In 9/11 Report, a Case Study in the Difficulties of Tracing Terror Funds

By Colby Adams

For an indication of how difficult it can be to identify terrorism funding, even for federal investigators, read the previously-classified 28 pages of a congressional report on the Sept. 11 attacks. The excerpts, which were published this month after being withheld from the December 2002 report by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, describe FBI suspicions in the year following the attacks that Saudi officials may have had a hand in financing the 19 hijackers who crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania. The chapter outlines a host of circumstantial and indirect ties...