"A sacrifice upon the altar..." George Bush 09/11/11
Flying Tigers Edit
According to renegade historian Douglas Dietrich, The Flying Tigers were used to launch a covert false flag attack on the Japanese, designed to look like an attack from China. That the Japanese discovery of the true origin of the attack helped lead to Pearl Harbour.
They were first known as the American Volunteer Group, states an informational wall of photos on the second floor of the nearly empty Clearwater St. Petersburg International Airport, where they used to train. They were a "band of American pilots who literally built a fighting air force from scratch to stop the Japanese from gobbling up all of Asia." One of their units, the wall indicates, is the 337th Fighter Group. Was the 337th Army Air Field plaque in Venice some kind of cryptic reference to the Flying Tigers?
Claire Chennault and Lauchlin Currie had outlined in the winter of 1940, a 'Special Air Unit' to "take the war to Japan," which became the Flying Tigers, made up of three American Volunteer Groups. Synonymous with the Flying Tigers is the name of General Claire Chennault. While he lived, Chennault was one of the most controversial American military figures in this nation's history. Chennault helped Chinese warlord Chiang Kai-Shek fund his civil war against the Communist Red Army through heroin trafficking, both during, and after World War II
General Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers had a strong presence in Venice. We found numerous newspaper references from the time indicating that the Venice Army Air Field was used to train pilots for General Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers and later for his 14th Air Force, which took over from the Flying Tigers when they were disbanded. In fact, Venice seemed to specialize in Chinese flyers, allegedly training an all-Chinese squadron for Chennault, supposedly at the express request of Madame Chiang Kai-Shek.
The first contingent of the American Volunteer Group left San Francisco on July 10, 1941, aboard the Dutch ship Jaegersfontaine. Just before leaving, Chennault received confirmation of Presidential approval for the 'second American Volunteer Group of bombers with a schedule of 100 pilots and 181 gunners and radio men to arrive in China by November, 1941.
Even as the 1st AVG began training at Toungoo, Burma, the CAMCO recruiters in the United States were angling to set up the bomber force that Chennault wanted. As early as August 17, 1941, Richard Aldworth was proposing a thousand-man Bomber Wing consisting of two groups with '276 officers and 783 men, and 64 medical' personnel, commanded by a brigadier general. There would be six squadrons with a total of 66 medium bombers. Except for the elaborate and overstaffed structure, this was what Chennault and Currie had talked about in Washington that spring, and Currie had already located the aircraft: 33 Douglas DB-7 attack planes of the sort adopted by the RAF as the Boston and by USAAF as the A-20 Invader, plus 33 Lockheed Hudson light bombers. The planes would be diverted from British orders and provided gratis to China under the Lend-Lease program passed by Congress in March. (China had paid list price for the 100 Curtiss P-40s that equipped the 1st AVG.) The Hudsons would also have a Chinese gunner manning the top turret.
3 of the 4 identified Al Qaeda hijackers on 9/11 learned to fly at Venice. The attacks were widely described as the Pearl Harbour of the 21st Century
Origins of the Muslim Brotherhood Edit
- Adolf Hitler took over the Nazi Party 1925
- Hassan al-Banna in March 1928 along with six workers of the Suez Canal Company founds the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Muslim Brotherhood was a Nazi organisation, worked for Third Reich intelligence until 1945. British Intelliegence took over used them to attack Israel in 1948. CIA took over and moved them to Saudi Arabia where they became the school teachers, then used them in Afghanistan. Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organisation of most Sunni based terrorist organisations: Hamas; Palastinian Islamic Jihad(PIJ); Egyptian Islamic Jihad(EIJ).
Islamic Association of Palastein created Hamas and PIJ and the Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR). The association was an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Hajj Amin al-Husseini, Hitlers favourite, progenitor of Yasser Arafat's nazi clan. Other MB spawns: Sadat was an nazi; Sadam hussein's uncle was member of brotherhood and in charge of a coup in Iraq. Allegations that Youseff Nada head of bank al-Taqua helped Hajj Amin escape Germany to Palstein.
Sami al-Arian based at University of South Florida in Tampa, was the leader of PIJ. Judge Moody protected al_Arian.
al-Arian was turned down a paid FBI informant role in 1991, despite knowing he was the leader of a terrorist organisation. al-Arain promised to supply the muslim vote in Florida 2000 elections to Geroge Bush for federal protection.
FBI agents knew al-Arain was one of the worlds biggest terrorist and that he would be carefully protected because of this, almost all of his money comes from the Saudi goverenment via their front groups in Herndon, Virginia.
John Loftus donated money to al-Arian's charity so he could sue al-Arian to find out where the money went. US Department of Justice begged Loftus not to file his lawsuit. When he refused they launched Operation Greenquest and ran dummy raids on Saudi Charities centerd around 555 Grove Street, Herndon, Virginnia. The operation was led by Michael Chertoff. The Saudi charaties were never prosecuted.
The International Islamic Relief Organization was the main terrorist launderers and financiers.
Norquist Islamic Institute would help delver the Islamic vote for the Republicans as far back as Nixon. Sami al-Arain threw a big dinner for Grover Norquist to celebrate his efforts in blocking investigations into Islamic terrorists.
Muhammad Qutb taught Bin Laden at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah,
Ayman al-Zawahiri a student of Sayyid Qutb, mentor of Bin Laden. Zawahiri may have been in charge of Ali Mohamed
Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, bin Ladens mentor, leader of the mujahadeen, was part of the Muslim Brotherhood. During theological studies in Egypt, Azzam met Omar Abdel-Rahman, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and other followers of Sayyed Qutb. In the early 1970s, Azzam took a position as lecturer at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he remained until 1979. Osama bin Laden had grown up in Jeddah, and was enrolled as a student in the university there between 1976 and 1981 and he probably first made contact with Azzam at that time. Azzam had an addresss in london at the post code WC1N 3XX. Nearby is the Saudi Research and Marketing Company, which publishes Islamic literature, based in 'Arab Press House' 184 Holborn. Member of the Board is Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz who took over from his brother Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud when he died in 2002. Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is famous for War Emblem and his outing as Al Qaeda handler by Abu Zubayda in Gerald Posner's Why America Slept. The Nick Berg execution video was traced to a company inside the Arab Press House.
On 21 December 2010, it was reported that Mohammad Dhahir Baluch, leader of Jundullah, was arrested by Pakistani security forces while using wireless system calling the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, operating out of the Arab Press House.
1980-1985, Egyptian Islamic Jihad was a militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The founder of EIJ, Muhammad abd-al-Salam Faraj, helped coordinate the assassination of Anwar Sadat. The assassination was suggested by Khalid Islambouli, a lieutenant in the Egyptian military. Ali A Mohamed was somehow involved.
Hamas was another wing of EIJ
Mohammed Jamal Khalifa was Bin Ladens brother in law. He started the Benevolence International Corporation in the Philippines in 1988, apparently to recruit people for the war against the Soviets. Khalifa ran the International Relations and Information Centre, where money was embezzled through the bank account of Omar Abu Omar, an employee at the centre, to an account under the name of Adel Sabah, an alias of Ramzi Yousef
Khalifa is said to have trained with Osama Bin Laden in the mujahideen camps in Afghanistan during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. His business cards have been found in Yousef's Jersey City, New Jersey apartment. They also have been found in Ramzi Yousef's Manila apartment.
Khalifa was the regional director of the Philippines for the International Islamic Relief Organization.
On December 1, 1994, Khalifa met Mohamed Loay Bayazid, the president of Benevolence International Foundation, in the United States. Khalifa and Bayazid were arrested on December 14, 1994 in Mountain View, California on charges related to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Khalifa was planning to fly to the Philippines.
Khalifa was arrested in Saudi Arabia shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but was released without charges being filed. He died in 2007.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who conducted an investigation into the fraud-ridden Bank of Credit and Commerce International, said bin Laden held a number of accounts with BCCI. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. highlighted a bank in Sudan that was established by bin Laden in the early 1990s. Levin said bin Laden allegedly provided the AlShamal Islamic Bank with $50 million in start-up capital.
Aug 17, 1988, Al Qaeda founded: Osama bin Laden (Leader); Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri1; Wael Julaidan1; Mamdouh Mahmud Salim1
Cold Warriors Edit
The cold war is now being exposed as a fake via "declassified documents." CIA knew since 1961, the Soviet Union had only 4 ICBMs http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-invented-soviet-threat.html
Michael Johns Edit
He is credited with helping shift Washington's intellectual tide away from containment of the Soviet Union (as advocated by post-war American leaders, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman) and toward a more aggressive approach dedicated to the "rollback" of global communism. As such he was one of the original advocates of the so-called "Reagan Doctrine,"
He visited the front lines of the cold war (Angola, Cambodia, Nicaragua, and the former Soviet Republics) with regularity. Johns was a close advisor to Angola's Jonas Savimbi. Johns maintained close relationships with the leaderships of resistance movements challenging Soviet-backed governments in; Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Mozambique, Nicaragua and other nations.
In Nicaragua, Johns visited regularly with the Nicaraguan contras. Two years before his assassination by the Sandinistas in Managua, contra military commander Enrique Bermúdez asked Johns to author his autobiographical essay, "The Contras' Valley Forge."
During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and after the nation's fall to the Taliban, Johns was a leading advocate of expanded support to the U.S.-aligned mujahideen faction led by Ahmad Shah Massoud.
Johns was in Windhoek, Namibia for that country's first independent election.
Johns was an early and vocal advocate for enhanced U.S. engagement in the Persian Gulf. Several days following Saddam's invasion and occupation of Kuwait, he was among the first to articulate the neoconservative principle that the Iraqi occupation was such a globally destabilizing event that it required all nations of the world including the former Soviet Union to choose sides in the conflict. This ideology in the U.S.-led war on terror contributed to the creation of coalitions of the willing and ultimately evolved into one of the principle foundations for the Bush Doctrine.
In the late 1990s, Johns was one of several U.S. conservatives who successfully urged the Clinton administration to reverse the U.S. government's long-standing policy of officially denying the existence of the CIA-supported covert "Secret War" in Laos and to honor the thousands of Hmong who provided support to U.S.
Johns was a proponent of many of the policies of President George W. Bush, and defended the Bush administration's military engagement in Iraq. "The Iraq War has become the epicenter in the global war against terrorism, and the outcome in Iraq will ultimately be a key factor in determining whether September 11, 2001 was the beginning of the end for al-Qaeda, or whether, conversely, it was just the beginning of an era of global terror that grows in both scope and duration," Johns wrote in a May 4, 2007 essay opposing a timetable for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.
Johns was a senior aide to New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean immediately prior to Kean's appointment by President George W. Bush as Chairman of the 9/11 Commission. He also was a White House speechwriter to President of the United States George H. W. Bush.
Jack Abramoff Edit
National Chairman, College Republicans. Friends with Oliver North. One of Tom Delays best friends.
- Abramoff organized Democratic International in 1985.
The meeting was primarily funded by former Rite Aid President Lewis Lehrman. Participants in the conference included Jack Abramoff, Adolfo Calero, leader of Nicaraguan Contras, Pa Kao Her, Hmong Laotian rebel leader, Lewis Lehrman, businessman, U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, Jonas Savimbi, UNITA leader, South African security forces, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghan Mujahideen leader, Jack Wheeler, American conservative policy advocate, and others.
- Abramoff set up International Freedom Foundation in Washington, D.C. in 1986.
From the article which discussed the Newsday report, Front for Apartheid, which appeared in Newsday, Sunday, July 16, 1995, it alleged that Abramoff was an intelligence agent in 1983, along with others listed. It went on to say of the IFF: "...The International Freedom Foundation, founded in 1986 seemingly as a conservative think tank, was in fact part of an elaborate intelligence gathering operation, and was designed to be against apartheid's an instrument for "political warfare" against apartheid's foes, according to former senior South African spy Craig Williamson. The South Africans spent up to $1.5 million a year through 1992 to underwrite "Operation Babushka," as the IFF project was known.
The current South African National Defence Force officially confirmed that the IFF was its dummy operation. "The International Freedom Foundation was a former SA Defence Force project," Army Col. John Rolt, a military spokesman, said in a terse response to an inquiry. A member of the IFF"s international board of directors also conceded Friday that at least half of the foundation's funds came from projects undertaken on behalf of South Africa's military intelligence, although he refused to say what these projects were except that many of them were directed against Nelson Mandela's African National Congress.... with Craig Williamson from South African military intelligence who has since admitted guilt in a number of assassinations.
- Abramoff went off to Namibia to film Red Scorpion in 1988.
The film was financed by South African Military Intelligence, the equipment was provided by the South African military and many of the actors and/or crew were from the South African Military. The idea for the films plot was Abramoffs, suspiciously it closely resembles the politcal struggle in the coutry at the time. There are rumours that the actors and crew were not even paid. They were filming in Namibia in late 1988. Pan Am 103 went down December 21, 1988 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Namibia aboard
- Abramoff is connected to Tom Delay who is connected to Dick Cheney
Agola, Namibia and South Africa; Pan Am 103
Blood Diamonds funded anti communist rebels
The Maktab al-Khidamat, also known as the Afghan Services Bureau, is believed to have been founded in 1984 by Abdullah Azzam and Osama bin Laden.
After the breakdown in peace in 1992, Pakistan supported the fundamentalst Taliban who harboured Bin Laden. US showed signs of siding with the Taliban
Heroin funded anti communist rebels
Pakistan created, funded and supported the Taliban. The Taliban shielded Al Qaeda. Rumours are the bin Ladens alleged driver in his later years, Syed Akbar Sabir, was working for the ISI.
Cocaine funded anti communist rebels
Al Qaeda arrives in the United States Edit
Around 1986, Khaled Abu el-Dahab, the right hand man of double agent Ali Mohamed, informally founds the branch in Brooklyn, New York, and it soon becomes the most important US branch.
On December 29, 1987, three men, Mustafa Shalabi, Fawaz Damra, and Ali Shinawy, formally file papers incorporating Al-Kifah, which is called the Al-Kifah Refugee Center. At first, it is located inside the Al Farouq mosque, but eventually it will get it own office space next to the mosque. Shalabi, a naturalized citizen from Egypt, runs the office with two assistants: Mahmud Abouhalima, who will later be convicted for a role in bombing the WTC in 1993 and El Sayyid Nosair, who will assassinate a Meir Kahane in New York in 1990
El Sayyid Nosair from the Al-Salam Mosque, Jersey City assassinates Meir Kahane
Abdul Hakim Murat suggest the 9/11 plot to Ramzi Yousef in the Phillipines early 1995
Clash of Civilizations Edit
The Clash of Civilizations is a theory, proposed by political scientist Samuel P. Huntington, that people's cultural and religious identities should become the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world.
This theory was originally formulated in a 1992 lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, which was then developed in a 1993 Foreign Affairs article titled "The Clash of Civilizations?" Huntington later expanded his thesis in a 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.
In the 1993 Foreign Affairs article, Huntington writes: It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future.
Huntington sounds familiar with Arnold J Toynbee, Toynbee identified Western Civilization as a threat to Islam many decades earlier:
This concentric attack of the modern West upon the Islamic world has inaugurated the present encounter between the two civilizations. It will be seen that this is part of a still larger and more ambitious movement, in which the Western civilization is aiming at nothing less than the incorporation of all mankind in a single great society, and the control of everything in the earth, air, and sea which mankind can turn to account by means of modern Western technique.
The phrase "Clash of Civilizations" was coined by a jew, Bernard Lewis. Lewis views Christendom and Islam as civilizations that have been in perpetual collision since the advent of Islam in the 7th century. In his essay The Roots of Muslim Rage (1990), he argued that the struggle between the West and Islam was gathering strength. According to one source, this essay (and Lewis' 1990 Jefferson Lecture on which the article was based) first introduced the term "Islamic fundamentalism" to North America. This essay has been credited with coining the phrase "clash of civilizations", which received prominence in the eponymous book by Samuel Huntington. However, another source indicates that Lewis first used the phrase "clash of civilizations" at a meeting in Washington in 1957 where it is recorded in the transcript.
"American historian Joel Beinin has called him "perhaps the most articulate and learned Zionist advocate in the North American Middle East academic community." His 2007 Irving Kristol Lecture, given to the American Enterprise Institute, was published as Europe and Islam
One of Lewins PHD students was Martin Seth Kramer. Kramer was an early advocate of attacking Saddam Hussein in the wake of 9/11, arguing in December 2001 that regardless of a possible involvement, he posed a threat to the entire Middle East. He was a senior policy adviser on the Middle East to the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign.
Thomas P.M. Barnett Edit
From 1998 through 2004, Barnett was a Senior Strategic Researcher and Professor in the Warfare Analysis & Research Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. At the Naval War College, Barnett served as Director of the New Rule Sets Project an effort designed to explore how the spread of globalization alters the basic "rules of the road" in the international security environment, with special reference to how these changes redefine the U.S. Military's historic role as "security enabler" of America's commercial network ties with the world.
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, from October 2001 to June 2003, Barnett worked as the Assistant for Strategic Futures in the Office of Force Transformation in the Department of Defense under the direction of the late Vice Admiral (ret). Arthur K. Cebrowski, during which time he created a Powerpoint brief that developed into his book The Pentagon's New Map. In 2003, he wrote an article titled "The Pentagon's New Map" for Esquire magazine that outlined many of these ideas. He developed the article into a book The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century, published in 2004. A sequel Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating was published in 2005.
Al Qaeda Edit
PSYOP units were extremely effective during World War II, and later saw extensive action in southeast Asia after the 6th Battalion arrived in Vietnam in 1965. On Dec. 1, 1967, the 6th was reorganized into the 4th Psychological Operations Group, which remained there until 1971.
Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s, the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne)(POG (A)) made its headquarters at Fort Bragg, where it remains today. The 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C., remains today as the only active duty U.S. Army Psychological Operations Group.
Activated on 27 November 1990, the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) is responsible for overseeing two lesser known areas of Special Operations whose contributions are no less valuable than Special Forces or Rangers. Used during peacetime, contingencies and declared war, these activities are not a form of force, but are force multipliers that use nonviolent means in often violent environments. Persuading rather than compelling physically, they rely on logic, fear, desire or other mental factors to promote specific emotions, attitudes or behaviors. The ultimate objective of U.S. military psychological operations and civil affairs is to convince enemy, neutral, and friendly nations and forces to take action favorable to the United States and its allies
In March 1986, the 96th officially became an airborne unit. It is stationed at Fort Bragg and has performed civil affairs missions throughout the world. Its performance in Grenada during Operation URGENT FURY and in Panama during Operation JUST CAUSE were classics of the constructive use of this scarce asset. They were also the first Civil Affairs unit to be sent to Saudi Arabia in August 1990 for Operation Desert Shield. Their planning assistance and host nation support operations were invaluable aids to preparing the theater support structure to sustain the largest and fastest U.S. Army deployment since WW II. Upon the completion of Desert Storm, several CA units were sent to Turkey and Northern Iraq to assist in Operation Provide Comfort. They helped establish camps for 452,000 Kurdish refugees. When the crisis situations arose in Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo, PSYOP responded participating in Operations PROVIDE RELIEF, JOINT ENDEAVOR, JOINT GUARD and ALLIED FORCE
The purpose of psychological operations (PSYOP) is to demoralize the enemy by causing dissension and unrest among his ranks, while at the same time convincing the local population to support American troops. Psychological Operations are a vital part of the broad range of U.S. political, military, economic and ideological activities used by the U.S. government to secure national objectives. Psychological operations support national security objectives during peacetime, contingencies and war. They provide commanders a critical, force-multiplying capability that can be used at tactical, operational and strategic levels of operations.
Strategic psychological operations advance broad or long-term objectives. Global in nature, they may be directed toward large audiences.
War on Al Qaeda Edit
I had been seconded to a special team that had been established as a result of President Clinton signing a presidential finding, an intelligence finding, in early January of 1996. And in that finding, he basically declared war on bin Laden, and he directed all U.S. intelligence assets, including the FBI, to go after bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and the Al Qaeda network. So the follow from that was that we were directed -- that is, the Justice Department, through the attorney general to [former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York] Mary Jo White -- to put together a prosecutable case against Osama bin Laden. Mike Scheuer, otherwise known as "Anonymous," put together this team. And we had people from the New York office of the FBI there, from our office in Washington. There was a fusion cell put together to look at information, so on and so forth.
- May 1998, bin Laden merges with EIJ
- June 23 1998 CIA plan to eliminate bin Laden cancelled
- August 7, 1998 Embassy attacks, 5000 injured, 200 dead
- August 1998, Cruise Missile attack on bin Laden "misses"
- August 1998, bin Ladens behaviour pattern radically changes, no longer predictable
- December 1998, missile attack on bin Laden cancelled in case shrapnel hit a nearby mosque
- 1999, Falcon hunting camp, Southern Afghanistan, senior UAE officials hunted with bin Laden, US attack cancelled
Abel Danger Edit
General Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, tasked General Peter J. Schoomaker, head of Special Operations Command, to lead an experimental, infiltrate and destroy operation against a transnational terrorist organisation, determined to be the Al-Qaeda network.
The operation officially began in October 1999 but probably began unofficially December 1998 and ran until at least January/February 2001 when Abel Danger core team briefed Hugh Shelton at the Pentagon on the options now available to him. According Lt. Colonel Anthony Schaffer suddenly everything changed after that point, missions inside Abel Danger were shut down.
Daniel Hopsicker reveals that Mohammad Atta had a meeting in Key West, Florida, in February 2001. Some important people flew in to meet him. He left the meeting looking dejected.
Anthony Shaffer claims that there are other briefings about the project in the same early 2001 time frame. In one briefing, Shaffer says CIA Director George Tenet approves “our conduct of this special project” Shaffer also claims that the National Security Counsel (NSC) is briefed twice on Able Danger around this time.
The first stage of Abel Danger was a data mining operation to determine the structure of the Al Qaeda network. This operation identified Al Qaeda cells or operatives inside the United States which were later involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Mark Zaid, a lawyer for several Able Danger whistleblowers will say in 2005, the search and compilation efforts were primarily handled by defense contractors who did not necessarily know they were working for Able Danger.
James D. Smith is working for the private company Orion Scientific Systems on a contract that assists the Able Danger project. Smith will later claim that “All information that we have ever produced, which was all unclassified, was confiscated and to this day we don’t know who by.”
According to an anonymous Able Danger official, US Army intelligence discovers that several of the 9/11 hijackers are taking rooms at motels in New Jersey and meeting together there.
Around this time, in September 2000, military lawyers force members of Able Danger to cancel scheduled meetings with the FBI at the last minute. Able Danger officials want to share information about the Brooklyn al-Qaeda cell they believe they’ve discovered which includes Mohamed Atta and other hijackers. In 2005, it will be reported that Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer contacted FBI agent Xanthig Magnum in attempts to set up these meetings.
Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer later says that an unnamed two-star general above him is “very adamant” about not looking further at Atta. “I was directed several times [to ignore Atta], to the point where he had to remind me he was a general and I was not… [and] I would essentially be fired.”
Yet Schaffer is keen to stress the was a lot more going on than just data mining.
Phillip D. Zelikow, Chairman of the 911 Commission, pretended to be shocked by the news when Anthony Schaffer told him Abel Danger had identified the Al-Qaeda cells in advance. He told Schaffer that it was very important and he should contact him back in Washington. His office later ignored Schaffer when he tried to get in touch. After that point "things started going wrong" for Schaffer as he was persecuted by the military.
Navy Captain Scott Phillpott "Atta was identified by Able Danger in January/February 2000"
Other secret program names include 'Door Hop Galley' and 'Dorhawk Galley'
Oliver North would write August 18, 2005: According to LTC Shaffer, on three separate occasions, officers in the Able Danger unit tried to pass information on the Atta-al Qaeda cell to the FBI but were blocked by military lawyers because of concerns about the legality of collecting information on foreign terror suspects in the United States. Atta had entered the U.S. on a legal visa, and the lawyers determined that he had to be treated like any U.S. citizen even though he was associating with suspected terrorists. "Our lawyers told us to leave them [the Atta cell] alone because that was the policy guidance at the time."
The "policy guidance" that kept intelligence agencies and domestic law enforcement officials from exchanging information had been promulgated in 1995 by Jamie Gorelick, deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration and later a member of the 9/11 Commission. Would passing the intelligence on the Atta cell to the FBI have prevented the 9-11 attack?
...we do know that when the 9-11 Commission was holding its hearings and preparing its report -- they did not include the Able Danger information. Last week, a commission spokesman at first denied knowing anything about Able Danger and later the chairman and vice-chairman of the Commission -- Tom Keane and Lee Hamilton said it was not "historically significant."
Now, they claim that the commission didn't receive enough information on the Able Danger unit from the Pentagon. But LTC Shaffer says that in 2003, while in Afghanistan, he told commission staff members about efforts to pass the Atta cell information to the FBI. He also told me that he offered to brief the commission more fully in January 2004 after he had returned to the U.S. but that "the offer was declined."
The hijack coordinator at FAA headquarters, Lt. Gen. Michael A. Canavan, had been in his position for only nine months and would leave the job within a month of 9/11. Surprisingly, although Mike Canavan was mentioned in the 9/11 Commission report, he was not cited for his role as the FAA’s hijack coordinator, a role that was at the center of the failure to intercept the planes on 9/11.
Instead of being mentioned as the hijack coordinator, Canavan was in the report because he had been the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which ran the military’s counterterrorism operations and covert missions. The report described Canavan’s part in the the failure to follow-through on a carefully laid-out 1998 CIA plan to capture Osama bin Laden (OBL) in Afghanistan. Canavan was quoted as saying that the plan put tribal Afghanis at too much risk and that the “operation was too complicated for the CIA.”
Nearly the entirety of Canavan’s career was in military special operations. He was a Special Forces soldier for many years and before he was JSOC Commander he was Special Operations Commander for the US European Command (SOCEUR), which included operations throughout Africa as well. Canavan was SOCEUR from 1994 to 1996 and JSOC Commander from 1996 to 1998.
JSOC is a successor organization to the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), which was a secret government-funded organization authorized by the National Security Council in 1948. The OPC was led by CIA director Allen Dulles and Frank Wisner, a State Department official who wielded unprecedented power due to his position in New York law and financial circles. The JSOC was created in 1980 by the Pentagon and run by Ted Shackley’s OPC colleague, Richard Stillwell. According to author Joseph Trento, JSOC quickly became “one of the most secret operations of the US government.”
Creation of the JSOC was, ostensibly, a response to the failed 1980 hostage rescue attempt in Iran called Operation Eagle Claw. JSOC immediately went on to engage in an “array of highly covert activities” by way of “black budgets.” This included operations in Honduras and El Salvador which supported the illegal wars associated with the Nicaraguan rebels called the Contras.
In 1987, JSOC was assigned to a new military command called the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that came about through the work of Senator William S. Cohen. Senator Cohen went on to become the Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001 and it was he who led the Quadrennial Defense Review of 1997 that reduced the number of fighters actively protecting the continental US from 100 to 14. Cohen is now chairman of The Cohen group, where he works with his Vice Chairman, Marc Grossman, whom FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds says figures prominently in the information she has been trying to provide.
Interestingly, Hugh Shelton was the commander of SOCOM during the same years that Canavan was the commander of JSOC. Shelton went on to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), which is the highest position in the US military. He was in that position on September 11th and was, like Canavan, curiously absent for just the morning hours on that day.
In any case, it seems odd that Michael Canavan occupied what turned out to be the most important position relative to the failure to intercept the hijacked planes on 9/11 and was also involved in evaluating plans to capture OBL just three years earlier. Apart from the coincidence that he was selected as the most qualified person for both of those very different positions, he was also a central figure in these two different reasons why the 9/11 attacks were said to have succeeded.
When he first started the job as FAA’s hijack coordinator, just nine months before the attacks, Canavan was in charge of running training exercises that were “pretty damn close to [the] 9/11 plot,” according to John Hawley, an employee in the FAA’s intelligence division. In his comments to the 9/11 Commission, Canavan denied having participated in any such exercises and the Commission apparently didn’t think to reconcile the conflicting comments it had received from Hawley and Canavan on this important issue.
That’s not surprising in light of the fact that Canavan’s treatment by the 9/11 Commission was one of uncritical deference. Reading through the transcript of the related hearing gives the impression that the Commission members were not only trying to avoid asking the General any difficult questions, but they were fawning over him.
Lee Hamilton began his questioning of Canavan by saying “You’re pretty tough on the airlines, aren’t you?” As with many of the statements and reports made by Hamilton, however, the evidence suggests that the opposite is true.
In May 2001, Canavan wrote an internal FAA memorandum that initiated a new policy of more lax fines for airlines and airports that had security problems. The memo suggested that, if the airlines or airports had a written plan to fix the problem, fines were not needed. For whatever reason, the memo was also taken to mean that FAA agents didn’t even have to enforce corrections as long as the airline or airport said they were working on it. Canavan’s memo was repeatedly cited as a cause of failure to fix security problems in the months leading up to 9/11.
Canavan’s job as hijack coordinator was clearly the most important link in the communications chain between the FAA and the military. But the 9/11 Commission did not address this hijack coordinator position in terms of how it was fulfilled on 9/11, and did not mention the alarming fact that we don’t know who actually handled the job of hijack coordinator on the day of 9/11. We don’t know because Canavan said he was in Puerto Rico that morning and claimed to have missed out on “everything that happened that day.”
Possible Abel Danger Operation Plan Edit
- 1. OCT 1999 to JAN 2001 - Data Mining and HUMINT to identify terrorist structure and network.
- 2. FEB 2001 to SEP 2001 - Proactive premption to stimulate terrorist group into revealing itself
- 3. SEP 2001 on - Quick strike response to eliminate threat
China analysis and blowback Edit
In April 2000, the US Army withdrew its support for Able Danger after a study to identify potential Chinese front companies had produced the names of Defense Secretary William Cohen, former Defense Secretary William Perry, and other prominent Americans including Stanford University provost Condoleezza Rice.   The program's analysts were fired in May. 
Crime analysis Edit
Able Danger had produced reports about drug trafficking and criminal activity in Russia and Serbia. 
CIA interference Edit
Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer identified General Rod Isler, a former CIA assistant director, as having ordered him to withdraw from Able Danger on the grounds that "This is not your job." 
War Plan Edit
U.S. sought attack on al-Qaida President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 sources told NBC News. The document, a formal National Security Presidential Directive, amounted to a “game plan to remove al-Qaida from the face of the earth,” one of the sources told NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski. The plan dealt with all aspects of a war against al-Qaida, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to military operations in Afghanistan. In many respects, the directive, as described to NBC News, outlined essentially the same war plan that the White House, the CIA and the Pentagon put into action after the Sept. 11 attacks. The administration most likely was able to respond so quickly to the attacks because it simply had to pull the plans “off the shelf,” Miklaszewski said.
- The United States first would have sought to persuade other countries to cooperate in the campaign by sharing intelligence and using their law enforcement agencies to round up al-Qaida suspects.
- The plans also called for a freeze on al-Qaida financial accounts worldwide and a drive to disrupt the group’s money laundering.
- The document mapped out covert operations aimed at al-Qaida cells in about 60 counties.
- In another striking parallel to the war plan adopted after Sept. 11, the security directive included efforts to persuade Afghanistan’s Taliban government to turn al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden over to the United States, with provisions to use military force if it refused.
The couching of the plans as a formal security directive is significant, Miklaszewski reported, because it indicates that the United States intended a full-scale assault on al-Qaida even if the Sept. 11 attacks had not occurred
NATO Article 5 Edit
2 October 2001, NATO Secretary General George Robertson announced Article 5 had been invoked for the first time in NATO's history
P2OG is interesting because it was revealed shortly after 9/11. Could it perhaps have been military doctrine before 9/11? Especially given that the US declared war on Al Qaeda in 1999 via Abel Danger.
The Defense Science Board (DSB) conducted a 2002 "DSB Summer Study on Special Operations and Joint Forces in Support of Countering Terrorism." Excerpts from that study, dated August 16, 2002, recommend the creation of a super-Intelligence Support Activity, an organization it dubs the Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG), to bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence and cover and deception. For example, the Pentagon and CIA would work together to increase human intelligence (HUMINT), forward/operational presence and to deploy new clandestine technical capabilities.
Concerning the tactics P2OG would use: this body would launch secret operations aimed at "stimulating reactions" among terrorists and states possessing weapons of mass destruction—that is, for instance, prodding terrorist cells into action and exposing themselves to "quick-response" attacks by U.S. forces.
Stand Down Order? Edit
This order came from Scott Allen Fry (Vice Admiral, US Navy and Director, Joint Staff)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction CJCSI 3610.01A (dated 1 June 2001) was issued for the purpose of providing "guidance to the Deputy Director for Operations (DDO), National Military Command Center (NMCC), and operational commanders in the event of an aircraft piracy (hijacking) or request for destruction of derelict airborne objects." This new instruction superseded CJCSI 3610.01 of 31 July 1997. This CJCSI states that "In the event of a hijacking, the NMCC will be notified by the most expeditious means by the FAA. The NMCC will, with the exception of immediate responses as authorized by reference d, forward requests for DOD assistance to the Secretary of Defense for approval." Reference D refers to Department of Defense Directive 3025.15 (Feb. 18, 1997) which allows for commanders in the field to provide assistance to save lives in an emergency situation -- BUT any requests involving "potentially lethal support" (including "combat and tactical vehicles, vessels or aircraft; or ammunition") must still be approved by the Secretary of Defense. So again, the ability to respond to a hijacking in any meaningful fashion, is stripped from the commanders in the field.
Where was Rumsfeld Edit
by Gail Sheehy
"We investigated very carefully Mr. Rumsfeld's actions," said Lee Hamilton. "He was having breakfast with Congressional leaders, and they hear a plane has hit the Pentagon, and he runs out."
"He had to have been told before the Pentagon was hit that two trade centers were hit and the country was under attack," I suggested.
Was the commission comfortable with the fact that the country's Secretary of Defense was not in the chain of command or present in the Pentagon's command center until all four suicide hijacked planes were down?
"I'm not going to answer that question," said Hamilton, and turned away.
"We still don't have a full accounting of Rumsfeld's whereabouts and knowledge on the morning of 9-11," Gorelick acknowledged after the commission's final public hearing. "We don't have answers to the questions that you're asking. But I'm going to make sure it's nailed down," she promised. Yet the final published report offers no further details on Rumsfeld's inactions or the reason he was "out of the loop" (as the secretary himself put it) that morning.
Where was Bush Edit
Bush apparently recieved an imminent threat warning 5 hours before the attacks began and may have been targeted for assassination in Florida in the early morning.
WASHINGTON -- President Bush was out of touch with the White House during critical moments on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, because of a breakdown in the communications system on Air Force One, according to the national commission investigating the terrorist attacks.
"America was under attack and the commander in chief can't get through to the nation's capital: I mean, that's a serious problem," said Thomas Kean, the commission chairman.
"The president was periodically cut off from communication with the people who had to carry out his orders," said Kean. "It took place in a crucial period of time. ... It was in that early period when communication was essential."
The panel also found that the White House order to shoot down hostile airliners, approved by President Bush and relayed by Vice President Dick Cheney, did not reach the air defense command until 28 minutes after Flight 93, the last of the four airliners to be hijacked, had crashed.
After the second plane hit the secret service delayed removing Bush leaving him in the school room for a further 10 minutes. he then managed to have a converstaion with the Vcie President, what the converstaion was about has never been reported but he was told not to come back to Washington. He then gave a pre arranged speech at the school. When he finally left the school his obvious destination was the airport, yet the Secret Service drove the wrong way for 10 minutes before turning around, further delaying the President by 20 minutes. In addition to that someone had sabotaged his communications and he couldnt contact anyone in Washington. When he reached Air Force One he found communications there had also been sabotaged and he still couldnt contact Washington. He eventually had a teleconference at a military base. The presidents communications were sabotaged so he could not give a shootdown order
- President GWB left Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana at 1:48 Central Daylight Time
Where was Cheney Edit
Vice President Dick Cheney was in the White House during the attack. He said he learned of the attack from a clerical secretary. He was then taken by secret service to the White House bunker. Experts disagree on when he made it to the bunker. There is a conflict between Richard Clarke's testimony, Norman Mineta's testimony and the timeline in the final Commission report.
Richard Clarke reported that he, Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice had a brief meeting shortly after 9:03, following which the Secret Service wanted Cheney and Rice to go down to the PEOC. Rice, however, first went with Clarke to the White House’s Video Teleconferencing Center, where Clarke was to set up a video conference, which began at about 9:10. After spending a few minutes there, Rice said, according to Clarke: “You’re going to need some decisions quickly. I’m going to the PEOC to be with the Vice President. Tell us what you need.” At about 9:15, Norman Mineta arrived and Clarke “suggested he join the Vice President”. Clarke thereby implied that Cheney was in the PEOC several minutes prior to 9:15
Norman Mineta during his public testimony to the 9/11 Commission on May 23, 2003. Saying that he “arrived at the PEOC at about 9:20 AM,” Mineta reported that he then overheard part of an ongoing conversation, which had obviously begun before he arrived, between a young man and Vice President Cheney. This conversation was about a plane coming toward Washington and ended with Cheney confirming that “the orders still stand.” When Commissioner Timothy Roemer later asked Mineta how long after his arrival he overheard this conversation about whether the orders still stood, Mineta replied: “Probably about five or six minutes.” This would mean, Roemer pointed out, “about 9:25 or 9:26.
The 9/11 Commission agreed that the vice president was hustled down to the PEOC after word was received that a plane was headed towards the White House. It claimed, however, that this word was not received until 9:33. But even then, according to the Commission, the Secret Service agents immediately received another message, telling them that the aircraft had turned away, so “no move was made to evacuate the Vice President at this time.” It was not until “just before 9:36” that the Secret Service ordered Cheney to go below. But even after he entered the underground corridor at 9:37, Cheney did not immediately go to the PEOC. Rather: Once inside, Vice President Cheney and the agents paused in an area of the tunnel that had a secure phone, a bench, and television. The Vice President asked to speak to the President, but it took time for the call to be connected. He learned in the tunnel that the Pentagon had been hit, and he saw television coverage of the smoke coming from the building. Next, after Lynne Cheney “joined her husband in the tunnel,” the Commission claimed, “Mrs. Cheney and the Vice President moved from the tunnel to the shelter conference room” after the call ended, which was not until after 9:55. As for Rice, the Commission added, she “entered the conference room shortly after the Vice President”.
Where was elder Bush Edit
Bush was at a Haliburton Conference at the Watergate on Sept. 10. He strangely left the conference saying he had to fly to the mid west. He was in the White House on the morning of Sept 11 though, so he must have returned later that day.
Where was Hugh Shelton Edit
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9/11, Hugh Shelton, was reported to have been one of the many national leaders who were absent or indisposed on that fateful morning. The official line is that he had taken off from Andrews AFB to fly to a NATO meeting in Hungary and was 1.5 hours out when he was told about the first WTC event. After being told about the second plane going into WTC 2, he told his crew to turn around and go back.
Shelton’s 2010 autobiography, coincidentally named “Without Hesitation,” confirms this timeline and adds a few more details. On page 433, Shelton describes what happened after his initial order to return to the U.S., when he learned of the second WTC crash. He wrote — “Ten minutes later they called back with confirmation that we had been officially cleared to fly through the shutdown airspace. One of our pilots stuck his head out of the cockpit and announced, ‘Sir, our flight path will take us right over Manhattan, if you’d like to come up here about ten minutes from now.’”
Furthermore, Shelton elaborated on the return journey in that he claims to have flown right over the WTC site just minutes after the buildings were destroyed. “We flew directly over what had been the Twin Towers, just a few minutes after they collapsed,” he wrote. And then — “We vectored directly back to Andrews.”
Shelton furthered described what happened when he arrived at Andrews. He claims that an entourage of DC patrol cars met him there and he was escorted immediately to the Pentagon, “which was still ablaze and spewing plumes of thick gray smoke.” And (interestingly) “...the smell of cordite was overwhelming.“
Suzanne Giesemann, an aide to Shelton who was on the Speckled Trout that morning, has confirmed Shelton’s account in her own book. In this account, she reiterates that the plane was routed over the WTC site seemingly just minutes after the towers fell. There is even a photograph of smoke rising from Ground Zero that is attributed to Shelton’s personal photographer, named Jones.
Unfortunately, the September 2011 edition of Air Force Magazine, mentioned earlier, contradicts both of these accounts. Another article in this issue includes comments from Captain Rob Pedersen, who was the flight navigator for Shelton’s plane on 9/11. This article states that after Shelton instructed his pilot to return to the U.S., the crew didn’t get clearance to return for several hours. This article also claims that the plane did not have any destination and “so we went into a holding pattern near Greenland,” Pedersen said. The new report says that it was Pederson’s, job as the navigator, to come up with a list of alternative landing sites, the possibilities for which included Thule AB, Greenland and NAS Keflavik, Iceland.
