In a court filing, the FBI revealed the name of an official at the Saudi embassy long-suspected to have directed support to two 9/11 hijackers. The release of the official's name was a mistake, reports Michael Isikoff, a "flabbergasting" slip-up that belies nearly two decades of efforts by U.S. administrations to conceal the extent of Saudi involvement in America's worst terror attack.
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“This shows there is a complete government cover-up of the Saudi involvement,” said Brett Eagleson, a spokesman for the 9/11 families whose father was killed in the attacks. “It demonstrates there was a hierarchy of command that’s coming from the Saudi Embassy to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs [in Los Angeles] to the hijackers.”
Still, Eagleson acknowledged he was flabbergasted by the bureau’s slip-up in identifying the Saudi Embassy official in a public filing. Although Justice Department lawyers had last September notified lawyers for the 9/11 families of the official’s identity, they had done so under a protective order that forbade the family members from publicly disclosing it.
Now, the bureau itself has named the Saudi official. “This is a giant screwup,” Eagleson said.
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Comedian, activist, and former late-night TV host Jon Stewart spoke on Capitol Hill today about getting health care and benefits for 9-11 first responders. Read the rest
A Walmart in Panama City, Florida removed this display after the photo circulated on Twitter, infuriating a lot of people. The World Trade Center was made from stacked cartons of Coke Zero. The American Flag consisted of cans of Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite.
"We hold this moment in our country’s history in the highest regard, and there was nothing disrespectful intended by the display," Walmart said in a public statement.
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The New York Times reports on a gaffe that's part tragedy, part comedy, all Trump.
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“I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down,” Mr. Trump said on Monday evening. “And I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.”
Mr. Trump did not seem to realize that he had invoked a chain of convenience stores, and the crowd did not seem to mind.