London-based oil executive linked to 9/11 hijackers

By Anthony Summers, Neil Tweedie and Dan Christensen in Miami
The Daily Telegraph - February 18th, 2012

A Saudi Arabian accused of associating with several of the September 11 hijackers and who disappeared from his home in the United States a few weeks before the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, is in London working for his country’s state oil company.

Abdulaziz al-Hijji and his wife Anoud left three cars at their luxurious home in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida — one of them new — and flew to Saudi Arabia in August 2001. The refrigerator was full of food; furniture and clothing were left behind; and the swimming pool water was still circulating.

Security records of cars passing through a checkpoint at the Prestancia gated community indicated that Mr al-Hijji’s home, 4224 Escondito Circle, had been visited a number of times by Mohamed Atta, the leader of the 19-strong hijack team, who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in 2001.

The logs also indicated that Marwan Al-Shehhi, who crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower, and Ziad Jarrah, who was at the controls of United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, had visited the house.

All three men had trained to fly at Venice Airport, which is 19 miles from Sarasota.

A US counter-terrorist agent told The Daily Telegraph: “The registration numbers of vehicles that had passed through the Prestancia community’s north gate in the months before 9/11, coupled with the identification documents shown by incoming drivers on request, showed that Mohamed Atta and several of his fellow hijackers, and another Saudi suspect still at large, had visited 4224 Escondito Circle.”

The suspect was Adnan Shukrijumah, an al-Qaeda operative who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, with a $5 million bounty on his head.A decade after the world’s worst terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of 3,000 people, Mr al-Hijji is resident in London, working for the European subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company. Described as a career counsellor, he is based in the offices of Aramco Overseas Company UK Limited and lives in an expensive flat in central London.

In email correspondence with the Telegraph, Mr al-Hijji strongly denied any involvement in the plot, writing: “I have neither relation nor association with any of those bad people/criminals and the awful crime they did. 9/11 is a crime against the USA and all humankind and I’m very saddened and oppressed by these false allegations.

“I love the USA. My kids were born there, I went to college and university there, I spent a good portion of my life there and I love it.”

Mr al-Hijji’s account is supported by the FBI, which has stated: “At no time did the FBI develop evidence that connected the family members to any of the 9/11 hijackers … and there was no connection found to the 9/11 plot.’’

Bob Graham, a former US senator who, in addition to co-chairing the congressional inquiry into 9/11, was chairman of the US senate intelligence committee at the time, disputes the FBI denials. He has long believed that there was Saudi support for the 19 terrorists, 15 of whom were subjects of the kingdom. He cites two secret documents to which he has recently had access.

The first document, Graham says, is “not consistent with the public statements of the FBI that there was no connection between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudis at the Sarasota home. Both documents indicate that the investigation was not the robust inquiry claimed by the FBI.”

Mr al-Hijji, 38, moved with his family to Britain in 2003, setting up home in a rented four-bedroom detached house in the Southampton suburb of Totton. His stay there appears to have been uneventful.

The al-Hijjis’ abrupt departure from Sarasota aroused the suspicion of their next-door neighbour, Patrick Gallagher. He emailed the FBI within two days of 9/11 to report the disappearance of the couple and their young children.

Reports released recently by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement refer to the “suspicious manner and timing” of the family’s departure.

One document states: “In mid-August 2001 the above subjects purchased a new vehicle and renewed the registration on several other vehicles. On Aug 27 2001 a moving truck appeared and moved the subjects out of the house. Left behind were the vehicles and numerous personal belongings, including food, medicine, bills, baby clothing etc.”

The document goes on to state that Mr al-Hijji and Esam Ghazzawi, his father-in-law and the owner of the Escondito Circle house, had been “on the FBI watch list” prior to 9/11.

Mr al-Hijji described the allegations against him as “just cheap talk” and denied having abandoned his home in undue haste, explaining: “No, no, no. Absolutely not true. We were trying to secure the [Aramco] job. It was a good opportunity.”

He said his wife and children followed him out to Saudi Arabia a few weeks after he left. She and his American-born mother-in-law had been questioned by the FBI when they returned to the United States to settle the family’s affairs.

But he was not questioned when he returned to America for a two-month period in 2005.

Probable FBI complicity and involvement... again.

The evidence that he was an associate of Mohamed Atta was ignored. That alone carries implications about the nature of Mohamed Atta's involvement that has not been covered in the official story (in addition to the fact that his behavior was in 180º opposition to what would be expected of a Islamic fundamentalist). I wonder if superlobbyist Jack Abramoff and al-Hijji knew each other as well?

The fact that he was not even approached by authorities when he was back in the USA for two months, just 4 years after the attack, has some serious implications, not just about the nature of the attacks, but also the identities of those responsible, and the virtual certainty of FBI involvement and or complicity.

For the most part

US media simply refuses to find out what happened at the FBI. Tim Weiner just wrote a book about the history of the FBI entitled Enemies: A History of the FBI. He has an endnote about FBI agent Bongardt being told to stand down in regard to the search for al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar. An endnote? Did Weiner not read Ali Soufan's book? Did he not listen to the Who is Rich Blee podcast? Did he not find it at all strange that Bongardt was told to stand down in regard to finding al Qaeda operatives linked to previous al Qaeda attacks and chatter of a possible massive attack?

It is beyond pathetic for the media to castigate "conspiracy theorists" while they completely fail to use their access to power to get answers about FBI conduct, most notably at the UBLU. Dina Corsi, the UBLU IOS at the time who was a key person involved in the decision loop to exclude Bongardt's team, is now a section chief. Incredibly she has never been interviewed by the media about her conduct before 9/11!

“In collection, we’re not evaluating the why of the case or even the threat—we’re telling you how we’re positioned to collect against it and what capabilities we have—or need—to fill the gaps,” said Dina Corsi, chief of the Domain Collection Operations Support Section in the Directorate of Intelligence.

The goal, Corsi said, is to build collection and reporting capabilities and make the results available to all programs across the Bureau. “So if you are working in counterintelligence and the Criminal Division might have assets you could use, you would be aware of that and be able to leverage it. Our job is to streamline the intelligence process.”

Intelligence Analysts Part 2: The Subject Matter Experts

Would it be unfair for Corsi to explain why she went out of her way to obstruct the USS Cole investigation and the search for al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar?

Russ Baker weighed in on this issue too...

Allegations Morphed Into "Fact" By Repetition.

From the article:

"The logs also indicated that Marwan Al-Shehhi, who crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower, and Ziad Jarrah, who was at the controls of United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, had visited the house."

Authorities have never proven that the accused piloted the 9/11 planes, have not eliminated the possibility of the flights being under autopilot control or proven that the accused hijackers turned off the flight transponders or even broadcast "we have some planes".

Oil executive linked to radical jihadists or oil executive linked to little understood assets?

The second gets my vote


Not Questioned

"...he was not questioned when he returned to America for a two-month period in 2005."

The dog that doesn't hunt... (again)

The Big Bamboozle:

I have just started reading "The Big Bamboozle", a brand new book on the Saudi connection. Author Philip Marshall (a veteran 767 captain for United Airlines and others) goes into great detail about the Saudi aspect of the attacks, and complicity of the FBI and other agencies, and more. A fascinating read, containing much information of which I was previously unaware.


Thanks for the heads up on the book, bloggulator. It may overlap with Summers' work as well as some material in another new book called "Secret Weapon," (see pages 6-12 at