Friday, September 19, 2003

Two members of Congress ask for investigation of why Bush allowed 140 Saudi nationals to leave the U.S.A. after 9/11 - before proper investigations took place

With a tip of the hat to, I found this interesting news tidbit:

Two Democratic House members from South Florida, Peter Deutsch and Robert Wexler, are calling for an investigation into how Bush administration officials allowed about 140 Saudi nationals to leave the country in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

At a time when all private aviation was grounded, top officials allowed charter flights to pick up Saudis around the country and then leave for Saudi Arabia, according to reports in Vanity Fair and The Tampa Tribune.

The group included some members of the royal family and some relatives of Osama bin Laden. The departures occurred as investigators learned that 15 of the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia, and some Saudi officials said they feared a backlash against their citizens.

Deutsch and Wexler requested the General Accounting Office to launch a formal investigation of the incident.

''It is unconscionable that the Bush administration would bypass long-standing national security measures by urging the Saudis to repatriate 140 nationals the day after the largest attack in U.S. history,'' Wexler said.

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