Saudia Arabia has been on the headlines since Sept 11, and rightfully so, for its sponsorship of terrorism. This report by Newsweek steps that up a notch:
According to a congressional report set for release this week, Omar al-Bayoumi, a key associate of two of the hijackers, may have been a Saudi-government agent. In January 2000, al-Bayoumi had a meeting at the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles – and then went directly to a restaurant where he met future hijackers Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, whom he took back with him to San Diego. (Al-Bayoumi later arranged for the men to get an apartment next to his and fronted them their first two months rent.) The report is sure to reignite questions about whether some Saudi officials were secretly monitoring the hijackers – or even facilitating their conduct.
Even more a reason why America has to shift its footprint in the region, and another strategic justification for the war on Iraq.