NYtimes/Al-Qaeda member testified: Saudi princes are patrons of Al-Qaeda

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Zacarias Moussaoui, the imprisoned Al-Qaeda member wrote last year to Judge George B. Daniels who is presiding over a lawsuit filed against Saudi Arabia by relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He said he wanted to testify in the case, and after lengthy negotiations with Justice Department officials and the federal Bureau of Prisons, a team of lawyers was permitted to question him for two days last October.

Moussaoui claimed that very prominent members within the Saudi royal family, including three princes he says were all Al-Qaeda donors. He claimed that discussing the plan to down Air Force One took place at the Saudi’s embassy in Washington. This and other meetings allegedly involved some of Saudi’s top billionaier princes including then Prince Salman, brother to the late King Abdullah and now the King of Saudi Arabia.

Apparently from 1998 to 1999, Moussaoui was given the task of 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 clerics.

“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.

Moussaoui also revealed plans to down the president’s Air Force One plane with Stinger missile. This was apparently discussed with the Islamic Affairs Department of the Saudi embassy.

“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 added.

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