Where was Warren BuffetEdit
Omaha Nebraska, Offutt AFB
History of the World Trade Center Edit
Brave New World?: New York City’s Journey Toward and Away from Its Twin Towers by Eric Darton, Saturday, October 6, 2001
The World Trade Center itself was an assault on the City of New York. In the mid 1950s there was a perception that Lower Manhattan had never come back up from the Depression. Property values, unlike those in midtown, had not risen back to where they ought to be according to people who were invested in Lower Manhattan. And one of the major families and dynasties that was heavily invested in Lower Manhattan was the Rockefeller family. David Rockefeller, who was then the head of Chase Manhattan Bank, made a very bold move in the mid 50s. He decided to roll the big dice on building the first modern skyscraper in Lower Manhattan. It’s called One Chase Plaza and as far as I know it was one of the first super-block structures down there. And David Rockefeller, unlike many of our post-planning real estate guys, had the Big Vision and one of his multipliers was a guy named Warren Linquist. David Rockefeller had these people called “multipliers.” This was one of those beautiful moments when, like an atomic physicist or advanced mathematician, Rockefeller may have muttered this in his sleep or awakened briefly and then gone back to sleep and discovered his new theory when he woke up in the morning, and Linquist or some other multiplier, would go and multiply it. So Linquist said, “What’s needed today in the 50s is catalytic bigness.”
Those were his words, catalytic bigness, and this concept was multiplied by Linquist and others. And the idea behind this concept was that if you were to do big redevelopment you had to destroy the preexisting environment. Remember, this concept arose at the height of the urban renewal movement. U.S. cities were not flattened in WWII by air bombardment, U.S. cities were flattened after WWII by the U.S. government. Rockefeller’s idea of catalytic bigness was shared by a lot of people, but he came up with the slogan. He was an amazing guy, he still exists, he’s still alive, we haven’t heard him a lot in the press unfortunately, despite the fact, or because, the World Trade Center was his baby, and I would be interested to hear what he has to say about its destruction. He decided to manifest his idea in the form of something he called “The Billion Dollar Plan,” tantamount to a hundred mega-ton plan for Lower Manhattan. He wanted to level every 19th century building south of Canal Street and build a gleaming corporate futuropolis. David Rockefeller figured, “Look, I’m rolling all these dollars on Lower Manhattan. Let’s have an upsurge on the whole market, let’s really make this sing, from a real estate stand point. But on top of that, because I’m a Rockefeller, I’m going to propose this as a great public good!” But Rockefeller’s plan was not perceived as a great public good by the people whose buildings he planned to demolish. And what he had to do was take a step back and say, “You know, I could see why you think I might be interested in this, but there is a public service here. What we need here is a World Trade Center.” David’s World Trade Center was going to combine a lot of functions, it was going to be a trade mart, it would incorporate the stock andcommodities exchanges, all kinds of stuff. And his people, Skidmore Owings and Merrill drew up plans for a gorgeous thing that looked a lot like the UN and they wanted to land this thing basically right on top of where the South Street Seaport is today. Rockefeller’s Billion Dollar Plan was widely endorsed by many politicians in New York, but fundamentally it didn’t go through as he proposed it, although it was widely lauded and particularly by the New York Times; the New York Times basically published his press releases verbatim. Which by the way they probably still would, because every now and then the Times does a profile on David Rockefeller pretending he has some really good new thing to say. So next, I’ll use a nice American metaphor, in order to get the game going, David Rockefeller took the football and passed it to his brother Nelson who lived in Albany, because Nelson was the governor of New York State and therefore controlled the more powerful half of the bi-state public corporation known as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. And Nelson came up with a plan to build the World Trade Center on the west side of Lower Manhattan in order to utilize the Port Authority’s ability to raise bonds to fund the project. The Port Authority would build the World Trade Center in New York, and in exchange take over the bankrupt Hudson Manhattan Railroad, known then as the New Jersey Hudson Tubes, and now called the Path. And the part of the deal no one talked about publicly was that New Jersey got what was left of the Port of New York. Our regional port is now in Newark/Elizabeth, and there are a host of problems keeping it competitive with other ports, which I can’t go into right here, but that essentially have to do with the shallow depth of the ship channel through the Kill Van Kull being unable to accommodate the new generation of deep-draft superships – ships that could, however berth in Brooklyn if there were more robust port and freight handling facilities there. Nelson and David were great deal makers. The first time they proposed building a World Trade Center they didn’t think about New Jersey and they ran right into a wall. The second time they got hip and said, “We’ll take over the Path, New Jersey, and you can bring your workers into New York.” So David Rockefeller handed his great idea off to Nelson, and Nelson handed it over to Austin Tobin, the famously autocratic, and to some, visionary head at the Port Authority. I’m going to roll this thing back a moment to say the Port Authority was founded in 1921, ostensibly to oversee the health and welfare of the port of New York. The port wasn’t in Elizabeth then, it was in New York. In fact the excavations from the World Trade Center physically buried the finger piers of Lower Manhattan. So we are entering this threshold space, where, in my research, looking at these emblematic structures, I realized that fundamentally the Trade Center, when it was standing, was a gateway. And from a distance it looked like a gateway made by a race of giants. On one side of the gateway is a city that can manufacture, finance and transport things. Before New York became a great financial center with gleaming towers moored in its bedrock, it was first a fishing village, and then a port, then the great port. Before the World Trade Center we had a city with an integrated economy, including financial services– very important things. But after the World Trade Center’s creation we have the information city: a city of abstract commodities, a city whose primary import is booze and export is wastepaper. That’s what we do here; we also stare at monitors a lot. Tobin decided to go ahead and build this thing because he came to envision it as a vertical port of the new service economy, and because he and the Port Authority never were interested in running the port. They were interested in the automotive future, bridges and tunnels and sexy stuff like that, mega-planning stuff. For them the port really was not that important in linking up Lower Manhattan to the rest of the world. David and Nelson said, in essence, “Let’s get the port out of Lower Manhattan and let’s get industry out of Lower Manhattan and get it to New Jersey. Let’s throw it away it to them. Let’s decentralize all that funky stuff and bring more high finance into the financial core and expand the financial core.” So Tobin was like, “Wow, cool!” And the Port Authority, a public agency, the original model for all Roosevelt’s alphabet agencies during the Depression, was basically hijacked by David and Nelson Rockefeller to become New York’s largest real estate speculator. It’s fabulous, it’s a fabulous story, and I wish my nose hadn’t led me to it. I honestly wish I was standing here talking about something else. But this is New York history, this horrible piece of destruction of these towers and the people in them, and we have to take it in, and we have to go on somehow. Tobin hires his own guy, not one of the usual big named architects used by the Rockefellers in their other projects. This architect, named Minori Yamasaki, really has the soul of an engineer. He’s going to take a 16 acre footprint and he’s going to somehow wrap 50,000 thousand people in 10 million square feet of office space, because the Port Authority figure they were need that much office space to offset the Path’s losses. By the way, the Port Authority never otherwise got involved in railroads of any kind because they just saw railroads as declassé. No, you got to go for the big car thing, you know, the sprawl thing, that we’re all decrying so much now. We talk about smart growth, yes these guys were into dumb growth. So they smartly grew what they called the first building of the Twenty-First Century, sort of the last one too, of their era, and they smartly called this “the Vertical Port.” And what we ended up with after enormous human labor, in which 19 people actually died on the site, none of whom, interestingly enough, were the high steel workers. Fascinating, they knew how to build, those guys. We ended up with these buildings that we are all now mourning. Personally take the buildings. Give me back the 6,000 people; I’m not interested in buildings as martyrs. But here we are, it’s 1973 and the World Trade Center is a financial disaster from the get-go. Nelson Rockefeller pours 25,000 New York State office workers into Tower 2 to give the thing a rent base. Ultimately, it “succeeds” in some form. Eventually, the rentals for the World Trade Center came into the black. But because of the unique aspect of the Port Authority, (which, until Silverstein bought this thing this past summer, continued to be the owner and manger of it), this building was really unlike anything else that have ever been done, because the Port Authority didn’t have to borrow from conventional sources. It got all it’s financing from bonds. This means that when you drive across the George Washington Bridge, you’re paying off these bonds. So what could they do when the Trade Center was bombed in 1993? They could just issue 800 million dollars in more bonds, to bring this thing back to class A office space, which of course they could never do because this was never built as a “smart building” in the first place. That’s how this thing came here, in a nutshell. It came here and we, like we do in New York, adapted. We ended up growing accustomed to it’s face. When they were building these skeletons down there, people living in Lower Manhattan, the Tribeca pioneers, called towers 1 and 2 David and Nelson; see they got it. But no one knows that now. And no one remembers that one of the last really major public projects David Rockefeller was involved in was this big, fat book published by the Downtown Businessmen’s Association, which he founded. He published the book in 1993, at the depth of the implosion of Lower Manhattan real estate values and a few months after the first attack on the World Trade Center. Here’s a précis of what David had to say: "You know we should really take down all the early 20th century skyscrapers here. Just blow them all down, because they are not going to survive. The vacancy rate is so bad down here, let’s just go for the modern buildings." David’s new idea was published not that many years ago, only eight years ago. The situation, in terms of real estate, was so bad that his new idea was actually being considered as part of a plan. Amazing, amazing, amazing. How quickly we forget. Regarding the creative destruction of New York, New York Magazine just said, fairly reliably, that Manhattan changes its population by 20 percent every year. Not sure how they came by that, but it’s an interesting concept to consider because of what it says about people’s commitment to community here. I used to say to people, “If you don’t like New York, wait five years, you may not like it better, but you are going to have a different city.” We also have an incredible and unpredictable process going on in New York. So when people ask me what should we build down at the World Trade Center site, I say: let’s not think site-specific. Let’s think about what we need to know as a city, because this is an incredible opportunity to ask ourselves, what are we building and who are we building it for? There have been enormous energies generated by and continuing to flow from this destruction in Lower Manhattan. I think we have a couple of choices of where that can go. We can put it into warfare. We can put it into tearing ourselves apart as a society. We can put it into leveling what’s left of Afghanistan, after we funded the Taliban for all those years. Or we could do something interesting. I propose something admittedly extremely utopian. If we are going to have globalism, let’s not have several market centers warring with one another and calling it globalism, let’s do it for real. Let’s build a railroad from New York across Canada, across the Bering Straits, a new silk route down through Asia, to say Paris, could be Berlin or another city in Europe, but let’s say Paris, with trunk lines branching off everywhere else. Let’s update some 19th century technology and really connect the world and see what happens. Don’t use rails, use concrete grooves, all made out of local materials. Give local producers access to global markets. We might have to endure one, two, three generations worth of hits from people who hate this country, but by then our country would have merged with the rest of the world and they with us. New Yorkers are natural experts at vernacular globalism – the righteous kind. We could really work toward creating a global economy that functioned for people, as opposed to being engaged in a war by the First World against the Third World, which is what we’ve been doing. Then we might have built something amazing in a couple of generations from now, or even sooner. And if we dream for a year into that chasm in Lower Manhattan, maybe we’ll figure out the right things to do with our city.
1993 Bombing Edit
The 1993 World Trade Center bombing occurred on February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb intended to knock the North Tower into the South Tower, bringing both towers down and killing thousands of people. It failed to do so, but did kill six people and injured more than a thousand.
Emad Salem One of the FBIs undercover informants taped his phone conversations with his handler, he reveals that the FBI knew all about the bombing, that the bomb was built by an FBI confidential informant, possibly Ali Mohammed, and that the FBI supplied real explosive material instead of dummy material and allowed the bombing to go ahead.
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst In the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing of February 26, 1993, the FBI concocted misleading scientific reports and pressured two leading scientists to perjure their testimony in order to support its prosecution of the men accused of the bombing. The process was described by senior FBI explosives expert Dr. Frederic Whitehurst during his testimony at the trial on August 14, 1995.
Sewage pipes in the skyscraper broke during the explosion. depositing 80 gallons of sewage throughout the wreckage. The Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) asked Dr. Whitehurst to analyze some of this sewage, thinking it was an explosive substance.
Dr. Whitehurst concluded that there was no sound scientific basis for the government's public claim that a urea nitrate bomb had been the source of the explosion. When he refused to recant or to doctor his reports to support the urea nitrate bomb theory, the FBI used an unqualified lab technician to testify that the so-called urea nitrate found at the scene was consistent with a urea nitrate bomb.
Dr. Whitehurst submitted two blind test samples to the lab technician. Whitehurst had prepared one sample by urinating into a laboratory flask. The other was a sample of commercial grade fertilizer prepared by FBI Agent Burmeister. The lab technician found that both samples tested positive for urea nitrate, the explosive component of the infamous fertilizer bomb.
In other words, Dr. Whitehurst proved that the lab technician, like the ATF, couldn't tell a bomb from sewage.
Port Authority The victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings sued the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for damages. A decision was handed down in 2006, assigning liability for the bombings to the Port Authority. The decision declared that the agency was 68 percent responsible for the bombing, and the terrorists bore only 32 percent of the responsibility.
Military exercises on September 11, 2001Edit
Ongoing military operations
Operation Northern Vigilance, was a NORAD operation which involved deploying fighter aircraft to locations in Alaska and Northern Canada. The operation was a response to a Russian exercise, in which long-range bombers were dispatched to Russia's high north. The operation was one part simulation, one part real world. It was immediately called off after NORAD received word from NEADS that the Federal Aviation Administration had evidence of a hijacking. All simulated information (so called "injects") were purged from computer screens at NORAD headquarters in Colorado. On receiving news of the attacks, the Russians promptly canceled their exercise as well.
Planned military exercises The military exercises (war games) planned for September 11, 2001 included: Global Guardian, an annual command-level exercise organized by United States Strategic Command in cooperation with Space Command and NORAD. Primary purpose is to test and validate nuclear command and control and execution procedures. Global Guardian is performed in conjunction with NORAD's Vigilant Guardian and Amalgam Warrior, as well as exercises sponsored by Air Combat Command (Crown Vigilance) and Space Command (Apollo Guardian). Vigilant Guardian, the semiannual NORAD exercise that had been running in conjunction with Global Guardian for several days and which postulated a bomber attack from the former Soviet Union. Vigilant Guardian is a Command Post Exercise (CPX), meaning it is conducted in offices and with computers, but without actual planes in the air. The exercise involves all NORAD command levels. Out of a range of scenarios being run on September 11, 2001, one was a "traditional" simulated hijacking. According to General Eberhart, after the first attack, "it took about 30 seconds" to make the adjustment to the real-world situation. Because of an increased number of staff, the exercise would prove to be an enabler of rapid military response for NORAD and its NEADS component, as senior officials who were manning NORAD command centers throughout the U.S. were available to make rapid decisions. Vigilant Warrior. In his book Against All Enemies, Richard Clarke recounts that there was a NORAD exercise ongoing called Vigilant Warrior. The claim is based on a comment that Richard Myers made to Clarke via a video link on September 11, 2001. However, there is no other record of a NORAD exercise named Vigiliant Warrior. Myers was possibly referring to Vigilant Guardian (the aforementioned yearly NORAD exercise held in conjunction with Global Guardian) or Amalgam Warrior (a large-scale, live-fly, CINCNORAD sponsored exercise which is held twice annually). Vigilant Warrior was also a 1994 operation by the US army in the Persian Gulf region, in response to Iraqi troop movements towards Kuwait. National Reconnaissance Office drill
Aside from military exercises, a National Reconnaissance Office drill was being conducted on September 11, 2001. In a simulated event, a small aircraft would crash into one of the towers of the agency's headquarters after experiencing a mechanical failure. The NRO is the branch of the Department of Defense in charge of spy satellites. According to its spokesman Art Haubold: "No actual plane was to be involved -- to simulate the damage from the crash, some stairwells and exits were to be closed off, forcing employees to find other ways to evacuate the building." He further explained: "It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve an aircraft crashing into our facility, as soon as the real world events began, we canceled the exercise." Most of the agency's personnel were sent home after the attacks. Operation Tripod bioterrorism exercise
On September 12, 2001, there was due to take place the second part of an exercise known as Operation Tripod, set up to "test the plan to distribute antibiotics to the entire city population during a bioterrorism attack" Richard Sheirer, director of the New York City mayor's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), had hired "over 1,000 Police Academy cadets and Fire Department trainees to play terrified civilians afflicted with various medical conditions, allergies, and panic attacks." Various individuals were invited to watch, including Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the police and fire commissioners, and representatives of the FBI and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Pier 92 was set up as a model distribution station where the "victims" of the mock attack who needed to receive antibiotics would be treated. The exercise was a follow-up to a previous training exercise in New York, called RED Ex, which took place on May 21, 2001. According to the MTI Report Saving City Lifelines: Lessons Learned in the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks, "September 11 was going to be a busy day at the OEM. Staff members arrived early to prepare for Operation Tripod." When the September 11, 2001 attacks began, Operation Tripod was immediately canceled as attentions turned to the real ongoing emergency. Because Pier 92 had been set up ready for the exercise, OEM staff were able to move there and quickly convert it into a large emergency operations center when their original command center (in WTC Building 7) was evacuated and later destroyed. Thus, within 31 hours of the attacks, OEM had a functional facility able to manage the search and rescue effort, just four miles north-northwest of the WTC site. The exercise was later rescheduled and took place on May 22, 2002.
The Significance of Venice Edit
Contemporary newspaper clips from the time show that the Venice Airport has had an extraordinary six-decade long history, and been the scene of covert activities including gunrunning, international heroin and cocaine trafficking, and being used as a launch pad for coups in the Caribbean and Central America.
Directly across from the Venice Airport sits an historical plaque dedicated in a ceremony in 1992 to commemorate the airport’s beginnings as a U.S. Army Air Base during World War II. The Venice Airport, states the plaque, has its origins in the early days of WW2, when it was known as the “337th Army Air Field Base.”
However there is no such entity: there is not, and never has been, anything called the 337th Army Air Field Base. At the inception of what became the Venice Airport, as is fairly widely known, it was known as the Venice Army Air Force Base. While there was no 337th Army Air Base, we have heard of the 337th, we seemed to remember dimly... There was a 337th Fighter Group.
The famous Flying Tigers. They were first known as the American Volunteer Group, states an informational wall of photos on the second floor of the nearly empty airport. They were a "band of American pilots who literally built a fighting air force from scratch to stop the Japanese from gobbling up all of Asia." One of their units, the wall indicates, is the 337th Fighter Group. Was the 337th Army Air Field plaque in Venice some kind of cryptic reference to the Flying Tigers?
Synonymous with the Flying Tigers is the name of General Claire Chennault. Numerous references in local newspapers from the time indicate that the Venice Army Air Field training pilots for General Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers and later for his 14th Air Force, which took over from the Flying Tigers when they were disbanded.
In fact, Venice seemed to specialize in Chinese flyers, even training an all-Chinese squadron for Chennault, supposedly at the express request of Madame Chiang Kai-Shek. Moreover one of Chennault's aces, Pappy Herb's, left China to became the Deputy Base Commander at the Venice Army Air Field. According to American war correspondent Clyde Farnsworth, Chennault even created a composite Chinese and American Air Wing in which Chinese and American aviators "live together, work together, and enter combat together."
These aviators came together, received their training, and learned to fly at the Venice Airport. Chennault's presence in Venice is well-established. Venice, in other words, is the place to send pilots to learn to fly who are secretly working for the US military but history can never officially acknowledge them as such.
Curious then that 3 of the 4 terrorist hijackers should end up there.
bin Laden: "hijackers only learned their true mission right at the last minute" others: "hijackers may have learned missions up to 1 week before" KSM torture testimony: "hijackers did not learn true operation until sping/summer 2001"
San Diego Cell Edit
Hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi lived in San Diego, California, for 2 years before 9/11. Numerous phone calls between al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi in San Diego and a high-level Al Qaeda operations base in Yemen were made in those 2 years.
The NSA had been tapping and eavesdropping on all calls made from that Yemen phone for years. So NSA recorded all of these phone calls.
Indeed, the CIA knew as far back as 1999 that al-Mihdhar was coming to the U.S. Specifically, in 1999, CIA operatives tailing al-Mihdha in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, obtained a copy of his passport. It contained visas for both Malaysia and the U.S., so they knew it was likely he would go from Kuala Lumpur to America.
Investigators for the Congressional [9/11] Joint Inquiry discovered that an FBI informant had hosted and even rented a room to two hijackers in 2000 and that, when the Inquiry sought to interview the informant, the FBI refused outright, and then hid him in an unknown location, and that a high-level FBI official stated these blocking maneuvers were undertaken under orders from the White House.
Ziad Jarrah Edit
Ziad witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre when he was a young boy
Mohamed Atta Edit
- Flight 11
WASHINGTON – The clothing found in one of hijacking ringleader Mohamed Atta's bags wasn't a pilots' uniform, as first reported, but his paradise wedding suit, says an American Airlines employee who was with authorities when they first opened his luggage. Alongside the navy suit – which was eerily laid out as if Atta were in it, with a sapphire-blue necktie looped under a crisp dress-shirt collar and neatly knotted – was a bottle of cologne. At the foot of the bag, which had been locked, was a fancy leather-bound Koran painted gold. "It was like opening a casket," the American employee said in an exclusive WorldNetDaily interview. Because of an American policy instated just before Sept. 11 to curb baggage-related flight delays, Atta's two checked bags – which had been held up from an earlier flight – were left behind in Boston, says the employee, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal from the Dallas-based carrier, which continues to gag all employees from talking about the Sept. 11 hijackings. Two of the hijacked flights were American. As it happens, Atta was the only passenger among the 81 aboard American Flight 11 whose luggage didn't make the flight, American sources confirm. Atta is thought to have piloted the Boeing 767, loaded with some 16,000 gallons of fuel, into the first World Trade Center tower a year ago today. As a result, the 33-year-old Egyptian native, who was single, was denied his ceremonial outfit with which he apparently expected to enter the Muslim version of Heaven and join in "marriage" the "women of paradise ... dressed in their most beautiful clothing," as a five-page letter found in his other bag envisioned it. According to the Koran, Muslims' sacred book, the afterworld is more a physical than metaphysical place, filled with sensuous earthly pleasures. Martyrdom, or dying in the cause of Allah, is the shortest path to get there. In preparation for martrydom, ablution. "Shave excess hair from the body and wear cologne. Shower," advises the letter, which was handwritten in Arabic and later translated by the FBI (it's still not clear if Atta penned the letter himself). "Do not leave your apartment unless you have performed ablution." The clothing found in Atta's bag has previously been described as a pilots' uniform. But there were no markings or any other signs that indicated so, the American employee says. "It was a suit," he said. "It was not a pilot's uniform." The bag with the clothing, moreover, included only personal items, whereas the other bag contained utility items, such as navigational tools and even a large serrated knife. "The personal stuff was by itself," he said. "The suit on the top, and the Koran in the gold leather case, with Arabic writing, at the bottom. And on the side was the cologne. Everything was perfectly placed." He adds that the suit was neatly folded, and the tie was tied snug to the collar button. He says as soon as he and others gathered at Logan International Airport saw the suit and other items arranged as they were in the suitcase, it became clear to them that Atta had no plans on coming back to this world. "All the pieces came together when we saw that suit," he said. "This was his suitcase he thought he was going to get into paradise with." The other bag, which had also been locked, contained, among other things: A videotape of the Boeing 757 aircraft. A flight operating manual for the Boeing 757, which has the same cockpit as the 767. An Arab-English dictionary. A packet of papers which included the 5-page letter, as well as Atta's last will and testament, which was dated April 11, 1996, and also written in Arabic. A chart-plotting ruler. A manual slide-rule device called an "E6B," but more commonly known as a flight "computer," which pilots use to measure fuel consumption, weight and balance and other things. A folding-blade knife with finger grips on the handle. One suitcase had Atta's earthly belongings, including many things he used or wanted to use in his mass-murdering plot, while the other contained his spiritual requirements to enter paradise. "It was clear to us he did not want to check those bags," the American employee said. Indeed, Atta intended to carry on all three of the bags he initially brought with him to Portland International Jetport in Maine earlier that morning, sources there say. But Atta was forced to check his two larger bags, described as soft-sided with roller boards, because the 19-seat commuter plane he flew to Boston allows passengers just one carry-on bag each, says a US Airways Express employee who works at the ticket counter where Atta checked in. The two bags were tagged for final destination to Los Angeles International Airport, which is where Flight 11 had been bound. Both Atta and his traveling companion and fellow hijacker, Abdulaziz Alomari, boarded US Airways Express Flight 5930 with one carry-on each. Their carry-ons also contained papers, says a passenger who was seated two rows in front of Atta on the shuttle flight. Roger Quirion of Winslow, Maine, says he observed the two, who he says were "joined at the hip," while waiting at the gate. "They were sitting together, acting very serious. They were going through papers, something from their carry-on," Quirion told WorldNetDaily. "It struck me as though they were preparing for some type of meeting," he added. "I thought they were business travelers." When Atta arrived at Logan's Terminal B from Portland, little did he know that US Airways was slow in transferring his bags from the commuter jet to the American baggage dock. They arrived before takeoff – but after American's just-imposed cut-off time for late baggage. The new rule refused any bags delivered within 10 minutes of the flight's scheduled take-off. Atta's came within several minutes. "His bags, which were transferred rampside, were transferred late by US Airways Express," the American employee said. As soon as the bags were dropped off at American's loading dock, a ground-crew worker checked the tag, put them on a cart and drove them out to the 767 getting ready to taxi to the runway. But he got a "thumbs down" by the crew that loads the bags, the employee said. "It was about three minutes before departure," he said. "They had it locked up, and it was ready to go." The bags were brought back and tagged for rerouting to the 11 a.m. flight to LAX, he says. When it became clear that Flight 11 had been hijacked, the crew chief called the Massachusetts State Police, which dispatched a state trooper to the baggage rerouting area with a bomb-sniffing dog, says the American source, who assisted the trooper and other authorities. After the dog cleared the bags for explosives, the trooper had the small locks on Atta's bags cut off and the bags opened. Then the FBI got involved. Authorities were able to quickly ID the bags as Atta's thanks to information a flight attendant aboard Flight 11 phoned down to an American flight-services manager at Logan. She described the attackers and gave their seat numbers and Atta's name. http://www.wnd.com/2002/09/15172/
Abdul Rahman al-Omari Edit
- Flight 11
- Later changed to Abdulaziz al-Omari
- Sat next to Mohamed Atta
- Despite being a hijacker on the iconic American 11, little is known about Omari's life.
Adnan and Ameer Bukhari Edit
- Flight 11
- Later changed to Waleed al-Shehri, Wail al-Shehri
- Adnan Bukhari gave lessons to Saudi Arabian Airlines pilots at the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, where several of the hijackers had trained. At 5:30am on the morning of September 12, FBI agents, backed by a SWAT team, stormed Adnan Bukhari's leased house at 4036 57th Terrace and arrested him, saying that identity cards of him and an Ameer Bukhari, mistakenly thought to be a brother, were found in a rental car the hijackers had left in Portland, Maine, though it later turned out that Ameer had died a year earlier, and had no relation to Adnan. Agents evacuated nearby houses, citing concerns that Adnan Bukhari's house was rigged with explosives, and took him to Miami for questioning. While searching his house, they announced that they had found a copy of Ameer Bukhari's pilot license, and a "hazardous materials manual". Adnan Bukhari's attorney says the identities of a client and his brother may have been stolen by conspirators.
- Ameer Bukhari held a first-class medical certificate issued May 16, 2000, and also held a private pilot's license from the Philippines. Bukhari was killed exactly a year before the 9/11 attacks, on September 11, 2000, in a midair collision between his Piper Cherokee N9208N and the Piper Aztec N54235 being piloted by Roger Boromei, as both approached the same runway at St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce, Florida – both aircraft ended up crashing in a nearby citrus grove. At the time of the crash, he had logged 17.5 hours flight time since graduating from the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. His place of graduation, FlightSafety Academy was where several of the actual hijackers were also reported to have trained. On September 19, an FAA employee named James P. Hopkins was fired for going through FAA records and reporting to the FBI that Bukhari had trained at the FAA's academy in Oklahoma City twice, in 1991 and 1998.
- Wail's father was a friend of Bin Laden's father, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden. Ahmed al-Nami and Saeed al-Ghamdi, who were both hijackers on United Airlines Flight 93, came from the same area in Saudi Arabia as the Shehri family.
Satam al-Suqami Edit
Wally Hilliard Venice, Florida: Mohammad Atta 'trains' at Huffman Aviation, a flight school on Venice Municipal Airport, run by Dutch national Rudi Deckers, owned by retired insurance salesman Wally Hilliard, since 1999/2000.
Wally Hilliard owned Health Insurance Businesses in Green Bay, Wisconsin, before he retired to Venice, Florida.
Wally Hilliard and Ron Weyers, founded AMS, American Medical Security Group, as a joint venture with United Wisconsin in 1988.
Myron du Bain Edit
Wally Hilliard’s links to American intelligence go back (at least) to November of 1981, when his insurance company, Wisconsin Employer’s Group, was bought out by Myron Du Bain, a World War II OSS/CIA operative and the Chairman of Fireman's Fund of San Francisco. Myron Du Bain’s life-long ties to the CIA included two stints at the helm of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI).
As President of SRI during the late 60’s, he faced regular protests over the institute's controversial military contracts, including studies on chemical warfare and LSD. The Stanford campus was up in arms over SRI’s involvement in LSD experiments being conducted at the Veterans Hospital in Redwood City (where author Ken Kesey first took LSD).
With oilman Gordon Getty and Reagan Secretary of State George Shultz, DuBain founded an exclusive private San Francisco supper club. In a quote in his obituary, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was characterized as “Du Bain's longtime friend,”.
"Insurer, China Sign Agreement" read a press release from May 14, 1980. "Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies and the People's Insurance Company of China have established a working business relationship and a joint commitment to "explore other areas of mutual interest."
“The Stanford Research Institute, a noted research organization of the United states, has been invited to conduct a comprehensive study on the Hong Kong,” read a Chinese wire service report from the early 1980’s. “A contract was signed here today by Myron Du Bain, Chairman of the board of the U.S. institute, and Peter Wrangham, Executive Director of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.”
Sam Miller Edit
In the late 1960s, Sam Miller worked as a sales manager at Association Life in Milwaukee, where Wally Hilliard was an agent. (1967)
In 1976, Miller took a job as vice president of sales and marketing at Wisconsin Employers Group, which Hilliard and Weyers had started seven years earlier. A year later the company had doubled in size, built a second building and bought a small life insurance company. It was undergoing tremendous growth.
Sandy Weill got to know Sam Miller after aquiring Wisconsin Employers Group. In those days, any agent not licensed with Wisconsin Employers Group simply could not compete in the small market.
Sandy Weill recruited Miller to be COO and VP of Amex Life Assurance, San Rafael California.
In 1994 Weill recruited Miller again to be senior vice president of Travellers Group and chairman of National Benefit Life and Primerica Life of Canada.
Weill was President of American Express and chief executive officer and chairman of Citigroup Inc.
Miller had also known Thomas Hefty, chairman, president and chief executive officer of United Wisconsin, since the late 1970s, when Hefty was the state's deputy insurance commissioner.
The two got reacquainted in the fall of 1995, when Hefty approached Miller with a job offer.
At the time, Miller was working in New York City for Travelers Group as senior vice president and chairman and group chief executive of its Canadian and New York operations.
Miller joined United Wisconsin as an executive vice president that December. In April 1996, the board voted to buy out Hilliard and Weyers and take full control of AMS.
The $170 million sale was completed on Dec. 3. The same day, Miller officially took over as president of chief executive of the firm, which changed its name to American Medical Security Holdings Inc. Unofficially, however, Hilliard and Weyers stepped down in August. The two still work for the company on a project basis.
Eugene Gorab Edit
The new owner of Venice Airport. Runs Greenfield Partners and is associated with Sternlicht Holdings III inc. Barry Sternlicht who owns Sternlicht Holdings is on the National Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase
Dr Gene W Ray Edit
Dr. Gene W. Ray cofounded Titan Systems Inc. in 1981 as a defense contractor. Prior to 1981 Ray worked for defense contractor Science Applications International Corp. for 11 years, where he was a member of the board of directors and held managerial positions, including executive vice-president and general manager of the systems group. He held the position of Senior Appointee (Public Law 313) on the staff of the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force
Ray is linked to many other companies, including Decision Sciences Corporation (DSC), who recently (2008) appointed Steven D. Oesterle as president and CEO. Oesterle was Partner and MD of Giuliani Parteners LLC, involved in managing the govenrment response to Sept.11, running the FBI investigation into 9/11 and destroying the WTC steel.
Richard Boehlke Edit
A business partner of Rudi Dekkers, Boehlke operated out of Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbour. In 1996 'Richard W. Boehlke Crossings Corp. Tacoma, WA' was listed as a director of NMHC showing he has extensive real estate connections.
Peter H. Huizenga was Boehlkes partner in Alternative Living Services, he is connected to Holland, Michigan. Huizenga is a trustee of Hope College.
Holland was settled in 1847 by Dutch Calvinist separatists, under the leadership of Dr. Albertus van Raalte. In Holland's early history, Van Raalte was a spiritual leader, as well as overseeing political, educational and financial matters. In 1847 Van Raalte established a congregation of the Reformed Church in America, which would later be called the First Reformed Church of Holland.
Stephen J. Careaga Edit
A charity with an address at or near the airport and registered just up the road in Gig Harbour was The Firefighters National Trust. It was registered in August of 2001 and was basically just an online donation mechanism. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks it was the only Firefighter charity accepting online donations and eventually recieved an estimated $13 million. Perhaps unsuprisingly the charity was mired in scandal as it was reported that only a few million actually made its way to the 9/11 Firefighters.
The charity was registered by Stephen Jon Careaga at 4916 Point Fosdick Drive NW STE 115, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.
The lawyer David M. Otto served as 'secretary' of the charity. Otto was enjoined by the SEC in 2011 because of his involvement in penny stock fraud, specifically MitoPharm Corp. owned by Peter Cheung and violation of federal security laws. Otto was suspended from practicing as an attorney. http://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2011/34-64329.pdf
Althought Otto's law firm is in Seattle he owns an aircraft registered in Gig Harbour.
Otto also worked for Careaga's Reality Wireless Networks Inc. He recieved 5,000,000 in a Sept 20, 2005 share issue.
Stephen J. Careaga, CEO and Sole Director of Reality Wireless Networks Incorporated. Mr. Careaga is a former firefighter and police officer and is the Founder and Executive Director of Firefighters National Trust. He has worked as a firefighter for over 15 years in Washington State both paid and volunteer. During that time he was also a reserve police officer for the City of Gig Harbor Washington for over 7 years. In addition to his career as a public servant he started and managed Harbor Medical, Inc., a successful emergency medical products distribution company. In 1998 Mr. Careaga sold his company to Bound Tree Corporation, a distributor of emergency medical supplies with annual revenues of over $45 million, Bound Tree retained Mr. Careaga to manage the Washington State region. In August, 2001, Mr. Careaga founded Firefighters National Trust.
On July 21, 2005, Reality Wireless Networks Inc. merged with Arabian Recab Trading Co.(siteen street al malaz 46051 Riyadh 11532) to form Arabian Recab Trading Company Communication and Technology Sector division ("ARCO TEL"). ARCO TEL has completed the application and qualification licensing process for the Saudi government's Telecommunications Authority and is poised for a massive expansion in the marketing of SAWA and AL JAWAL chips and prepaid mobile cards of the Saudi government's Telecommunications Company.
In 2006 it became Recab International 1314 E Las Olas Blvd #222 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Lochrie stated that the Fort Lauderdale address he used for some of his companies, 1314 East Las Olas Boulevard #222, was “a fictitious address” used in undercover investigations.
Arkansas Chronicle Edit
On June 20, 2006, a story was published about Patrick Joseph Lochrie, David M Otto and Stephen Careaga in a newspaper called the Arkansas Chronicle. The Chronicle claims to have been in existence since 1995 but appears to publish little other news.
The article titled 'Move over James Bond: FBI Issues the UK's Patrick Lochrie a "License to Steal"' was attributed to J.D.Capehart. It made a number of allegations, most prominently that P.J. Lochrie, the business partner of Stephen Careaga, was working for the FBI. Those allegations were later found credible when Lochrie's role as a paid federal informat was profiled extensively by news outlets in the Dade county Florida area.
John Culbertson called himself Washington bureau chief of the Arkansas Chronicle and worked in the Congressional office of Rep. Jim Trafficant.
The managing editor of the Arkansas Chronicle, Jim Bolt, testified in a bizarre sideshow leading up to the 2004 state murder trial of Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing case. Three years later, Bolt and three others were victims of a badly botched federal prosecution. But before that, Bolt testified in the Nichols case about the existence of images thought to be in the possession of ATF agents involved in the Murrah bombing case.
At issue was the existence of images purporting to show the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building being blown up on the morning of April 19, 1995.
Criminal defense lawyer Thomas Mills Jr., twice named by D magazine as one of Dallas' best lawyers, says he was shown a computer slide show of the images in 1998 by John Culbertson, an aide to then-U.S. Rep. James Traficant, who later served time for a bribery conviction. Mills later revealed that he knew from independent sources that Culbertson derived his income from providing services to the CIA as a contractor. Culbertson, known to have extensive ties to senior federal law enforcement officials in the Beltway, was said by attorneys in the case to have called the the Terry Nichols Oklahoma state trial judge at home. During the call, the judge was told that revealing the tape and still photos made from it would not be possible due to national security interests.
But, Mills saw the evidence the Nichols court never saw. "I 100 percent believe they were real," Mr. Mills said recently. "It looked 100 percent realistic." The images are said to have shown that John Doe #2, who was in the truck when McVeigh parked it in front of the Murrah Federal Building, opened the back of the truck, looked inside, then ran directly toward Secret Service agents filming the event from about a block away.
He said Mr. Culbertson, whom he had met on an unrelated case, told him the images were given to him by an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which had been tracking bomber Timothy McVeigh.
"Culbertson told me that it was shot by the ATF," Mr. Mills said, "that the ATF had McVeigh and an ATF agent in the van, and at the last minute, or the last few seconds, it was supposed to be stopped, and it wasn't stopped, and the bomb went off, and so somehow the ATF was responsible for not stopping it before it blew up. Now, I don't know if that's true. I'm just a lawyer from Texas. I don't know what he was trying to impress me for."
Paul Foutch, the former night business editor who wrote the foregoing story was fired by the paper in May 2007 when FBI documents provided in a criminal proceeding in the Western District of Arkansas revealed that he had accepted three separate cash payments from the FBI's Dallas office for publishing a news story about Bolt on the eve of a federal criminal trial in Fayetteville, Arkansas. That trial resulted in an almost immediate verdict of acquital following 90-minutes of jury deliberation. The FBI Miami field office assistant special agent in charge, Ross Gaffney, who rather incredibly was and still is listed in Florida corporation records as a business partner of Patrick Lochrie, was also fired in mid-2007 for misconduct related to the case.
The A. H. Belo corporation, owner of the Dallas Morning News reportedly later settled out of court with Bolt and others who claimed they had been intentionally libeled by Foutch and the paper. The terms of the settlement were not publically revealed, but the Dallas Morning News published a two-sentence retraction in 2008.
Jim Bolt Edit
Jun. 27, 2013 - FBI Raids Rogers Business Associated With Jim Bolt
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has reported on its northwest Arkansas website that a "cancer research facility" in Rogers was raided by the FBI on Thursday morning.
The facility is run by a company known variously as Situs Cancer Research Center and Situs Oncology. While his name is not on its nonprofit incorporation records at the Arkansas Secretary of State's office, the business is affiliated with Jim Bolt, a convicted felon who was acquitted of federal charges related to investments in a previous company that claimed to treat cancer.
A law enforcement official provided Arkansas Business with a photocopy of Bolt's business card, which identified him as "J.W. Bolt, PhD" and as "clinical research director" for Situs Oncology at 1222 W. Poplar in Rogers. That's the location of the FBI raid as reported by the Democrat-Gazette.
Patrick Joseph Lochrie Edit
An obscure Fort Lauderdale businessman with international connections and a history of helping the FBI was a paid informant in the U.S. government’s case against suspended Broward commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, court records show. How much the government paid Patrick J. Lochrie, and what he did to earn that money, was not disclosed.
Eggelletion, a Democrat, is set to plead guilty in federal court in West Palm Beach on Thursday morning to conspiracy to launder $900,000. Suspended Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher and former Miramar City Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman were also arrested in the federal sting that netted Eggelletion in September. Gallagher and Salesmen were charged with bribery, honest services fraud, and extortion.
