“10 Minutes: The Saudi Role in the 9/11 Attacks” is a 2016 short documentary produced by PressTV. The film discusses the major role that the government of Saudi Arabia played in the 9/11 Attacks and the fact that the US government censored their role in the attacks.
In late 2002, a bipartisan commission was established by Congress to investigate the 9/11 Attacks. By the time the committee was created President George W. Bush had characterized the attacks as “acts of war.” It was presumed that anyone who was involved in these attacks was to be designated as a sponsorer of terrorism. After the 9/11 Commission Report had been released in July of 2004, 28 pages were missing. The missing pages discussed the connections between the 9/11 hijackers and individuals working in the US for the government of Saudi Arabia. The withholding of these pages was directly ordered by President George W. Bush. For the next 12 years, the 28 pages remained classified and were only available to members of Congress under strict conditions.
The film then discusses some of the main reasons why the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 Attacks was suppressed. The first reason is that the Saudi Royal family has a close personal friendship with the Bush family and played a significant role in the global oil market since the early 1970s. Through its role in the energy sector, Saudi Arabia has sought to keep oil prices in the West at a relatively affordable level. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has invested hundred of billions of dollars into the US economy and, (along with their ally Israel) is the top purchaser of US weapons. Saudi Arabia is also in possession of blackmail that can be used against the US such as their dealings with and support for terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Because of these factors, the influence of Saudi Arabia is one of the main determining factors behind US policy in the Middle East and has convinced the US to adopt a foreign policy in the region that is anti-Shi’a Muslim and pro-Zionist and Sunni Muslim.
Saudi Arabia has also gathered together a broad coalition of lawyers, public relations firms and lobbyists to function as a special interest group. It is through the backing utilized by this lobby that the 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission stayed hidden for 12 years even though the official Saudi line was that that country had nothing to hide. President Barack Obama, drawing near to the end of his two terms in office, decided to declassify the document. It is possible that he and his advisers concluded that the US-Saudi relationship could weather any tensions that might result.
Overall, “10 Minutes: The Saudi Role in the 9/11 Attacks” is an excellent and highly-recommended political documentary. The film clearly and eloquently goes over the fact that Saudi Arabia played a significant role in the 9/11 Attacks and that the US government has lied and deceived its citizens by suppressing the information directly tieing the Saudis to the attacks. “10 Minutes: The Saudi Role in the 9/11 Attacks” is a particularly valuable source for anyone looking to learn more about American foreign policy in the Middle East, the background behind the War on Terrorism, and the impact that economics has on foreign policy decisions.