Chief financial officer behind 9/11 resurfaces

October 14, 2009

Sheikh Saeed al Masri has been linked with alleged backpack bomb plotter Najibullah Zazi.  Sheikh Saeed, also known as Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, was identified in the 9/11 Commission Report as the chief financial manager of Al Qaeda leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  Prior to heading Osama bin Laden’s finance committee, Sheikh Saeed was Al Qaeda’s paymaster in Sudan.  The sheikh has been promoted a few times since 9/11, but certainly maintains influence in Al Qaeda’s finances.

The AP offers this report:

NEW YORK — The airport shuttle driver accused of plotting a bombing in New York had contacts with al-Qaida that went nearly all the way to the top, to an Osama bin Laden confidant believed to be the terrorist group’s leader in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence officials told The Associated Press.

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an Egyptian reputed to be one of the founders of the terrorist network, used a middleman to contact Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi as the 24-year-old man hatched a plot to use homemade backpack bombs, perhaps on the city’s mass transit system, the two intelligence officials said.

Intelligence officials declined to discuss the nature of the contact or whether al-Yazid contacted Zazi to offer simple encouragement or help with the bombing plot prosecutors say Zazi was pursuing…

Sure, Osama bin Laden’s old accountant just wanted to offer some encouraging words to Najibullah!  It couldn’t have possibly been to discuss the actual funding of the operation. 

The article goes on to mention that Zazi had instructions to make bombs out of hydrogen peroxide and flour.  Am I the only one who suspects Bin Laden’s money man wouldn’t personally involve himself unless big bucks were at stake for a major operation involving more than hydrogen peroxide and flour?


One comment

  1. […] 9/11 money man Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, a.k.a. Sheik Saeed al Masri, died in May this year, national security analysts speculated on who would succeed […]

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