Eggelletion introduced the agents to co-defendants, South Florida businessmen Joel Williams and Ronald Owens and discussed hiding assets in The Bahamas for a fee.
Federal court and state corporate records show that Lochrie was an executive with several Florida companies, some of which were fronts for FBI undercover sting operations. In 2006, for example, Lochrie posed as a business associate of an FBI agent in a sting operation that targeted four principal shareholders and officers of Shimoda-Atlantic, a drug research firm in Bentonville, Arkansas. Before the charges were filed, Shimoda-Atlantic sued Lochrie and others alleging fraudulent inducement and securities act violations. As part of his defense, Lochrie claimed federal agent immunity (Westfall Act).
Lochrie also stated that the Fort Lauderdale address he used for some of his companies, 1314 East Las Olas Boulevard #222, was “a fictitious address” used in undercover investigations. “Agents of the FBI routinely picked up mail at the above-referenced address,” he stated.
Last year, Lochrie was a manager in a Florida limited liability company whose partners included a felon, David Chapnick, and a former FBI agent, Ross Gaffney. Chapnick served more than a year in prison in the mid-1990s after pleading guilty to numerous counts of grand theft and mortgage fraud related to the failure of Commonwealth Savings and Loan, run by his brothers Jason and Barry.
Lochrie’s attorney in the case was Fort Lauderdale’s Bruce Udolf, a former federal prosecutor.
It is alleged by the Nano family that Lochrie is a former terrorist.
Air Transport TechnologiesEdit
'Wireless Realty' became 'Saudi American Holdings, Corp.' which is linked to Air Transport Technologies, Inc. a company which provides airframes for Boeing among other services. Air Transport Technologies, Inc. filed as a Domestic for Profit Corporation on Friday, July 02, 1999 in the state of Florida and is currently active as of DEC 2012.
Viktor Kozeny Edit
As Ambassador to Egypt, Frank G. Wisner became close friends with Shafik Gabr, the billionaire Chairman of ARTOC investments who partnered with Viktor Kozeny, a.k.a. “The Pirate of Prague.” Kozeny earned his moniker for ripping off the population of the Czech Republic with bogus privatization schemes in the early 1990s, netting roughly $1 billion for himself and his closest cronies. Gabr made a fortune with Kozeny in these endeavors. After retiring from government service in 1997, Wisner joined the board at a subsidiary of Enron, the former energy company.
At least four of Viktor Kozeny’s partners, we discovered, are in some way connected with American intelligence, like John Sununu, the former chief of staff for the first President George Bush, who took a position in a private Cyprus-based company used to funnel as much as a half-billion dollars from investors in Czechoslovakia into the hands of Kozeny and his cronies.
Kozeny’s other cronies with intelligence connections include former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who used Kozeny’s private Lear jet during his shuttle diplomacy to bring an end to the conflict in Northern Ireland; Michael Dingman, former chief of major defense contractor Allied Signal; and Hank Greenberg, of AIG, one of whose top executives was also indicted for helping facilitate the massive theft.
Wolfgang Bohringer, aggressive threatening behaviour, allegedly told police he worked for CIA, Mohammad Atta's closest associate.
Thomas Kean, New Jersey Governor, Chair 9/11 Commission --- sold property through BMI
Richard Ben-Veniste, 9/11 Commission --- linked to underground CIA drug running and Meyer Lansky
Philip Zelikow, Executive Director 9/11 Commission --- co-authored 'Catastrophic Terrorism - Imaging the transforming event' in 1998, on the National Security Review 2002, claimed Iraq War was necessary to protect Israel, an expert in the creation of 'public myths'
Michael Chertoff --- Sabotaging Ptech investigations
Dick Cheney --— former PNAC member, former chairman of CFR, was in bunker on 9-11
John Ashcroft ---
Ben Netanyahu --- "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,"
Asked Sept 11 what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied: “It’s very good.” Then he edited himself: “Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.”
Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel would not apologise to Turkey for the deaths of Turkish citizens on board the Mavi Mara flotilla.
He was in NYC for 9/11, and London for 7/7
Porter Goss --- Various, on the morning of 9/11 had meeting with ISI chief, who allegedly wired 100K to Mohammad Atta
Steven Hatfill --- Anthrax Attacks, SAIC, South African Connections
Wayne Allan Downing --- 'retired' 4 star Army Special Operations Command General, since 1996. Post 2001 - National Director and Deputy National Security Advisor for combating terrorism, SAIC connections
Larry Silverstein --- had breakfast in Windows on the World every day 26th July to 10th September, 8AM, except 911, was on the phone with his insurance people asking to demolish building 7, made the pull it comment. Wont answer questions
Yasin al-Qadi, Ptech, worked with Osama, escorts American politicians visiting Saudi, linked to Dick Cheney, Muwafaq Foundation
Khalid bin Mahfouz --- non-exec director and 20% owner of BCCI, Muwafaq Foundation
Makram Chams --- His sister told people he was working for the FBI in San Diego, where terrorists lived. Had once worked for the Titan Corporation, ran a convenience store which was frequented by 9/11 terrorists in Venice, was somehow 'friends' with Mohammad Atta.
Saudi Binladin Group --- for links with Huffman Aviation
BMI inc. --- holding company, owned PTech
Southern Cross Aviation --- based out of Mena, Arkansas during CIA drug smuggling their, links to the Netherlands today, supplies passenger jets like 737s, 757s, 767s
Titan Corporation --- briefly partnered with SkyWay Communications and owned stock in several other corporations related to SkyWay. SkyWay's former DC9 aircraft, N900SA, was captured in April 2006 with 5.5 tons of cocaine on board. Investigation of the cocaine bust led to the discovery that Titan had employed as a contractor Makram Chams, a Lebanese national. Chams owned a Kwik-Check convenience store in Venice, Florida, where the biggest overseas money transfer to the 9/11 terrorists ($70,000 from the UAE) was sent, according to the testimony of FBI agents during the 9/11 Commission hearings. Titan is headquartered in San Diego, where 4 of the hijackers lived in the run up to 9/11.
Historically, The Titan Corporation was a defense department contractor involved in areas such as wireless communications, navigational systems, information systems, and other high-technology projects. Following a reduction in defense spending in the early 1990s, Titan redefined itself by seeking commercial applications for new technologies it had developed. In 1999 the company's stock rose 760 percent and was named the top performer on the New York Stock Exchange.
Everything seemed normal when they left Logan, said Lawless, who said the American flight left with 92 people on board at 7:59 a.m. and the United flight with 65 people at 8:14 a.m. The American flight left from Gate 26 in Terminal B, and the United flight from Gate 19 in Terminal C. One airport employee said nothing unusual was apparent when the American flight left, and airline workers learned almost simultaneously that there had been explosions at the World Trade Center and that air traffic control had lost contact with the American flight.
From 1997 through early 1999, the FAA found at least 136 security violations at Logan, including easy access to parked planes and lax baggage inspections. Massport, which operates Logan, and airlines operating there were fined $178,000 for security lapses during the period.
In one spectacular security breach during the summer of 1999, a Brookline teenager was able to climb over an airport security fence, walk 2 miles across the tarmac, get through a jetway door that should have been locked, and stow away on a British Airways 747 headed to London. In April 2000, Massport said it was permanently locking 26 of about 300 doors that lead from terminal buildings onto tarmacs after a September 1999 Boston Globe investigation found that doors were frequently left open, potentially allowing terrorists access to airplanes on the ground.
One of the more spectacular Logan security breaches occurred in July 1999 when a 17-year-old Brookline youth who hoped to impress Israeli spies cut razor wire from the top of a Logan perimeter fence, walked hundreds of yards across supposedly secured areas, then through a jetway door normally protected by a combination lock, and stowed away aboard a British Airways Boeing 747 jetliner headed to London. The youth was arrested after he arrived in England.
In the late 1990s, the FAA took steps to beef up security at Logan, including buying 600 machines to detect traces of explosives in passenger bags, but FAA investigators found many went unused, and many security staffers were never trained in how to use them.
- United Airlines Flight 175 a Boeing 767-222, from Boston to LAX
- Cancel Date: 09/28/2005
- Reason for Cancellation: Cancelled
- Official departure(ATC/pilot radio/radar): 08:14 AM
- (Eyewitness + BTS Database)08:23 AM
- United Airlines Flight 93 a Boeing 757–222, from Newark to San Francisco
- Cancel Date: 09/28/2005
- Reason for Cancellation: Cancelled
- Official departure: 08:42 AM
- (ACARS messages): 08:28 AM
Allegedly shot down on orders from Fort Meade.
Seismic records, consolidated from four seismology stations in the region, originally pegged the impact time at 10.06am. It was only later that the Pentagon and the 9/11 Commission decreed that the correct impact time to have been at 10:03am. But Terry Wallace, who heads the Southern Arizona Seismic Observatory and is considered the leading expert on the seismology of man-made events, was puzzled. He complained: "The seismic signals are consistent with impact at 10:06am and five seconds plus or minus two seconds. I dont know where the 10.03 time comes from."
There is a further twist. The FBI kept the contents of the voice recorder secret until it was forced by bereaved relatives to play the tape under heavy security at a hotel in April 2002. Family members reported they heard sounds of an on-board struggle beginning at 9.58am, with a final rushing sound at 10.03am, when the tape fell silent. In 2006, when the judge at the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui ordered a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder, it ended with the sound of the hijackers shouting praises to Allah. Just where had those praises been in 2002 when the tape was first played to relatives? For many, their sudden appearance confirmed suspicions of tape tampering.
- American Airlines Flight 11 a Boeing 767-223ER, from Boston to LAX,
- no flight 11 data on the BTS database,
- Cancel Date: 01/14/2002,
- Reason for Cancellation: Destroyed
- Official departure(NTSB): 07:59 AM
A voice supposedly broadcast from AA 11 at 08:24 AM began "We have some planes..." We were told this was Mohammad Atta, but the man who taught Atta to fly, Rudi Dekkers, denies that it is him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjsWodUP2GA
- American Airlines Flight 77 a Boeing 757-223, from Washington Dulles to LAX,
- no flight 77 data on the BTS database,
- Cancel Date: 01/14/2002,
- Reason for Cancellation: Destroyed
- Official departure: 08:20 AM
Only two identified calls on this aircraft, despite everyone on board being aware of the hijacking.
Flight Data Recorder Expert Dennis Cimino: It just all comes down to two data fields being zeroed out. no tickee, no laundry. without those, there can... never be any linkage of the FDR to an 'N' number in the F.A.A. registry. not because the 'N' number is in the AC ID field, but the AC ID FIELD number is directly traceable to an N-Number in the F.A.A. registry, and the FLEET ID shows which carrier it went to.
Nobody flies boxes with that data zero'ed out or missing. without this data in the CPM [Crash Protected Memory], in the preamble, there can be no linkage to an aircraft N-Number. I saw that on the first look.... the test person who extracted that data should have seen the NO ACFT ID and NO FLEET ID and said; "oh, this is such bullshit" and then asked his supervisor why they were asking him to decode BS.
AA 77, N644AA, was registered to Wilmington Trust Company. Wilmington had a relationship with Finova Capital Corporation, a famous CIA front and division of Finova Group.
AA 11, N334AA, was registered to First Union National Bank, provenance unknown, but closely linked to Wilmington Trust Company, occupying the same building as their lawyers, Richards Layton & Finger.
Florida Lawyers for Wilmington Trust occupy Miami Center opposite the old First Union Financial Center, now Wachovia Financial Center.
Tenants in Wachovia Financial Center include White & Case and Goldman Sachs. Tenants in Miami Center include Stanford Financial Group, ponzi scheme operative Allen Stanford's first office was here.
Sami al-Arian Edit
From the Congressional Testimony of Richard Clarke, October 22, 2003: "From his home and office in Tampa Florida, Sami al-Arian, the indicted North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, allegedly coordinated the movement of fund from the government of Iran to suicide bombers in West Bank and Gaza… In Tampa, Florida, Sami al-Arian established the Islamic Academy of Florida. The February 2003 indictment against al-Arian says the school was used as a base of support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad"… "On October 9 2003, Soliman Biheiri was convicted on federal immigration charges in the Eastern District of Virginia… Biheiri was the President and founder of BMI, Inc., an investment bank specializing in Islamically permissible investments. In the 1980's and 90's, BMI offered a series of financial services to Muslims in America…BMI allegedly received a $500,000 investment from Baraka Group. Baraka Group, headed by Saleh Kamel, is reportedly a founder of a Sudanese Islamic bank which housed several accounts for senior al-Qaida operatives… Biheiri's computer reportedly contained contact information for Sami al-Arian, the indicted North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad."
Richard Clarke - “BMI’s investor list reads like a who’s who of designated terrorists and Islamic extremists.”
Soliman Biheiri is the head of BMI for the duration of the company’s existence. US prosecutors will later call him the US banker for the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Egyptian militant group.
Biheiri’s computer will eventually be searched and found to have contact information for Ghaleb Himmat and Youssef Nada, leaders of the Al Taqwa Bank, which is founded two years after BMI.
After 9/11, the US and UN designate both Himmat and Nada and the Al Taqwa Bank as terrorist financiers.
US prosecutors say there are other ties between BMI and Al Taqwa, including financial transactions.
Biheiri also has close ties with Yousuf Abdullah Al-Qaradawi, a high-ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a shareholder in Al Taqwa, and has made statements supporting suicide bombings.
In 2003, US investigators accused Biheiri of ties to terrorist financing. In 2004 he was convicted of lying to a federal agent.
Abdullah Awad bin Laden, a nephew of Osama bin Laden invests about a half-million dollars in BMI real estate ventures. For most of the 1990s he runs the US branch of a Saudi charity called World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). In 2001, at least two of the 9/11 hijackers will live three blocks away from the WAMY office.
Mousa Abu Marzouk, a top leader of Hamas. The US declares him a terrorist in 1995. BMI makes at least two transactions with Marzouk after he is declared a terrorist.
Baitul Mal Inc. (BMI) was the holding company of PTech, who with MITRE, had offices in the basement of the FAA and were working on holes in systems architecture in the event of a terrorist hijacking.
Sami has connections to Grover Norquist
University of South Florida Edit
Wahhabi Corridor Edit
WAMY: U.S. offices of the Saudi-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth, formerly run by Abdullah bin Laden, nephew of America's Enemy No. 1. Tucked back in the corner of the Skyline Court Professional Park at 5134 Leesburg Pike, Alexandria, Va., WAMY was recently raided by U.S. authorities. Though the Saudi-controlled enterprise -- which teaches teen-aged Muslim boys to sacrifice their lives in jihad against the infidels -- is still under federal investigation, the administration has been reluctant to freeze its assets and designate it as a terrorist entity, a move that would upset the powerful and well-connected head of the Saudi Embassy. The sensitive case is under court seal.
MAS: Around the corner from WAMY in the same non-descript office park is the unmarked national headquarters of the Muslim American Society, which investigators say is the U.S. front for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egypt-based secret Islamic society that gave rise to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida. Its address is 3606 Forest Drive. Next door to MAS at 3602 Forest is the office for convicted terror conspirator Abdurahman Alamoudi's American Muslim Foundation. It too has no sign out front. Also in the same Skyline office park is the office of the Grand Mufti of the greater Washington area, Mohammed al-Hanooti, who currently leads Friday prayers at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center a couple of miles north on Route 7, a large Saudi-controlled Wahhabi mosque that gave aid and comfort to some of the 9/11 hijackers. Hanooti is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and an alleged major Hamas fund-raiser ... It is one big happy Islamist family at Skyline office park.
AL-JAZEERA: This restaurant, which shares the name of Osama bin Laden's favorite TV station, is one of many Middle Eastern bistros located in the all-Muslim shopping plaza called Build America in the Baileys Crossroads area of Northern Virginia, not far from the Pentagon and the apartment where the hijackers stayed. It too is off Route 7 (Leesburg Pike), the Wahhabi corridor. The area has the second-highest concentration of people of Arab descent in America.
GOAT MEAT: Halal butchers deliver Muslim-permitted goat meat to one of several halal butcher shops and restaurants in the same Baileys Crossroads shopping plaza, which includes the Prince Cafe, an internet and hookah bar patronized by suspected Saudi confederates of the hijackers.
SKYLINE TOWERS: Luxury high-rise apartments, off Route 7 on the Alexandria-Falls Church border, is home to a large number of Saudi and Yemeni diplomats who work at their countries' embassies in nearby Washington. Non-Muslim residents say the mostly Muslim tenants there cheered the 9/11 attacks. It is also rumored that some of the hijackers stayed there. A leasing agents confirmed only that the FBI questioned tenants after the attacks.
FAKE ADDRESS: The hijackers used the address of this apartment building -- at 5913 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church -- to obtain IDs. They never actually lived at the apartments, which are occupied mostly by Hispanic immigrants.
NEPHEW'S HOUSE: Osama bin Laden's nephew, Abdullah, lived at this contemporary, half-million-dollar home at 3411 Silver Maple Place in Falls Church, Va. He ran WAMY's nearby offices before hightailing it back to Saudi Arabia after 9/11. Abdullah bin Laden has been the subject of FBI counterterrorism investigations. The homeowners association for his Walnut Hill subdivision filed a lien against his property for unpaid dues, property records show.
DAR AL-HIJRAH: The notorious 9/11 mosque is also located off Route 7 at 3159 Row St., hidden behind rows of tall evergreens. Its founders chiseled a rather boorish invitation to non-Muslims into the front wall of its building. Borrowed from the Quran, it reads: "IN THE NAME OF GOD: Say: O people of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not from among ourselves Lords and patrons other than Allah. If then they turn back say: Bear witness that we at least are Muslims bowing to Allah's will." The "people of the Book" are Jews and Christians. In other words, come to your senses, kaffirs, and convert to Islam. After 9/11, Dar al-Hijrah tried to strike up an interfaith dialogue with area churches. The neighboring Church of Christ, for one, was willing to participate -- that is, until the mosque wanted its pastor and flock to accept Islam. The church, along with a neighboring church, nonetheless have agreed to allow the growing mosque to use their parking lots during Friday prayer services, which draws some 3,000 Muslims from around the Washington area. But for their generosity, the 9/11 mosque would be out of business.
DAR AL-ARQAM: This non-descript building at 360 S. Washington Street in Falls Church, Va. -- just off Route 7 -- houses a number of tenants on the radar screen of counterterrorism investigators. Upstairs on the third floor are the offices of the Saudi-based Muslim World League and its spin-off the International Islamic Relief Organization, two suspected al-Qaida fronts. Downstairs on the first floor are a travel agency that booked hajj trips to Saudi Arabia led by the 9/11 imam at Dar al-Hijrah, Sheikh Anwar N. Aulaqi, and the hardcore little mosque Dar al-Arqam, led by cleric Ali al-Timimi, who praised the space shuttle Columbia as a "good omen" for Islam and encouraged several local Muslim men to carry out violent jihad against Americans and Indians abroad. Timimi had been indicted for inciting terrorism. Authorities have raided the building twice, but its suspicious tenants are still in business, still attracting local Muslim visitors.
HALALCO: This Muslim supermarket and bookstore is located right across S. Washington street from the 360 building. Its proprietor is said to hold the key to the Dar al-Arqam mosque and companion think tank, the Center for Islamic Information and Education.
SAFEHOUSE: This is the Vienna, Va., house where 9/11 hijacker Waleed M. Alshehri and possibly another hijacker lived before the attacks. Located at 502 Orrin St., it's just off Route 7 as well. Neighbors had complained to both the local police and the FBI about all the suspicious-looking Middle Eastern men staying at the flat, but authorities did nothing.
SAFA GROUP: Federal investigators say some 40 active Muslim charities and businesses operate out of this same office building at 555 Grove St. in Herndon, Va. -- just off Route 7, the Wahhabi corridor. Many are suspected of being fronts for terrorist operations. All are tied to Saudi backers. The building originally served as the U.S. offices of the Muslim World League, the Saudi group that was raided in Falls Church.
IIIT: This equally non-descript office building at 500 Grove St. in Herndon is located directly across the street from the Safa group conglomerate. One of its tenants is the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a think tank which espouses Wahhabi dogma and has allegedly funneled money to terrorist groups. After 9/11, its offices were raided by federal agents along with the offices of its counterparts across the street. All have interlocking boards of directors. On the first floor of the building is a small Middle Eastern grocery serving halal goat meat. On the opposite end of the building is a Muslim thrift shop.
GSISS: A sister think tank to IIIT called the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences -- which has endorsed and trained Muslim chaplains for the Pentagon and Federal Bureau of Prisons -- also is still operating, despite being raided by the feds. Its offices -- at 750-A Miller Dr. in Leesburg, Va. -- are even more secluded. They are located in a generic-looking office park near the end of a small airport runway in the middle of horse country in neighboring Loudoun County. They too are near Route 7, which turns from Leesburg Pike into Harry Byrd Highway at the Loudoun County-Fairfax County line. And it's the last stop on the Wahhabi corridor running along the edge of the nation's capital, right in the president's backyard.
CAIR HQ: This red-brick building is the national headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the powerful PR machine for militant Islam. The deed to the building, located practically in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol at 453 New Jersey Ave., is held by the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, one of only three nations in the world to formally recognize the Taliban, and a transit point for 9/11 funding. Two of the hijackers were Emirates.
From Joel Mowbray: "Only one of the 15 provided an actual address - and that was only because his first application was refused. The rest listed such not-so-specific locations as "California," "New York," "Hotel D.C.," and "Hotel." One terrorist amazingly listed his U.S. destination as simply "No." But he still got a visa.
Nikolai Wenzel, one of the former consular officers who analyzed the forms, declares that State's issuance of the visas "amounts to criminal negligence. The law is clear: "Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for a visa, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant [visa]." 
Jeddah consulate problems Edit
The visas for 12 of the 9/11 hijackers were issued at the US consulate in Jeddah by novice consular official Shayna Steinger in 2000 or 2001. 
Michael Springmann, head of the visa bureau at Jeddah consulate from 1987-1999, was "repeatedly ordered by high level State Department officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants" who "had no ties either to Saudi Arabia or to their own country." On returning to the US in 1989, he learned that these unqualified applicants were traveling to the US for military training to serve under a CIA asset named Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Federal investigators seized and destroyed Springmann's records of these applicants. 
al Jarrah Edit
Lebanese in Shock Over Arrest of an Accused Spy
For 25 years, Ali al-Jarrah managed to live on both sides of the bitterest divide running through this region. To friends and neighbors, he was an earnest supporter of the Palestinian cause, an affable, white-haired family man who worked as an administrator at a nearby school.
To Israel, he appears to have been a valued spy, sending reports and taking clandestine photographs of Palestinian groups and Hezbollah since 1983.
Now he sits in a Lebanese prison cell, accused by the authorities of betraying his country to an enemy state. Months after his arrest, his friends and former colleagues are still in shock over the extent of his deceptions: the carefully disguised trips abroad, the unexplained cash, the secret second wife.
Lebanese investigators say he has confessed to a career of espionage spectacular in its scope and longevity, a real-life John le Carré novel. Many intelligence agents are said to operate in the civil chaos of Lebanon, but Mr. Jarrah’s arrest has shed a rare light onto a world of spying and subversion that usually persists in secret.
Mr. Jarrah has said he was recruited in 1983 — a year after Israel began a major invasion of Lebanon — by Israeli officers who had imprisoned him, according to investigators. He was offered regular payments in exchange for information about Palestinian militants and Syrian troop movements, they said.
It is not the family’s first brush with notoriety. One of Mr. Jarrah’s cousins, Ziad al-Jarrah, was among the 19 hijackers who carried out the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
Eyewitnesses and Reports Edit
I found Mohammad Atta in the cockpit of my plane Edit
His name was Mohammad Atta, the leader of the terrorist hijackers. Atta had boarded my flight from Baltimore to Atlanta on July 26, 2001 wearing an American Airlines first officer uniform. He had the corresponding AA company ID identifying him as a pilot, not to mention the required FAA pilot license and medical certificate that he was required to show me as proof of his aircrew status for access to my jumpseat.
An airline pilot riding a cockpit jumpseat is a long established protocol among the airlines of the world, a courtesy extended by the management and captains of one airline to pilots and flight attendants of other airlines in recognition of their aircrew status. My admission of Mohammad Atta to my cockpit jumpseat that day was merely a routine exercise of this protocol.
Something seemed a bit different about this jumpseat rider, though, because in my usual course of conversation with him as we reached cruise altitude he avoided all my questions about his personal life and focused very intently upon the cockpit instruments and our operation of the aircraft. I asked him what he flew at American and he said, "These", but he asked incessant questions about how we did this or why we did that. I said, "This is a 767. They all operate the same way." But he said, "No, we operate them differently at American." That seemed very strange, because I knew better.
I asked him about his background, and he admitted he was from Saudi Arabia. I asked him when he came over to this country and he said "A couple of years ago.", to which I asked, "Are you a US citizen?" He said no. I also found that very strange because I know that in order to have an Airline Transport Pilot rating, the rating required to be an airline captain, one has to be a US citizen, and knowing the US airlines and their hiring processes as I do, I found it hard to believe that American Airlines would hire a non-US citizen who couldn't upgrade to captain when the time came. He said, "The rules have changed.", which I also knew to be untrue. Besides, he was just, shall I say, "Creepy"? My copilot and I were both glad to get rid of this guy when we got to Atlanta.
There was nothing to indicate, though, that he was anything other than who or what he said he was, because he had the documentation to prove who he was. In retrospect, we now know his uniform was stolen and his documents were forged. Information later came to light as to how this was done.
It seems that Mohammad Atta and his cronies had possibly stolen pilot uniforms and credentials from hotel rooms during the previous year. We had many security alerts at the airline to watch out for our personal items in hotel rooms because these were mysteriously disappearing, but nobody knew why. Atta and his men used these to make dry runs prior to their actual hijackings on 9/11. How do I know? I called the FBI as soon as I saw his face on the TV that day, and the agent on the other end of the line took my information and told me I'd hear back from them when all the dust settled. A few weeks later I got a letter from the Bureau saying that my call was one of at least half a dozen calls that day from other pilots who had had the same experience. Flights were being selected at random to make test runs for accessing the cockpit. It seems we had all dodged bullets.
Lynn Marie Florence Howland Edit
e following is the official paraphrased statement of an American Airlines pilot, interviewed by the FBI on October 13th, 2001. The witness describes how she was shortly approached by Mohammed Atta inside the AA terminal at Logan Airport. Her account is detailed, credible, and intriguing.
Lynn Marie Florence Howland, First Officer, American Airlines, was interviewed near her home at a Starbucks Café, she has been with American Airlines for eleven years.
Howland explained to the interviewing agent that she was extremely tired after her flight. She left her home at approximately 10:00 a.m. all times local on the morning of September 10th, flew down to San Francisco to then fly as first officer for the AA red-eye flight from San Francisco to Boston. Checking a dispatch schedule, she indicated she flew AA flight 198 from San Francisco, California to Boston, Massachusetts. She indicated the flight had a 9:50 p.m. departure, with arrival at Logan Airport, Boston at approximately 6:50 a.m. on the morning of September 11th. The equipment was a Boeing 767. She advised that the captain was Douglas Balmain. She was sure that the arrival gate for her flight 198 was Bravo 33. Subsequently she checked with AA dispatch and was told her flight AA 198 became the hijacked AA flight 11.
After almost everyone had deplaned, she went up the jetway ahead of Captain Balmain. She stated as she was standing near the entrance to the jetway, in the passenger lounge, a male individual comes up to her suddenly and asks if she is going to take this plane out, referring to the flight she just brought in. She said no and he abruptly turned and went and sat down. She thought that was extremely rude. Her first impression was that he was a pilot going to fly in the jump seat. While he wasn't in uniform, he may have been wearing a pilot type shirt, open collar. She thought he may have had a rolling pilot flight kit or bag with him, which she described as black vinyl, round top, and incredibly cheap. Again she could not recall anything else, only at that time wanting to get to the hotel and sleep. She said she was so tired, when she got to her hotel room she crashed in bed, in her uniform.
She woke up about one p.m. and then found out about the terrorist attacks. She said for the longest time she wasn't even sure that she was dreaming it all, until she saw photographs of the hijackers in the news, she was instantly sure that the indivdual she saw that morning was the suspected hijacker, Mohammed Atta. She added that when she first saw the pictures of the hijackers in the new media, it was like an electric shock when she saw the picture of Atta.
She described the individual she saw that morning as having dark hair, dark eyes and being approximately five feet, eight inches in height. Because she was so tired and just wanted to get to the hotel, she could not recall much, other than he may have had that cheap pilot flight bag. She could not recall anything else and stated that time she had no reason to notice. She did not think that Captain Balmain would have noticed him. She was shown a photo spread of six males and instantly chose number 5, which is the terrorist described as Mohammed Atta. She then signed and dated the photo spread under photograph number five. She said that her selection was based totally on her recollection of the morning of September 11th and not from any subsequent photographs she may have seen in the news.
The following are Howland's notes, prepared prior to the interview and scanned directly into this FD-302 and corrected only for scanning errors:
"Flew flight 198 SF-BOS Departed September 10 Arrived September 11 On the ground approximately 0650 EST In gate probably at 0700 EST I left the cockpit first and waited for the captain at the top of the jetbridge in the boarding area. He was slower maybe 5-7 minutes behind me. We went to the hotel. I went to sleep called my parents at 1300 EST and they told me what happened. Later that day I realized it was the aircraft that I had brought in. That is what I remembered until I saw the photos on TV. I was instantly sure I have seen Mohammed Atta before could not remember where.
Two days later I was driving my car in at night in the rain and my thoughts were drifting to the horrible loss. I suddenly had a memory of a man approaching me and asking me if I was taking the flight out. I was stunned. Did this really happen? I thought about it some more and remembered Mohammed Atta approaching me and asking me if I was taking flight 11 out. I said "No, I just brought the aircraft in." He turned his back and abruptly walked away and I was a little annoyed with his rudeness but as it was 0400 body clock time I let it go and told myself that people are rude everyday.
This would have been between 0700 and 0720 EST. I think he was wearing a white pilot type or oxford shirt, no tie and blue pilot type slacks. I am unsure about the shirt but perhaps that was what the man he sat down next to was wearing. I also remember him having a really cheap pilot bag. The vinyl one with a rounded top with black plastic squares at the corners.
This statement creates a huge problem for the official Atta story: According to the BTS database and other sources, it was about 6:00 a.m. EDT when Flight 198 arrived at the gate, not 7:00 EST. Just at this time, a man identifying himself as Mohammed Atta boarded a Colgan Air flight in Portland, Maine, going to Boston. He did not arrive there before 6:45 EDT.
Gregory J. McAleerEdit
Gregory J. McAleer is a flight attendant employed by United Airlines McAleer provided information concerning UA Flight 514, to which he was assigned as a flight attendant on 08/30/2001. Mr. McAleer is sure of the date. This flight was from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Boston Logan Airport.
Mr. McAleer related that early in the boarding process a Middle Eastern male (unknown male) walked down the jet-way, or passageway to the aircraft and displayed to Mr. McAleer a "jump seat" pass.
Mr. McAleer was in London, United Kingdom on 09/11/2001 on a UA flight. He returned to the United States on 09113/2001. When he arrived in Chicago, IL he heard' from other flight attendants about a Middle Eastern male who attempted to enter a cockpit on another VA flight dressed in a pilot's uniform, with FAA identification.
On 09/27/2001 Mr. McAleer was reading the front-page article ofa Chicago, 1L newspaper, the Chicago Daily Herald The article had the photographs of the 19 hijackers. Mr. McAleer realized that Fayez Banihammad was the individual who had boarded Flight 514 on 08/30/2001 with a jump seat pass.
Diane Graney Edit
Graney worked at Portland Airport on 9/11. She didn't see the alleged hijackers Atta and Al-Omari, but recognized Atta's face from the photo that was published in the aftermath. She is positive that Atta, dressed in an American Airlines uniform and able to identify himself as an AA pilot, tried prior to 9/11 to achieve a jump seat on a US Airways flight.
Here is Diane Graney's account (date: 9/22/01):
Diane Graney, was employed as a Customer Service Agent CSA and Ground Security Coordinator GSC, U.S. Airways USAIR, Portland International Jetport, was interviewed at her place of employment.
Graney has been employed with USAIR for approximately twelve years. As a CSA for USAIR, Graney's duties include conducting passenger check-ins, checking baggage, making seat assignments, and issuing tickets. She performs her duties at either the USAIR Ticket Counter or at the individual airport gates. As a GSC, she deals with aircraft, airport, and general security issues.
On September 11, 2001, from 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Graney was working at the USAIR ticket counter. At some point in her shift she heard of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and that one of the flights was American Airlines Flight 11 out of Logan Airport in Boston. As a GSC, she went and pulled the passenger lists for the US AIR flights to Logan to see if any USAIR passengers had a connection to the flight. Graney saw that there were two passengers on USAIR Flight 5930 to Logan that had a connection to American Airlines Flight 11. The two names were Mohamed Atta and Abdulaziz Alomari. She also noticed the two were to sit in First Class on American Airlines Flight 11. Graney thought it was suspicious that these two passengers could have taken a better, more direct flight then what they had scheduled.
Graney observed that Atta and Alomari had checked two bags in at the US AIR Ticket Counter, and that Michael Tuohey was the CSA who checked them in. She spoke to Tuohey about the two passengers, and he advised her of what he had observed. She then contacted Chuck Severance, US AIR Station Manager, and informed him of what happened and what she had discovered.
Graney advised that later when she saw Atta's picture on the news, she believed she had seen him before. She thought he may have tried to jump seat once with USAIR, and he was in uniform using an American Airlines pilot identification. She believed that this happened within the last six months. She advised she searched the USAIR jump seat peaperwork to see who had gone through for June 2001, July 2001, and August 2001, but was unable to find Atta's name. She advised the jump seat forms are only kept for 90 days. She became more concerned about this when she heard on the news that some American Airlines uniforms were stolen in Italy.
Graney was then requested to review a photograph array containing twelve pictures of twelve of the alleged hijackers. Graney identified the picture of Mohamed Atta as the person she remembered seeing prior to September 11, 2001 attempting to jump seat a USAIR flight. She also identified the picture of Marwan Alshehhi as someone she had seen sometime at the airport ticket counter. She identified the picture of Waleed Alshehri as someone who looks familiar. Both Graney and the interviewing agent dated and initialed the pictures she identified.
Captain Steven Miller Edit
On the taxi-out in Boston, they ((the pilots of US Airways 6805)) waited at the runway's hold-short line, where Miller looked up to watch a United Boeing 767 take off, United Flight 175. The final weight and balance calculations from dispatch came over the ACARS at 8:05, and with that in hand, the crew was ready to fly. Wide-body aircraft produce especially powerful wingtip vortices - horizontal, tornado-like winds off the ends of the wings - which require time to dissipate before other aircraft can take off, so he waited the required three minutes after United 175 departed before he received his takeoff clearance.
(Lynn Spencer, "Touching History", p. 58)
A quick check with the BTS database reveals that USA 6805 had a wheels-off time of 8:28. Miller explicitly describes that he waited 3 minutes before getting takeoff clearance; adding a little bit for the timespan between takeoff clearance and actual wheels-off, Flight 175 must have lifted off the runway around 8:23-8:24. It is out of the question that Miller observed a plane that took off at 8:14 the "official" wheels-off time.
Flight 93 Edit
On 9/11, Anthony F. Mazza was working at Newark Airport as a fueler. One of the planes he provided with fuel was United 93. In the cockpit of the plane, he met a person who was apparently neither Leroy Homer, jr, the co-pilot, nor Jason Dahl, the pilot. On Oct. 19, 2001, he was interviewed by the FBI. Here's the FBI report:
Mazza has worked as a fueler for Ogden Aviation Services at Newark International Airport since 1973. Mazza fueled United Airlines flight 93 on September 11, 2001 prior to its departure and crash in western Pennsylvania. Mazza stated that everything seemed normal on the flight including the amount of fuel that was pumped into flight 93's tank.
Mazza stated that prior to the passengers boarding flight 93, he had completed fueling the plane and proceeded to the cockpit to inform the co-pilot of the completed task. This has been the standard operating procedure for United flights out of Newark for many years. Mazza entered the cockpit where he handed the fueling sheet to a young Caucasian male, well groomed, brown hair and a white shirt, who was sitting in the co-pilot's seat. The male responded to Mazza by saying thank you and taking the paper from him. Mazza then departed flight 93 prior to the passengers boarding. Mazza stated that this was approximately 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Mazza was interviewed by FAA employee John Patani shortly after the crash in western Pennsylvania. Mazza stated that he reported that there was nothing unusual on the day of the flight and that the plane had been fueled without incident.
On Friday, October 12, 2001 Mazza saw a memorial for the crew of flight 93 and saw pictures of the co-pilot of flight 93. The picture was the actual co-pilot of flight 93, who was Leroy Homer. Mazza stated that he was certain that the co-pilot he spoke with was not Mr. Homer.
Oklahoma City Edit
CIA Officer turns up in Oklahoma May 1997 - David Edger, a veteran CIA operative, is nominated chief of station at the US embassy in Berlin. Previously, Edger had been associate deputy director for operations in the Directorate of Operations (DO) since July 1995. The DO is the clandestine operations arm of the CIA.
1997-2001 - Directed CIA surveillance and infiltration attempts against the Hamburg cell of 9/11 hijackers. A 2002 article in a local newspaper makes clear that Edger, or possibly other intelligence officers, had some inside but incomplete foreknowledge of al-Qaeda’s plans: “Up until his appointment with OU six months ago, Edger’s work with the CIA focused on terrorist groups in Germany. One of the three cells he was tracking included some of the people responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He said although officers knew members of the cell and some of what they were doing, they had no idea that they would meet in London and go to different parts of the US, where they would learn to fly planes to crash into the World Trade Center. ‘In that case, we failed,’ Edger said in Feb 2002.”
August 2001 - Joins the political science department of the University of Oklahoma at Norman as a visiting scholar. Appointment Arranged by CIA Director's Mentor - An announcement says that the appointment was arranged by the university’s Skull and Bones, Rhodes Scholar president David Boren: “David Edger has joined us as a CIA officer in residence. Mr. Edger most recently was stationed at the US Embassy in Berlin as minister-counselor for coordination, where he directed both military and civilian US intelligence programs in Germany.
David Boren is a former Democratic senator who headed the Senate’s intelligence committee for many years. There, Boren acted as mentor to CIA Director George Tenet, who was a Senate staffer before joining the CIA. They have maintained a close relationship: Boren and Tenet were having breakfast together in Washington on the morning of 9/11
Hijackers seen in OKC just before and just after 911 Investigative reporting of Chris Emery, Holland Van den Nieuwenhof and crew from www.okcbombing.net
On September 6th 2001 at 10 AM - 12 Noon - Mohamed Atta and four 911 hijackers were spotted at, of all places, the OKC National Memorial Museum by an employee who later told Emery that the five were speaking in a Middle Eastern dialect, and they had become "boisterous" inside the museum. The employee had to tell them to "Shut Up" and behave themselves or leave the premises. The five left the building immediately after calling attention to themselves.
The employee remembers the five lucidly, as in the entire history of the museum, no one had ever had to be asked to contain themselves. It was burned in the brain of the employee, and was recalled again a few days later when Atta's cold stare was shown back on National TV after the 911 attacks.
The employee allegedly tired to report the incident to authorities but was ignored.
The 911 hijackers seen by witnesses with Atta have been revealed as: Abdulaziz Alomari, Saeed Algamdi, Ahmed Alnami, and Hamza Algamdi. (pictured in order below)
On Friday, September 7th 2001 (evening) Atta and crew turn up again at an OKC bar. ( To be named at a later date, but known to be frequented by police and spooks ) The group returned to the same bar the next night. The five were drinking beer and hard liquor, dancing, and eventually picking a fight with two local patrons. (Again very high profile / anti fundamentalist behavior, not easy to forget)
Atta, according to witnesses was the ring-leader and the one picking the fight, while his four cohorts stood at the ready to jump into the fray if necessary.
Chris Emery and team were able to obtain the Credit Card receipts from that night, and have spent most of the last 18 months attempting to trace the card numbers, and the authorization of the cards themselves. This was not an easy task as you could imagine. When fellow investigators found out what information Emery was trying to obtain, most decidedly bailed on any involvement. What was discovered in the end, was that the sequence of numbers on Atta's credit card revealed a unique application only found on U.S. Government Credit cards.
