Families, Survivors Fight For More Info About Possible 9/11 Accomplice

Marla Diamond
November 15, 2019 - 4:21 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Family members and survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks who are suing the Saudi Arabian government filled a Lower Manhattan court room Friday, hoping to get more information on a possible accomplice to the hijackers.

In September, the Justice Department gave the plaintiffs' attorney the name of the possible accomplice, under the condition that the name not be made public.

Attorney Andrew Maloney said the Saudi national aided two of the 9/11 hijackers and "helped them get established, get them a place to stay, gave them money, English lessons, flight lessons — everything."

An attorney for the FBI argued Friday that releasing anymore information could compromise national security, but Charles Wolf, who lost his wife on 9/11, said the name has been mentioned before in court papers and he's asking the FBI to act in good faith.

"If the person's name is already out in the public area then fine quit playing games cause they're protecting the Saudis," Wolf said.

Suri Morganstern, whose daughter worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, left federal court dissappointed.

"All this time, and the FBI is withholding information about who's responsible. This is a shame," she said.

Tim Fullock, who made it out of the south tower, accused the FBI of protecting their Middle East ally.

"Tell us who specifically murdered 3,000 people, countless more injuries, and we have first responders who are dying now because a building was knocked down by a foreign government. Tell us who that is," he said.

The plaintiffs' lead attorney, Jim Kindler, represented families who sued Libya in the years after Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland.

"None of us are gonna stop until the story comes out, so that the truth comes out, the families are given the information they are entitled to, and this can be finally brought to light and resolved," Kindler said. "The Saudi government officials who helped them out are just as morally culpable as al-Qaida."

The judge is reviewing the arguments and will rule at a later date.

The person was named in a redacted FBI report from 2012, which indicated the agency was investigating two Saudi officials, Omar al-Bayoumi and Fahad al-Thumairy, and said there was evidence that a third person ordered them to assist hijackers.