeland security adviser, told reporters. “No terrorist should view us as vulnerable right now — farthest thing from the truth,” Bossert said at the daily press briefing.

His confident assessment came as U.S.-backed forces struck at fighters loyal to the so-called Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, that terrorist army’s primary base. Some U.S. officials fear that, as the group suffers defeats on the battlefield, it will encourage adherents and sympathizers inside the United States to carry out attacks.

On Monday, top U.S. officials from Pres. Trump on down will mark the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, fanning out to “show some solemnity,” Bossert said. “President Trump will, as presidents before him since 9/11, receive a comprehensive picture of the terrorist threat environment and what we’re doing to counter it, from his senior officials,” Bossert said.

That’s been the practice since al-Qaida terrorists crashed hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa. October 7 will mark 16 years since then President George W. Bush retaliated by attacking Afghanistan, initiating what has become the longest war in U.S. history.

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Trump and first lady commemorate Sept. 11 anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is leading a national moment of silence on the anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, his first commemoration of the solemn anniversary in office.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump observed a moment of silence at the White House on Monday in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Trumps bowed their heads and placed their hands over their hearts as "Taps" was played on the South Lawn during the somber ceremony with White House aides and other administration officials.

The morning remembrance was held at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck one of the Twin Towers on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Trump and his wife were also paying their respects at a Pentagon ceremony led by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The observances come as the U.S. grapples with the death and destruction caused by two hurricanes in three weeks.

Vice President Mike Pence was representing the administration at an observance at the 9/11 memorial in Shanksville.

A native New Yorker, Trump has a mixed history with 9/11. He frequently uses the terrorist strikes to praise the city's response but also makes unsubstantiated claims about what he did and saw on that day.

Trump often lauds the bravery of New York police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders who rushed to the Twin Towers, in some cases knowing they probably wouldn't make it out alive, as an example of the resilience of the city where he made a name for himself.

But Trump has criticized President George W. Bush's handling of the attacks, accusing his fellow Republican of failing to keep Americans safe.

Trump has also made dubious claims about Sept. 11, particularly saying when talking about Muslims that "thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, as the towers collapsed. There is no evidence in news archives of mass celebrations there by Muslims.

Trump has also said he lost "hundreds of friends" in the attack and that he helped clear rubble afterward. Trump has not provided the names of those he knew who perished in the attack, but has mentioned knowing a Catholic priest who died while serving as a chaplain to the city's fire department.

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The Catholic priest was Fr. Mychal Judge.

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New evidence reveals Saudi Arabia ‘funded dry run' for 9/11
Monday 11th September, 2017 | WASHINGTON, U.S. - Shocking evidence has reportedly been submitted in an ongoing lawsuit against the Saudi government that claims the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington DC may have funded a “dry run” of the 9/11 attacks.
According to the legal documents, first revealed by the New York Post, the embassy might have used two of its employees, posing as students in the U.S., for the so-called dry run two years before the attack. The documents claim that the two Sau di nationals were paid to take a flight from Phoenix to Washington and test out flight deck security before 9/11. The men had reportedly tried multiple times to gain access to the cockpit of an America West flight to Washington in 1999. However, when they actually conducted the dry run, the plane was forced to land, and the men were arrested by the FBI. They were subsequently released and no charges were brought against them.

In 2001, a dozen hijackers flew two planes into the Twin Towers on the day of the attack, killing nearly 3,000 people. The complaint against Saudi Arabia has been filed on behalf of 1,400 family members of the victims who died in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago. Sean Carter, lead lawyer for the plaintiffs has said, "We've long asserted that there were longstanding and close relationships between al Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government." The report in New York Post stated that the class action lawsuit argued that “a pattern of both financial and operational support” from the Saudi government helped the hijackers in the months before the attacks. Further, other documents submitted as evidence include FBI documents that claim the two Saudi nationals who came to the U.S., identified as Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi, were in fact members of “the Kingdom's network of agents” in the country.