One card number used by Atta and crew had been EXPIRED a full six months before the September 7th and 8th dates the card was used and approved at this local Oklahoma City establishment. ( Now you try to use a credit card that is six months expired and see what happens) This transaction was approved without delay.
On Saturday - 9/15/01 (FOUR DAYS AFTER 911!) a mutual friend of Atta (who shook Atta's hand and said something very briefly in Atta's ear about an hour after Atta picks the fight with two club patron's on Friday 9/7/01) comes back to the club with yet ANOTHER alleged hijacker identified in the photo line up as being Marwan Al Shehhi. He ordered the very same brand of hard liquor (never before sold in this bar) as had Atta. It was a unique brand of Dewers. This was also paid with another U.S. Government credit card, also 6 months expired.
This mutual friend was a regular patron of the club for years and known by the witness as a trouble maker whom he's kicked out of the club several times.
One witness notices this mutual friend of Atta and this new 'guy' are sad and somewhat depressed. This mutual friend says "they had friends that were killed..." and within seconds of answering this witness, Mr. Al Shehhi jumps over the bar and grabs this witness by the shirt collar and wants to fight with him. The witness pushes Al Shehhi away and yells at the mutual friend "What the Hell is his problem..." or something to that effect...
The witness repeatedly said he will NEVER forget the face of Al Shehhi as it was only 12 to 18 inches away from his for a full 10 seconds before he could push him away and off the bar.
- Ahmed Alghamdi [one of the alleged hijackers] had a namesake attend O.U. - School Year 1999 - 2000 [ Ahmed D. Alghamdi] @ 2037 W. Lindsey / Norman, OK
And School Year 2000 - 2001 [Mohammed A. Alghamdi] @ 3809 Quail Run Circle / Norman, OK - This M. Alghamdi had a cryptic email address printed in the student directory of [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] .
- Atta, Alomari, Al Shehhi, Algami, and Alnami were also named by the BBC as still being alive.
- Although a Brooklyn apartment lease from 1995-1996 bears Ziad Jarrah's name - and landlords there have identified his photograph - his family insists he was in Beirut at the time.
- According to the Washington Post: Two of 19 suspects named by the FBI, Saeed Alghamdi and Ahmed Alghamdi, have the same names as men listed at a housing facility for foreign military trainees at Pensacola. Two others, Hamza Alghamdi and Ahmed Alnami, have names similar to individuals listed in public records as using the same address inside the base. In addition, a man named Saeed Alghamdi graduated from the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, while men with the same names as two other hijackers, Mohamed Atta and Abdulaziz Alomari, appear as graduates of the U.S. International Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and the Aerospace Medical School at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, respectively.
- One of the roads to 9/11 starts in Oklahoma in 1993 when, according to the 9/11 Congressional report, Osama bin Laden's personal pilot came to Norman to train at Airman Flight School. Five years later this had become a trend, as the local office of the FBI warned of the large number of Middle Eastern men training in Oklahoma Fight schools in a memo titled, "Weapons of Mass Destruction" issued on May 15, 1998. The next year 9/11 hijackers Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, or men using those names, visited Airman Flight School once again to inquire about lessons. In September of 1999, the FBI finally got around to visiting Airman to ask about bin Laden's pilot training there six years previously.
In February of 2001 the supposed 20th hijacker, Zacharias Mossaoui, trained at Airman in Norman and lived in a University of Oklahoma Dormitory. [Oklahoma Gazette] He later moved off campus into a house he shared with Melvin Lattimore, a man with links to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and the OKC bombing. In April of that year, the FBI documents that hijacker Salem al-Hamzi was seen visiting this house. That same month another hijacker, Nawaf al-Hamzi, was issued a speeding ticket in Oklahoma so he very well may have visited this 0ff-campus terrorist party pad also. And although al-Hamzi was seen at an al-Qaeda conference in Malaysia the previous year and afterward followed to the United States by the CIA, his name did not trigger any red flags when he was pulled over. [Daily Oklahoman]
Mossaoui later went on in August to be arrested in Minnesota by the local FBI despite much interference from their superiors. His roommate Melvin Lattimore wrote letters to the editors of local papers defending Mossaoui, but neglected to mention that he himself abandoned his lease on September 10, 2001.
Melvin Lattimore is an African-American, a prison convert to radical Islam, and was going by the name of Majahid Abdulquaadir Menepta at the time. Following 9/11, he was arrested for being a felon in possession of a weapon and imprisoned for fifteen months. According to last reports, he has returned to his hometown of St. Louis a free man, despite being linked to three terrorist attacks since 1993.
Before leaving for Minnesota, Mossaoui is documented as having a meeting at the Sands Motel in Oklahoma City with lead hijacker Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi. This motel has proven popular among terrorists, for this same motel had been used the night prior to the OKC bombing by Tim McVeigh six years previously and had been a hang-out for Lattimore. [LA Weekly] According to Jayna Davis' The Third Terrorist, a motel employee says that McVeigh left the motel that morning with another man in the Ryder truck, the mysterious John Doe #2, which reeked of diesel fuel. Witnesses also report that McVeigh left with what appeared to be a convoy of vehicles, including another Ryder truck. [OKBIC Interviews]
In August of 2001, following Atta's and Mossaoui's meeting in OKC, a plane ticket that was used in the 9/11 attacks was purchased at an OU library computer. According to the research of Michael P. Wright, the library assistant who witnessed this transaction said a white American male purchased the ticket.
Black Boxes Edit
Honorary firefighter Mike Bellone claims he was approached by unknown bureau agents a short time after he and his partner, Nicholas DeMasi, a retired New York firefighter, found three of the four “black boxes” among the WTC rubble before January 2002.
The pair first claimed in an August 2003 book entitled Behind the Scene: Ground Zero to have found the data recorders.
DeMasi said the “black boxes” were found while he traversed “ground zero” in his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with three federal agents.
FBI and New York fire officials have denied ever finding the voice and data recorders.
Now Bellone claims agents were adamant about keeping the discovery a secret.
“They confronted me and told me to not to say anything,” recalled Bellone, referring to one of three reddish-orange boxes with two white stripes he saw in the back of DeMasi’s ATV. “I said, ‘Give me a good reason.’ When they couldn’t, I told them I wouldn’t shut up about it.
“Why should I? I have nothing to hide and nothing to gain. It’s the truth, and Nick and I are sticking to our story as we always have.”
Bellone said he and DeMasi were not the only 9-11 rescue workers to see the “black boxes.” He said there were several other witnesses and said he knows they have been silenced by federal agents.
“I know two or three others saw what went down, but they are not talking,” said Bellone. “They got to those guys after they talked to me. The only reason I can figure they are trying to hide the truth is that the government knows it screwed up, and the recorders would prove it.”
Asked to give names of the other witnesses, he said he wouldn’t break a fellow worker’s confidence by revealing his identity.
“I can tell you this, though, it was all very strange. I worked on the spaceship Columbia cleanup, and you know when something important is found and when something is not,” he said.
The day the “black boxes” were secretly carted away, agents acted like “something big was going down,” he added.
Ballone says he was told Hijackers were in the cockpits before the flights took off
United 23 Edit
Have you heard about the airliner which was ordered back to the gate on 9/11 when the terrorist attacks began, only to have four young Arab passengers jump off the plane, after which box cutters and Al Qaeda documents were found in their abandoned bags? I've heard that story before, but since it was never reported by the U.S. government, and not mentioned by the 9/11 Commission in their official report, I thought it might be another of those urban myths. Until now. Yesterday's Wilmington (Delaware) News-Journal featured a front-page article on the Delaware Air National Guard's first female general, Carol Timmons, who was promoted to that rank at a ceremony on Saturday. General Timmons has had a long career as a pilot, including time as a commercial pilot for Pan Am and United Airlines. The profile of General Timmons recounts that on the morning of September 11, 2001, she was the first officer on United Airlines flight 23 preparing to take-off from New York's JFK Airport bound for Los Angeles. The plane had already pulled away from the gate and was taxiing down the runway when the airport was shut down and the crew was ordered to secure the cockpit. Timmons confirmed that as the pilot grabbed the crash ax, she jumped from her seat and started barricading the cockpit door. From the other side of the barricade the cabin crew relayed their concern about four young Arab men in first-class who became agitated when the take-off was cancelled, and fled from the plane when it returned to the terminal. Box cutters and Al Qaeda documents were later found in their luggage. Timmons, the pilot, and the rest of the crew were repeatedly questioned by the FBI, though the findings were never shared. The pilot concluded that Flight 23 would have been the next plane hijacked by terrorists if the airport shutdown order had been delayed. "The FBI asks questions," General Timmons is quoted as saying, "They don't tell you things." Why wouldn't the U.S. government want to report the incident? Why didn't the 9/11 Commission mention it in their official report? Were they concerned about panicking the public? Were they trying to apprehend the four passengers who fled? Why maintain official silence about the incident a decade later?
Saudi Connection Edit
Saudi Payments Edit
Saudi financial support for al-Qaeda came from the highest level. 
A former Clinton administration official has claimed — and U.S. intelligence sources concurred — that at least two Saudi princes had been paying, on behalf of the kingdom, what amounted to protection money since 1995. The former official added, “The deal was, they would turn a blind eye to what he was doing elsewhere. ‘You don’t conduct operations here, and we won’t disrupt them elsewhere.’ ”
American and British official sources, speaking later with Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, named the two princes in question. They were, Henderson told the authors, Prince Naif the interior minister, and Prince Sultan. The money involved in the alleged payments, according to Henderson’s sources, had amounted to “hundreds of millions of dollars.” It had been “Saudi official money—not their own.”
Anwar Awlaki organized the support network for the attack. 
There were, sources said, additional details about Bayoumi, who had helped Mihdhar and Hazmi in California, and about his associate Basnan. The censored portion of the report had stated that Anwar Aulaqi, the San Diego imam, had been a “central figure” in a support network for the future hijackers.
Al-Hiijjii abandoned house Edit
- source: http://www.browardbulldog.org/2011/09/fbi-found-direct-ties-between-911-hijackers-and-saudis-living-in-florida-congress-kept-in-dark/
Just two weeks before the 9/11 hijackers slammed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center, members of a Saudi family abruptly vacated their luxury home near Sarasota, Fla., leaving a brand new car in the driveway, a refrigerator full of food, fruit on the counter — and an open safe in a master bedroom.
In the weeks to follow, law enforcement agents not only discovered the home was visited by vehicles used by the hijackers, but also phone calls were linked between the home and those who carried out the death flights — including leader Mohamed Atta — in discoveries never before revealed to the public.
Ten years after the deadliest attack of terrorism on U.S. soil, new information has emerged that shows the FBI found troubling ties between the hijackers and residents in the upscale community in southwest Florida, but the investigation wasn't reported to Congress or mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report.
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat who co-chaired the congressional Joint Inquiry into the attacks, said he should have been told about the findings, saying it "opens the door to a new chapter of investigation as to the depth of the Saudi role in 9/11. ... No information relative to the named people in Sarasota was disclosed."
The U.S. Justice Department, the lead agency that investigated the attacks, refused to comment, saying it will discuss only information already released.
The Saudi residents then living at the stylish home, Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii and his wife, Anoud, could not be reached, nor could the then-owner of the house, Esam Ghazzawi, who is Anoud's father. The house was sold in 2003, records show.
The FBI investigation began the month after 9/11 when Larry Berberich, senior administrator and security officer of the gated community known as Prestancia, reported a bizarre event that took place two weeks before the hijackings of four passenger jets that originated in Boston, Newark and Washington.
The couple, living with their small children at the three-bedroom house at 4224 Escondito Circle, had left in a hurry in a white van, probably on Aug. 30.
They abandoned three recently registered vehicles, including a brand-new Chrysler PT Cruiser, in the garage and driveway.
After 9/11, Berberich said he had "a gut feeling" the people at the home may have had something to do with the attacks, prompting the FBI's probe that would eventually link the hijackers to the house.
As an adviser to the Sarasota County sheriff — Berberich was with the group that received President George W. Bush during his visit to a Sarasota school on the morning of 9/11 — he alerted sheriff's deputies. Patrick Gallagher, one of the Saudis' neighbors, had become suspicious even earlier, and had fired off an email to the FBI on the day of the attacks.
Gallagher said law enforcement officers arrived and began an investigation, with agents swarming "all over the place, in their blue jackets," he recalled.
Jone Weist, president of the group that managed Prestancia, confirmed the arrival of the FBI, which requested copies of the Saudis' financial transactions involving the house.
Berberich and a senior counterterrorism agent said they were able to get into the abandoned house, ultimately finding "there was mail on the table, dirty diapers in one of the bathrooms ... all the toiletries still in place ... all their clothes hanging in the closet ... TVs ... opulent furniture, equal or greater in value than the house ... the pool running, with toys in it."
"The beds were made ... fruit on the counter ... the refrigerator full of food. ... It was like they went grocery shopping. Like they went out to a movie. ... (But) the safe was open in the master bedroom, with nothing in it, not a paper clip. ... A computer was still there. A computer plug in another room, and the line still there. Looked like they'd taken (another) computer and left the cord."
The counterterrorism officer, who requested his name not be disclosed, said agents went on to make troubling discoveries: Phone records and the Prestancia gate records linked the house on Escondito Circle to the hijackers.
In addition, three of the four future hijackers had lived in Venice — just 10 miles from the house — for much of the year before 9/11. Atta, the leader, and his companion Marwan al-Shehhi, had been learning to fly small airplanes at Huffman Aviation, a flight school on the edge of the runway at Venice Municipal Airport.
A block away, at Florida Flight Training, accomplice Ziad Jarrah was also taking flying lessons. All three obtained their pilot licenses and afterwards, in the months that led to 9/11, spent much of their time traveling the state, including stints in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach, among other areas.
The counterterrorism agent said records of incoming and outgoing calls made at the Escondito house were obtained from the phone company under subpoena.
Agents were able to conduct a link analysis, a system of tracking calls based on dates, times and length of conversations _ finding the Escondito calls dating back more than a year, "lined up with the known suspects."
The links were not just to Atta and his hijack pilots, the agent said, but to 11 other terrorist suspects, including Walid al-Shehhri, one of the men who flew with Atta on the first plane to strike the World Trade Center.
Another was Adnan Shukrijumah, a former Miramar, Fla., resident identified as having been with Atta in the spring of 2001. Shukrijumah is still at large and is on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
But it was the gate records at the Prestancia development that produced the most telltale information. People who arrived by car had to give their names and the home's address they were visiting. Gate staff would sometimes ask to see a driver's license and note the name, Berberich said. More importantly, he added, the license plates of cars pulling through the gate were photographed.
Atta is known to have used variations of his name, but the license plate of the car he owned was on record.
The vehicle and name information on Atta and Jarrah fit that of drivers entering Prestancia on their way to visit the home at 4224 Escondito Circle, said Berberich and the counterterrorism officer.
Sarasota County property records identify the owners of the house at the time as Ghazzawi and his American-born wife, Deborah, both with a post office box in al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and the capital, Riyadh.
Ghazzawi was described as a middle-aged financier and interior designer, the owner of many properties, including several in the United States, said the counterterrorism agent.
While Ghazzawi visited the house, the people living there were his daughter Anoud and her husband, al-Hiijjii, who appeared to be in his 30s and once identified himself as a college student, said Berberich, who met the son-in-law.
The couple's sudden departure two weeks before 9/11 was tracked in detail by the FBI after the attacks, the counterterrorism agent said.
First, they traveled to a Ghazzawi property in Arlington, Va., then — with Esam Ghazzawi — via Dulles airport and London's Heathrow, to Riyadh.
The counterterrorism agent said Ghazzawi and al-Hiijjii had been on a watch list at the FBI and that a U.S. agency involved in tracking terrorist funds was interested in both men even before 9/11.
"464 was Ghazzawi's number," the officer said. "I don't remember the other man's number."
About a year after the family abandoned the home, the FBI made an attempt to lure the owner back. Scott McKay, a Sarasota lawyer for the Prestancia homeowners association in its claim for unpaid dues on the property, said the FBI tried to get him to bring the Saudis back for the transaction. "They didn't say you must do this. It was more like, 'But we'd really, really like you to make this happen,' " McKay said.
McKay said he tried to get the Ghazzawis to sign the necessary documents in person, but the ploy failed because the documents could legally be signed elsewhere using a notary. Records show Ghazzawi's signature was notarized by the vice consul of the U.S. embassy in Lebanon in September 2003. Deborah Ghazzawi's signature was notarized in Riverside County, Calif.
During an interview on Sunday, Graham said he was surprised he wasn't told about the probe when he was co-chairman of Congress' Joint Inquiry into 9/11 — even though he was especially alert to terrorist information relating to Florida.
"At the beginning of the investigation," he said, "each of the intelligence agencies, including the FBI, was asked to provide all information that agency possessed in relation to 9/11."
The fact that the FBI did not tell the Inquiry about the Florida discoveries, Graham says, is similar to the agency's failure to provide information linking members of the 9/11 terrorist team to other Saudis in California until congressional investigators discovered it themselves.
The Inquiry did nevertheless accumulate a "very large" file on the hijackers in the United States, and later turned it over to the 9/11 Commission. "They did very little with it," Graham said, "and their reference to Saudi Arabia is almost cryptic sometimes. ... I never got a good answer as to why they did not pursue that."
The final 28-page section of the Inquiry's report, which deals with "sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers," was entirely blanked out. It was kept secret from the public on the orders of former President George W. Bush and is still withheld to this day, Graham said.
This in spite of the fact that Graham and his Republican counterpart, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, both concluded the release of the pages would not endanger national security.
The grounds for suppressing the material, Graham believes, were "protection of the Saudis from embarrassment, protection of the administration from political embarrassment ... some of the unknowns, some of the secrets of 9/11."
Anthony Summers is co-author of "The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden."
Building on these revelations, WhoWhatWhy has found documents laying out the Ghazzawis’ royal connections through a nest of Saudi corporations that share the name EIRAD. Esam Ghazzawi is director of EIRAD Management Company, the UK division of EIRAD Trading and Contracting Co. Ltd., which among other things holds the Saudi franchise for many multinational brands, including UPS. Esam’s brother Mamdouh, whose name shows up on public records associated with family properties in the U.S., is the Executive Managing Director of the parent firm, EIRAD Holding Co. Ltd. EIRAD has connections to the US government via contracts. In 2008, records show, the State Department paid EIRAD $11,733 for rental of facilities, presumably in Saudi Arabia.
There is no indication that the company itself, or any of its officers or employees, have any connection to the 9/11 incident, or knowledge of anything regarding Mr. Ghazzawi’s activities in the United States. Calls for comment to the company’s main switchboard went unanswered during normal business hours; its website was not functioning properly and Saudi trade officials in the United States had not furnished alternative contact information at publication time.
Phone records showed communication, dating back more than a year, that connected those in the house with the alleged plot leader, Mohammed Atta and his accomplices, including eleven of the other hijackers. Other records, kept by guards at the gated community, documented numerous visits to the house by a vehicle known to have been used by Atta, and indicated the physical presence in the car of Atta’s purported accomplice Ziad Jarrah. It appeared as if the Ghazzawi house was some kind of nerve center for the entire operation.
According to the senior counterterrorism officer, both Esam Ghazzawi and his son-in-law al-Hiijjii had been on a watch list at the FBI predating 9/11. An unnamed U.S. agency tracking terror funds had also taken an interest in them. “464 was Ghazzawi’s number,” the officer said. “I don’t remember the other man’s number.”
In response to the Herald article, the FBI has issued a statement saying that the occupants of the house had been tracked down and interrogated, and were found to have no connections to the hijackers.
According to Scott McKay, a lawyer for homeowners’ association of the gated community, known as Prestancia, the FBI attempted to convince the Ghazzawis they needed to come back in person to sign documents related to unpaid back dues to the association. This attempt proved unsuccessful when the Ghazzawis simply arranged to sign the documents elsewhere. These facts, reported by The Herald, raise questions about the U.S. government’s determination to interview the couple: Esam Ghazzawi’s signature was notarized in Lebanon—by a U.S. official no less—the vice consul at the US embassy in Beirut. His wife’s signature was also notarized—elsewhere in the United States, in Riverside County, California.
Of special interest is the Ghazzawis’ boss, the chairman of EIRAD Holding Co. Ltd., Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. He is a prominent and powerful member of the ruling Saudi royal family who is expected to become crown prince, and thereby in line to become king. Born in 1956, which makes him approximately the same age as the Ghazzawi brothers, Prince Sultan bin Salman is a grandson of King Abdul Aziz (commonly referred to as Ibn Saud), founder of modern Saudi Arabia.
A leading advocate of teaching Saudis to fly, Prince Sultan is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Aviation Club, and Chairman of the King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) Supervisory Committee. Prince Sultan is closely allied with Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, the former longtime ambassador to the United States, who is often called “Bandar Bush” for his friendly relationship with the Bush family. Sultan and Bandar have worked together for years to promote Saudi interest in aviation.
Associates of the Bush family have many connections with the Prince’s family. Prince Sultan’s father’s legal counsel is William Jeffress Jr, of Houston-based Baker Botts LLP, where James A. Baker III, longstanding advisor to the Bush family, including both Presidents Bush, is a senior partner. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Baker held the post of Senior Counselor for the Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm which is heavily invested in military contracting stocks; among Carlyle’s large investors were the bin Ladens. (In a curious coincidence, Baker watched the live television coverage of the attacks from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, where he and representatives of Osama bin Laden‘s extended family were attending the Carlyle Group’s annual conference. In another odd coincidence, President George W. Bush himself was in Sarasota, reading to schoolchildren, at the very time the Sarasota-area-based terrorists were hijacking the planes. Indeed, he was a short distance from the home the Ghazzawis had recently abandoned.)
President Bush’s actions in the aftermath of the World Trade Center and Pentagon assaults with regard to the Saudi royal family have long been known but have yet to be fully explored. Shortly after the attacks, President Bush permitted an exception to the ban on air traffic so that planes could take prominent Saudis out of the country. One of those leaving on the flights was the late Prince Ahmed bin Salman, brother of Prince Sultan.
In a 2004 letter to the New York Times, Prince Sultan responded to allegations surrounding those flights, and pointed to a conclusion in the 9/11 commission report: ”Our own independent review of the Saudi nationals involved confirms that no one with known links to terrorism departed on these flights.”
Another Saudi who left the US after 9/11 was the architect Abdel Wahed El-Wakil, who had a base in Miami and serves as an advisor to Prince Sultan. Sultan’s brother Prince Ahmed was the most westernized of the Saudi set. He raised racehorses in Kentucky and was the owner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, with the perhaps unfortunate name “War Emblem.”
Several of those alleged to have had knowledge of this putative scheme and its enormous implications met with untimely ends shortly after Zubaydah’s interrogation. In June, 2002, three months after Zubaydah’s capture, the man he identified as his controller, Prince Ahmed, died of what officials said was a heart attack while asleep. Another brother of Ahmed’s and Sultan’s, Prince Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulazziz, died of a heart attack on July 25, 2001, about six weeks before the 9/11 attacks. The death of Fahd, who preceded his brother as head of EIRAD, is described in a Riyadh-datelined article by Middle East Newsfile, as follows:
Prince Fahd died suddenly. Prince Fahd did not show any symptoms of any ailment. He had, however, made an appointment with a dentist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh to check a toothache.
A cousin, Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki al-Saud, died when his car crashed en route to Salman’s funeral. Zubaydah had supposedly implicated Prince Sultan bin Faisal, and another royal, Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabir. as Al-Qaeda supporters. All these men were in their forties. Still another key figure in Zubaydah’s monstrous scenario met an untimely death. On February 20, 2003, Mushaf Ali Mir, the Pakistani air force chief, his wife and fifteen others, were killed in a plane crash.
Not a hint of the above information appeared in the released portion of the presidential 9/11 commission report. It is not known whether any of it was in the 28 pages of material about Saudi connections that the Bush Administration censored on national security grounds.
The Ghazzawis’ relationship with the United States seems to date back to the 1950’s, when U.S. immigration records show that Abbas Ghazzawi visited New York. Abbas Ghazzawi was a prominent Saudi attorney. Esam, whose full name is Esam Abbas Ghazzawi, appears to be his son. (WhoWhatWhy was unable to reach Ghazzawi for comment on any of the matters in this article.)
Abbas Ghazzawi, arriving on a first class ticket on a connecting flight that originated in Saudi Arabia, was traveling in an elite entourage. One companion, Rasem al-Khalidi, was a high-ranking Saudi monetary official. Another, Faisal al-Hegelan, would years later serve in the all-important position of Saudi ambassador to Washington. He held that post during 1979-1983, a period that partly coincided with the Reagan-Bush Administration. His replacement was Prince Bandar, the Bush family friend jokingly called “Bandar Bush.”
Las Vegas Edit
Ten years after 9/11, a key question at the heart of the plot remains unanswered - why did the terrorists spend so much time in Las Vegas? Police went to tremendous lengths to piece together the hijackers movements in the days, weeks and months before they crashed airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Despite checking out thousands of leads in Sin City, police never came up with a definitive reason why ringleader Mohammed Atta and his Al Qaeda accomplices visited Las Vegas as many as five times before the attacks.
But a confidential 10-page police intelligence report suggests 'the most crucial planning' for the worst terror act in the U.S. was done from the seedy off-Strip motels and internet cafes where the hijackers blended in with tourists visiting the gambling mecca from around the world. The report, seen by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, dismissed speculation that the men were laundering terrorist money or having a final fling in the city's strip clubs and casinos.
However, law enforcement sources also claim the terrorists may have been in Vegas to scout potential targets, including the Hoover Dam. 'The fact that five of the attackers were here, and they were here on multiple occasions, plays into both of those theories,' Sheriff Doug Gillespie, one of the officers involved in the probe, told the paper. The report, compiled by the Homeland Security Division of the Metropolitan Police Department, reveals the difficulties investigators faced in the aftermath of the attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead.
'With all the suspects dead and limited conclusive evidence of any accomplices, investigators have been left to recreate the architecture and orchestration of the 9/11 plot largely from the recorded details of the hijackers' brief American lives: Their cell phone calls, credit card charges, internet communications and [ATM] withdrawals,' it says. 'What has emerged is a picture in which the roles of the 19 hijackers are so well defined as to be almost corporate in their organization and coordination.' The terrorists took flight training before the attacks in Florida and Arizona and spent time together in New Jersey and Southern California. But the report says: 'They chose as their meeting place the same locale where generations of American conventioneers have met to exchange information about their crafts: Las Vegas, where it is thought the most crucial planning within the United States occurred.
'Unlike most people who visit hotel/casinos that replicate the Pyramids, Europe or the New York City Skyline, the leaders and their logistics men stayed at the not-so-glamorous end of the Las Vegas Strip, at cheap motels guaranteed not to have surveillance cameras. They stayed briefly, only as long as it took to exchange important information.' Atta, who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston into the north tower of the World Trade center, spent hours in June and August, 2001 at a cafe called Cyber Zone across from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The cafe is now closed, but investigators believe Atta was searching websites for seats on eastbound flights in preparation for the attacks.
He is suspected of using the anonymous cafe to stay in touch with al Qaeda boss Ramzi Binalshibh, a 'key coordinator' of 9/11 in U.S. custody. The terrorist pilots - Atta, Hani Hanjour, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Samir Jarrah - visited Vegas after going on several test flights to the East Coast, travelling in first class so they could observe the actions in the cockpit and of the flight attendants up close. In its 2004 report, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, concluded that 'Beyond Las Vegas' reputation for welcoming tourists, we have no credible evidence explaining why... the imperatives flew or met in Las Vegas.' However, support for the theory that Vegas may have been on the terrorists' target list came after Spanish authorities seized videos from al Qaeda suspects that included footage of Las Vegas casinos as well as other national landmarks. Quinn John Tamm Jr, an ex-FBI agent and 9/11 commission investigator believes the terrorists may have seen Vegas as a potential target. He said Al Qaeda originally planned a much broader series of attacks. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the September 11 mastermind, told interrogators he wanted to use 10 planes in attacks on both coasts, but the plot was scaled back by Osama bin Laden.
Wikileaks Cable Edit
Pilots’ uniforms, laptops, a smashed mobile phone and lists of air crew names were hardly typical holiday luggage, but nor did the hotel workers feel it was enough to merit calling the police. But the day after the guests checked out of the hotel, their odd behaviour suddenly seemed to make sense, to the horror of those who had witnessed it. On September 11, 2001, as it became clear that Islamic terrorists were responsible for hijacking and crashing four aircraft with the loss of almost 3,000 lives, the hotel staff no doubt feared that their guests were among those responsible. In fact, as we now know, the three Qatari nationals were all still alive and keeping abreast of the world’s worst terrorist attack from the safety of a hideout in London. They had left Los Angeles on Sept 10 and flown to Heathrow on an overnight British Airways flight, then laid low for two days before taking another BA plane to Doha, where they quickly disappeared. The emergence of a secret US embassy dispatch, which detailed the three men’s extensive contact with a suspected fixer in the 9/11 attacks and visits to the eventual targets, raises the disturbing possibility that the US narrowly escaped further carnage because of a last-minute hitch. Meshal Alhaji, 35, Fahad Abdulla, 36, and Ali Alfehaid, 35, had all been booked on a flight to Washington on Sept 10, 2001, but for some reason failed to board the aircraft. The following day, the same Boeing 757 crashed into the Pentagon. Were the Qataris a fifth suicide team tasked with attacking another target, such as the White House or the Statue of Liberty, both of which they had visited? The US embassy cable from Doha, which was obtained by the WikiLeaks website, makes it clear that the FBI would very much like to find the men, together with their alleged fixer, to ask them that question. The fact that the Qataris flew to and from America via London also throws the spotlight back on Britain’s role in the 9/11 attacks. Three of the hijackers, including the ringleader, Mohammed Atta, had watched videos of speeches by the London-based cleric Abu Qatada, while Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called “20th hijacker”, worshipped at the Finsbury Park Mosque when it was controlled by the notorious preacher Abu Hamza. Exactly why the three Qatari men named in the Doha embassy document in February last year were not mentioned in the exhaustive 9/11 Commission report is unclear. But they did appear in an FBI list of more than 300 people investigators wanted to speak to in 2002, and the two-page embassy cable, typed in block capitals and sent in February 2010, leaves no doubt that US investigators believe they could have been part of the plot. The Qataris, in their mid-twenties at the time, arrived in America on Aug 15, 2001, on a BA flight from Heathrow to Newark, New Jersey. Over the following nine days, they followed the tourist trail on the east coast, visiting the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty in New York, and then travelling on to Washington DC, where they went to the White House “and various areas in Virginia”. How the FBI knows of the men’s movements is not disclosed in the cable, though one possibility is that photographs were discovered on laptops or mobile phones that the men might have left behind. By the time the Qataris arrived in the US, the 19 men who went on to carry out the 9/11 attacks were already in America, where several of them had spent months at flight training schools so they could take the controls of the hijacked aircraft. There is no suggestion the Qatari men had any contact with any of the 19 hijackers. On Aug 24, the Qataris flew to Los Angeles on American Airlines flight 143, where they checked into an unnamed airport hotel, paying cash for a three-bed room with a checkout date of Sept 10. At first, they allowed hotel staff to clean their room as normal, and maids could not help but notice the unusual array of items they had brought with them. As well as pilot-type uniforms, there were cardboard boxes addressed to Syria, Jerusalem, Afghanistan and Jordan; several laptop computers, one of which was attached to a mobile phone by a wire; a smashed mobile phone and pin-feed computer printouts with headers listing pilot names, airlines, flight numbers and flight times. The fact that air crew routinely stayed at the hotel perhaps allayed the staff’s worst suspicions of the men, though their concerns were heightened when, during the last few days of their stay, the Qataris “requested that their room not be cleaned”. Investigators later discovered that the three men had spent a week travelling around California with Mohamed Ali Mohamed al Mansoori, a 19-year-old from the United Arab Emirates. Although he has never been named before in connection with the 9/11 attacks, the secret cable discloses that: “Mr Al Mansoori is currently under investigation by the FBI for his possible involvement in the 11 September 2001 attacks. “He is suspected of aiding people who entered the US before the attacks to conduct surveillance of possible targets and providing other support to the hijackers.” The document lists the current whereabouts of Mr al Mansoori — and, indeed, all four men — as “unknown”. The cable also suggests the involvement of a fifth alleged conspirator, who is not named, as “a subsequent FBI investigation revealed that the men’s plane tickets were paid for and their hotel reservations in Los Angeles were made by a convicted terrorist”. Among the tickets bought by the “convicted terrorist” were three seats on the American Airlines flight 144 from Los Angeles to Washington on Sept 10. The three Qataris “failed to board” the flight, and instead took a direct British Airways flight to London later the same day, arriving at Heathrow on the afternoon of Sept 11. In a sinister footnote, the cable states that: “The same plane used for AA flight #144 on 10 September 2001 was used for AA flight #77 on 11 September 2001. AA flight #77 was hijacked on route the next day and crashed into the Pentagon.” Central to the “ongoing” FBI investigation will be the question of whether the three men were booked on to flight 144 in order to hijack either the same aircraft or another aircraft the next day. They had visited the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the attacks, and the White House which, it has been suggested, was the target of the terrorists on board United Airlines flight 93, which crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers tackled the hijackers. The fact that the men had also visited the Statue of Liberty and various locations in Virginia and California raises the possibility that if they were indeed a fifth team of hijackers, one of those locations could have been their target. One other possibility that the FBI is likely to investigate is that the BA flight that the men boarded was intended as a target, to be crashed either in America or London. BA268 landed in London at 2.25pm, or 9.25am New York time. The 9/11 attacks happened between 8.46am and 10.05am. Intriguingly, the 9/11 Commission report stated that two of the eventual hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, spent time in Los Angeles in 2000, and the report noted “suspicions about whether these two operatives had a support network of accomplices”, though the evidence of this was “thin”. During their stay in California, al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar also spent time in San Diego with Anwar al-Awlaki, the imam blamed for several recent terrorist attacks launched from Yemen, where he now lives. The US embassy cable detailing the FBI investigation was written by Mirembe Nantongo, the deputy chief of mission in Doha, marked “priority” and sent to the office of Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, together with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the CIA.
Phoenix Flight School Edit
February 2001: Instructors at a flying school in Phoenix, Arizona express concern to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials about the poor English and limited flying skills of one of their students, Hani Hanjour. They believe his pilot's licence may be fraudulent. The FAA finds it is genuine - but school administrators tell Mr Hanjour he will not qualify for an advanced certificate.
Terrorists and Jumpseats Edit
Fayez Banihammad Flight attendant Greg McAleer was working United Flight 514 from Chicago to Boston on Aug. 20, 2001. McAleer testified to investigators from the 9/11 Commission that as he was greeting passengers a man in casual clothes displayed a jump-seat pass.
United issued such a pass to pilots from other airlines. It allowed them to ride as passengers in the jump seat in the cockpit. The flight’s pilot would not let the passenger sit in the jump seat because he did not have proper ID, but he was allowed to fly as a passenger.
After Sept. 11, McAleer recognized the man as Fayez Banihammad, one of the 19 hijackers.
Attorneys for the family of Mark Bavis, one of the victims aboard United Flight 175 out of Logan International Airport, are trying to depose federal agents who interviewed the flight attendant, but the Department of Justice is refusing to let the agents testify.
Hijackers wrongly identified Edit
Chicago Tribune, October 4, 2001 Confidence shaken by link to attacks; Confused Saudis angry with U.S., doubt evidence With as many as 15 Saudis numbered among the 19 hijackers in last month's terror attacks, the mood in this deeply conservative Islamic kingdom has lurched between genuine horror, profound embarrassment, shame, suppressed glee and--increasingly--resentment and bald denial. U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who is visiting the region, is expected to receive the carefully calibrated show of support that the Saudi monarchy has perfected through years of balancing its American friendship with its people's mistrust of U.S. policy. But beyond the gates of King Fahd's opulent palaces in Riyadh, where the diplomats are making the requisite show of unity, Saudi Arabia's streets are steeped in angst and confusion--an extraordinary occurrence in a society guided by the iron absolutes of one of the strictest forms of Islam in the world. "Most of us have absolutely no clue how Saudis could have contributed to such a tragedy," said Saad Asswailini, a professor at King Khalid University in Abha, a southern city where several of the alleged hijackers lived. Complicated relationship "Ours is a unique situation because of our complicated relationship with America," Asswailini said, noting that despite its status as the birthplace of Islam, the insular desert kingdom is now dotted with Pizza Huts and crisscrossed by freeways cloned from those in the United States, right down to the green-and-white highway signs. "The enormity of the crime has unsettled most mainstream Saudis," he said. "So we escape our sense of guilt by filling our days with conspiracy theories." For weeks, tales have circulated in Saudi newspapers blaming Mossad, Israel's intelligence service, for masterminding the U.S. attacks to incite hatred toward Arabs. According to one rumor, some 4,000 Jews were warned out of the doomed World Trade Center towers minutes before the buildings were destroyed. Another wishful theory holds that all the Saudi citizens fingered by the FBI were killed in the fighting in Chechnya, and that their identities were stolen. And the government is so sensitive about the Saudi origins of Osama bin Laden, the Afghan-based terrorist accused of orchestrating the attacks, that they have effectively ordered that he no longer be called a Saudi. "That point is irrelevant now," Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz, the interior minister, berated journalists this week, noting angrily that bin Laden had been stripped of his citizenship in the early 1990s for his dissident views. "The Saudis are only a few generations removed from their tribal roots, and that makes them incredibly proud," said a U.S. government official familiar with the region. "Aside from their fundamentalist fringe, most are deeply embarrassed by their countrymen's involvement in this thing. And Saudis hate to be embarrassed." Islamic experts and diplomats say that the reasons for the large numbers of Saudis implicated in the hijackings aren't completely understood. Bin Laden's old connections to the country could hint that his network is still active in Saudi Arabia, some say. Others point out that oil-rich Saudi Arabia sent thousands of self-financed holy warriors to fight the Russians in Afghanistan, creating a strong legacy of jihad. Evidence challenged But Saudis are closing ranks against the evidence in the U.S. attack, and their growing sense of denial has only been fueled by the early misidentification of several suspects. While the FBI's confusion over Arabic names and identities was largely ignored in the American press, each blunder has made huge news in Saudi Arabia, casting doubt on U.S. intentions and convincing many Saudis that their country has been slandered. "I want to think all this is a mistake," said a bewildered Khalid al-Mihammadi, 24, a computer programmer from Mecca who was named wrongfully in an early list of hijackers released by the U.S. Justice Department. "We are America's friends, and they do this to us. It isn't fair." Al-Mihammadi, who spent nine months studying English in the U.S., said he was watching television at home when shaken friends saw his photograph on the news and began to call to see if he was still alive. No trust of U.S. "It's impossible for us to believe [the United States] anymore," said Taha Alghamdi, a salesman in Jeddah whose brother Saeed was mistakenly confused with another man by the same name who hijacked United Flight 93, which crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. "What sort of intelligence agency doesn't know that there are thousands of Saeed Alghamdis in Saudi Arabia?" Alghamdi said. "It is like accusing Tom from New York." Like others, Alghamdi said his family would be pursuing legal action against the U.S. government for defamation. Meanwhile, just as some Americans are sadly pondering how their country could have ignited the fury behind such terrible attacks, many Saudis are quietly reassessing how a profound misinterpretation of their religion, with compassion as its central tenet, has done likewise. "In some ways this tragedy has caused similar types of inward thinking for both our peoples," said scholar Asswailini. "Maybe more Americans will begin to ponder the consequences of their foreign policy," he said, "and more Saudis to question the religious fundamentalism that is growing here."
Dr David Graham Edit
Dr. Graham met two 9/11 terrorists, ten months before 9/11, in his native Shreveport. He was a medical associate of Dr. Mohammed Habeeb Ahmed (now a resident of San Jose, CA, we believe) and an associate of current federal fugitive Mohammed Jamal Khan (now residing in his native Pakistan, we believe). Dr. Graham was meticulous about these meetings. He wrote a book he tried to publish (“The 9/11 Graham Report”) and even created a set of four video tapes in which he clandestinely recorded Khan and Ahmed in his office in 2002 and 2003, discussing the year 2000 meetings with 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Fayez Banihammad. In his book, Graham discusses cardboard boxes in Khan's apartment that indicated that Khan was supplying documents or supplies to Khalid al-Mihdhar, who with al-Hazmi, was later identified to be one of the “ringleaders” of 9/11. Khan also had boxes bearing the names Nawaf al-Hazmi and Fayez Banihammad.
Dr. David M. Graham was likely poisoned, from propylene glycol, on May 29, 2004, between 11 AM and 1 PM, somewhere between Lake Conroe, Texas and Diboll, Texas. Two close friends, Richard Wilkes, and LeeAnn Scruggs, asked him, at separate times, during his painful 27 months of death-bed organ failure and paralysis, “Who did this to you?” Both times, he indicated it may have been the FBI.
