9/11 Pilots May Have Been CIA Informants, Report Claims

9/11 Pilots May Have Been CIA Informants, Report Claims

(RightWing.org) – Debate continues to surround the origin and nature of the September 11 (9/11) terrorist attacks of 2001. Some experts attribute the barrage of conspiracy theories to efforts to undermine public trust in institutions like America’s law enforcement agencies and intelligence services. A recent report published by a foreign media company indicated the 9/11 pilots may have been CIA informants.

On April 12, Russia Today (RT), a state-controlled news agency, published an article detailing a 22-page declaration signed by a former DEA agent named Don Canestraro in July 2021. He currently works for a group providing legal representation to Guantanamo Bay detainee Ammar al-Baluchi, a Pakistani citizen awaiting trial for his alleged role in planning the 9/11 attacks.

Canestraro recently told a US-based watchdog group he based the 22-page report on interviews with several former FBI and CIA agents and an investigative journalist. He also said he talked to former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), who led a joint congressional investigation into the 9/11 attack in 2002. He also served as the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time.

The declaration theorized that high-ranking CIA officials, like former director George Tenet, withheld pertinent information from FBI agents that might have prevented the 2001 attacks. According to Canestraro, the CIA was working with its Saudi Arabian counterpart to recruit two of the 9/11 hijackers as informants and to conduct unlawful spy operations for the agency inside US borders.

The two Saudi men, Khalid al Mihdhar and Hawaf al Hazmi, reportedly entered the United States shortly after attending a summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, hosted by the noted pan-Islamic militant group al-Qaeda in January 2000. Meeting attendees reportedly discussed and agreed to critical details involving the preparation for the 9/11 attacks the following year.

FBI agents later approached the CIA for information regarding Mihdhar and al-Hazmi. However, Canestraro claimed the agency dismissed their concerns as part of an effort to cover up their work to recruit the two men as informants/agents.

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