The documents also reportedly claim that the men trained in Afghanistan with a number of other al-Qaeda operatives that participated in the attacks. The report pointed out that Qudhaeein was allegedly employed at the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, and Shalawi was a “longtime employee of the Saudi government” in Washington DC. Documents state that in November 1999, the men boarded an America West flight to Washington, and tried to access the cockpit several times, asking the flight attendants “technical questions” and making the staff “suspicious.” According to a summary of the FBI case files, Qudhaeein had asked staff where the bathroom was and was pointed in the right direction; instead he tried to enter the cockpit. The pilots made an emergency landing in Ohio and the two men were released after an initial interrogation from the FBI.

However, later the FBI discovered that a suspect in a counterterrorism investigation in Phoenix was driving Shalawi’s car and the bureau opened a counterterrorism case on Shalawi. Then, in November 2000, the FBI received reporting that Shalawi trained at terrorist camps in Afghanistan and had received explosives training to perform attacks on American targets. The bureau also suspected Qudhaeein was a Saudi intelligence agent, based on his frequent contact with Saudi officials. According to Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband was killed in 9/11, their plane tickets were reportedly paid for by the Saudi Embassy, a claim confirmed by the FBI. She said, “The dry run reveals more of the fingerprints of the Saudi government. These guys were Saudi government employees for years and were paid by the Saudi government. In fact, the Saudi Embassy paid for their plane tickets for the dry run.”


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Trial for accused 9/11 plotters likely still years from starting
September 11, 2017 | WASHINGTON — The military trial for five men accused of plotting the 9/11 terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans continues to be stalled at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison with no trial date in sight.
The five men accused of helping the 9/11 hijackers more than 16 years ago have been in U.S. custody for more than 10 years, and were arraigned in the latest iteration of their military commissions trial in 2012. The Obama administration wanted the men tried in federal court, but gave up after resistance from a vocal faction of 9/11 victims’ family members and members of Congress. Since 2012, the defense and prosecution have been locked in a slow-as-molasses back and forth of pretrial motions, covering everything from the type of apparel the detainees can wear in court to whether the defense attorneys can access troves of classified government material detailing the torture some of the detainees faced while in CIA custody. In July, the prosecution, led by Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, asked for jury selection to begin in January of 2019, and estimated the trial itself would only take two months.

But Judge James A. Pohl has already indicated that the prosecution’s timeline won’t work. Camp Justice, the military commissions complex, is double-booked for almost 40 days next year. Pohl is attempting to juggle pretrial proceedings in both the U.S.S. Cole bombing trial and the accused 9/11 attackers and has said he will not keep his courtroom open after dark. Major Ben Sakrisson, a Defense Department spokesman, told Yahoo News the new 2019 trial date is just an estimate that the judge hasn’t ruled on yet. Several experts have criticized the relatively untested military commissions system for the delay. (The Supreme Court struck down former President George W. Bush’s attempt to try the men in a military tribunal, which is different from the commissions.) “In a regular U.S. court there are pretrial motions all the time that the judge just simply rules upon based on precedent,” said Ken Gude, a national security expert at the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress think tank. “But since there’s no precedent in this system, everything has to get litigated and it just will go on indefinitely.”

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed speaks with lead defense lawyer David Nevin during a pretrial hearing at the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba

Others have blamed defense attorneys for providing what they see as too many pretrial motions, though the lawyers argue they are simply doing their job. The Defense Department provided no rationale for the delay. “I’m not going to provide commentary on whose fault it is for the length of the pretrial motions,” Sarkrisson said. “They’re going through whatever motions either side feels necessary leading up to the actual trial itself. Obviously there’s a number of issues they have to cover, so I’m not going to lay blame on one side or the other.” Another factor accounting for the delay is that the prison court is not in session very frequently. The prosecution pointed out that between Jan. 1 and July of 2017, there were only 35 days of proceedings in the crucial trial. One victim’s family member has died since then, and others “experienced continuing health challenges and often despair that they will not live to see justice done,” the prosecution said.

Defense attorneys are still combing through 13,346 pages of evidence about their clients’ treatment while in CIA custody. The lawyers do not have access to the original classified material but to court-approved substitutions detailing the material. Khalid Sheik Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times, according to the declassified Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s secret rendition and interrogation program, and other detainees were beaten, sleep deprived and fed rectally. In the meantime, families of 9/11 victims wait for justice, even though some will never see it. “I don’t know if it’s going to happen in my lifetime,” Rita Lasar, 83, whose brother died in the 9/11 attacks, told Yahoo News in 2015. She died this January.

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