Back in November 2000, when Graham suspected Mohammad Jamal Khan and friends of plotting against the local Barksdale Air Force Base, he notified the FBI. The FBI allegedly responded by passing along a death threat they allegedly received against “who ever ratted out Jamal Khan.” According to Graham's eulogist, John Milkovich, Esq. of the Shreveport Community Church, the Shreveport FBI asked Dr. Graham about his “health” in a menacing tone, as if to indicate that his health may be soon in danger. Graham had been life-long friends with oil industry insider (and friend of President George Herbert Walker Bush) Vernon Moore. In our interview with Mr. Moore in New Orleans, last week, Moore said the FBI strongly urged Dr. Graham not to publish his book “The 9/11 Graham Report.”
Shreveport, Louisiana is roiled with a culture of political corruption. A major scandal unfolded recently upon the death of Caddo Parish Coroner Dr. George McCormick, who, it turns out, faked many autopsies.
Paul Laffoley Edit
Laffoley claimed to have worked on the interior design of the World Trade Centre for Emory Roth and Sons. He says the Bin Laden Construction Company was present on site working on the towers and that he was approached by a representative of the company and asked "where do we put the explosives?"
Minoru Yamasaki had done work in Saudi Arabia, he was a favorite designer of the Binladin family's patrons—the Saudi royal family. He designed the WTC using Islamic influences and based upon the Grand Mosque of Mecca. Minoru Yamasaki also designed the Eastern Airlines Terminal at Logan Airport.
In the early '70s, as the trade towers were nearing completion, Saudi Arabia was awash in oil revenues, and the state embarked on a massive modernization and building campaign. Yamasaki was premier among the many foreign architects hired during this period. Unwilling to take on too much work, Yamasaki decided to accept just three choice projects in Saudi Arabia: the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency head office, the Eastern Province International Airport, and the King Fahd Royal Reception Pavilion at Jeddah Airport. In all three projects he continued his explorations in melding traditional Islamic form with modern materials, methods, and functions.
As a scion of the Binladin contracting firm, destined to inherit some portion of its vast operations, Osama Bin Laden would certainly have been aware of Yamasaki's Saudi Arabian projects. Indeed, his family may have built them. (Minoru Yamasaki Associates won't say, but the Binladens were involved with almost all royal construction.)
Having rejected modernism and the Saudi royal family, it's no surprise that Bin Laden would turn against Yamasaki's work in particular. To someone who wants to purify Islam from commercialism, Yamasaki's implicit Mosque to Commerce would be anathema. To Bin Laden, the World Trade Center was probably not only an international landmark but also a false idol.
It was reported August 2011 that the new tallest buildings in the world were being built by the Bin Laden Company: Saudi Arabia-based developer Kingdom Holding Company has awarded a $1.2 billion contract to the Bin Laden Group for constructing a one-kilometer tall tower in Jeddah to become as the world's tallest building.
Wayne Madsen Edit
In September 2009, WMR reported: “Last year, two Lebanese brothers — Ali Jarreh and Youssef Jarreh — were arrested by Lebanese authorities who linked the pair to an espionage cell responsible for the car bombing assassination of Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus in February 2008. The Jarrah’s were found by the Lebanese Army in possession of ‘communication devices and other sophisticated equipment.’ The Jarrahs arrested by the Lebanese had been recruited by the Mossad in the 1980s when Israel occupied a large section of Lebanon. And for a Paul Harvey-like “rest of the story,” they are related to Ziad Jarreh, the man who was said to have been a close associate and fellow hijacking planner of Mohamed Atta and whose American visa was found with photo and visa number largely intact in a field in Pennsylvania on 9/11.”
WMR has also been informed by a Joint Terrorism Task Force source stationed in New York in 2001 that Atta lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey in August 2001 and was protected by Israeli “art students” who lived close to Atta in Fort Lee. The art students, identified as Mossad agents by the FBI and CIA, lived in Fort Lee from June to September 2001.
Atta maintained high-level contacts in Saudi intelligence and Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), giving the Mossad plausible deniability of any relationship with Atta. FBI teams were denied access to the passenger manifest of the El Al plane that exfiltrated scores of Mossad agents from New York’s JFK airport to Tel Aviv in the afternoon of 9/11. There is reason by some FBI agents to believe that “Mohamed Atta” was among the passengers on the El Al escape flight.
Car Trafficking Edit
With Professor Sami Al Arian’s support, and financial help from the Saudis, Al Arian’s clan purchased a series of auto dealerships in western Florida. One of them was on land owned by Al Arian. Stolen luxury cars across the USA were funneled through the clan’s network to Dubai, where they were re-sold for two or three times their price by a car network run by one of Al Qaeda’s “golden chain” financiers. Older vehicles were turned into car bombs to kill American soldiers in Iraq. Two of the car bombs have been traced through the Clan’s network through their vehicle identification (VIN) numbers.
Daniel Hopsicker, June 12 2007: One day after the 9/11 Commission Report says the terrorist ringleader finished making withdrawals in Virginia Beach, VA. totaling $18,000 from a SunTrust Bank account, on April 5th, 2001 - Hassan Erroudani, an Orlando man with close ties to the Moroccan Embassy in Washington D.C., filed incorporation papers with the state of Florida listing the President of KARAM LLC as “Mohamed Atta.” The document lists an address for "President" Atta in Marseilles, France, which can be traced to a graphic design firm there. (Once again, Amanda Keller's testimony is vindicated. Atta told her he was French.)
Incorporation documents give the names of the KARAM LLC's officers as Hassan Erroudani, Mohamed Atta, and Jamal Erroudani. Karam LLC was delisted in 2002 by the state of Florida for failing to file an annual report. When the firm filed for reinstatement on January 13, 2003, it once again listed “Mohamed Atta” as a corporate officer. But Atta had now been demoted to Company Secretary. And his address has changed as well. Not to Paradise, or Virgin City, but Orlando, a long way from heaven, according to those who've been there.
Hassan Erroudani has close ties with the Moroccan Embassy in Washington D.C. He is also the President of the Moroccan-American Chamber of Commerce. Moreover Florida records show Erroudani is also business partners, in a company called JMH INVESTMENT GROUP, with Mohammed Ariad, the economic counselor of the Moroccan Embassy in Washington D.C. Atta was, of course, in Orlando on numerous occasions. For example, his car, a red 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix two-door coupe, was said to have been seen last in downtown Orlando. Still, the idea that the “Mohamed Atta” who flew Flight 11 into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 had been listed as a corporate officer in a Florida company, without it having become public knowledge by now, seemed a tad unlikely, perhaps even a little far-fetched. At least, it did, until after we spoke with KARAM LLC principal and founder Hassan Erroudani, who we reached by phone at his Orlando home.
We hadn't counted on either Erroudani’s flat refusal to answer any questions about the “Mohamed Atta” listed as an officer in his company, or his tone of evident hostility. Trust us... We had been nothing if not polite, even to the point of suggesting a reason for why the whole thing might be just a big misunderstanding... “Was it perhaps just a case of two different men with similar names?” we asked helpfully. Ennoudani’s forceful response: “I don’t have anything to say about that.” And then he hung up.
Among the red flags on their flagpoles denoting Hassan Erroudani's various enterprises which we never got the opportunity to question him about:
- He ran a wire transfer service called Rapid Cash from out of his home. (Atta and Marwan made frequent use of wire services to get money.)
- He owned a company, Seawest Car Import/Export, which appears to be in the business of exporting luxury vehicles to the Middle East.
- One of the corporate officer in Seawest, until recently, was one “Murat Oner.”
Lt Cdr Murat Oner is the Turkish Embassy's Naval Attaché in Washington.
Other companies possibly related to the KARAM LLC scheme include KARAM MOTORS, another company which ships cars to Lebanon. Florida records show it was incorporated the same day that KARAM LLC filed for reinstatement, January 13, 2003. Another Orlando company, Karam Moving and Storage, gave as its address a private home located two blocks south of the Orlando Executive Airport… the same airport where terror flight school owner Wally Hilliard’s Lear jet was confiscated with 43 lbs. of heroin onboard six months earlier.
What was going on in Central Florida that made Erroudani so reluctant to talk? U.S. federal agencies recently announced new anti-money laundering strategies designed to begin to combat bulk cash smuggling and trade-based money laundering. According to a May 3 2007 article in the Boston Globe, as traditional bank transfer avenues are shut down cash is increasingly being converted to goods, like cars, before being moved across borders and sold in seemingly legitimate transactions. Moreover, terrorists appear to have an affinity for posing as used car salesmen. Among the many little-known facts about Mohamed Atta is that, in addition to being a draftsman, Mohamed Atta sold used cars while in Hamburg. More recently, one of the alleged terrorists involved in the thwarted Kennedy Airport Terror Plot was a used car salesman...The convicted al-Qaeda chief in Spain, Imad Yarkas, sentenced to 27 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder and for heading a terrorist organization, was a used car salesman...The man accused in the Bali bombing of detonating bombs that killed nearly 200 people on that resort island was a used car dealer...
“Almost every time there is a Muslim plot to blow up and kill US and or British targets there is a Muslim car dealer involved in financing the project,” fumed Sarasota PI Bill Warner, an export in terrorist financing. Warner is credited with revealing Islamist groups with ties to Al Qaeda operating networks used to export stolen luxury cars from a base in Tampa, FL, just miles from the headquarters of the US Central Command, the group tasked with eradicating the Islamist terrorist threat in the Middle East. “Muslim used car scams are an updated version of the Hawala money transfer,” states Warner. “The cars are the cash now. Vehicles sent to the Middle East from the US are funding terrorism. And a few have even been used as car bombs in Iraq.”
Hani Hanjour's trainer Edit
I first flew with Hani Hanjour on 21 May 1998. I instructed him for about four months, during that time I knew him only professionally, he was generally quiet and his English was poor. He told me that he was single, and that he went to the mosque in Phoenix every Friday. He was not well educated nor was he very intelligent. His general attitude was unlike most European and American students who invariably are concerned about the cost of their training and wish to complete their training as quickly as possible. For these reasons most western students are highly motivated. Hani Hanjour was not a motivated student. And, whilst he did not seem rich, he did not seem concerned at the cost of his training.
As a person I found Hani Hanjour fairly easy to get along with. He smiled often and was easy going. I did not think that he was the type of person to become an airline pilot. He was a follower and not a leader, had few opinions of his own and had, in my view, almost no initiative. Consequently I very seriously doubt that he had any organizational or leadership role in the events of September 11th.
As a pilot, Hani Hanjour was very poor. His knowledge of the academic side of training was weak, his flying skills were marginal but most significantly his judgment was very poor. He told me about one flight, in which he had almost run out of fuel while on a solo cross-country. What struck me most when he was recounting this story was that he did not seem to care. To most pilots such an event would teach them a lesson they would never forget, for Hani Hanjour it seemed mildly amusing. On one occasion when Hani Hanjour and I were about to fly I double checked the fuel (as all pilots and flight instructors always do prior to a flight) and noticed that there was almost no fuel; Hani Hanjour was ready to fly. I questioned him about the lack of fuel and again he seemed mildly amused rather than appalled by his possibly life-threatening mistake (again).
In retrospect, Hani Hanjour was not someone cut out to be a pilot. He had no motivation, a poor understanding of the basic principles of aviation and poor judgment combined with poor technical skills. His personality was weak and I have no doubt that he could have been easily persuaded to do almost anything - clearly he was.
The night before 9/11, two men are observed behaving suspiciously on a United Airlines flight from San Diego to Boston. This is according Elaine Lawrence, who is one of the plane’s flight attendants. She later recalls that the men—one who appears Middle Eastern, the other Caucasian—upgrade from coach to first class, and then sit “on the left side of the plane, seats 3A and 3B,” near the cockpit door. She will comment: “It was really weird. They didn’t eat, they didn’t sleep, they didn’t watch the movie. Why upgrade?” Furthermore, she recalls: “[W]hen we were getting close to Boston they asked if we could see the World Trade Center towers. ‘Do we see the towers?’ the guy kept asking. I told him we wouldn’t be going by New York.” After the attacks the following day, she will call the FBI and inform them of this incident. Lawrence was in fact originally scheduled to be an attendant on Flight 175—the second plane to hit the WTC—on 9/11. However, as she is planning to go on vacation, she has traded shifts with another flight attendant, Amy Jarret.
Paul L. Nenninger Edit
Nenninger wrote that on the morning of September 11, he had been at the Secret Service headquarters in Washington for a board meeting. One of the last people to arrive for the meeting reported that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. "Across from me sat a lady who was formerly the special agent in charge of the White House," Nenninger wrote. "She pointed at me and said, 'You know all about that.'" Nenninger then explained to the others there for the meeting "that the training center had been crashing planes into the White House since 1998 on a simulation program provided by the military. It was done to test the security responses of the various agencies that interact to provide security and support to the White House."
The Secret Service had what Nenninger described as "a very good piece of analytical software" called the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS), which had been developed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. JCATS was unveiled by computer scientists at LLNL in 1997. It was then distributed to the Secret Service by the Joint Warfighting Center at Fort Monroe, Virginia.. By 2000, JCATS was being used by such agencies as the Air Force Security Forces, the Special Operations Command, the Marine Corps., and the Army.
Using JCATS, war games were "extremely accurate" and therefore provided "directly applicable and credible training."
In May 2001, then-Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill testified that the Secret Service had been running "interagency tabletop exercises in preparation for terrorist attacks on the White House.
Pre-9/11 World Trade Center Power-Down Edit
Did the World Trade Center towers undergo a deliberate “power-down” on the weekend prior to the 9-11 terrorist attacks? According to Scott Forbes, a senior database administrator for Fiduciary Trust, Inc. – a high-net investment bank which was later acquired by Franklin Templeton – this is precisely what took place. Forbes, who was hired by Fiduciary in 1999 and is now stationed at a U.K. branch office, was working on the weekend of September 8-9, 2001, and said that his company was given three weeks advance notice that New York’s Port Authority would take out power in the South Tower from the 48th floor up. The reason: the Port Authority was performing a cabling upgrade to increase the WTC’s computer bandwidth.
Forbes stated that Fiduciary Trust was one of the WTC’s first occupants after it was erected, and that a “power-down” had never been initiated prior to this occasion. He also stated that his company put forth a huge investment in time and resources to take down their computer systems due to the deliberate power outage. This process, Forbes recalled, began early Saturday morning (September 8th) and continued until mid-Sunday afternoon (September 9th) – approximately 30 hours. As a result of having its electricity cut, the WTC’s security cameras were rendered inoperative, as were its I.D. systems, and elevators to the upper floors.
Forbes did stress, though, that there was power to the WTC’s lower floors, and that there were plenty of engineers going in-and-out of the WTC who had free access throughout the building due to its security system being knocked out. In an e-mail to journalist John Kaminski, author of The Day America Died (Sisyphus Press) and America’s Autopsy Report (Dandelion Books), Forbes wrote: “Without power there were no security cameras, no security locks on doors, and many, many ‘engineers’ coming in and out of the tower.”
Forbes didn’t think much of these occurrences at the time, and said that he worked until Monday morning (September 10th) to get all the computer systems back online. Due to his IT-related duties on Saturday & Sunday, Forbes had Tuesday, September 11th off, and thus watched the World Trade Center towers collapse from his apartment. While doing so, he recalled, “I was convinced immediately that something was happening related to the weekend work.”
In addition, Forbes says there were other peculiarities revolving around this unreported event, including:
1) Fiduciary employees trapped between the 90-97th floors of the South Tower told family members (via cell-phone calls) that they were hearing “bomb-like explosions” throughout the towers.
2) Video cameras positioned atop the World Trade Center which were used to feed daily images to local television stations were inexplicably inoperative that morning.
3) A Fiduciary employee who was on one of the lower floors and escaped immediately after the first (North) tower was struck, reported that he was amazed by the large number of FBI agents that were already on the streets surrounding the WTC complex only minutes after the initial strike.
4) Last but not least, Ann Tatlock, CEO of Fiduciary Trust and now a board member of Franklin Templeton, had just arrived at a conference hosted by Warren Buffet at the Offutt Air Force Base (home of the U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska) when the 9-11 attacks took place. Coincidentally, later that day President George W. Bush flew into this very same base on Air Force One for “security reasons.”
In the end, Forbes says that even though these disclosures could jeopardize his current employment, he has stepped forward because, “I have mailed this information to many people, including the 9/11 Commission, but no one seems to be registering these facts.”
9/11 commission sightings Edit
by John Raidt
- August 11, 2000, Captain on a flight from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale, suspcious german male travelled in jumpseat
- December 14, 2000 - Delta captain said Atta was working at Albany, NY Crown Plaza Hotel and had tried to steal his flight bag
- April 2001 - Flight atttendent saw Marwan al Shehhi taking pictures of her planes cockpit on Boston to LAX flight
- June 07, 2001 - AA pilot on flight 59, JFK to SFO, reported that one of the hijackers was in the cokpit asking him questions
- June 09, 2001 - Two flight attendants saw a hijacker 'casing' flight 589, JFK to SFO
- September 07, 2001 - pilot on UAL flight 657, Newark to Chicago, reported suspicious middle eastener sat in the jumpseat who claimed to be a pilot for Skyway Airlines
- undated - baggage handler at Boston ran into Mohamed Atta
- undated - AA pilot Miami to East Coast reported Satam al Saqami tried to sit in his jumpseat
Other potential hijackings Edit
United 23 Edit
United Flight 23 from Newark to Los Angeles was cancelled after news broke of multiple hijackings. Six passengers initially refused to get off the plane, then walked away and left their luggage behind. Al-Qaeda instruction sheets were found in their luggage. 
Suspicious Amtrak passengers Edit
Two passengers of a cancelled American Airlines flight, Ayub Ali Khan (aka Gul Mohammed Shah, age 51) and Mohammed Jaweed Azmath were arrested on an Amtrak train to Texas carrying boxcutters and $5,000 Template:Cn to $20,000  in cash. Khan and Azmath had sent $64,000 in wire transfers to India in 1999.  Federal authorities found no connection between them and the attacks. 
Reports differ on whether their their flight was American Airlines Flight 43 from Boston to Los Angeles or American Airlines Flight 1729 from Newark to San Antonio. Reports also differ on whether Flight 43 was cancelled or whether it landed in Cincinnati or St. Louis.
Suspicious Qataris in Los Angeles Edit
Meshal Abdullah al-Hajri, Fahad Mubarak Abdullah, and Ali Hamad al-Fehaid visited the US shortly before the attack. Their plane tickets were paid for by "a convicted terrorist" who also arranged their hotel reservations in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, they spent a week in the company of Mohamed Ali Mohamed al-Dahham al-Mansoori. Hotel staff noted that the contents of their room included pilot uniforms, printouts of pilot names and their flights, a disassembled cell phone, and boxes addressed to Syria, Jerusalem, Afghanistan, and Jordan. Their return flight was American Airlines Flight 144 on September 10, 2001, but the three failed to board. The same airplane was hijacked the next day as Flight 77. 
The "convicted terrorist" may have been Meshal's brother Fahed al-Hajri, who was convicted of visa fraud but not of terrorism. 
Knife findings Edit
Air Canada 792 Edit
Two X-Acto box cutters were found in overhead bins on Air Canada Flight 792 which was scheduled to fly from Toronot to Calgary. 
American Airlines 160 Edit
Naftali Bendavid: 
A box-cutter knife has been discovered under a seat cushion on American Airlines Flight 160, a Boeing 767 that was to have flown from San Diego to New York's Kennedy International Airport the morning of Sept. 11 but was unable to take off before federal authorities halted commercial air traffic.
Julian Borger: 
An intelligence source in the US said another plane due to have been hijacked was a Continental Airlines flight from Newark on the morning of September 11. Retractable knives (similar to Stanley knives) of the same type used in the four successful hijackings were found taped to the backs of fold-down trays.
Delta Airlines Edit
Boxcutters were found on two Delta airplanes. 
Knives and boxcutters were found on a plane that was scheduled to take off from Boston and a plane that was scheduled to take off from Atlanta. 
Stratesec was founded as Securacom (formerly the engineering firm Burns and Roe Securacom). It was reinvented shortly after the first Gulf War, and thereafter marketed large security contracts to big clients, including the World Trade Center, Washington's Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport, various municipalities and airlines.
After the first attack on the World Trade Center, in 1993, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began a multimillion-dollar, multiyear revamping of security in and around the Twin Towers. As Burns and Roe Securacom, the company had previously done security studies on the World Trade Center. Securacom was hired along with many other contractors for the upgrade and was praised in security industry publications.
Marvin Bush had joined Securacom's board of directors in 1993, part of a new management team hired when Securacom separated from Burns and Roe
Securacom went public on September 11, 1997
Marvin Bush had joined Securacom's board of directors in 1993, part of a new management team hired when Securacom separated from Burns and Roe Marvin Bush was reelected to the Stratesec board of directors annually from 1993 through 1999. His last reelection was on May 25, 1999, for July 1999 to June 2000, shortly before the company imploded.
Stratesec, which was de-listed on the American Stock Exchange in the fall of 2002 due to inability to make financing payments to ES Bankest, its primary shareholder and went bankrupt.
McGladrey were the auditors of Stratesec and got sued by ES Bankest. Bankests liquidator in the Bankruptcy court was Lewis B. Freeman, one of South Florida’s best-known forensic accountants who turned out to be a criminal who pleaded guilty March 10, 2010 to commit mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Paul Huck. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Freeman also instructed other employees at his firm to falsify financial reports by omitting the unauthorized checks that were issued, thus falsely inflating account balances for the respective fiduciary accounts. Freeman’s criminal case follows the collapse of his firm, Lewis B. Freeman & Partners, after he filed to put it into receivership amid a federal investigation last fall. Freeman was overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in business operations when his firm dissolved
ES Bankest, December 5, 2003, The government said Eduardo Orlansky, Hector Orlansky, R. Peter Stanham, and Dominick Parlapiano were directors of E.S. Bankest, while Carlos E. Mendez was a senior vice president at the factoring company, Ariadna Puerto was a officer and Otto Ambrosiani was responsible for the information systems and technologies at the factoring company. Additionally, the government said Jeffrey Barnhill was a director of Joy Athletic, an athletic clothing company that factored its accounts receivable with E.S. Bankest, and Howard Cantor was a director of StrataSys, Corp., a consulting company that also factored its accounts receivable with E.S. Bankest.
The government has charged Eduardo Orlansky, Hector Orlansky, Stanham, Parlapiano and Mendez with multiple counts of bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. Hector Orlansky is also charged with making false statements to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Both Barnhill and Cantor are charged with conspiracy and multiple counts of bank fraud.
The defendants either worked for or did business with E.S. Bankest, the government said, explaining the company was in the business of "factoring." Factoring involves buying accounts receivable from companies at a discount. Espirito Santo Bank was a joint venture partner in E.S. Bankest and was responsible for arranging funding for the factoring operations, the government explained. "The accounts receivable E.S. Bankest LLC purchased were supposed to serve as the collateral for the funding arranged by Espirito Santo Bank," the U.S. District Attorney's Office said, adding that during nine years, from June 1994 through August 2003, it believes the nine defendants deceived Espirito Santo Bank into providing funding. The government said the defendants falsified financial statements, created fictitious invoices and checks, used fictitious companies and engaged in other machinations to create the appearance that millions of dollars in false accounts receivable were real.
E.S. Bankest L.C. 2675 South Bayshore Drive Coconut Grove, FL 33133-5463
On August 16, 2006, a federal court jury in Miami, Florida, returned guity verdicts against Eduardo and Hector Orlansky, R. Peter Stanham and Ariadno Puerto, after a six-month trial. The two brothers were found guilty for their roles in defrauding Espirito Santo Bank of $170 million. Eduardo Orlansky, Hector Orlansky, R. Peter Stanham were directors of E.S. Bankest, LLC. They were convicted of multiple counts of bank fraud and conspiracy. Eduardo and Hector Orlansky were also convicted of wire fraud and Hector Orlansky was individually convicted of making false statements to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Ariadna Puerto, an officer of E.S. Bankest, LLC, was convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud, and wire fraud. In addition all defendants were convicted of money laundering.
“Neither Hector nor Eduardo Orlansky took one penny of anybody else’s money for themselves,” Edward Shohat, Eduardo Orlansky’s criminal defense attorney said. “They would like to know just like everyone else what happened to the $170 million. Where did all of that money go? Why hasn’t it been traced? None of it went to Eduardo and Hector Orlansky.”
Before opening Bankest International in Miami in 1972, Eduardo Orlansky was with the Wall Street investment banking firm of Loebe Rhoades & Co., according to a biography submitted as evidence in the lawsuit. He was a vice president and director who headed up the firm’s Latin American division. The firm was eventually absorbed by Citigroup.
June 2007, In a verdict that could have severe consequences for BDO Seidman, a Miami jury on Friday decided the world’s fifth largest accounting firm was negligent in failing to detect a massive fraud that cost a Portuguese bank $170 million.
The Orlanskys and two other E.S. Bankest officers — R. Peter Stanham and Ariadna Puerto — were convicted in 2006 of inflating the value of collateral used to obtain loans through the bank, inflating the company's value from $5 million to $225 million with falsified financial statements and fake invoices and checks from 1994 to 2003.
Banco Espirito Santo had sued BDO Seidman in 2004 over the collapse of a financial services firm, E.S. Bankest, that the bank helped start. Lisbon-based Banco Espírito Santo and the estate of E.S. Bankest sued BDO Seidman regarding more than $140 million lost to a financial scheme run by former officers of E.S. Bankest
BDO Seidman was E.S. Bankest’s auditor for seven years.
- Eduardo Orlansky
- Hector Orlansky
- Dominick Parlapiano
- Carlos Mendez
- Edward L. Dubner
999 Brickell Avenue 11th Floor Penthouse Miami, Florida 33131
Stratesec Assets AGREEMENT FOR PURCHASE OF SALE OF ASSETS OF STRATESEC, INCORPORATED BY CERTIFIED SECURITY INTEGRATORS, INC. January 9, 2003
This Agreement for Purchase and Sale of Assets (this "Agreement") is entered into as of January 9, 2003 between STRATESEC INCORPORATED, a Delaware corporation (the "Seller"), and CERTIFIED SECURITY INTEGRATORS, INC., a California corporation (the "Buyer").
SELLER: Name: Barry W. McDaniel Title: CEO
Certified Security Integrators, Inc., A California Corporation has a location in San Leandro, CA. Active officers include John Dominic Fraticelli. Certified Security Integrators, Inc., A California Corporation filed as a Articles of Incorporation on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 in the state of California and is currently active. Eric Clarke serves as the registered agent for this organization. Mark Oliver Demler serves as CEO/PRESIDENT. Scott Brian Govers serves as OFFICER.
Certified Security Integrators, Inc. EITHER 436 Mc Cormick St OR 526 McCormick St San Leandro, CA 94577
Eric Clarke 425 Market St Fl 26 San Francisco, CA 94105
Special Situation Investment Holdings (SSIH)
- sole power to vote: 1,656,339
- sole power to dispose: 1,656,333
This amount consists of 1,656,333 shares held by Special Situation Investment Holdings, Ltd. ("SSIH") and 157,794 shares held by Special Situation Investment Holdings, L.P. II ("SSIH II"). KuwAm Corporation ("KuwAm") is the general partner of SSIH and SSIH II. KuwAm disclaims beneficial ownership of such shares.
Wirt D. Walker III
- sole power to vote: 286,635
- sole power to dispose: 286,635
- shared power to vote: 1,884,187
- shared power to dispose: 1,884,187
- shared power to vote: 1,814,127
- shared power to dispose: 1,814,127
Mishal Y.S. Al Sabah
- shared power to vote: 2,192,227
- shared power to dispose: 2,192,227
Special Situation Investment Holdings was incorporated in the District of Columbia. Nothing else is known about it.
KuwAm was by far the biggest long-term backer for acting much like a swinging door for Kuwaiti money to pass through. In 1996, KuwAm owned 90 percent of Securacom, directly or through partnerships with names like "Special Situations Investment Holdings" and "Fifth Floor Company for General Trading and Contracting."
Aviation General was de-listed on the Nasdaq exchange in October 2002 after filing for bankruptcy protection.
According to Jeff Gallup, a former Stratesec manager who left the company for a position at Landtek, Inc., Stratesec installed the initial security-description plan—the layout of the electronic security system—at the World Trade Center. Gallup knows the WTC site well, since Landtek, like EJ Electric, was a prime contractor at the trade center. He was "intimately involved" with WTC security, he said in a phone interview last year, up to September 12, 2001
Special Situations Investment Edit
A special-situation investment is one whose performance and financial results are dependent on corporate action rather than the supply-and-demand factors that buyers and sellers create in the stock market. Sometimes referred to as "workouts," these investments are securities for which investors can predict, with a high degree of confidence, when they will get a return, how much they can expect, and what might upset the apple cart along the way. In other words, investors can determine how long it will take for the security's troubles to work themselves out. The critical element here is that, if executed properly, the investment return is possible regardless of the current stock-market environment.
Warren Buffett, who never experienced a down year when he was running his partnerships in the 1950s and 1960s, actively participated in special situations. The Oracle wrote to his partners in 1962 that workouts "produce reasonably stable earnings from year to year, to a large extent irrespective of the course" of the markets. He further observed that a workout's investment performance "will look extremely good if it turns out to be a declining year for the Dow."
Special-situation investments come in various forms. Because you're relying on a particular corporate action to occur, you should make such an investment only after an extremely detailed drill-down. The effort can be long and involved, but the rewards can be immense. And whether these investments work or not, they are always excellent educational exercises.
The Grupo Torras fraud case Mishal Y.S. Al Sabah, a major investor in Stratesec, also has a leading role in one of histories longest ever fraud cases.
The claimants in the action were a Spanish company originally called Torras Hostench SA but renamed in June 1989 as Grupo Torras SA.
Grupo Torras was a Spanish company which was majority owned, via Dutch holding companies, by the Kuwait Investment Office (KIO) in London.
During the late 1980's, when Spain was booming, Kuwait came shopping for corporations and investments, got a little carried away and plowed $5 billion into paper, chemical and fertilizer companies, as well as two leaning office towers whose bizarre silhouette dominates the Madrid skyline.
Kuwaiti authorities contend that between $500 million and $1 billion was stolen, and the balance of the $5 billion squandered through egregious mismanagement, in what amounts to Europe's biggest financial scandal since the collapse of Robert Maxwell's media empire in 1991.
Much fog still surrounds what has become known in Spain as the KIO scandal (pronounced KEY-oh), after the Kuwait Investment Office.
At the center of the scandal is a sprawling Spanish conglomerate called Grupo Torras managed by a maverick Spanish financier with a dubious record named Javier De la Rosa. Over a six-year period, from 1986 to 1992, the London-based KIO put about $5 billion of Kuwait's oil wealth into building Torras.
Now, Grupo Torras has filed for protection from its creditors and is being run by court-appointed administrators. Its main holdings -- the largest Spanish chemical group, Ercros, the biggest paper producer, Torras-Papel, and the real estate group Prima -- lie in ruins.
A lawsuit filed on April 14 in London by the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, America's largest, on behalf of the new Kuwaiti management of Grupo Torras, was made available to The New York Times. The suit contends that through the use of various shell companies, fictitious loans, fraud and embezzlement, the former Torras management conspired to steal at least $500 million between May 1988 and May 1992.
The main targets of the suit are the former chairman of KIO, Sheik Fahad Mohammed al-Sabah, who is a cousin of the Emir of Kuwait and is now living in the Bahamas; Fouad Khaled Jaffar, the former general manager of the investment office, who is in London, and Mr. De La Rosa, a director of Torras and the mastermind of its investments.
"There is enormous anger here at this scandal and a feeling that money was just stolen," said Abdallah al-Nobari, an opposition leader of the Kuwaiti Parliament. "It seems that some members of the Kuwaiti royal family just helped themselves in a financial grab equivalent to Saddam Hussein's invasion." The Damage Unfinished Towers Become a Symbol.
Three attempts by lawyers hired by Kuwait to bring criminal charges for embezzlement, falsification of accounts and other crimes against the Spanish financier and the former London-based management of KIO have been rejected by a Barcelona judge.
An investigation into the Kuwaiti disaster by the Spanish Government has also disclosed no irregularities.
In January, 1998, Marvin Bush was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Fresh Del Monte Produce company, the giant fruit company (major product bananas) that makes the canned goods we buy in our markets. Del Monte is owned by a very wealthy family from Kuwait, the Abu-Ghazaleh family. Mohammed Abu-Ghazaleh is the CEO and he has several family members on the Board alongside Marvin Bush. Another member of the Fresh Del Monte Board of Directors is Stephen Way, who is a major Bush fundraiser. Way is the head of the Houston-based HCC Insurance Holdings Company. In early 2000, Stephen Way acquired the appointment of Marvin Bush to the Board of Directors of HCC. In that transaction, Bush not only landed a very large salary, but a sweet stock option deal.
Aviation was the first line of insurance provided by HCC. Since 1974 the company is one of the top five underwriters in the U.S. in general aviation, a category which includes many types of aircraft from helicopters to homemade private plans, corporate jets, and antique "warbirds". The company's insurance for aviation includes hull, liability, spares, cargo, and war, as well as many unique coverages. Altogether, HCC Aviation insures approximately 45,000 aircraft in the United States and more than 60 countries worldwide.
In spring 1999, Marvin Pierce Bush, youngest brother of George W. Bush, was a nominee for the boards of directors of two companies, both with a significant interest in security at the World Trade Center. One was HCC Insurance, formerly Houston Casualty Company, a giant holding company and major insurance carrier for the center. The other was a security company named Stratesec, one of the center's numerous security contractors. Bush, however, did not list his directorship at Stratesec on the proxy statement for HCC, and did not list his connections with HCC on the proxy statement for Stratesec. According to officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission and other experts, listing other directorships is required, in proxy statements, for directors and officers of public companies. Stratesec was eventually excused from the World Trade Center project. HCC sustained significant losses when the Center collapsed after the attacks of 9/11, withdrawing from workers compensation as a result.
BDO audited ES Bankest
BDO USA, LLP was founded as Seidman and Seidman in New York City in 1910 by three immigrant brothers
Accounting firm BDO USA has admitted it was part of a fraud that generated $6.5 billion in phony tax losses and has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a federal investigation into its promotion of abusive tax shelters from 1997 to 2003.
On December 16, 2008, in connection with the Bernard Madoff scandal, the New York Law School filed a lawsuit against J. Ezra Merkin, Ascot Partners, and its auditor BDO Seidman, after losing its $3 million investment in Ascot.
William Seidman, Who Led Cleanup of S&L Crisis, Dies, Bloomberg, May 13, 2009
A typical operation took place in April 1989, when a container ship from Colombia docked during the night at Karachi, Pakistan.
Black-unit operatives met the ship after paying $100,000 in bribes to Pakistani customs officials. The band unloaded large wooden crates from several containers. "They were so heavy we had to use a crane rather than a forklift," says a participant.
The crates were trucked to a "secure airport" and loaded aboard an unmarked 707 jet, where an American, believed by the black-unit members to be a CIA agent, supervised the frantic activity. The plane then departed for Czechoslovakia, taking the place of a scheduled Pakistan International Airlines commercial flight that was aborted at the last minute by prearrangement. The 707's radar transponder was altered to beep out the code of a commercial airliner, which enabled the plane to overfly several countries without arousing suspicion.
"From Czechoslovakia the 707 flew to the U.S.," said the informant, insisting that none of the black-unit workers had any knowledge of what was in the heavy wooden crates. "It could have been gold. It could have been drugs. It could have been guns. We dealt in those commodities," Mustafa told U.S. authorities.
Businessmen who pursued shady deals with B.C.C.I. are just as frightened. "Look," says an arms dealer, "these people work hand in hand with the drug cartels; they can have anybody killed. I personally know one fellow who got crossed up with B.C.C.I., and he is a cripple now. A bunch of thugs beat him nearly to death, and he knows who ordered it and why. He's not about to talk." Currently the black units have focused their scrutiny and intimidation on investigators. "Our own people have been staked out or followed, and we suspect tapped telephones," says a New York law-enforcement officer.
The bank was found by regulators to be involved in:
- money laundering,
- arms trafficking,
- sale of nuclear technologies,
- tax evasion,
- illegal immigration,
- and the illicit purchases of banks and real estate.
The bank was found to have at least $13 billion in unaccounted funds
BCCI also was a channel for covert U.S. funds for the Afghan mujehedin. The CIA transferred funds for weapons to the mujehedin through BCCI branches in Pakistan. BCCI also helped the CIA, NSC, and other U.S. agencies supply weapons clandestinely to the mujehedin.
Past Commissioners of the Port Authority include Robert R. Douglass, a close friend of David Rockefeller and later chairman of Clearstream International.
It was reported that Bahrain International Bank, which has been suspected of moving Al Qaeda's money, had an account number at Clearstream, and that BCCI and The Carlyle Group also had accounts there.
Sheikh Kamal Adham, the founder of Saudi Arabia's intelligence service, also played a key role on behalf of BCCI.
A Houston businessman who worked closely with the Bush family over the years confided that Marvin Bush and Wirt Walker appear to have taken over the Saudi real estate investment and aircraft brokerage business once run out of Texas by Houston-based James Bath in association with Salem bin Laden, the late brother of Osama bin Laden, and Khalid bin Mahfouz.
James Reynolds Bath is a former director of Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and also former part owner of Arbusto Energy with George W. Bush, with whom Bath served as a member of the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
In 1980, Bath was named company president of Cotopax Investments, registered in the Cayman Islands. The name was changed to Skyway Aircraft Leasing Ltd.
Jim Bath lived in River Oaks, Houston with his wife, Sandra. Their house was behind the house of Khalid bin Mahfouz.
Khalid bin Mahfouz was a wealthy Saudi Arabian businessman residing in Ireland. He was accused of supporting al-Qaeda
Bin Mahfouz was a non-executive director of Bank of Credit and Commerce International
Craig Unger's book House of Bush, House of Saud claims that bin Mahfouz donated over $270,000 to Osama bin Laden at the request of Osama's brother Salem bin Laden. Bin Mahfouz's lawyer stated: "This donation was to assist the US-sponsored resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan"
Khalid bin Mahfouz helped set up a charity organization called the Muwafaq Foundation, Muwafaq being Arabic for "blessed relief". He funded this charity with $30 million, and put his eldest son, Abdulrahman bin Mahfouz, on the board of directors. In October 2001, the U.S. Treasury Department named Muwafaq Foundation - a charity devoted to famine relief - a front organization. Neither Khalid nor Abdulrahman were accused of funding terrorism by the United States; however Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi national hired to run the charity, was named a supporter of terrorism by and had his assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Yasin al-Qadi is a citizen of Saudi Arabia who was subjected to economic sanctions because he is suspected of ties to terrorism. The United States Treasury classified Al Qadi as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist".
On November 6th, 2002 the FBI raided a Boston-area computer software firm looking for evidence that the company, which does business with key government agencies, might have links to Osama bin Laden's terror network. This company was Ptech from Quincy, Massachusetts. The investigation was part of a broader Customs-led program known as "Operation Green Quest."
The Washington Post reported later, that public documents filed in Massachusetts showed that Ptech leased much of its office and computer equipment using financing provided by BMI Finance and Investment, a firm that was partly financed by Al-Qaeda and which shared office space in New Jersey with Kadi International.
BMI was financed by Marzook (a US Designated Terrorist); Yassin Kadi, financier of HAMAS terrorist Mohammad Salah, and two siblings of Osama bin Laden.
Former Justice Department prosecutor John Loftus has shown that both HAMAS and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are run by the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation controlled by Western intelligence agencies since Adolf Hitler set it up.
Already in 1998 ex-FBI agent Robert Wright was sabotaged on investigations on Yassin Kadi. Chicago-based special agent Robert Wright had accused the FBI of shutting down his 1998 criminal probe into alleged terrorist-training camps in Chicago and Kansas City, which he linked to Hamas that time.
BCCI's global connections also helped bring private profit to the Bushes. Former Senate investigator Jack Blum told me, "This whole collection of people were wrapped up in the Bush crowd in Texas." Prominent Saudis played a key role: Khalid Bin Mahfouz, head of National Commercial Bank in Saudi Arabia, and a major investor and BCCI board member; Kamal Adham, brother-in-law of the late Saudi King Faisal, former head of Saudi intelligence and a major shareholder and frontman for BCCI, and; Ghaith Rashad Pharaon, a BCCI shareholder and front man for the bank's illegal purchase of three U.S. banks.
Then there was James Bath, a Texas businessman, who owned Houston's Main Bank with Bin Mahfouz and Pharaon. When George W. Bush set up Arbusto Energy Inc. in 1979 and 1980, Bath provided some of the financing. As it turned out, Bush was not much of a businessman, and when Arbusto needed a bailout, political connections eventually got him a buyout by Harken Energy Corp., which paid him $600,000 in stock and a $120,000-a-year consultancy.
BCCI-connected friends were there again with money to help when Harken got into trouble. Arkansas investment banker Jackson Stephens in 1987 worked out Harken's debts by getting $25 million financing from Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), a partner with BCCI in the Swiss Banque de Commerce et de Placements. As part of that deal, a board seat was given to Harken shareholder Sheikh Abdullah Taha Bakhsh, whose chief banker was BCCI shareholder Bin Mahfouz.
Osama bin Laden was seen doing business with BCCI
DNA profiles from a crime scene can be entered into CODIS (COmbined DNA Index System), which was developed by SAIC for the FBI.
In January 1999, new SAIC consultant Steven Hatfill and his collaborator, SAIC vice president Joseph Soukup, commissioned William C. Patrick (a retired leading figure in the old U.S. bioweapons program) to report on the possibilities of terrorist anthrax mailings in the United States. Barbara Hatch Rosenberg said that the report was commissioned "under a CIA contract to SAIC". However, SAIC said Hatfill and Soukup commissioned it internally—there was no outside client. Patrick produced his 28-page report in February 1999. Some subsequently saw it as a "blueprint" for the 2001 anthrax attacks. The report suggested the maximum amount of anthrax powder—2.5 grams—that could be put in an envelope without producing a suspicious bulge. This was just a little more than the actual amounts—2 grams each—in the letters sent to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy. But the report also suggested that a terrorist might produce a spore concentration of 50 billion spores per gram. This was only one-twentieth of the actual concentration—1 trillion spores per gram—in the letters sent to the senators.
Marvin Bush was the cofounder of Winston Partners in 1993, a company that benefited greatly from the War on Terror. In 2000, Winston Partners invested heavily in a defense contractor called AMSEC that was 55% owned by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). It has been noted that SAIC was not only a major contributor to the NIST WTC report, it was also a company that had expertise in nanothermites, explosive materials which were found in the WTC dust as mentioned earlier.
Founded by a scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory, SAIC had a long history at the WTC, having evaluated the basement levels of the buildings as a potential terrorist target in 1986. Interestingly, the company was hired to investigate the 1993 bombing of the WTC, an event that was “remarkably like the one which” they had foreseen in 1986. In fact, SAIC later boasted that -- “After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, our blast analyses produced tangible results that helped identify those responsible.”
After 9/11, SAIC supplied the largest contingent of non-governmental investigators to the WTC investigation conducted NIST. At the same time, “SAIC personnel were instrumental in pressing the case that weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, and that war was the only way to get rid of them.”
SAIC was also a pioneer in the intelligence contracting business, as a founding member of the Security Affairs Support Association in 1979, along with companies like TRW, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed and Hughes Aircraft. A special taskforce of the Defense Science Board, which was led in 1993 by BDM’s Philip Odeen, recommended a vast increase in the outsourcing of intelligence, which all these companies ended up benefiting from greatly.
Today a majority of government intelligence work is outsourced, and SAIC is known first and foremost as an intelligence contractor. SAIC sells expertise about weapons, about homeland security, about surveillance, about computer systems, about “information dominance” and “information warfare,” and has been awarded more individual government contracts than any other private company in America. In fact, the company was paid huge sums to rebuild the NSA and FBI systems that supposedly failed before 9/11.
SAIC is integral to the operations of all the major intelligence collection agencies, particularly the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the CIA. In fact, the CIA relies on SAIC to spy in its own workforce. But SAIC has also played an integral role in the “War on Terror”, and was even responsible for capturing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It was SAIC staff and technology that “tease[ed] out crucial clues about Mohammed's activities from intercepted text messages that he sent to his al Qaeda operatives using as many as 20 different cell phones.”
In an interesting coincidence, while the Carlyle/BDM subsidiary Vinnell Corp was training the Saudi Arabian National Guard, SAIC was training the Saudi Navy and bringing Saudi military personnel to company headquarters in San Diego for further study. Simultaneously, Booz Allen Hamilton was managing the Saudi Marine Corps and running the Saudi Armed Forces Staff College. Vinnell now works with SAIC to train the Iraqi military.
SAIC employees or board members have included Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, former Deputy Director of CIA Bobby Ray Inman, former NYC OEM director Jerome Hauer, anthrax attack suspect Stephen Hatfill, former CIA Director John Deutch, and Lawrence B. Prior, a military intelligence officer and former TRW executive. Also formerly with SAIC, during the time of the planning and implementation of the 9/11 attacks, was Dick Cheney’s undersecretary of defense, Duane Andrews.
Duane Andrews considered Dick Cheney to be his personal, lifelong hero. While he worked for Cheney, Andrews supervised Stephen Cambone, who went on to become Donald Rumsfeld’s “special assistant.” When Andrews left the Pentagon in 1993, he became chief operating officer for SAIC, where he supervised “much of the company's work on secret projects with defense and national security agencies.” Andrews and Cambone both later hired on to the British intelligence firm Qinetiq, along with George Tenet. Coincidentally, The Carlyle Group was a major shareholder in Qinetiq as of February 2003.
SAIC, founded by a scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory, had a long history at the WTC, having evaluated the basement levels of the buildings as a potential terrorist target in 1986. 49 Interestingly, the company was hired to investigate the 1993 bombing of the WTC, an event that was "remarkably like the one which" they had foreseen in 1986. In fact, SAIC later boasted that -- "After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, our blast analyses produced tangible results that helped identify those responsible."
It turns out that SAIC was one of the first organizations to show up at Ground Zero. The company claimed in its 2004 shareholder report that -- "Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we responded rapidly to assist a number of customers near ground zero in New York City and in Washington, D.C." In one of these instances, "SAIC technicians raced to Ground Zero within hours to install an ad hoc communications network for first responders and local financial companies." Therefore, SAIC was in control of at least some of the communications at Ground Zero.
Perhaps the most interesting SAIC connection to the cleanup was John Blitch, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army's Special Forces, who was said to have retired from the Army just the day before 9/11. It was reported that Blitch was "filling out the paperwork in an out-processing office of the Pentagon on the morning of September 10, 2001," and that after "three years at the helm of the Defense Department's Tactical Mobile Robots Program," he was "leaving to direct the Center for Intelligent Robotics and Unmanned Systems at the Science Applications International Corporation."
Instead of traveling to his new job at SAIC on 9/11, "Blitch scrapped the trip . . . and headed for New York. On the road, Blitch donned his fatigues, dug out his military id, and worked his cell phone, summoning colleagues from Florida to Boston to pack up their finest tactical robots and rendezvous at Ground Zero." And "Over the next 11 days, the group's 17 robots squeezed into spaces too narrow for humans, dug through heaps of scalding rubble, and found seven bodies trapped beneath the mountains of twisted steel and shattered concrete."
An award presentation for Blitch stated that -- "Within 15 minutes of the second plane crash into the WTC, Blitch called roboticists and manufacturers with field-ready robots to supplement robots donated by the federal government's Defense Applied Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He drove to New York from Washington, DC, and within six hours was met by teams from nearby companies. Eighteen hours after the attacks, robots were on the rubble pile."
Lieutenant Colonel Blitch was experienced at such search missions, and had done "ground-breaking research in robot assisted search and rescue conducted during the Oklahoma City Bombing response". Blitch was also the former chief of unmanned systems at the U.S. Special Operations Command (US SOCOM), which conducts covert and clandestine missions.
As an expert on unmanned aircraft, including Predator 2 and other drones, Blitch has stated: "Our airplanes are small and even look like birds -- so much so that other birds attack them and make mating advances on our aircraft". Blitch developed his knowledge when he led the DARPA Tactical Mobile Robots program from 1998 to 2001. During this time, Blitch worked with NIST, the Commerce Department agency that wrote the final report on what happened at the WTC.
In 1999, a report submitted to Blitch described laser technology being developed by the US Army in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and TRW. By May 2001, laser technology was being used by Blitch's robot program. It was reported that -- "Robots are performing quite successfully in the field of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD)".. and "EOD units [include] a laser weapon for ordnance neutralization..[used to] burn unexploded ordnance."
Therefore, Lieutenant Colonel Blitch of SOCOM and SAIC had the means and opportunity to neutralize any unwanted explosives that might have been buried in the pile at Ground Zero. And his employer had done research on the laser ignition of nanothermites as stated before.
Turner Construction, who supervised the 2000 demolition of the Seattle Kingdome, participated in the post-9/11 Ground Zero clean-up and performed extensive renovations within the World Trade Center towers just prior to 9/11, was in fact performing unspecified renovation work throughout the WTC complex until the very morning of September 11, 2001. The Port Authority of NY/NJ now claims that records describing such work or other projects were destroyed on September 11, 2001. A December 2000 WTC property assessment described required renovation work to be completed within one year, upon steel columns within elevator shafts of both WTC towers that was immediately pending or already underway.
12 employees of Turner Construction were located in an office in the third subbasement of Tower 1, the north tower. Turner had been performing renovation work in various parts of the center and had occupied various office spaces."
"The CEO for Turner Construction Company appointed in 1999, was Tom Leppert, who joined the board of Turner in 1998, is currently the mayor of Dallas, Texas and who has ties with former president George W. Bush and Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, was assigned to investigate the collapses of the WTC 1,2 and 7.
Known CIA/FBI al-Qaeda Assets Edit
Aukai Collins Also known as "Aqil Collins" is an American of Irish descent who converted to Islam and fought with Islamic Chechen irregulars of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. In 1996 he successfully volunteered to become a CIA informant. He then, among other things, went on to work as a deep cover intelligence operative for the FBI. He also claimed that he warned the bureau (FBI) long before 9/11 that Hani Hanjour, one of the September 11th hijackers, was using a Phoenix flight school as his training ground for terrorism.
Ali A. Mohamed Worked for the FBI, the CIA, and U.S. Special Forces. Mohamed was stationed at Fort Bragg. Patrick Fitzgerald knew Ali Mohamed well. Fitzgerald knew Ali Mohamed was an FBI informant. Fitzgerald and his FBI counterpart on the Bin Laden task force, John Cloonan, learned shortly after 9/11 that Mohamed “knew every twist and turn of” the 9/11 plot. Trained most of al Qaeda’s top leadership – including Bin Laden and Zawahiri – and most of al Qaeda’s top trainers. Led the bombing against the US Embassy in Keyna according to the 9/11 Commission.
Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman JULY 1990 - Despite being on a US terrorist watch list for three years, radical Muslim leader Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman enters the US on a “much-disputed” tourist visa issued by an undercover CIA agent. The CIA gave him visas to come to the US starting in 1986. FBI agent Tommy Corrigan will later say that prior to Abdul-Rahman’s arrival, “terrorism for all intents and purposes didn’t exist in the United States."
Anwar al-Awlaki He then served as Imam of the Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami mosque at the edge of San Diego, California, from 1996–2000. Al-Awlaki was arrested in San Diego in August 1996 and in April 1997 for soliciting prostitutes. Intimate with many of the 911 hijackers. Awlaki preached to both Major Nidal Malik Hasan and the 9/11 hijackers at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia in 2001. The FBI interviewed al-Awlaki four times in the eight days following the 9/11 attacks. One detective told the 9/11 Commission he believed al-Awlaki “was at the center of the 9/11 story.” And an FBI agent said that “if anyone had knowledge of the plot, it would have been” him. On February 5, 2002 'after her vetting, Aulaqi (Awlaki) was invited to and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army's Office of Government Counsel'. The invitation originated in the Defense Department’s Office of the General Counsel. It is home to the Pentagon’s top lawyer. “I have reserved one of the executive dining rooms for February 5th, which is the date he (Awlaki) preferred,” a defense department lawyer wrote in the e-mail announcing the event. "Christmas Day bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab said al-Awlaki was one of his al-Qaeda trainers, who met with him and was involved in planning or preparing his attack, and providing him a religious justification for it.
Catherine Herridge found out that in October 2002, an FBI agent, Wade Ammerman, ordered the cleric's release from Customs at JFK International, even though there was an active warrant for al-Awlaki's arrest.
Abdussattar Shaikh Is an FBI informant who was called "The FBI's Best Chance to Uncover September 11th Before it Happened" by the Joint Congressional 9.11 Intelligence Committee. In 2000, two of the September 11 hijackers, Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar moved in with Abdussattar. He [Shaikh] said he met FBI Agent Steve Butler – whom sources have identified as Shaikh's "handler" – about eight years ago. "They were nice, but not what you call extroverted people" Shaikh told The San Diego Union-Tribune after the attacks. Still, he told reporters he bonded with Alhazmi, helping him open a bank account and place a personal ad on the World Wide Web" "He told me that he wanted to marry a Mexican girl," Shaikh told the Los Angeles Times. "The problem was that he didn't know any Spanish. So I taught him a few Spanish phrases." The 9/11 Commission Report later discovered that the bank account was opened using $9,900. The FBI has aroused suspicion of its own for claiming that he was a retired professor of English at San Diego State and Vice President for International Projects at American Commonwealth University. However it turned out that SDSU had no records of ever staffing him, and ACU was merely a scam-diploma mill similar to those seen in countless e-Mail forwards, though this one started by retired Air Force General William Lyon.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed KSM joined the Muslim Brotherhhod before he came to the US
Known by at least fifty aliases The 9/11 Commission Report alleges that he was "the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks." He is also alleged to have confessed to a role in the World Trade Center 1993 bombings, the Operation Bojinka plot, an aborted 2002 attack on the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, the Bali nightclub bombings, the failed bombing of American Airlines Flight 63, the Millennium Plot, and the murder of Daniel Pearl.
The London Telegraph reported last year, "The CIA is giving arms-length support, supplying money and weapons, to an Iranian militant group, Jundullah, which has conducted raids into Iran from bases in Pakistan." Jundullah is a Sunni Al-Qaeda offshoot terrorist group formerly headed by the alleged mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, reported the Asia Times in 2004.
"In another sign of growing tensions with the United States, Pakistan is threatening to turn over to Iran six members of a tribal militant group Iran claims are "spies" for the CIA," reports ABC News. "The group, Jundullah, operates in Baluchistan on both sides of the border between Iran and Pakistan and has carried out a number of violent attacks on Iranian army facilities and officers inside the country. The CIA has denied any direct ties with the group, but U.S. officials tell ABC News U.S. intelligence officers frequently meet and advise Jundullah leaders, and current and former intelligence officers are working to prevent the men from being sent to Iran."
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh Links to various Islamic (terrorist)-based organisations, including Jaish-e-Mohammed, Al-Qaeda, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Taliban. He is most well known for his role in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Sheikh Omar Saeed was arrested by Pakistani police on February 12, 2002, in Lahore, in conjunction with the Pearl kidnapping, and was sentenced to death on July 15, 2002 for killing Pearl. His judicial appeal has not yet been heard. The delay has been ascribed to his purported links with MI6. Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, in his book In the Line of Fire, stated that Sheikh was originally recruited by British intelligence agency, MI6, while studying at the London School of Economics. He alleges Omar Sheikh was sent to the Balkans by MI6 to engage in jihadi operations. Musharraf later went on to state, "At some point, he probably became a rogue or double agent". Sheikh's lawyer has stated he will base his client's appeal on the recent admission of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that he is the killer of Daniel Pearl.
Omar al-Bayoumi BELIEVED SAUDI AGENT NOT CIA In August 1994, al-Bayoumi moved to the United States and settled down in San Diego, California, where he became involved in the local Muslim community. al-Bayoumi was strongly suspected by many residents of being a Saudi government spy. The man the FBI considered their "best source" in San Diego said that al-Bayoumi "must be an intelligence officer for Saudi Arabia or another foreign power," according to Newsweek Magazine. Some time in late 1999 or early 2000, Omar al-Bayoumi began receiving another monthly payment–this one from Princess Haifa bint Faisal, the wife of Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. In January 2000, al-Bayoumi drove to Los Angeles, saying he was going "to pick up visitors", according to an FBI source. On January 15, 2000, future 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar flew to Los Angeles, California from Bangkok, Thailand, just after attending the 2000 Al Qaeda Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Al-Hazmi and al-Mihdar later moved into the house of Abdussattar Shaikh, a friend of al-Bayoumi's, who was secretly working as an FBI informant at the time.
Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi: Western intelligence officials identified him as the perpetrator of the Camp Chapman attack, a suicide attack against a CIA base near Khost city in Afghanistan on December 30, 2009, and described him as an al-Qaeda sympathizer from the town of Zarqa, the hometown of Jordanian militant Islamist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Islamist websites characterized the attacker as a triple agent, an agent who is believed to be a double agent by the intelligence organization he infiltrates.
Ayman Al-Zawahiri: Probably FSB(Russia) Born into prestigious family his great great uncle Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam served as the first secretary-general of the Arab League between 1945 and 1952 and was a member of a student organization at St.Thomas Hospital calling for an end to Britain's occupation of Egypt called the Sphinx Society from 1912 onwards. An Al Qaeda base of operations in the USA for the 9/11 plot will be known as Sphinx Trading. On one of his travels to Saudi Arabia, Abdel Rahman Azzam encountered King Abdel aziz Ibn Saud. An old friendship was rekindled culminating with the marriage of Azzam's daughter Muna, to Mohammed, the eldest son of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia (i.e. Azzam's son-in-law is the brother of the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Saud Al Faisal).
Zawahiri carried two false passports, a Swiss one in the name of Amin Uthman and a Dutch one in the name of Mohmud Hifnawi
Ayman al-Zawahiri's mother, Umayma Azzam, came from a wealthy, politically active clan. Ayman al-Zawahiri's sister Heba Mohamed al-Zawahiri was Professor of Medical Oncology in the National Cancer Institute at Cairo University. By the age of 14, al-Zawahiri had joined the Muslim Brotherhood, a known Western Intelligence controlled operation. His wife Azza Ahmed Nowari, had no idea that Zawahiri had supposedly been a jihadi emir (commander) for the last decade, only finding out after Sept. 11.
He was active in Chechneya near the end of 1996. He then went to Russia. Alexander Litvinenko alleged that during this time, al-Zawahiri was being trained by the FSB. Former KGB officer and writer Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy supported Litvinenko's claim and said that Litvinenko "was responsible for securing the secrecy of Al-Zawahiri's arrival in Russia, who was trained by FSB instructors in Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, in 1996–1997."
Ibrahim Bah Al-Qaeda's top facilitator in Western Africa in the late 1990s. Originally from Senegal, studied Islam in Egypt, fought with mujahideen in Afghanistan from 1982 to 1985, fought with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Trained future Liberian dictator Charles Taylor and Revolutionary United Front (RUF) leader Foday Sankoh in one of Gadhafi's terrorist training camps in Libya. In 1999, invited AQ operatives Fazul Abdullah Mohammed and Khalfan Ghailani to Liberia and granted them exclusive rights to all blood diamonds mined by RUF slaves. Other AQ operatives soon active in Liberia included Ahmed Salim Swedan, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, and Aafia Siddiqui (using the name Feriel Shahin). Bought arms from Victor Bout, from Iran via Aziz Nassour and Samih Ossailly, and from Latin America through Israeli arms dealer Shimon Yelinek. The best weapons were sent on to Afghanistan for use by the Taliban. 
In February 2001, courier Allie Darwish provided the US Embassy in Brussels with a copy of a weapons end-user certificate he was delivering to Nassour. Bah soon received word from his intelligence network that Darwish was attempting to give the certificate to the Americans and he phoned Darwish to order him to return it.
On September 5, 2001 Bah received a phone call in Arabic, a language not understood by his secretary, Charles Taylor's brother-in-law Cindor Reeves. Bah took the call and then told Reeves that that something would happen to the United States in the next few days. Reeves warned the US embassy in Burkina Faso to expect an attack on US interests in West Africa.
The CIA ran disinformation campaigns against Washington Post reporter Douglas Farah, Wall Street Journal reporter Robert Block, and whistleblower Cindor Reeves in an attempt to discredit them after they reported on al-Qaeda's activities in the African commodities markets, particularly in the production of West African diamonds and Tanzanian tanzanite. European intelligence investigations confirmed the reports. The co-author of Block's report, Daniel Pearl, would later be killed in Pakistan. After 9/11, the CIA moved Bah from Burkina Faso to Nigeria in violation of a UN travel ban.  The 9/11 commission would find "no persuasive evidence of a link between al-Qaida and diamonds" or other African commodities. 
Interview with Aukai CollinsEdit
A conversation with Aukai Collins The author of "My Jihad" talks about John Walker Lindh, his days with Daniel Pearl's killer and a 9/11 hijacker, and why the FBI had its head in the sand. BY EDWARD W. LEMPINEN
He was a devout Muslim, devoted to holy war in defense of his faith, and there were times in the 1990s when he was so admired in the jihad camps and battlefields of places like Afghanistan and Chechnya that fellow soldiers called him Abu Mujahid, the father of warriors. He accepted that he might die in combat. He wished, in fact, for just that end.
And yet, Aukai Collins is not the Islamic extremist of modern stereotype. He was born in Honolulu, grew up in Southern California. His father was a Marine who did a tour in Vietnam; after his discharge, the family drifted from Hawaii to Florida to Indiana and finally to California, by which time they were wearing love beads and tie-dyed clothes, and their little blue-eyed boy had long blond hair and a string of puka shells around his neck.
But in “My Jihad,” Collins’ memoir of his Muslim warrior days, the red-bearded American casts himself in a Zelig-like role, as violent militant Islam becomes an international force through the 1990s and into the early years of the new century. In 1993, in an Afghan training camp, Collins befriended Ahmed Omar Sheikh, who was sentenced to death this week for his role in Daniel Pearl’s murder. In the late 1990s, while he was a paid FBI informant based in Phoenix, he met Hani Hanjoor, who would later fly a jetliner into the Pentagon. He says that while he was working with the CIA, he was invited to meet Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, but that the agency denied him permission. He even claims that he’s mentioned — though not by name — in the infamous memo by Phoenix FBI agent Ken Williams that warned of a possible plot by Middle Eastern men in U.S. flight schools. His story has parallels with two other American converts to Islam: John Walker Lindh, who traveled from Marin County, Calif., to fight with the Taliban, and José Padilla, a Chicago street tough who was arrested in May and charged with conspiring with al-Qaida to detonate a “dirty bomb” in the United States.
But Collins’ odyssey is also singularly his own. He describes his nomadic childhood as anything but idyllic: When he was 4, his father split and his mother spiraled deeper into a world of bikers, criminals and drugs. When he was 8 and they were living back in Hawaii, she was murdered and her body dumped in a swamp not far from their home. “From that point forward,” Collins writes, “emotions like fear only strengthened me.”
By the time he was 17, he was a hard-assed punk doing eight years in the California Youth Authority for his part in an armed house robbery. But after a couple of years of bucking the system — both the CYA and its hardcore race-based gang system — Collins had a seeming chance encounter that would permanently change his life. One day, in a GED class, one of the other inmates left a Quran open on his desk. Collins took a look, and, he writes, he was transfixed. Within a couple of weeks, he had converted.
Out of prison, he gravitated to a ghetto mosque in San Diego run by the pacifist Tabliqis. But soon he became restless with their approach, and set off on a journey that would take him to Croatia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Chechnya in search of the “true jihad.”
The irony is that, especially in those early years, Collins had a hard time finding it. Even once he hooked up with other Muslims who shared his desire for jihad, he was constantly frustrated in his effort to penetrate war zones, by the dull routine of sitting around camps and waiting for battle. Though devout in his aims, he clearly loved weapons, all sorts of weapons, from handguns to rocket-propelled grenade launchers to tanks. In one Chechen camp, his delight in munitions and his impatience with authority earned him another nickname: Abu Mushakil, or father of trouble. Later, though, he would see people being killed up-close, and he himself would kill — and live to describe it all with an almost clinical lack of passion.
Even after his right leg was mangled in Chechnya — it was later amputated — Collins might’ve been just another soldier of fortune, albeit with a higher cause. But then he turned himself over to the FBI and CIA, because he believed the growing movement of Arab jihadis wasn’t policing itself, was growing ever more lawless and turning to terror. His informant role was ultimately as frustrating as being a jihadi. In an interview, Collins said he believes Sept. 11 could have been prevented. Based on a deep cynicism developed during years working undercover with the FBI and the CIA, he thinks it impossible both agencies could be caught unaware by the attack. It’s entirely possible, he says, that they knew very well what was coming — and that they let it happen anyway.
For its part, the FBI has confirmed that Collins was an informant who provided valuable information on Muslim extremists — but denies that he provided information that could have prevented Sept. 11. Salon spoke to Collins about his experiences the same week that John Walker Lindh and Ahmed Omar Sheikh were sentenced for their crimes.
On Monday Lindh pleaded guilty to two felony charges arising from his involvement as a soldier with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Last month, federal agents arrested Josi Padilla, and charged he conspired with al-Qaida to build and detonate a “dirty bomb.” Most Americans are surprised to find Americans fighting alongside al-Qaida. In your years of active fighting in Bosnia or Chechnya or the Middle East, how many Americans did you encounter?
First of all, with Padilla, I don’t think he actually ever fought anywhere. So if al-Qaida recruited in that picture, he’s just an errand boy or something. What surprises me [about Padilla] is, from everything that we’re reading about the guy, it seems that he’s just a very low-level maybe errand boy at best that probably was just talking about some big ideas he had. And Ashcroft turned that into stopping a bomber on his way to Washington. John Walker Lindh, now he volunteered with the Taliban. And if his contact was with al-Qaida, it was for the simple fact that the Taliban usually instructs foreign mujahedin to go with the other foreigners, which would be the Arabs, which loosely you could call al-Qaida. Now in Bosnia, the war lasted what, maybe five years? There was a handful of black American Muslims who had gone there to fight, probably no white American Muslims, maybe one or two. So probably just a handful.
But is it your impression, having moved in this world, that there are a number of other Americans who might be fighting with the Taliban, fighting with al-Qaida?
Well, what’s your definition of American? You know, American-American, or a naturalized American? Naturalized Americans, of course, you’re going to find you have Pakistani Americans, Afghan Americans, that are going to travel back to Afghanistan and fight with Taliban or someone else. American-Americans, that’s another story. Probably very few.
After Padilla’s arrest, there was talk about there being an active Islamic movement with thousands of conversions in American prisons and detention centers. Could there be a class of people like Padilla who convert, and then go overseas to ally themselves with people who are fighting the United States?
No, no. I think Padilla, whatever he is, is the exception, not the norm. There’s a lot of people who become Muslims in prison, but if you sat down and tried to figure out how many of those people ever went for anything close to jihad or anything like that once they got out of prison, you’re talking about a tiny, tiny — maybe low two-figures — number of people. I was watching a report on MSNBC that al-Qaida is recruiting people in the prisons. That’s the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard. The Muslims who do become Muslims in prison, the imams who teach them are generally Pakistani- and Arab-Americans, and they’re completely against any idea of jihad or radical talks, so the Muslims coming out of prison naturally take those lines. I myself, I’ve had conflict with many American Muslims at the mosques throughout the country — we would have arguments, and they wouldn’t even support the idea of supporting Chechnya even with money. They’ve been taught that this is radical, this could be related to terrorism or whatever. The idea they’re being recruited in prison, that’s just absurd.
Some of the accounts I’ve seen suggest Padilla converted to Islam while he was incarcerated, or maybe shortly after. Your conversion to Islam came while you were detained in the California Youth Authority. Do you see any parallels between yourself and Padilla?
Do you see parallels between yourself and John Walker Lindh?
To a certain extent. Just the simple fact that we both accepted Islam. The media isn’t talking about it, but from reading between the lines I can see he first got involved with the Tabliq — the pacifist movement.
Was that in California?
Yes, it seems that way. Because they’ve interviewed people that knew him, his friends at the mosque, and they’re obviously Tabliq by appearance and by speech. So he got involved with Tabliq and he probably came to a point like I did, that, ‘OK, I’m ready to defend my religion.’ And he probably got the same thing from Tabliq that I did — that there is no jihad in Islam. So he progressed on from there. I believe from there he went to Yemen to learn Arabic, and then from there he went to Pakistan. And I think from there it’s simple: In Pakistan, he probably had an opportunity to go up and do what in his mind he thought was jihad, which was the Taliban fighting against the Northern Alliance. That’s where this whole traitor thing really confuses me. Because he thought that he was going to Pakistan to help the Taliban fight the Northern Alliance to establish an Islamic state in Afghanistan, which I can understand. The Northern Alliance are very bad people, even the U.S. [government] admits that now. They’re criminals, the drug dealers, the warlords, and the Taliban was created to counter them.
What was your reaction to Lindh’s guilty plea?
I agree with it. I don’t know what he did do and what he didn’t do, but if he believed that fighting for the Taliban was right, and all that stuff, then naturally you should plead guilty to it. If you did it, stand up and say: ‘I did it.’ I don’t think that — personally, I think that a lot of the charges against him are pretty outrageous and I think that if he did fight it, they would’ve had a hard time finding him guilty of anything, just for lack of evidence. But as a principle, I think pleading guilty is the right thing.
Lindh faces the possibility now of 20 years in prison, possibly a bit less. Is that punishment too harsh for what he did?
You’ve got to figure out, what did he really do? As far as I can tell, he joined up with the Taliban and it seems that his intention was to fight for the Taliban against the Northern Alliance to establish an Islamic state. What happened after September, and whatever the ties there, that’s to the side. Just the idea of supporting the Taliban in their fight against the Northern Alliance, I mean, I myself had considered many times over the years starting back in ’95 and ’96, traveling to Afghanistan just to see what they were about. Because if they were truly fighting to establish an Islamic state in Afghanistan, as an idea, that’s something I would support. Now of course Sept. 11 and harboring Osama and all that, that changes everything. But initially when he went there obviously it was before September and I just don’t know if I find anything wrong with the idea. Now if he had actually sat down with bin Laden and said: ‘I can help you do this or that to kill some Americans,’ then obviously he needs to be punished for that. No doubt. But I don’t know if he ever did that. I’m trying to say that if the only thing he’s really guilty of is fighting with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance, I don’t think that’s even punishable.
You trained in an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan in 1993. What kept you from going to Afghanistan after the Taliban took over to see what the movement was all about?
If I would’ve gone, it would’ve been just that, to satisfy my personal curiosity. Because I had heard a lot of stories, for and against the Taliban, from people who had been there. Some people were Muslim, some people weren’t. Even from Muslims there was some question about what was the Taliban all about. Were they doing things correctly, Islamically? If I would’ve gone, it would’ve been just to see with my own eyes. But I never wanted to go there to get involved with any conflicts, like between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance, for the simple fact that it’s too murky. Why would you go to Afghanistan and get involved in an internal conflict where you may be killing other Muslims?
Let’s talk about your conversion to Islam. Can you describe your mind-set and the circumstances that led to your decision?
Well at that time, I mean, I didn’t have any religion per se. I’m sure my family considered themselves Christian but we weren’t raised any certain way. I was incarcerated almost two years before accepting Islam. And before those two years I really didn’t like the idea of people who find religion while behind bars. I figured that if you were behaving a certain way before you came to jail, why change it now? Now you’re going to find religion? That’s just too convenient. But you know, one day I found an open Quran and I started reading it and it appealed to me. I studied briefly just for two weeks and I just decided that it made sense. And so I became Muslim.
Did you make the conversion with the idea at the time that you wanted to fight in jihad?
No, because like I said, the Muslims in prison, the imams who teach there and whatnot, not only are they against the jihad, but they probably try to keep any information related to jihad away from the people converting. Which is easy, because if you’re in prison, it’s not like you have access to a lot of materials. It wasn’t in my mind at that time. I just saw Islam as something that would be good in my life, which it turned out to be. It was later when I got out that I started directing my attention to the war in Bosnia. And even then it wasn’t like there was a group of Muslims trying to recruit me. Like I say in the book, I ran up against opposition when I finally decided I’d like to go and help Bosnia. The Tabliq informed me that this wasn’t an option.
When you look at your own motivations for wanting to fight in jihad, what were they? What was the attraction for you?
At the time, back in ’93 when I got out of CYA, it was basically Bosnia — the height of the war was going on, Muslims were being slaughtered by the tens of thousands, literally, tens of thousands of women were being raped, and it wasn’t just so much a religious thing, but a human thing — that, you know, here these people are, being slaughtered, and the world isn’t doing a whole lot to help them. And of course by the fact that they were Muslim, I had a little more interest in the subject. Sure, there were plenty of conflicts going on at the time, but this one, my attention was drawn to it. I just wanted to go and help these people. That’s what jihad, the true jihad, is about. It’s about defending people who are being attacked.
So in 1993, you were encouraged to go for training to a camp in Afghanistan. While there, you befriended Ahmed Omar Sheikh — the same man who was convicted Monday and sentenced to death for his role in the kidnapping and execution of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. How did you come to know him?
He showed up in the camp in Afghanistan I was in a couple of weeks after I had gotten there. At this camp, I was just going through what you could roughly call basic training — it was just how to fire an AK — and most of the people in this camp were then going on to Tajikistan to fight the communist government up there. That was before the Taliban — and again, that wasn’t to get involved in Afghan conflicts. As I viewed it, the people of Tajikistan were tired of this communist government, which everyone could relate to. And I guess Islam was the only viable alternative to the oppressive regime up there. So that was my intention. When Omar showed up, it was just someone from the West, because he was basically raised in London and he spoke English so we took to hanging out together just because of that reason. At the time, he appeared to be a fairly normal guy. I didn’t sense, like, anything really radical from him.
But he discussed with you the possibility of doing some kidnapping?
Yeah, later on in our stay there, when I finally decided to call it quits, he started talking about, as an idea — he wanted to go to Kashmir and possibly take hostages. And I’m assuming that by some twisted logic, he thought this would somehow bring some kind of attention to the cause there in the media. As far as I know he never expressed any desire to actually hurt anyone. It just seemed kind of like a twisted idea to get attention. Like I say, that’s when I decided to call it quits as far as that area, because things were starting to get murky and I didn’t want to be involved in anything like hostage-taking. I’d come to fight in Tajikistan and that wasn’t panning out.
Were you surprised to see him emerge in the Daniel Pearl case?
Yeah. I didn’t even know he was out of prison from his 1994 scheme, where he was caught after a shootout with the Indian military. I thought he was still in prison. I didn’t find out that this was the same Omar that I knew until I saw a picture of him in the newspaper.
You were a little bit vague in the book about why you decided to become an informant for the CIA and the FBI. In one passage you mentioned fear of terrorism; in another passage you said: ‘As long as Arabs control the way the jihad was handled, it will never progress or accomplish anything. I felt that big changes were needed.’ What did you hope to accomplish in turning to the FBI and CIA?
Looking back, here I was coming out of the war in Chechnya, fighting on the front lines for our religion, for our people, for the true jihad. And there was true terrorism going down in Egypt at the time. Tourists were killed and whatnot. I just saw that the real mujahedin and those in the real jihad are against those terrorist attacks. The point being that [the Arabs] weren’t doing anything to try to prevent it, to police their own, so to speak. I don’t think it was that they didn’t want to, but if you have a small group of people in Chechnya fighting the Russians, they’re kind of overwhelmed with that problem. So I looked at myself as being in kind of a unique position. I could get into places and groups that probably no other Westerner could. I looked at that as a way to help the CIA, the FBI, whatever, combat true terrorism.
Did you feel that your effort was successful?
Ultimately, in the end, I hate to say it, but I don’t think so. I tried my hardest; I risked my life, literally, for almost four years. I’ve complicated my life a great deal by writing this book and coming out — it doesn’t take much imagination to think there are probably a few people out there right now who would like to get their hands on me. But ultimately, what did I accomplish? I never saw that the FBI or the CIA did fight true terrorism. From what I saw they spent their time and their resources infiltrating mosques that were of no interest to anyone.
What is it in the makeup or the mind-set of the CIA and FBI that caused the kind of failures that you describe in the book?
I don’t know enough about anything to really say. Just looking at them, it’s their whole mind-set, their whole culture — most of them are like middle-aged, upper-middle-class white American guys and they think that only their way is right. And like I was saying before, that no one else in the world has a right to fight for independence or anything like that. So they’re confusing true terrorism and a true fight for independence somewhere and they’re mixing the two together. That’s why, first of all, that they’re not able to stop terrorist acts, because they don’t know where to start looking. They’re always barking up the wrong tree, so to speak.
During the time you were an FBI informant, you also knew Hani Hanjour, one of the pilots who later flew a jet into the Pentagon in September. How did you get to know him, and what did you tell the FBI about him?
A friend of mine who is also a pilot, but who has no involvement in all of this, was roommates with Hani back in maybe late ’97, ’98. This was a mutual friend — I worked for some Arabs who owned some liquor stores in the valley, in Phoenix. This friend of mine also worked for them, and he worked at another store. So sometimes when I would get off duty working security at the main store in Phoenix, I would go out to their smaller store in Mesa where my friend worked. And Hani being his roommate, he would sometimes come around and hang out behind the counter, which was common with a lot of the Arabs there. All of the guys who became involved in flight training were in this little circle, and it wasn’t uncommon to go there on any night of the week and find three or four guys hanging out behind the counter at this store. That’s where Hani came into the picture.
I never had any direct relationship with him. I never even had many conversations with him — he was always there in the crowd. I reported on him [to the FBI] just like I reported on everyone else who came around that was new. If some Arab would come around that I wasn’t familiar with, I would pass that information on to the FBI as a matter of practice and then they would further the investigation from there. Usually people just turned out to be people, and not anyone who was worth an investigation. Obviously, that wasn’t the case with Hani.
On Sept. 11 or 12, when you learned that he was one of the pilots — what was your reaction?
This is why I find it funny that the FBI emphatically denies that I ever reported on him or anything like that. Because I forget what day it was exactly after the 11th, but when the first picture of him came out in the newspaper, I called the Phoenix office to talk to a woman there that — sometimes we had discussions just on a personal level. And I called her and said, ‘Hey, do you see who’s in the newspaper today?’ I didn’t say any names, I just said, ‘Did you see who was in the paper?’ And she said: ‘Yeah, I saw him, can you believe that?’ And the conversation went on from there. And now they claim they showed me photos after that and that I couldn’t identify him. Yet, I called prior to that to see if they’d seen who was in the newspaper.
There’s been a lot in the news this summer about the memos that came out of the FBI in Phoenix and Minneapolis before Sept. 11. Were you surprised to learn of those memos?
Well, no. I was surprised to learn that they were only claiming they had limited information as far back as August or sometime in 2000. They had more than just vague information, dating back from probably 1997, 1998. Not just myself, but there’s this guy who said he also did what I did as an asset for the FBI. He’s claimed the same thing that I have — that he gave them information regarding Arabs flight training, all this stuff, as far back as 1998.
Were you surprised by Sept. 11?
Surprised just as everybody was — you’re watching this thing on TV and it’s shocking. I’m not surprised that something like that finally happened. It was just a matter of time I figured before somebody, I don’t know who, struck out at America like that. But it’s not surprising that somebody did.
Everybody now who publicly tries to tell America, ‘Hey, maybe you guys got to sit back and look at yourselves for a minute, look at your foreign policy,’ everybody immediately jumps on that person. ‘How can you make excuses for Sept. 11, and how can you suggest …’ Well, it’s not making excuses for Sept. 11. Wrong is wrong. A tragedy is a tragedy. What happened on Sept. 11, nobody can justify it. It’s just impossible. And if somebody sat down and tried to tell me, Islamically it was permissible, I would never accept it. And I don’t think they could try to say that.
But, you know, it doesn’t change the fact that, say, since World War II, America has seriously been stepping on people’s toes. They prop up the most oppressive dictators of any given country. They back people with the worst human rights records. Finally, eventually, somebody’s going to push back. Again, that’s not saying it’s right, but you can only push people so far before they push back.
To the extent there was any appeal to Americans who were born here or naturalized Americans to go and fight jihad, and possibly to end up alongside al-Qaida or Taliban, do you think Sept. 11 is going to diminish that appeal? Or is there a chance that it would increase the appeal?
There were non-Muslims that were very sympathetic to the jihad. Not the Taliban and not al-Qaida, nothing like that, but the true jihad in Chechnya. There were American Christians in Chechnya, volunteering with the Chechen rebels. So, yeah, of course Sept. 11 has changed a lot of that. It’s taken people who might’ve been sympathetic before and willing to help and squashed that in them. And it’s taken other people that were probably neutral before, and they’re probably anti-Islam, or whatever. That’s why myself I don’t understand the whole Sept. 11 thing. Who in their right mind would’ve done such a thing? First of all, just because it’s such a horrific act, and second of all, if it was an Islamic group that did it, why would they do it? They set us back 20 years.
