Almost 17 years after the tragic 9/11 attacks, some are still searching for answers. It didn’t take long for officials to put the pieces together, blaming al Qaeda for the deadliest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. In less than a month, U.S. forces were on the ground fighting the world’s most deadly terrorist organization (at the time).
However, even after the longest war in American history and the death of Osama Bin Laden, questions remain. Although al Qaeda’s responsibility for the attack is widely accepted, some have speculated American ally Saudi Arabia shares in the blame.
Government officials have been hesitant to blame their important security partner, but that hasn’t stopped 9/11 families from digging for answers. Now, new testimony may reveal what they’ve been saying all along was correct.
A convicted jihadist serving a life sentence in federal prison as the “20th hijacker” in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. homeland has reportedly offered to testify during the 9/11 trial to “expose the Saudi Royal double game with” the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
His offer comes as hundreds of families have filed a lawsuit that, unlike others, contains a detailed account of Saudi Arabia’s role in the 9/11 attacks.The former terrorist announced his intentions in a recent letter:
“I am willing to fully testify on the 9/11 case, even if I was charge on the death penalty case as it incriminate me,” Zacarias Moussaoui, self-identified as “Slave of Allah,” said in broken English in a hand-written letter.However, his former defense attorney is questioning his motives for the testimony:
“My take is he would like to be in the spotlight and is bored in solitary,” Edward MacMahon, the terrorist’s former defense attorney told the Miami Herald.
Of course, the Saudi government has already weighed in on the news:
In response to his allegations, the Saudi Embassy has labeled the French-born U.S. prisoner as a “deranged criminal.”
Besides “Slave of Allah,” he also signs his filings as an “Enemy Combatant,” which he reportedly is not.
None of that has stopped the imprisoned terrorist from revealing who he believes to be behind the attacks:
In the latest letter sent to the military judge presiding over the 9/11 attacks, dated January 29, 2016, the imprisoned jihadist offers to testify about the “real” mastermind behind the attacks.
He then names “Saudi Prince Turki, Princess Haifa, and a man identified only as Omar,” the lightly redacted letter shows.
There has been no word yet on whether or not courts in the U.S. will allow Moussaoui to testify. Allowing him to do so would put the U.S. government in a tenuous position, but 9/11 victims families are unlikely to relent. If he is able to do so, it maybe prove to be the bombshell the families have been waiting for.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]