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Bush Senior Met With Bin Laden's Brother on 9/11

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Updated: 2008/02/11 PM 10:28:15   Comment

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Bush Met With Shafig Bin Laden The Day Before 9/11


Bush Sr. definitely was in the presence of Shafig Bin Laden (Osama's brother) the day before 9/11, which is strange enough.  But the reports of this event slowly became exaggerated into reports of a meeting on 9/11 at which Bin Laden and Bush were to have even watched the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks from the same room. 

The Washington Post reported the 9/10 meeting:

"...as the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, 2001, the news interrupted a Carlyle business conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here attended by a brother of Osama bin Laden. Former president Bush, a fellow investor, had been with him at the conference the previous day."

Connections and Then Some
Greg Schneider Washington Post
March 16, 2003; Page F1

The London Observer also reported accurately that Shafiq bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's estranged half-brother was at a Carlyle Group meeting on 9/11, but did not make the mistake of placing Bush Sr. still in his presence:

"On 11 September, while Al-Qaeda's planes slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Carlyle Group hosted a conference at a Washington hotel. Among the guests of honour was a valued investor: Shafig bin Laden, brother to Osama."

The 9/10 meeting with Bush did take place, but Bush then left Washington the morning of 9/11.  

The CBC Reports the Meeting Took Place The Morning Of 9/11

However, the CBC's Fifth Estate seems to have conflated the two events and expanded Bush's presence with Shafiq Bin Laden in Washington into the next morning (the morning of 9/11):

"George Bush Sr. was in a business meeting at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington on the morning of September 11th with one of Osama Bin Laden's brothers."

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/conspiracytheories/saudi.html

This conflicts with what most news accounts report, and it conflicts with what Barbara Bush told of her and her husband's experience the morning of 9/11. On Larry King Live she said that her and her husband were on a plane at 9:00 AM when they got word of the attacks:

BARBARA BUSH:  And the man came back, and he said, bad news, they've hit the twin tower. And we were just barely absorbing that, saying how can a commercial plane hit -- and the next thing we knew, he said, it hit the next one, and it's a terrorist attack. So we stopped right then in Milwaukee, and we had a long day. Now, we were luckier than most Americans because we had Secret Service, and some of our children had Secret Service, and Jeb had State Police. So we knew where George was, and we knew where Laura was, and we knew where Jeb was. And so eventually during the day we sat in this motel and checked with our children.

Sources:

Connections and Then Some
Greg Schneider Washington Post
March 16, 2003; Page F1

London Observer

CBC's Fifth Estate

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/conspiracytheories/saudi.html

BARBARA BUSH: Larry King Live




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