2009 GARETH PORTER — Gareth Porter completed a penetrating investigation of the 1996 truck bomb explosion in the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US airmen and wounded 372. In a five-part series for the Inter Press Service News Agency (July 2009), he uncovered a deliberate Saudi effort, aided and abetted by then FBI Director Louis Freeh, to pin the blame on Iran and divert attention from the real perpetrators, Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda.