Jewish World Review Dec. 11, 2002 / 6 Teves, 5763
Why our government refuses to fully cooperate in the prosecution of a possible 9/11 conspirator
http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Moroccan Mounir El Motassadeq is on trial in Germany, charged with more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder for his alleged role as a hijacker's logistics man in Hamburg.
By any account, the most important 9/11 conspirator to go to trial. Found among his belongings, the business card of a prominent Saudi Arabian diplomat, as well as phone records indicating possible links to other Saudis as well.
NOW, ACCORDING to German officials, the Saudis have been less than cooperative in the investigation. It's no surprise there. But U.S. law enforcement agencies haven't helped much in this regard either, refusing to pass along information about a possible Saudi link.
"The New York Times" quotes a Justice Department official staying the requests were "too sensitive." If the material is so sensitive, maybe linking the Saudis, even indirectly, to 9/11, that's kind of scary in and of itself. I wonder whether it means that U.S./Saudi relations are "too sensitive."
Maybe it's just tit for tat after the Germans initially refused to provide certain information on Zacarias Moussaoui because he faced the death penalty, but that would be just as bad. We shouldn't have to worry that political conflicts will cloud the goal of capturing and prosecuting terrorists, particularly those involved in 9/11.
just hope that this is not another effort to protect the Saudis
from public shame at the expense of vigorously prosecuting
a 9/11 criminal.
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