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October 2, 2009

9/11 Commission Documents about ‘Blind Sheikh’

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline,Document Collection — kevinfenton @ 4:42 am
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This post lists all the documents we are finding in the 9/11 Commission’s archives about the “Blind Sheikh,” Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman. The documents have been posted at the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd. I am reading through the commission’s documents gradually and highlighting interesting information. This post will be updated if I find any more information related to the “Blind Sheikh.”

(-) A 6-page document request submitted by the 9/11 Commission in July 2003 to the State Department for materials concerning the issue of visas to the 9/11 hijackers and the “Blind Sheikh,” Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman, among other issues.

(-) A letter from State Department official Mary Ryan to State Department Inspector General Sherman Funk about visas issued to the “Blind Sheikh,” Sheikh Omar-Abdul-Rahman. The letter says she does not know whether the visa issued to the sheikh in 1990 was issued rightly or wrongly.

An earlier letter from Funk to Ryan asking her whether her department (Consular Affairs) thinks the visa should have been granted or denied.

Also a 6-page State Department memo about the issue of the 1990 visa and others to the sheikh. The memo says the State Department does not know whether the visa should have been issued or denied on grounds of his support for terrorism.

(-) A November 2000 State Department cable revoking US visas issued to the “Blind Sheikh,” Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman.

Also a related cable from the US embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, and two withdrawal notices for a total of approx. 50 pages of State Department cables about the Blind Sheikh.

(-) A withdrawal notice for a 156-page report on the “Blind Sheikh,” Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman.

(-) Withdrawal notices for (a) a 9-page memo from the CIA Director about the “Blind Sheikh,” Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman, (b) a 2-page memo about the issue from the State Department, (c) an 89-page audit report about the sheikh, and (d) a 5-page letter from the CIA to the 9/11 Commission about the matter.

(-) A withdrawal notice for a 56-page CIA report on the “Blind Sheikh,” Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman.

The masterlist for all documents the History Commons has obtained and is analysing can be found here.

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