Do you think Sept. 11 could have been prevented?
Oh, definitely. I cannot accept that the CIA, FBI, that they didn’t know. The only thing I’ll give them is that they might not have known the day it was going to go down. But did they know the target? Did they know the mode of attack? It’s 100 percent [certain] that they did, for sure. Just think about it — how could a group of people plan such a big operation full of so many logistics and probably countless e-mails, encrypted or not, and phone calls and messengers? And you’re telling me that, through all of that, that the CIA never caught wind of it? And for that matter the Mossad, they have every Islamic group, every jihad group, every everything in the world penetrated, and they’re an American ally. So they didn’t give America a heads-up either? Of course they did.
What’s been the reaction to your book from the FBI and the CIA?
Other than minor harassment, so far, not a whole lot. But that doesn’t mean that things are over yet.
What kind of minor harassment?
Just letting their presence be known, outside where I live and things like this.
How do they do that?
[Chuckles] Just by letting their presence be known.
You mean that you’re being tailed?
Not so much being tailed as letting me know that they’re out there and that they’re watching.
Saudi Flights Edit
- main page: Saudi flights after 9/11
“On September 20, 2001, 18 members of the party of Saudi Prince Abdulmajeed Bin Abdulaziz departed from Las Vegas, Nevada, for Stamstead, England aboard a chartered B 727-21, tail number 727PX, destination Stamstead Airport (London) England,” read the Commission addendum on the Saudi flights.
“Before departure the aircraft was swept, perimeter security was provided, and all persons boarding were matched to previously provided passports and a manifest by agents of the USCS.”
The 727 that ferried both John McCain and Saudi Royals actually belonged to Vicki’s boss, Lowell “Bud” Paxson, whose Paxson Communications owns a down-market Christian broadcaster called PAX-TV.
Paxson was Miss Vicki Iseman's biggest client. Nothing wrong with that.
As it happens, “Air Jesus” was in good company.
Two others of the six flights scrutinized by the 9/11 Commission were flown by air contractors known to be involved in CIA renditions on planes whose flight logs recorded trips to Guantanamo Bay, where the CIA’s detention facility was doing brisk business.
Two of the six, in other words, were CIA planes.
An April 10th 2006 Washington Post article brazenly stated,
"The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."
The Post even described how the Pentagon had concocted fake Al-Zarqawi letters boasting about suicide attacks and leaked them to Dexter Filkins of the New York Times, who splashed it on the front page the next day. Despite the fact that Filkins had severe doubts about the authenticity of the letter.
Intel Center Edit
An offshoot of IDEFENSE, a web security company that monitors intelligence from the middle east. IDEFENSE is heavily populated by long serving ex military intelligence officials, such as senior military psy-op intelligence officer Jim Melnick, who served 16 years in the US army and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in psychological operations. Melnick has also worked directly for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
CIA CIA unit's wacky idea: Depict Saddam as gay By Jeff Stein
During planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the CIA's Iraq Operations Group kicked around a number of ideas for discrediting Saddam Hussein in the eyes of his people.
One was to create a video purporting to show the Iraqi dictator having sex with a teenage boy, according to two former CIA officials familiar with the project. “It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera,” said one of the former officials. “Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session.” The idea was to then “flood Iraq with the videos,” the former official said.
Another idea was to interrupt Iraqi television programming with a fake special news bulletin. An actor playing Hussein would announce that he was stepping down in favor of his (much-reviled) son Uday. “I’m sure you will throw your support behind His Excellency Uday,” the fake Hussein would intone. The spy agency’s Office of Technical Services collaborated on the ideas, which also included inserting fake “crawls” -- messages at the bottom of the screen -- into Iraqi newscasts.
The agency actually did make a video purporting to show Osama bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys, one of the former CIA officers recalled, chuckling at the memory. The actors were drawn from “some of us darker-skinned employees,” he said.
Operation Diamondback Edit
Randy Glass is a con artist turned government informant participating in a sting called Operation Diamondback. He discusses an illegal weapons deal with an Egyptian-American named Mohamed el Amir. In wiretapped conversations, Mohamed discusses the need to get false papers to disguise a shipment of illegal weapons. His brother, Dr. Magdy el Amir, has been a wealthy neurologist in Jersey City for the past twenty years. Two other weapons dealers later convicted in a sting operation involving Glass also lived in Jersey City, and both el Amirs admit knowing one of them, Diaa Mohsen. Mohsen has been paid at least once by Dr. el Amir.
Glass claims to have learned from the ISI in mid-2001 that an attack on the on the World Trade Center was being planned, and to have learned from US State Department Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism Francis X. Taylor that the attack would involve airplanes crashing into the towers.
On May 15, 1998, the local office of the FBI warned of the large number of Mideastern men taking flight instruction in Oklahoma. This memo was titled, “Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
In the Fall of 1999 Nicholas Berg, the man who was later the unfortunate star of a televised beheading in Iraq, attended a semester at OU. But according to the excellent research of Michael P. Wright, Berg stayed on OU campus for some time afterward as an employee of the university.
Despite, or perhaps because of, FBI attention on local flight schools, in 2000 alleged 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta and fellow future hijacker Marwan Alshehhi visited Norman to inquire about flight training.
In February of 2001, Zacharias Mossaoui, the supposed 20 th hijacker, came to live in Norman and train at, once again, Airman Flight School. He later moves in with Melvin Lattimore, whom I shall expand on later.
In April of 2001, 9/11 hijacker Nawaf Alhamzi is issued a speeding ticket in Oklahoma. His license apparently does not trigger any red flags, despite the fact that he has been in this country illegally since January of 2001 and that the CIA has known that he is an al-Qaeda terrorist since March of 2000.
In the Summer of 2001, CIA agent David Edger, who was in charge of the CIA team that monitored the al-Qaeda cell in Hamburg, Germany, is appointed to OU as a visiting professor by OU President David Boren. This cell included several 9/11 hijackers including Mohammed Atta, who had already been identified as an al-Qaeda cell leader by Defense Intelligence Agency Task Force Able Danger.
On August 1, 2001, a meeting took place at the Sands Motel in Oklahoma City between Zacharias Mossaoui and Mohammed Atta. This motel had previously been used by Timothy McVeigh and bombing suspect Hussain al-Hussaini prior to the OKC bombing. This meeting must have been of importance, because Mossaoui left for Minnesota shortly thereafter, where he was finally arrested by local FBI agents.
It was also shortly after this that Nicholas Berg’s laptop computer was used to email Mossaoui in Minnesota. Berg is questioned by the FBI and cleared. According to Berg’s father, an unknown party asked Nick Berg if he could use his laptop while they were on a transit bus to OU. Berg apparently gave this man his password so he could email Mossaoui. But according to the research of Michael P. Wright, OU transit buses were NOT equipped with wireless technology in 2001 (or even many laptops), nor was Berg even registered as an OU student at this time.
It was also this month of August 2001, just weeks before the 9/11 attacks, that hijacker Ziad Jarrah’s plane ticket for his date with infamy was purchased at an OU library computer terminal. This story was originally reported on local TV station KOCO-TV, but that story has since been erased from history. The ticket purchase does not trigger any red flags, despite the fact that Jarrah had previously been detained and questioned at the request of the CIA, and released, in Dubai for suspected links to al-Qaeda. Even more ominously, according to statements obtained by Michael P. Wright, the man who purchased this ticket was a white American male, described as a “skinhead type” by the library employee who witnessed the transaction and informed the FBI about it. As an interesting side note, Nicholas Berg sported a shaved head during his time at OU.
Following Mossaoui’s arrest in Minnesota, Oklahoma FBI agents visited his former home in Norman, still occupied by Melvin Lattimore. According to FBI reports, several unidentified men ran out the back door when the agents came calling. Lattimore is not arrested at this time. Also, Melvin Lattimore abandoned his lease on September 10, 2001.
And of course, on the morning of 9/11, while planes were striking buildings across the east coast, OU President David Boren was having a cozy breakfast with his protégé, CIA Director George Tenet. Upon being informed of the attacks, Tenet turned towards his breakfast companion and said, “I wonder if this has something to do with the guy who trained for a pilot’s license.”
"World Trade Center Seven" Edit
America Rebuilds: I remember getting a call from the, er, fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, "We've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it." And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse.
September 9, 2005 statement issued by Stilverstein Properties spokesperson Mr. Dara McQuillan:
Seven World Trade Center collapsed at 5:20 p.m. on September 11, 2001, after burning for seven hours. There were no casualties, thanks to the heroism of the Fire Department and the work of Silverstein Properties employees who evacuated tenants from the building.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a thorough investigation of the collapse of all the World Trade Center buildings. The FEMA report concluded that the collapse of Seven World Trade Center was a direct result of fires triggered by debris from the collapse of WTC Tower 1.
In the afternoon of September 11, Mr. Silverstein spoke to the Fire Department Commander on site at Seven World Trade Center. The Commander told Mr. Silverstein that there were several firefighters in the building working to contain the fires. Mr. Silverstein expressed his view that the most important thing was to protect the safety of those firefighters, including, if necessary, to have them withdraw from the building.
Later in the day, the Fire Commander ordered his firefighters out of the building and at 5:20 p.m. the building collapsed. No lives were lost at Seven World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
According to Chapter 5 of FEMA's Building Performance Study , firefighters were never in the building: "Preliminary indications were that, due to lack of water, no manual firefighting actions were taken by FDNY."
"There was no firefighting in WTC 7," (Shyam) Sunder says Debunking the 9/11 Myths - Popular Mechanics
"The fire chief says nobody goes into build Seven...that was a free burning fire for 7 hours," Deputy Fire Chief of the NYFD, Vincent Dunn. Debunking the 9/11 Myths Podcast - Popular Mechanics
"By 11:30 AM, Assistant Chief Frank Fellini ordered fire-fighters away from WTC 7 for safety reasons" New York Times
"To the best of my recollection, I did not speak to Larry Silverstein nor do I recall anyone telling me that they did." Fire Department Commander Chief Daniel Nigro.
At approximately, 2:30 p.m., FDNY officers decided to completely abandon WTC 7, and the final order was given to evacuate the site around the building NIST
FOI Response: Release of WTC Blueprints Would “Endanger the Life or Safety of any Person” http://ae911truth.org/en/news-section/41-articles/576-foi-response-release-of-wtc-blueprints-would-endanger-the-life-or-safety-of-any-person-.html
Work on the Pentagon began 11. Sept, 1941 The Pentagon is 77ft high and was allegedly struck by AA77 which itself was 44ft high, leaving up to a 33ft gap. The wedge of the Pentagon hit was under renovation which would make it bombproof. The occupany levels were below normal.
According to the 9/11 Commission the event occurred 09:38 AM, the Doubletree Hotel CCTV shows 09:34 AM and Pentagon wall clocks show roughly 09:30 AM.
The black box data shows the wrong time (13:37) has the aircraft at the wrong speed, at both the wrong pitch and roll, at the wrong altitude and on the wrong flightpath. The black box recording also cuts out before the flight reaches the Pentagon.
The 9/11 Commission will describe the cockpit voice recorder as being “badly burned and not recoverable."
The grizzled 70-year-old started KCE Structural Engineers PC in 1968 out of a closet he sublet from the Washington Building Congress on Connecticut Avenue and built it into a business that has been among the companies responding to tragedies that include the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. He is used to seeing companies’ reaction in the wake of major disasters and minor crises.
His clients typically respond “like a deer in the headlights,” Kilsheimer said. “You just freeze, and what they need is someone coming in to take charge.” And that’s exactly what Kilsheimer does. Even at major disaster sites where the likes of the FBI and military are involved, he wants complete control over his operation — someone else can deal with the politics and paperwork. “I can see things that other people can’t see sometimes. I can figure things out really quickly that other people can’t,” he says. “People say, ‘How do you do the work?’ And it’s because I have huge balls. It’s the bottom line. Nothing scares me.”
When terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, Kilsheimer worked alongside the FBI, firefighters and federal emergency management personnel assessing the damage and figuring out how to salvage the building. “I was asked to help wherever you can, and I take that to mean takeover,” he said. Kilsheimer and his 31-person company spent the next year on the Phoenix Project, the process of demolishing and rebuilding the iconic structure.
Kilsheimer grew up in Tenleytown, pumping gas south of Tenley Circle before studying structural engineering at George Washington University and working part time for engineering firm Beall & Lemay. At that time Beall & Lemay were surveying military bases with the US military for their NIKE missile program. Today, Kilsheimer regularly flies around the world working on projects from Panama to Puerto Rico.
Kilsheimer was described by Popular Mechanics as "a Blast expert" and "the first structural engineer to arrive at the Pentagon after the crash." It remains uncertain what time Kilsheimer actually arrived at the Pentagon, despite being on K street when the event occurred.
Kilsheimer's firm was 33 years old in 2001, its other projects include 111K Street which has 11 stories. The Pentagon rebuild officially took 11 months.
Titan Corporation Edit
Statement of Shawn Kelley to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States April 1, 2003
Good afternoon, my name is Shawn Kelley, and I am an Assistant Chief with the Arlington County Fire Department and was one of the incident commanders throughout the rescue and recovery efforts at the Pentagon.
The successful response to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon can be attributed to the efforts of ordinary men and women performing in extraordinary fashion. These efforts are described throughout an After Action Report (AAR) that was prepared for Arlington County by Titan Systems Corporation. It was accomplished through a grant from, and the support of, the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Domestic Preparedness.
This AAR describes the activities of Arlington County and the supporting jurisdictions, government agencies, and other organizations in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. It is organized into four principal annexes and four supporting appendices. Annex A is Fire Department Operations and includes EMS activities. Annex B is about the response of local area hospitals and clinics. Annex C covers local, federal and private law enforcement agencies. Annex D is the Emergency Management and the Emergency Operations Center that supported the first responders and citizens of Arlington County.
Although the response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon is commendable, the AAR contains 235 recommendations and lessons learned, each of which must be understood within the context and setting of the Pentagon response.
Titan Corporation contractor Makram Majid Chams owned the business in Venice, Florida, where money was sent to Mohamed Atta
Titan Corporation are linked to the Abu Grahib scandal. U.S. military General Paul Kern absolved the US Military of any blame for Abu Ghraib and blamed contractors, one of which was Titan Corporation. Paul Kern now works on the board of the Cohen group with Baron Robertson, Marc Grossman and William S Cohen. Kern served as director of scandal plauged EDO corporation
Here is the statement by witness Jeff in which he says he saw the F-16 fly by the Pentagon five minutes before he saw the jetliner approach the Pentagon: I was on the 30th floor of a building in Crystal City with an unobstructed view of the Pentagon on 9/11. I watched a C130 cargo plane flying very low come right by the building I was in and over the Pentagon followed shortly by a fighter aircraft. It got everyone's attention and brought all of us to the window. Approximately 5 minutes later I watched the airliner come over the highway and hit the side of the Pentagon. My father is a retired Brigadier General and my brother is a Lt. Colonel in the Airforce and an executive officer to a Four Star General on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Flight 77 hit a recently renovated section of the Pentagon that held financial analysts and intelligence officers.
- The plane first struck an office of the Defense Intelligence Agency. 
- The Navy Command Center lost 29 people. 
- 18 top-level analysts and officers were meeting in a conference room that was hit.  They may be included in the losses in the Navy Command Center.
- An Army office named Resource Services Washington, described as "civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts", lost 34 of its 65 employees. 
Destruction of Evidence Edit
The debris removed from Ground Zero was either hauled away on trucks or shipped away on barges. Despite the effort to rapidly dispose of the steel and sell it at a bargain price, the WTC debris was considered highly sensitive. At first the trucks were tracked using a paper-based system, and later GPS devices were fixed to each truck with "antennas to monitor location, cellular wireless antennas to communicate, and multiple I/Os to track vehicle signals from engine systems." 102 Apparently it was important for officials to know not only where the trucks were at any given time, but also the status of the engine. As for the barges, the process was setup "in record time," in order to "transport debris to the city's Fresh Kills landfill and to recycling sites, all scrutinized by the Corps of Engineers."
As the debris was received at Fresh Kills landfill, it was sorted carefully. This sorting process was supervised by federal agents, and described in this way: "Teams of officers and agents watch as the rubble is sifted down to a fine ashy silt that they then rake through by hand." More than a year later, honest FBI agents reported the theft of some of this debris at the Fresh Kills site. It was then discovered that Evidence Recovery Teams (ERTs) involved in the sorting process stole pieces of debris, and kept or disposed of them. This removal of debris was condoned and encouraged by the FBI agents in charge.
Richard Marx, the FBI Special Agent from Philadelphia who was the site manager for the Fresh Kills site, was the one blamed for encouraging others to take materials from the debris. When the theft was reported to the public, there was an investigation by FBI authorities and a report was generated for director Robert Mueller. It was found that Marx made a number of false statements during investigative interviews, and then failed a polygraph on the issues related to his role. Marx first said that he didn't allow debris to be taken, then he said it was New York FBI agent Kevin Donovan who told him to take things, then he later said it was another FBI agent, Edwin Cogswell, who approved the theft. Marx also admitted that he took things specifically for FBI Assistant Director in Charge, Barry Mawn. Donovan, Mawn and Jerome Hauer were all close associates of John O'Neill, the retired FBI al Qaeda expert and security director for Silverstein Properties who reportedly died at the WTC on his second day in the office.
The report on debris theft concluded that -- "many FBI agents took rubble from Fresh Kills." An example given was that one Oklahoma City ERT member took 80 pounds of various debris materials, including things like an "electrical outlet." More commonly, building pieces were taken, including "red granite building facade." WTC building 7 was the focus of much of the theft. In fact, pieces of the building "were stacked in a designated location of the Building 7 inspection area" in order for Secret Service agents to retrieve. Pat D'Amuro, an employee of Giuliani Partners, was also involved in the theft of WTC debris materials from the Fresh Kills site. D'Amuro had specifically requested that certain kinds of items be kept for his retrieval. What is odd about that is that D'Amuro was not in charge of the Fresh Kills operation, but he had been the counterterrorism chief in the FBI's New York City office since 1997, which meant that his responsibilities included oversight of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
As the FBI's lead person in terms of investigating and preventing terrorist acts before 9/11, D'Amuro had also been appointed to lead the investigations of the 1993 WTC bombing and other al Qaeda-attributed crimes. The 1993 bombing investigation was claimed to be fraudulent by one of FBI's own employees, in a then famous incident of whistle blowing. Frederick Whitehurst, of the FBI crime laboratory that was analyzing the evidence from the bombing, claimed that "attempts had been made to alter his lab reports to exclude scientific interpretations other than" the official explantion. Whitehurst went on to claim that FBI leadership had been altering evidence and test results for a number of years, in order to support pre-determined conclusions.
Despite failing to follow-up on any of the leads that could have prevented the attacks of 9/11, D'Amuro was placed in charge of the miraculous PENTTBOM investigation just after those attacks. PENTTBOM was miraculous not only for its name, which stood for Pentagon/Twin Towers Bombing (yes, bombing), but also for the rapidity in which the case was solved. That is, although US authorities claimed to have had no knowledge of or ability to stop the 9/11 attacks, the FBI was able to identify all nineteen alleged hijackers within 72 hours.
Weidlinger Associates Silverstein Report Edit
Fatally contradicts FEMA and NIST
Matthys Levy, the chairman of Weidlinger Associates and one of the engineers on the study team, says, “The buildings had tremendous reserve capacity and that was reflected in all of the elements we analyzed. In fact, because there were so much excess capacity, the columns even in the impact floors did not buckle immediately, but failed as the result of the fire.” The report states that failure of the WTC’s steel floor supports (“trusses”) did not contribute to the collapses. Instead, the collapses were caused by the failure of steel structural columns that were either destroyed when the planes hit or lost fireproofing, leaving them vulnerable to the weakening effects of the ensuing fires. It says that debris and dust distributed by the plane crashes inhibited the fires, such that the average air temperatures on the impact floors were between 400 and 700°C (750-1,300°F): significantly lower than those associated with typical “fully developed” office fires. However, says Matthys Levy, “By the time the temperature inside the buildings reached 400 degrees, the steel would have lost approximately 50% of its strength. Eventually, gravity took over and the towers began to fall.”
Then, according to the analysis led by researchers from LZA Technology/Thornton-Tomasetti, “Once collapse initiated in each tower, essentially all of the interior structure of the tower fell straight down with floors pancaking on top of one another. The network of perimeter steel columns and spandrels acted like a chute to funnel the interior contents into the tower footprint.” According to the computer simulations, the damage to the South Tower’s steel core columns was so severe that the tower should have collapsed immediately after the plane hit.
Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) was a federal government project founded in the 1980s to coordinate electronic reseach and development. It was headed by Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, whose previous positions had been Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Admiral Inman is the one-time boss of Craig I. Fields and has since developed close ties with SAIC. Fields would head DARPA and around 9/11 be head of the Defence Sciences Board who would produce P2OG in the years after. It is not clear what role MCC player in the development of the internet but clearly Craig I. Fields showed an interest in the subject at the time, when he invisioned the future of gambling being on peoples personal computers. MCC partnered with a company called SI Diamond, set up by Robert H Gow, once the boss of George Bush at Stratford. MCC may have some link to Ptech
Military Profesional Resources Incorporated (MPRI)
It was alleged by Juergen Elsaesser, in the Italian hit documentary 'ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11', that many of the 9/11 jihadists had worked for MPRI and fought in the Balkans
Anthrax Attacks Edit
Steven Hatfill Project Jefferson SAIC's William C. Patrick Anthrax Report
One of the most bizarre facts of 9/11, is the direct tie between the 9/11 hijackers and the anthrax case. As it turns out, the FIRST victims of the anthrax attacks(the Sun Tabloid in American Media building) housed the 9/11 hijackers Marwan al-Shehhi and Saeed al-Ghamdi a couple months before the sept 11th attacks. The Irishes(Michael and Gloria) who run the Sun Tabloid, put the hijackers in their condo in Florida.  Michael Irish even was training at the same Florida flight school as Atta and al-Shehe at the same time they were there(and the heroin plane bust)
South African Connection Edit
- Steven Hatfill - South African Nazi Party (AWB), nazi party attacked the World Trade Center in Kempton Park, South Africa (http://web.archive.org/web/20060924080626/http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/transition/gold_worldtrd.html) In Southern Africa the same time as Abramoff. Like Abramoff, Hatfill has an extremely dubious cover story for being in South Africa at the time. He has since admitted he never earned a phd there or did post doctral work at Oxford. He was supposedly sent off on the South African Antarctic Expedition for two years, could that be cover as well.
- Jack Abramoff - South African Military Intelligence, used their money to make Red Scorpian in Namibia around the time Pan Am 103 went down, killing UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson who was Swedish, he was on his way to NY for the New York Accords. Craig Williamson's intelligence operation was connected to Carlsson. Film has an 11% rating and starred Dolph Lundgren who is also Swedish, though his real name is Hans so he may be German. Apparently actors and crew never got paid. The plot of the film, devised by Abramoff, is supsiciously similar to what was taking place in Namibia at the time. Hans onced lived in NYC with Grace Jones, he worked as a bouncer at 'The Limelight' club, whose very first location was Hollywood, Florida. He is linked to Steve Rubell and Studio 54. He then got into the movies and appeared in James Bond - A View to a Kill.
- Paradise Island's Solomon Kerzner - South African 'Casino Mogul'
- Terrorist history of South Africa - training ground
- Dutch Origins - of South Africa and South African Nazi Party (AWB), potential connections to Nassau Bahamas, Dutch Antilles, Rudi Dekkers, Arne Kruitoff
- Wally Hilliard's Oryx - South African Oryx?
OKC Bombing Edit
Oklahoma City John Doe No 2 suspect Husseini al Hussein was one of the baggage handlers at Boston Logan the morning of 9/11. See Jayna Davis.
According to witness reports, Nick Berg frequented the campus of Norman Oklahoma and was seen hanging out with a man named Hussein al Attas. al Attas had just come from the FBI informant's house in San Diego where he had been staying with some of the 9/11 hijackers, and before that he was staying at Infocus chairmen Yuzid Sufaat's condo in Kuala Lampar Malaysia. It was HIS condo where Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, Indonesian JI head Hambali, Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Midhar were monitored by the CIA as having a "9/11-USS Cole" meeting. And who is hanging with Nick Berg and rooming with al Attas? Zacharius Moussaoui.
In 1989 a black Muslim convert named Melvin Lattimore now going by the name "Mujahid Menepta" reportedly was released from prison for a violent bank robbery if he agreed to be an FBI informant. Basically to go into local mosques in St Louis and Oklahoma to sniff out extremists. It was here he allegedly met bin Laden associate Wadih el Hage.
In 1993 authorities said that Melvin Lattimore's credit cards were used for the World Trade Center bombing.
According to PBS, LAWeekly, etc Melvin Lattimore took Timothy Mcveigh and various OKC 1995 co-conspirators to a motel in OK called "Dreamland". To this day the owners swear up and down Lattimore would loiter in their lobby. Lattimore was also witnessed driving Mcveigh and two neo Nazis(FBI informants Sean Kenny and James Rosencranz) in Oklahoma City OK days before the April 19th attack. The spooky thing is, 6 years later Lattimore takes Moussaoui and Mohamed Atta to this SAME motel in the summer of 2001.
Police came to the Parkview Apartments on the Campus of Oklahoma University to raid his place, but Moussaoui, Lattimore and Al Attas all fled. Authorities and eye witnesses would say a "white man" would use the library computers at OKU to purchase a flight ticket for Flight 93. Was this meant for Moussaoui, bought by Nick Berg? And was Nick Berg, like Lattimore, an informant? Al Attas THEN drives Moussaoui to Minnesota for flight training. THIS is where the big FBI scandal unfolds, as Coleen Rowley and FBI Agent Harry Sammit wave big red flags to higher ups to move in on Moussaoui. His laptop would have Nick Bergs emails on it. Melvin Lattimore THEN drives all the way to Minnesota to bail out al Attas, despire both being connected to 9/11 by then. Moussaoui then gets arrested on parole violations stemming from firearm possessions.
Like Ali Mohamed(admitted mastermind of the 1998 African bombing and co creator of Al Qaeda), Melvin Lattimore is a free man in America despite being linked to all three attacks in America.
A Moroccan man was cleared 5 February 2004 by a German court of plotting the September 11 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington. Abdelghani Mzoudi, 31, showed no emotion as Judge Klaus Rühle read the verdict at Hamburg state court.
Prosecutors alleged that Mr Mzoudi had provided logistical support to the Hamburg cell under lead hijacker Atta, helping with financial transactions and arranging housing for members so that they could evade the attention of the authorities. Mr Mzoudi spent time at a terrorist camp in Afghanistan in 2000. His lawyers admitted their client was friends with many of the September 11 terrorists.
The case against him was undermined when new evidence from a mystery witness, believed to have been al-Qaida mastermind Ramzi bin al-Shibh, was presented to the court two months ago. Bin al-Shibh, who was arrested in Pakistan and handed over to US custody, is believed to have told his interrogators that the attacks were the work of only three men - Hamburg-based hijackers Atta, Marwan al-Shehi and Ziad Jarrah - acting under his direction.
Mr Mzoudi was freed by the judge after the evidence was heard on December 11, but today's hearing marked his formal acquittal on all charges. After the case against him effectively collapsed in December, lawyers defending another Moroccan, Mounir el-Motassadeq - who was convicted by the Hamburg court on similar charges - said that they would launch an appeal.
German police were able to wiretap Mounir Motassadeq, but apparently did not discover any incriminating information. He maintains his innocence. "There never was a terrorist organization in Hamburg," he said. Motassadeq maintained he did not know and the trial never established that Motassadeq had advanced knowledge of the details of the attacks. Nevertheless, he had assisted their plot by paying their tuition and rent to keep up their appearance of being students.
FIFTEEN MONTHS before the 9/11 attack a 26-year old Moroccan man whose name and multiple aliases appear on numerous terrorist watch lists started a company in Florida with a man who is today the Chief Military Attaché for the Moroccan Embassy in Washington, DC.
On June 30, 2000, as Atta and Al-Shehhi began flight training at Huffman Aviation, terror list suspect Mohammed Arara joined Colonel Ahmed Arara, the Military Attaché of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, and a third man, “Joseph El Sheik,” to incorporate Titim Holdings, Inc. with the Florida Department of Corporations, at an address just a stone’s throw from an apartment in Coral Springs used by Atta and Marwan.
“Titim” is a verb in Gaelic, we discovered. It means “to fall down.” The Moroccan military attaché and his two Arab companions had just launched “Falling Down Inc.”
Were there two “Mohammed Arara's?” On the Finnish Banking Authorities Terrorist Watch list—so called because after being distributed worldwide by the FBI it was inadvertently made public by Finland in Oct of 2001—the terror suspect has the same vital statistics as the "Mohammed Arara" in business with the Moroccan Kingdom’s Defense Attaché in Washington.
As can be seen on incorporation documents, both the ‘Mohammed Arara’ on the watch list and the ‘Mohammed Arara’ in business with Col Arara, for example, list the same home address: 117 Westwood Ct., in Lake Worth, FL. This same address is also used by the Moroccan Embassy’s Col. Arara. In addition to being business partners, Colonel Ahmed Arara and Mohammed Arara (whose family relationship if any remains unknown at this time) share the same home address, according to documents filed with the state of Florida, where both men used the same address in Atlantis, FL, just outside the Palm Beach County Park Airport.
During the final month of preparation before the attack, terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta flew out of this airport on numerous unexplained flights with still-unidentified companions. Mohammed Arara may have been one of these companions.
Three of the addresses on the Terrorist Watch List for suspected terrorist pilot Mohammed Arara also lead back to a mysterious German national, who we have until now identified as Pascal Schreier, 32, and his wife, Sandra Hamouda, a French-Tunisian woman who took over a flight school at Charlotte County Airport when it went bankrupt in February 2001, stranding dozens of foreign flight students, most of them, curiously, Moroccan or Tunisian. Terror suspect Arara’s listed addresses include 514 El Vernona Ave in Sarasota FL; 1670 Via Bianca in Punta Gorda FL; and 117 Mooney Ave., also in Punta Gorda FL. All three properties belong to Hamouda and Schreier. Called "Guido Pascal Schreier" in court documents, he was responsible for spearheading the European recruiting efforts of the Dutch-owned flight schools in Venice, FL...
Punta Gorda Edit
So... what's up with Punta Gorda? Located half-way between Naples and Venice, and home to Charlotte County Airport, where the smell of hay from nearby ranches mixes into an atmosphere of intrigue, the town’s pedigree explains a lot.
“The town of Punta Gorda, once a fishing village that drew the likes of a Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Ford in search of tarpon, has survived many a boom and bust period since its beginnings in the 1880s…” reported the Washington Post on September 10, 1977. “The (Punta Gorda Isles) development was the brainchild of two retired Central Intelligence Agency men who met while on duty in the Far East, Wilbur (Bud) Cole and Al Johns, now president and chairman of the board, respectively.”
Flash-forward 40 years to the present. Not much has changed...
From the June 4, 2004 Charlotte Sun-Herald: "Punta Gorda City Councilman Tom Poole, who served with U.S. Army Special Forces during the Vietnam War and spent more than 20 years as a CIA clandestine services officer, said he finds no fault in Goss' record of public service or policies."
When we first reported that 23 helicopters had been stolen in Charlotte County it had seemed an aviation crime. Which is why Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi must have felt right at home at the Charlotte County Airport when they moved down the road from Huffman Aviation in Venice in January of 2001, spending most of the next two months in a luxury pad in nearby Deep Creek which seems to somehow have escaped the FBI's attention. The first thing the two young Arab pilots saw, every time they drove into the Charlotte County Airport after exiting Interstate 75 onto a rural county road running alongside it, no doubt reminded them that they were treading on the periphery of the Spook Hall of Fame.Tied down at the front corner of the Charlotte County Airport was a vintage silver DC 3 resembling nothing so much as an airborne Noah’s Ark, replete with painted hippos, giraffes and elephants climbing up the fuselage toward the cockpit. The parked plane was a conspicuous sight at the small rural airport for at least two years, after being seized by law enforcement officials from notorious pilot Frank Moss. Moss, who still flies out of the Charlotte County Airport, gained infamy during the Iran Contra Hearings which revealed him to be a drug smuggling pilot and fly-by-night airline owner. For a drug smuggler, Moss had some strange connections. With Col. Oliver North, for example. Even though he was under investigation for narcotics offenses by a total of ten different law enforcement agencies, the State Department thought so highly of Moss that they signed him on to fly "humanitarian aid" missions to the Contras. Maybe there's just something in the air at the Charlotte County Airport.
Frank Moss isn't even the only one based there who became famous in the scandal over contra cocaine. Another pirate and buccaneer calling Charlotte County Airport home was Dietrich Reinhardt, linked with Barry Seal's Mena, Arkansas cocaine operation in the Iran Contra Hearings. Like Pascal Schreier, Reinhardt is German. Probably just a coincidence. In another even-more-amazing coincidence, Reinhardt's business partner at Charlotte County Airport, Jamie Hill, is the very man suspected by law enforcement of criminal mischief in making their helicopters disappear. Maybe he was a wizard. Maybe he did black magic in his hangar. We wouldn't mind asking Pascal Schreier's wife, Sandra Hamouda. She owns the hanger right next door.
Operating out of Charlotte County Airport, Dietrich Reinhardt’s Caribe Air, was called a CIA proprietary airline in a Senate Intelligence Committee report which investigated the company for delivering Hawk and TOW missiles to Iran in the arms-for-hostages deal between the U.S. and Iran. It was a blemish. But things would get even worse. When Federal prosecutors seized the company’s aircraft in the early 90's, they had been parked at the infamous Mena Ark. Airport, and Reinhardt was accused of allowing his planes to be used to ship drugs worth billions of dollars into this country. In sum, Dietrich Reinhardt is not the sort of person you'd exactly like to see rubbing elbows with the terrorist element out at Charlotte County Airport.
How odd then to discover that Rudi Dekker's Huffman Aviation had been doing business with Caribe Air. The disturbing fact slipped out during a controversy in Lynchburg, VA. over an aviation contract that had been awarded to a phantom company, which maintained a phantom presence inside--where else?-- Huffman Aviation in Venice. About the phantom presence that had previously been even-more invisible while housed under Rudi Dekker's flying circus maintop, a source in Lynchburg noted, “They stay strictly to themselves, and keep their shades pulled down.” The Lynchburg City Council hearings revealed that Huffman Aviation had a "maintenance contract" with Caribe Air.
It makes a certain sense. You wouldn't want just anyone vacuuming the planes.
An Iraqi doctor, Mubarak al-Duri ran an agricultural project owned by Osama bin Laden from 1992–94, and is alleged to have procured weapons and equipment overseas. In the 1980s, he was living in Tucson, Arizona where he was in contact with Wadi al-Hage, who also lived in the city. The pair were likely associated with the city's fledgling Maktab al-Khidamat.
Born in Syria, Mohammed Loay Bayazid is an American citizen once alleged to have been a founding member of al-Qaeda. Bayazid moved to the United States with his parents, as a teenager, and began studying engineering at University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1982, but he later moved to Tucson, and studied at the University of Arizona. In 1985, he decided to join the mujahideen repelling the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
New York / New Jersey Edit
Sphinx Trading Sphinx was incorporated on December 15th, 1987 by Waleed al Noor and Mohammed El-Attris, an Egyptian. The store was located only four doors down from the al-Salam mosque, presided over by blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (OAR). The address was 2828 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City, New Jersey.
El Sayyid Nosair, who assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, had a mailbox there before he was arrested in 1990. The co-founder Waleed, al-Noor, was named an unindicted co-conspirator at the ‘Landmarks’ bomb plot trial in 1993. al-Noor’s partner, Mohamed el-Atriss, who supplies false passports, interacts with hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi, Abdulaziz Alomari, Khalid Almihdhar, and Hani Hanjour in the summer of 2001BMI Inc. Beit al-Mal, which possibly means House of Money, founded in 1985 by Soliman Biheiri, based in Harman Plaza, Secacus, New Jersey. One of its subsidiaries invested in Oxen Hill housing development in Maryland on behalf of Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook. Biheiri was once on the board of Ptech. The vice president was Hussein Ibrahim.
Former New Jersey Governor and subsequent 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean, profited $24 Million dollars in a 1987 real estate land sale to BMI. Three Bin Laden family members invsted money in BMI including Abdullah bin Laden an offical at WAMY.
Mostan International Corporation Founded 1988 by Mousa Marzook (president) and Soliman Biheiri (vice president). Mostan opened a bank account at National Community Bank of New Jersey (NCB). On or about Oct 1993, Sami al_Arian issued a check for $2,500 made payable to Biheiri and deposited in to Biheirir's personal NCB account.
Ayman al-Zawahiri apparently lived in Bern, Switzerland. He held a Swiss passport.
- Following a murder attempt on the president of Egypt June 26, 1995, Egyptian authorities accused several European Countries of sheltering leeaders of radical islam. Previously an Egyptian delegation had vistised Bern, Switzerland to address the case of Ayman al-Zawahiri, military head of EIJ. Egyptian special services believed he lived in Switzerland under a false identity. Swiss authorities denied this.
- NEW YORK OCT 12, 2001 -- Osama bin Laden's chief deputy visited the United States at least twice in the past decade to raise money for terrorism, according to federal court records. Ayman al-Zawahiri made the trips in the early 1990s to help raise money for the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Ali Mohamed said on Oct. 20, 2000, as he pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges stemming from the deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. "I helped him to do this," Mohamed told Judge Leonard B. Sand.
- On November 7, 2001, Swiss authorities froze all accounts at Nada Management, a nondescript financial services/consulting house in Lugano, and stormed the premises. The firm was accused by the U.S. Treasury Department of laundering funds for al- Qaeda. Officers of the firm were held for questioning, including Albert Friedrich Armand "Ahmed" Huber, a retired Swiss journalist and director of the Nada branch of the al-Taqwa ("Fear of God") net - in fact, a symbiotic twin - reportedly founded by ODESSA banker Francois Genoud. Huber was a repugnant study in his own right. On November 5, 2002, Asia Times printed a thumbnail bio: "Huber [is] a high-profile neo-Nazi who tirelessly travels the far-right circuit in Europe and the United States. He sees himself as a mediator between radical Islam and what he calls the New Right. Since September 11, a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs next to one of Adolf Hitler on the wall of his study in Muri just outside the Swiss capital of Bern. September 11, says Huber, brought the radical Islam-New Right alliance together."
- In 2002 the Swiss police searched the offices of eight companies with links to Yeslam Binladin, the half-brother of bin Laden.
- A UN report in December 2003 criticised Switzerland for failing to prevent support reaching Osama bin Laden's network and the Afghan Taliban. It alleged that Switzerland was being used as a revolving door for weapons smuggling and that money for terrorism was passing through the country. The report focused on two businessmen in Switzerland, Youssef Nada, an Egyptian, and Ahmed Idris Nasreddin, of Ethiopian descent. Both are linked to businesses allegedly involved in financing al-Qaida. The month before Swiss authorities found evidence linking Bin Laden and al-Qaida's alleged deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to Swiss bank accounts during the 1990s. The federal prosecutor's office confirmed a newspaper report that Bin Laden was the beneficiary of an account at a Zurich branch of Switzerland's largest bank, UBS.
- BERN, Switzerland DEC 2003 -- Swiss authorities involved in the global hunt for terror money have established that both Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri, the suspected No. 2 man in al-Qaeda, had access to Swiss bank accounts in the period before they were known terrorists. Andrea Sadecky, a spokeswoman for the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office, confirmed a report in the Geneva daily Le Temps, which said bin Laden was the beneficiary of an account held in a Zurich branch of Switzerland's largest bank, while al-Zawahri held an account at an unidentified Geneva bank.
- Assassinated former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko alleged, among other things, that during this time, al-Zawahiri was indeed being trained by the FSB, and that he was not the only link between al-Qaeda and the FSB. Former KGB officer and writer Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy supported Litvinenko's claim and said that Litvinenko "was responsible for securing the secrecy of Al-Zawahiri's arrival in Russia, who was trained by FSB instructors in Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, in 1996–1997."
- Saudi prince Bandar threatened Tony Blair in Downing Street with terror attacks if he didnt stop the SFO investigation into BAE Systems alleged billion pound bribery accounts in Switzerland.
