The Gweilo Diaries, a Hongkong-based blog, offers the following tidbit from a John Ashcroft speech there:

Noting the multi-jurisdictional reach of al Qaeda, Ashcroft observed that the September 11 terrorists were recruited in Germany, received general training in Afghanistan, received operational training in Florida, assembled and initiated their mission in New England, struck New York and Washington, and received financing “from the capital city of another country.”

Conrad, the Gweilo Diarist, follows with some commentary of his own.

Let me offer my echo here: is the House of Bush so in thrall to the House of Saud that Mr. Ashcroft isn’t even allowed to say the words “Riyadh” or “Saudi Arabia” in connection with terrorism?

(Thanks to the Instapundit for the link.)

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com