- Yeslam Binladin has lived in Switzerland since the mid-1980s, and became a Swiss citizen in April 2001. Since 1980, Yeslam has been chairman of the Geneva, Switzerland-based Saudi Investment Company (SICO), which represents his family's Saudi Binladin Group's international financial interests. He has been a partner of Pakistani businessman Akberali Moawalla. Moawalla was also one of 23 (or 25) persons, including 13 members of the Bin Laden family who were allowed to leave on a charted flight that departed Logan airport on September 19, 2001
Wolfgang Bohringer, Florida, Kiribati Stephan Verharen Mohammad Atta Hamburg
Investigators have discovered a "Jihadi village" of white German al-Qaeda insurgents, including Muslim converts, in Pakistan's tribal areas close to the Afghan border. The village, in Taliban-controlled Waziristan, is run by the notorious al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which plots raids on Nato forces in Afghanistan.
A recruitment video presents life in the village as a desirable lifestyle choice with schools, hospitals, pharmacies and day care centres, all at a safe distance from the front. In the video, the presenter, "Abu Adam", the public face of the group in Germany, points his finger and asks: "Doesn't it appeal to you? We warmly invite you to join us!"
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has a foothold in several German cities, has capitalised on growing concern over the rising profile of German forces in Afghanistan.
Last night a foreign ministry spokesman told The Daily Telegraph they were now negotiating with Pakistani authorities for the release of six Germans. They are being held in custody in Peshawar after their arrest in May shortly when they crossed the border from Iran. They are understood to have left Germany in March this year. The spokesman said negotiations were "under way" with Pakistani authorities "concerning a group of German citizens" and that it had been aware that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan had been recruiting in Germany "since the beginning of the year".
Their recruitment drive has been led by "Abu Adam", a 24-year-old German believed to be of Turkish or North African descent who was raised with fellow Jihadi, Abu Ibrahim, in the smart Bonn suburb of Kessenich. Adam, whose real name is Mounir Chouka, received weapons training from the German army and later spent three years training at the Federal Office of Statistics where colleagues described him as a "nice boy". He left in 2007, telling colleagues he was joining a trading firm in Saudi Arabia.
Khalid Khawaja, a former Pakistan intelligence officer, who describes himself as a friend of Osama bin Laden, said he was aware of a German contingent and that there were a number of Swedish converts too who had arrived in Pakistan "for Jihad". "The Europeans are there [in Waziristan]. The most dedicated people there are from Europe. They will do anything for Islam. They are not there because their fathers are Muslim, but by choice," he said.
9/11 Commission Edit
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Thomas Kean Edit
UNOCAL's partner in the Cent-Gas trans-Afghan pipeline consortium, the Saudi Company Delta Oil is owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans which allegedly have ties to bin Laden’s Al Qaeda. Bin Mahfouz is suspected to have funnelled millions of dollars to the Al Qaeda network.
According to a 1998 Senate testimony of former CIA director James Woolsey, powerful financier Khalid bin Mahfouz’ younger sister is married to Osama bin Laden,.
Former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean, the man chosen by President Bush to lead the 9/11 commission also has business ties with bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi. Thomas Kean is a director (and shareholder) of Amerada Hess Corporation , which is involved in the Hess-Delta joint venture with Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia. In 1994 Nimir Petroleum Company Limited ("Nimir"), a Bermuda company founded in 1991 and at the time wholly-owned by Abdulrahman Bin Mahfouz and Sultan Bin Mahfouz (Khalid Bin Mahfouz's sons), acquired a 50% interest in a 15% participation that Delta owned in an oil exploration field in Azerbaijan that was being developed by Unocal Corporation. Specifically, the 15% interest was in the Azeri and Chirag Fields and the Deepwater Portion of the Gunashli Field. A joint venture company called Delta Nimir Khazar Limited ("DNKL"), owned 50% each by Delta and Nimir, became the owner of the 15% participation in the Unocal exploration rights.
In 1998, Delta advised Nimir that Delta had a buyer for DNKL's interest in the Unocal rights, which was Amerada Hess. In September 1998 Nimir sold its 50% interest in DNKL back to DNKL itself so that, thereafter, Delta became the sole owner of DNKL and subsequently sold the underlying interest in the Unocal rights to Amerada Hess.Delta-Hess "was established in 1998 for the development and exploration of oil fields in the Caspian region...In Azerbaijan Delta Hess is involved in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli PSA (2.72%) and the Garabaghli-Kursangi PSA (20%). It is also an equity holder in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline":
"An air of mystery hangs over Delta-Hess, which... is registered in the Cayman Islands. Hess is in no hurry to reveal the terms of the alliance, which it says are subject to confidentiality clauses. 'There's no reason why this should be public information,' a Hess spokesman says."
Coincidentally, the former Governor of New Jersey is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, together with another prominent member of the board of directors of Amerada Hess, former Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas Brady. In other words, Delta Oil Ltd. of Saudi Arabia --which is a partner in the Hess-Delta Alliance--is in part controlled by Khalid bin Mafhouz, Osama's brother in law.
Amerada Hess, which is represented by BakerAndBotts. Kean is also director of Aramark, the food-services company, and Pepsi Bottling Group. Aramark is represented by law company Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett (STB), who represents the Carlyle Group, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan, Banc of America LLC, Credit Suisse First Boston, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Amgen Inc, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown Inc., General Electric or Ingersoll-Rand Co, a subsidiary of Halliburton, who once sold during 1997 to the summer of 2000 material to Iraq worth $73 million through two French affiliates, while vice-president Cheney was Director.
Thomas Kean has also done business with BMI inc. He recieved $24 millions from BMI by selling them property
Kean sat on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy, which has often been accused of acting as a surrogate for the CIA to support anticommunist groups and even coups overseas. NED annual reports indicate that Kean was on the NED board at least from 1991 to 1998, inclusive.
Between 1990 and 1992, the NED donated a quarter million dollars in American taxpayers’ money to the Cuban-American National Foundation, the fanatic anti-Castro Miami group. The CANF, in turn, financed Luis Posada Carriles, one of the most prolific and pitiless terrorists of modern times, who was involved in the blowing up of a Cuban airliner in 1976, which killed 73 people. In 1997, he was involved in a series of bomb explosions in Havana hotels.
The endowment also played an important role in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, funding key components of Oliver North’s shadowy “Project Democracy” network, which waged war without congressional authorization, and ran arms and drugs. At one point in 1987, a White House spokesman stated that those at NED “run Project Democracy.”
Lee Hamilton Edit
Iran Contra Hearings CFR (FINAL DRAFT REPORT - EMBARGOED UNTIL JAN. 31, 2001 Road Map for National Security: Imperative for Change January 31, 2001 U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century) Trilateral
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Tacoma, Washington Edit
- Indian Gaming Red Wind Casino managed by the Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation for the Nisqually Indian Tribe.
- General Michael Canavan
- Beltway Snipers, Lee Boyd Malvo under the mentorship of John Allen Muhammed, murdered Linda Franklin, the last Bin Laden analyst in the FBI before 911. Both spent a year together in Tacoma, Washington. The rifle was purchased in Tacoma by Muhammed
- Admiral Eric Olson
- Richard Boehlke, Harbor Air known locally as the "Navy’s airline" because its function was to serve personnel flying in and out of the nearby Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island - Boehlke also involved in a massive looting of workers pension funds in Portland, Oregon. Boehlke’s company, Alterra, had a gleaming facility located just a hundred yards from Dekkers’ Huffman Aviation at the Venice Airport.
- Tacoma Narrows unique bridge Collpase
- Firefighters National Trust, Stephen Careaga, Tacoma Narows Airport
- Fred Crisman
- Danny Casolaro
- John Ehrlichman
- michael riconosciuto
Lloyds Saudi suit Edit
- THE UNDERWRITING MEMBERS OF LLOYD’S SYNDICATE 3500
- THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA,
- THE SAUDI HIGH COMMISSION FOR RELIEF OF BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA,
- SAUDI JOINT RELIEF COMMITTEE FOR KOSOVO AND CHECHNYA,
- SAUDI RED CRESCENT SOCIETY,
- NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK,
- AL RAJHI BANKING AND INVESTMENT COMPANY,
- PRINCE SALMAN BIN ABDUL AZIZ AL SAUD,
- SULEIMAN ABDEL AZIZ AL RAJHI,
- YASSIN AL QADI
Ptech EditBetween on or about 1994 and 2001, Yassin Kadi invested approximately $10,319,815 into Ptech - On October 12, 2001', the United States government designated Kadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
ZIADE as President and Chief Executive Officer of ptech was required to freeze all assets, shares or property interests of Kadi. ZIADE and other ptech agents, knowingly and willfully failed to block Kadi's assets
Ptech is a private, for-profit computer software company, that was incorporated in Massachusetts on February 2, 1994. Ptech's principal place of business has been located at 500 Victory Road in Quincy, Massachusetts. ZIADE is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ptech
ZIADE co-founded Ptech in 1994 with the capital financing provided by Kadi through one of his nominee companies, Sarmany Limited. Initially, in 1994, Kadi invested approximately $5 million in ptech through Sarmany, an Isle of Man company he owned and controlled.
As a result of his substantial investments in Ptech, Kadi involved himself in the operation and management of Ptech. Kadi served as a director of Ptech from approximately March 1995 until at least 1998' and attended several Board of Director meetings in his capacity as a director and/or investor. For instance, Kadi attended Ptech's Board of Director meeting held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (where Kadi's residence and some of his businesses are located) on March 22, 1998. The minutes of this meeting are signed by ZIADE, Kadi, and another Ptech director. They reflect that the Board decided, among other things, that Perdana, one of Kadi's companies, would pay "$261,445.00 for all lease obligations of Ptech, Inc. outstanding with BMI Leasing Inc. of Secaucus, New Jersey.
Even after he resigned from the Board of Directors, Kadi remained actively involved in the operation and management of Ptech. Kadi hosted and participated in several ptech business meetings in Saudi Arabia from 1999 through 2001
Between in or about May and July 2001, Kadi was included in oral and written (via email) discussions concerning a new potential licensing agreement between ptech and Horizons Software Development, an Egyptian company. f. Between in or about April and June 2001, ptech considered acquiring a Canadian company, Process Renewal Group ("PRG H ). Kadi was included in these negotiations. In fact, ZIADE advised the President of PRG that he would have to meet the "real ownersH of ptech in Saudi Arabia before the deal could be approved. Thereafter, in June, 2001, the President of PRG traveled to Saudi Arabia and met with Kadi and another Saudi Arabian ptech investor to negotiate the sale (despite these negotiations, the sale did not materialize) .
On December 5, 2002, ZIADE, represented by counsel, met with prosecutors and law enforcement agents involved in the investigation of ptech in Boston. Pursuant to a proffer agreement, ZIADE made the following statements, which he knew to be false: (1) he had no knowledge of Kadi's position in Grayson Group; (2) he was never conclusively able to determine whether Kadi had invested any of his own money into ptech; (3) he did not 28 INTELWIRE http://www.intelwire.com have any paperwork disclosing that Kadi had invested any of his own money into ptech; and (4) approximately five months previously (July 2002), ZIADE first learned tiat Kadi had more of a connection with Caravan than he originally believed.
Sworn Affidavit LINDA HUNT Special Agent ICE
For the previous six years, Al-Qadi was the major shareholder in a small startup company - Ptech – somehow given control of the U.S. Government’s most vital computer systems. Included, among others, were the Departments of Defense, State, Energy, Transportation and Justice.
Eerily unknown is the fact that this Bin Laden banker’s company developed the FAA’s National Airspace System, newly in operation on the morning of September 11. Even less known is that the Ptech computer chief who created and installed the new FAA software was Felix Rausch, former Deputy IT Chief of the White House, and overall IT Chief of INTERPOL.
In early 2002, Robert Wright, head of the FBI’s Terror Finance Unit (“Vulgar Betrayal”), publicly charged that since 1998, his superiors had blocked him from arresting Al-Qadi. Wright had direct evidence that Al-Qadi had already delivered millions of dollars into Bin Laden controlled bank accounts.
Al-Qadi was also among the group of Arabian bankers operating a New Jersey finance firm named BMI. Among the principals of both Ptech and BMI was Abdurahman Alamoudi, a regular guest of President George W and co-founder, with White House favorite (and former Jack Abramoff partner) Grover Norquist, of the Islamic Institute. Alamoudi’s exalted political status ended with his 2003 indictment and subsequent 23 year sentence for terror funding.
Ptech and BMI shared numerous other investors, officers and directors later officially described, designated, or convicted as terror-financiers. They included:
- Soliman Biheiri - BMI President and Ptech Board member. Convicted of perjury.
- Musa Abu Marzook - SDGT leader of Hamas, laundered miliions through both companies.
- Hussein Ibrahim - VP of both companies, and a director of the SAAR Foundation, umbrella group for more than a dozen terror-linked charities in Herndon, Virginia. They were raided by the Treasury Department in March 2002.
- Yaqub Mirza, overall Executive of the SAAR Foundation charities, and a Board member of Ptech.. He’s also a Board Director of Amana Al-Qadi was Director of one of the largest charities “Blessed Relief”, funded by
Khalid Mahfouz –billionaire bailout provider for George W Bush’s failing oil company in the ‘80s. He was also principle shareholder of the global outlaw bank BCCI, Bush Sr’s Iran-Contra conduit, and after its $20 billion collapse, described by prosecutors as the “greatest financial fraud in world history.”
- Two of Osama BinLaden’s nephews.
- Saleh Kamel (whose Saudi company provided a no-show job in San Diego for the man who housed two 9/11 hijackers. Kamel’s bank in the Sudan held millions in Osama Bin Laden’s accounts. Kamel and Mahfouz are both on the “Golden Chain” list of Al Qaeda’s top 20 funders, seized during a Bosnian anti-terror raid.
A group who protested the March ‘02 Virginia charities raids was provided a private meeting with Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill. It was arranged by the Islamic Institute, co-founded by George W’s Muslim money raising lobbyist Grover Norquist.. The group’s spokesmen were:
- Khaled Saffuri - the other co-founder of Norquist’s Islamic Institute, who formerly reported to Ptech investor (and imprisoned terror financier) Abdurahman Alamoudi.
- Talat Othman - Chairman of Norquist’s Islamic Institute, and former Board Director of George W’s Harken Energy company. Othman gave a benediction at the 2000 GOP National Convention. He’s also a Director of Amana Mutual, part of *Saleh Kamel’s Al Baraka Bank, along with Trustee Yaqub Mirza (head of the raided charities’ umbrella group).
In 2004, Ptech CEO Oussama Ziade was still bragging of the company’s continuing White House contracts. Ptech eventually changed its name to GoAgile and moved to Egypt, working with what it called “Horizon” software. In 2005, the USAID agency actually financed GoAgile/Horizon to improve Egypt’s technology.
Al Qadi first met Osama Bin Laden in the 1980s, and Treasury officials accuse him of funneling $3 million to Bin Laden in the mid ‘90s through the Muwafaq Foundation, funded by magnate Khalid bin Mahfouz. According to former counter-terror chief Richard Clarke, it was Mahfouz’s National Commercial Bank that al-Qadi used to transfer the money.
Billionaire Mahfouz’s former US financial representative was James Bath, very close to George W Bush.
Vakfuska Bank in Sarajevo
Abu Zubayda Edit
Zubayda was captured and interrogated March 2002. He revealed Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz was the handler for Al QAEDA. Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz mysteriously died in Riyadh on July 22, 2002
Ted Olsen Edit
Ted Olson's report was very important. It provided the only evidence that American 77, which was said to have struck the Pentagon, had still been aloft after it had disappeared from FAA radar around 9:00 AM (there had been reports, after this disappearance, that an airliner had crashed on the Ohio-Kentucky border). Also, Barbara Olson had been a very well-known commentator on CNN. The report that she died in a plane that had been hijacked by Arab Muslims was an important factor in getting the nation's support for the Bush administration's "war on terror." Ted Olson's report was important in still another way, being the sole source of the widely accepted idea that the hijackers had box cutters.
However, although Ted Olson's report of phone calls from his wife has been a central pillar of the official account of 9/11, this report has been completely undermined. Olson began this process of undermining by means of self-contradictions. He first told CNN, as we have seen, that his wife had "called him twice on a cell phone." But he contradicted this claim on September 14, telling Hannity and Colmes that she had reached him by calling the Department of Justice collect. Therefore, she must have been using the "airplane phone," he surmised, because "she somehow didn't have access to her credit cards." However, this version of Olson's story, besides contradicting his first version, was even self-contradictory, because a credit card is needed to activate a passenger-seat phone. Later that same day, moreover, Olson told Larry King Live that the second call from his wife suddenly went dead because "the signals from cell phones coming from airplanes don't work that well." After that return to his first version, he finally settled on the second version, saying that his wife had called collect and hence must have used "the phone in the passengers' seats" because she did not have her purse.
The records available for the phone calls from American 77 do not allow for a determination of which of four “connected calls to unknown number” represent the two between Barbara and Ted Olson, although the FBI and DOJ (dept. of justice) believe that all four represent communications between Barbara Olson and her husband’s office (all family members of the Flight 77 passengers and crew were canvassed to see if they had received any phone calls from the hijacked flight, and only [flight attendant] Renee May’s parents and Ted Olson indicated that they had received such calls). The four calls were at 9:15:34 for 1 minute, 42 seconds; 9:20:15 for 4 minutes, 34 seconds; 9:25:48 for 2 minutes, 34 seconds, and 9:30:34 for 4 minutes, 20 seconds. FBI report, “American Airlines Telephone Usage,” Sept. 20, 2001; FBI report of investigation, interview of Theodore Olson, Sept. 11, 2001; FBI report of investigation, interview of Helen Voss, Sept. 14, 2001; AAL response to the Commission’s supplemental document request, Jan. 20, 2004.
(Kean Commission report Note 57.)
The FBI interviewed Helen Voss, who was Ted Olson’s P.A., on September 14th, three days before Tony Mauro of American Lawyer Media, published an account of the call that supposedly arrived in the middle of total chaos at the Department of Justice:
It was just as the World Trade Center attacks were unfolding that someone in the solicitor general's office took a phone call from Barbara Olson. Ted Olson's longtime assistant, Helen Voss, raced into the SG's (solicitor-general’s) office to tell him that Barbara was on the line, sounding panicked. He picked up the phone and exclaimed, “What, you've been hijacked?” She was calling on her cell phone from aboard the jet, which had just left Dulles Airport. Voss says, “My heart sank.” The call ended abruptly, but then Barbara called again, reportedly asking her husband, “What should I tell the pilot?” It was a comment that friends have taken as a sign that she was characteristically trying to find a solution to the crisis. The pilot, along with passengers, had apparently been herded into the back of the plane.
Olson reported the conversation to the Justice Department's command center. After the second call ended, Olson and Voss turned on a television set in his office, unsure what else could be done.
This contemporary story, probably gathered from the DOJ press office and a phone-call to Voss, fails to name the person who took the original call and does not imply that Helen Voss handled the call, except to say that Olson’s third wife “sounded panicked”, which the “someone” who took the call might plausibly have told her, to make her hurry. So Helen Voss is in the clear, and an unidentified person took the call (although we learn later that Olson’s office is “tight-knit”). No witness there, anyway. The account also differs on key points from the official story. Mrs Olson “called on her cell phone from aboard the jet”. So, what of American’s phone records? And what of Olson’s garbled account six months later, when he told the Daily Telegraph that Mrs Olson had wasted a lot of time trying to call collect because she had no credit card to use on the Airfone? The only obvious explanation for this confusion would be if Mr Olson were striving to evade the telephone records that might exist for a normal call, either cellphone or Airfone. But since he is the USA’s chief law officer in the Supreme Court, this is obviously unthinkable. Instead, we hear three years later, all calls from Flight 77 (that were not mobile calls) went to “unknown number”.
The American Lawyer Media story says the third Mrs Olson called back, whereas according to Olson’s later account, she struggled to get through the first time. Nor does this story refer to any lengthy call lasting until just microseconds before the crash, as the American Airlines data implies. It seems Olson had time to report the call to the Dept. of Justice command centre. (But that would leave a call record, so there is another divergence, since the Kean report said he tried to call his boss, John Ashcroft, but was “unsuccessful”. So, no call record there, either.) Olson then switched on his TV and started watching the crisis coverage as the department was hurriedly evacuated. Who, then, was making a call from Flight 77 until microseconds before it crashed into the Pentagon? American Airlines’ records make no sense, and anyway, why don’t they come from the telecoms company that supplied the airphones?
American Lawyer Media says that among those who gathered at Olson’s house later to commiserate with the widower were CNN correspondent Tim O'Brien and his wife, Petie, who were longtime friends. “There was no choice. You just go, even though there is nothing you can really say. Your presence is what counts,” said O'Brien. Did O’Brien plant the phone-call story with CNN?
The report was real enough, and its effect was enormous, but the contortions officialdom went through to avoid a phone-call record seem to prove that the Olson telephone call never happened. In his Daily Telegraph interview six months later, (apparently unpublished in the USA), Olson claimed his wife reversed the charges on a call to his office at the department of Justice, using an in-flight satellite phone located on the back of a seat at the rear of the jetliner. Her mobile was in her handbag stowed away, and she did not have her credit card available, Olson said. So his wife, (who was “panicky”, remember) reversed the charges, which understandably caused a big hold-up at Justice’s switchboard. However, a credit card was at the time required for any outgoing call on such a phone, so we presume she is supposed to have borrowed one and reversed the charges to save the cardholder the $10 per minute call charges. Under the circumstances, such a concern seems absurd, and with the big delay, why was no one else demanding to make a call on her phone? Or even using another in-flight phone to make a call to a loved one? Yet all other passengers are silent. The Kean Report says that Olson’s phone-call to Ashcroft was “unsuccessful”. Ashcroft, like his President, was visiting a primary school at the time, apparently beyond the limits for an urgent call from his number two back at the Department. So that’s another untraceable call, leaving no records.
Ted Olson could give his adherents closure, and shut his critics up, by simply producing the Department of Justice’s telephone accounts, showing a couple of hefty reverse-charges entries charged from Flight 77’s Airfone number at around about 9:20 AM on 11th September, 2001.
My argument for this claim involves three points: (1) Immediately after 9/11, the FBI had described, or at least accepted the description of, about 15 of the reported calls from the airliners as cell phone calls. (2) In 2003, a prominent member of the 9/11 Truth Movement argued persuasively that, given the cell phone technology available in 2001, calls from high-altitude airliners would have been impossible. (3) The FBI report for the Moussaoui trial affirmed only two cell phone calls from the airliners, both of which were from United Flight 93 after it had descended to 5,000 feet. I will expand on each of these three points.
Patriot Act Edit
Many people do not know that the USA PATRIOT Act was already written and ready to go long before September 11th. Recent criticism of Bush's admission that he had received warnings only weeks before September 11th has made it more important to understand the origins of the USAPA.
The USA PATRIOT Act - the so-called "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001," a.k.a. the USAPA -- was enacted in the immediate wake of 9/11, riding a wave of fear that spread over the nation. This Act has caused much concern amongst civil rights advocates. The Administration, however, responded to such concerns by calling critics unpatriotic. Now, the White House has had a similar response to critics of Bush's recent admission of early warnings.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Friday: "I think that any time anybody suggests or implies to the American people that this president had specific information that could have prevented the attacks on our country on September 11, that crosses the lines."
Dick Cheney came out on Thursday with the statement that Democratic criticism of Bush's handling of pre-Sept. 11 terror warnings was "thoroughly irresponsible." Cheney added an ominous remark to his "Democratic friends ... that they need to be very cautious not to seek political advantage by making incendiary suggestions."
Cynthia McKinney responded: "If committed and patriotic people had not been pushing for disclosure, today's revelations would have been hidden by the White House," she says. "Ever since I came to Congress in 1992, there are those who have been trying to silence my voice. I've been told to "sit down and shut up" over and over again. Well, I won't sit down and I won't shut up until the full and unvarnished truth is placed before the American people."
House Minority leader Dick Gephardt said: "Our nation is not well served when the charge of 'partisan politics' is leveled at those who simply seek information that the American people need and deserve to know."
Oddly, following Democratic criticism of Bush's admission, came the weekend news that the White House now anticipates an even terrorist greater attack on American soil. Intrepid investigative journalist Michael Ruppert, best known for his reports claiming government's prior knowledge of 9/11, states that Fox TV cancelled his Saturday appearance on the Geraldo Rivera Show due to these reports.
These may be mere coincidences. Time Magazine just released a lengthy article by Michael Elliott, "How the U.S. Missed the Clues," in which he states: "Last summer the White House suspected that a terrorist attack was coming. But four key mistakes kept the U.S. from knowing what to do."
Whether the Administration could have anticipated 9/11 or not, the proponents of the USAPA were waiting to go long before that day. Similar antiterrorism legislation was enacted in the 1996 Antiterrorism Act, which however did little to prevent the events of 9/11, and many provisions had either been declared unconstitutional or were about to be repealed when 9/11 occurred.
James X. Dempsey and David Cole state in their book, "Terrorism & the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security," that the most troubling provisions of the pre-USAPA anti-terrorism laws, enacted in 1996 and expanded now by the USAPA, "were developed long before the bombings that triggered their final enactment."
Dempsey is the former assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights and Deputy Director at the Center for Democracy & Technology, and Cole is professor of law at Georgetown University and an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Looking back at the 1996 Antiterrorism Act, Dempsey and Cole declare that "the much-touted gains in law enforcement powers" under that Act, "produced no visible concrete results in the fight against terrorism." They add that the principles espoused in the Act "were shown in case after case to be both unconstitutional and ineffective in the fight against terrorism." And importantly, the authors comment that the United States government has not shown that the expanded powers it has asserted in the USAPA are necessary to fight terrorism.
Dempsey and Cole trace the origins of the national security trend back to the "intolerant approaches of the 1950s," when association with Communist or anarchist groups was made a ground for exclusion and deportation. Congress removed the guilt by association law in 1990, but it was revived only six years later by law enforcement proponents in the 1996 Antiterrorism Act, immediately following the Oklahoma City Bombing.
More specifically, however, Dempsey and Cole show that it was the Reagan Administration which initially proposed some of the most troubling provisions which eventually became part of the USAPA. When Reagan proposed these provisions, Congress rejected them on constitutional grounds. The first Bush Administration then made similar proposals, which were again rejected by lawmakers. Congress twice refused to enact the secret evidence provisions proposed by Bush I. (Indeed, just prior to 9/11, Congress was about to pass a law repealing the secret evidence provisions of the 1996 Antiterrorism Act.)
The troublesome provisions proposed by Reagan and the first Bush included the resurrection of guilt by association, association as grounds for exclusion or deportation, the ban on supporting lawful activities of groups labeled terrorist, the use of secret evidence, and the empowerment of the Secretary of State to designate groups as terrorist organizations, without judicial or congressional review.
Despite the Reagan and Bush proposals and one-sided hearings, there was broad-based opposition to such legislation. According to Dempsey and Cole, "several members of the House Judiciary Committee, both Democrat and Republican, questioned the need for the legislation." Lawmakers repeatedly asked why new legislation was needed and how it would help. Administration witnesses literally refused to answer lawmakers' questions, finally causing Representative John Conyers to exclaim, "I've never seen this much law created as a result of prosecutions that we agree worked very effectively!"
"The legislation languished and seemed headed for defeat," say Dempsey and Cole. Until Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City bombing, for which there exists a significant body of evidence of a shadow government operation, was used as justification for the enactment of the very provisions lawmakers had previously found most constitutionally troublesome.
Included in the resulting 1996 Antiterrorism Act, although it had nothing to do with terrorism at all, was Republican Senator Orrin Hatch's long-sought provision to limit the right of habeas corpus. Habeas corpus is the procedure whereby a person convicted by a state court can challenge that conviction in a federal court. The thing is, terrorism cases are brought in federal, not state, courts. "Senator Hatch wanted to make it more difficult for federal courts to order retrials of prisoners where state courts had violated the U.S. Constitution," according to Dempsey and Cole.
The USAPA clearly furthers the goals of making it more difficult for anyone to review or appeal government wrongdoing. It allows for indefinite detention of suspected (not "proven") alien terrorists, without probable cause of a crime, without a hearing or an opportunity to defend or challenge the evidence against them, when they have not even been proven to be a threat and have already established a legal right to remain here. The only process allowed the suspected alien is the "right" to go to federal court and sue the government for its actions.
The USAPA expands the Secretary of State's power to designate terrorist groups without any court or congressional review and allows for secret searches without probable cause. Dempsey and Cole state that these changes "go far beyond what was needed to respond to terrorism." Indeed, they point out that in many instances, "the changes are not limited to terrorist investigations at all, but apply across the board to all criminal investigations."
A good example of the kind of change brought about under the USAPA, which illustrates the underlying and pre-existing agenda of its proponents, is section 218, which amends a single phrase in the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The purpose of FISA was to allow intelligence agencies to gather information about foreign powers without the restrictions imposed on them by the Constitution. The reasoning for this was that the purpose of foreign intelligence gathering is not to detect crimes but to gather information about foreign agents.
Under FISA, when an agent wanted to obtain authority to conduct electronic surveillance or secret physical searches, a designated official of the executive office had to certify that "the purpose" for the surveillance was to obtain foreign intelligence information. Section 218 of the USAPA modifies that clause so that intelligence gathering need not be "the purpose," - in other words, it need no longer be the primary purpose, -- but may be only "a significant purpose" of the surveillance.
This means that if an official can certify that obtaining foreign intelligence is a significant purpose of a surveillance action (the other purpose clearly being criminal investigation), he can avoid the requirement that he first show probable cause of criminal activity. It means the FBI, the CIA, or any other intelligence agency, can surveil you without probable cause, as long as they say the surveillance has something to do with a foreign intelligence investigation of some sort (which may otherwise not even involve you directly).
Because courts have consistently refused to "second guess" FISA surveillance certifications, there is effectively no judicial review of such activities. This small change has enormous ramifications. For all practical purposes, the section 218 USAPA amendment of FISA allows government to completely avoid Fourth Amendment probable cause requirements for searches and seizures of American citizens (not just immigrants).
The Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress notes: "From the beginning, defendants have questioned whether authorities had used a FISA surveillance order against them in order to avoid the predicate crime threshold..."
In 1980, the 4th Circuit court stated in the landmark case of U.S. v. Truong Dinh Hung that "the executive should be excused from securing a warrant only when the surveillance is conducted 'primarily' for foreign intelligence reasons." Another circuit court declared in 1991 that "the investigation of criminal activity cannot be the primary purpose of [FISA] surveillance."
In other words, courts have pretty consistently thrown out intelligence information gathered under FISA where it has been established that foreign intelligence gathering was not the primary purpose of the surveillance.
It is clear that intelligence agencies have wanted to change this law for some time. It is clear that they have been frustrated by the "primary purpose rule." However, it is not merely the result of intelligence agency wishes or a matter of history that this restriction has now been overridden. History shows that Congress has consistently resisted enacting these types of changes. History also shows that the Reagan and Bush I Administrations repeatedly attempted to push such laws through. Oklahoma City proved that only a "real" terrorist attack would convince Congress.
Furthermore, it is obvious that the proponents of this amendment know it is an end-run around the Fourth Amendment. They have had many years to think about it and have repeatedly shown their willingness to enact carefully crafted, unconstitutional laws. They know the amendment allows intelligence to conduct criminal investigations on American citizens without adherence to basic constitutional protections. Furthermore, under the information sharing provision of section 203 of the USAPA, information gathered in this way can now be shared with other intelligence and law enforcement agencies, for whatever uses they want.
Most significantly, it is clear that the events of 9/11 gave the proponents of this amendment the opportunity they needed to slip it by Congress.
George Tenet Edit
Mon May 07, 2007
George Tenet's new book, At the Center of the Storm, reveals something extremely important about events in the final weeks before 9/11. For the first time, the former CIA Director admits he flew to Crawford in late August, just weeks before the attack by al-Qaeda cells known to be in the U.S., and briefed President George W. Bush personally about the threat.
This briefing followed a CIA PDB read to the President on August 6 in a meeting with Harriet Miers, then the President's lawyer, and an emergency meeting between Tenet and Condi Rice on July 10 on the same subject. Harriet Miers once interned at the San Francisco firm established by Melvin Belli, the lawyer who represented Jack Ruby for free.
It also reveals that in order to cover up the last meeting, Tenet committed perjury before the 9/11 Commission when he denied meeting with Bush in the month before the attack. According to the White House website, Bush met in Crawford with Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, National Security Advisor Condi Rice, and the present and former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Generals Meyers and Pace, on August 24, 2001. For Tenets book:
"A few weeks after the Aug. 6 PDB was delivered, I followed it to Crawford to make sure the President stayed current on events," Tenet wrote in his memoir, At the Center of the Storm. "This was my first visit to the ranch. I remember the President graciously driving me around the spread in his pickup and my trying to make small talk about the flora and the fauna, none of which were native to Queens,"
Washington, DC, June 7, 2004 - Former CIA Director George Tenet committed perjury in his April 14 testimony before the 9/11 Commission when he claimed he had not met with President Bush in the month before the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. That misrepresentation in Tenet's testimony was noted within hours by Agence France-Presse, below.
The following day, AP reported the CIA issued what was described as a correction after the Director "misspoke." The Agency asserted that its records showed Tenet meeting with Bush on August 17 and 31, and then on at least six occasions in September prior to Tuesday, the 11th, below.
However, that CIA announcement omits mention of the visit that then DCI Tenet apparently made to the President's Crawford, Texas ranch on August 24. The White House website on August 25 quotes a remark made by George W. Bush that he met with Tenet the previous day.
"That's the longest meeting I've had in a long time, on a very important subject... you know, everybody wants to see the ranch, which I'm proud to show it off. So George Tenet and I -- yesterday, we piled in the new nominees for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Vice Chairman and their wives and went right up the canyon. "
The "very important subject" discussed for almost six hours by Bush with his core national security team would likely have been the CIA's action the day before placing four wanted Al-Qaeda terrorists on the "watchlist" of persons to be detained if located in the US. On August 23 the Agency sent "cables to the State Department, the FBI, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, requesting that 'four bin Laden related individuals' including Almidhar and Alhazmi, be placed on the watchlist." (Washington Post, A8, September 21, 2002) Two of those - Khalid Almidhar and Nawaf Alhazmi - subsequently led the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon.
The pair had been the subject of CIA-directed surveillance since at least late 1999, when they were followed by the CIA to an Al-Qaeda planning session in Kuala Lumpur, at which they were observed meeting with a ranking terrorist operations director and Mohamed Atta's roommate, Ramzi Binalshibh, who subsequently wired money to them from Germany. Binalshibh also sent funds to Zacarias Moussaoui, who in October 2000 stayed at the same Al-Qaeda safehouse in Malaysia while on his way to the United States. On August 15, Moussaoui was arrested by the FBI at a Minnesota flight school.
Governor William Weld / Boston Logan Edit
When terrorists hijacked two planes from Logan Airport on Sept. 11, 2001, Joseph Lawless, a former driver for Governor William Weld, was the airport’s director of public safety.
William Floyd Weld is a former governor of the US state of Massachusetts. He served from 1991 to 1997. William Weld's ancestor Edmund Weld was among the earliest students (Class of 1650) at Harvard College. He would be followed by eighteen more Welds at Harvard, where two buildings are named for the family. General Stephen Minot Weld Jr. fought with distinction in many major battles of the Civil War. Welds family are very wealthy, his ancestors had come over on the Mayflower.
Weld began his legal career as a counsel with the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate impeachment inquiry.
Edein Meese supposedly has a long standing grudge against Weld stemming from Weld's investigation of Meese during the Iran-Contra affair.
Weld's first wife, Susan Roosevelt Weld, formerly a professor at Harvard University specializing in ancient Chinese civilization and law, and then General Counsel to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, is a great granddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt. His second and present wife, the writer and novelist Leslie Marshall, is a former daughter-in-law of Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post.
Until recently, Weld ran the Manhattan office of Chicago based international law firm McDermott Will & Emery. He has also worked for the New York Private Equity firm Leeds, Weld & Co. until his exit in 2005, when the company's name was changed to Leeds Equity Partners. Its board of advisors includes Rudolph W. Giuliani, Colin Powell, Mack McLarty of Carlyle and Kissinger, Richard I. Beattie,
Weld co-chaired the Independent Task Force on North America under the Council on Foreign Relations, which studied the integration of the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
Weld publicly endorsed Mitt Romney for the presidency on January 8, 2007
William Welds name appears on Danny Casolaro/Octopus/Iran Contra documents discussing Adnan Khashoggi and Manucher Ghorbanifar from the 1980s
Ramp Passes Edit
A ramp pass was found in a car linked to one of the hijackers
La Guardia Airport Edit
Some men turned up here impersonating airline crew and were arrested at some point shortly after 9/11
Predictive Programming Edit
- 1982 The Running Man
- 1993 Demolition Man
- 1999 Fight Club
- 2000 Traffic
- 2001 The Lone Gunman
Cheetah's Topless Club is a "gentleman's club" or topless bar located in San Diego, and Las Vegas. The Cheetah's club in San Diego is a full nude club, no alcohol is served. It has achieved notoriety for having been frequented by some of the September 11th hijackers.
It is best known for being featured in the 1995 movie Showgirls, and also for having been owned by Mike Galardi, a nightclub owner who was investigated by the FBI with a controversial invocation of the Patriot Act.
The Las Vegas club was founded in 1991 by Michael Galardi. In 2004, Galardi admitted in a San Diego federal trial that he bribed Las Vegas officials in an attempt to influence strip club regulations. In a Las Vegas federal court, he stated that he paid between $200,000 and $400,000. The club is managed by Charles Wright, a retired professional wrestler.
Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi frequented Cheetah's in San Diego, which is near the Islamic Center. Al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi frequently drove to Las Vegas in the Toyota sedan they bought.
Operation G-Sting was an FBI probe into bribes and unreported campaign contributions taken by Clark County Commissioners in Clark County, Nevada and commissioners in San Diego, California. The scandal portion, was also known as Strippergate, especially in San Diego. These bribes were from the same lobbyist, representing strip clubs. A separate arms dealing investigation was also started after the Operation G-Sting investigation, it also ended around the same time as the strip club investigation. The investigation resulted in the convictions of several high-profile Clark County politicians from both the Democratic and Republican Parties on federal corruption charges, including former Clark County commissioners Dario Herrera(D), Erin Kenny(D), Mary Kincaid-Chauncey(D) and Lance Malone(R).
On February 20, 2003, FBI, DEA and IRS agents removed material and documents from the Crazy Horse Too as part of a lengthy criminal investigation. As part of that investigation George Clooney, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci were interviewed. Locally, the investigation became known as G-Sting. The case ended in 2006 when 17 defendants pleaded guilty to various offenses. As a part of the plea bargain Rick Rizzolo was ordered to sell the Crazy Horse within one year.
- Jack Galardi – Businessman and father of Michael
- Michael Galardi – Strip club owner of Jaguars and Cheetah's strip clubs.
- Lance Malone – Lobbyist, former county commissioner (Clark County, Nevada).
- Tony Montegna – Undercover informant, key witness
- Rick Rizzolo – Strip club owner
- Charles Tappe – Street arms dealer
- John D'Intino – Strip club manager and friend of Jack Galardi
Crazy Horse Too was a strip club located at 2466 Industrial Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nevada on Industrial Road a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip. The club was owned by convicted racketeer Rick Rizzolo. Before becoming mayor, Oscar Goodman was one of Rizzolo's lawyers.
On February 20, 2003, 80 FBI, DEA and IRS agents removed files, video surveillance equipment, computers, cash registers, and other materials and documents as part of a lengthy criminal investigation. One of the items under investigation was the $20,000 monthly consulting fee from the Crazy Horse Too bar in Chicago that was being paid to Rizzo. The investigation reportedly was under way for 10 years.
On January 19, 2005, Robert D'Apice was arrested for alleged activities he participated in at the club including federal racketeering charges, assault from a 2001 crime, aided and abetted in prostitution or illegal sexual activity, and distribution of narcotics.
Strip Club Owner Jack GalardiEdit
Jack Galardi and his son Michael are the owners of strip joints in Las Vegas, San Diego, Atlanta, and Florida.
It's been decades since topless club impresario Jack Galardi went to federal prison on a felony for smuggling beef. Since then, he's created a nightclub empire that stretches from coast to coast. In las vegas, he's been licensed to own a piece of several strip bars--the original Crazy Horse, then, later, Cheetahs, and with his son an interest in Jaguars and Leopards.
We learned that investigators suspected the Galardi family, led by longtime club owner Jack Galardi and his son Michael, of attempting to buy political influence.
Agents have been compiling their own photo and video collection by tailing politicians during visits to the targeted clubs. Example, on this night last October, they photographed then County Commissioner Erin Kenny as she was allowed into both Cheetahs and Jaguars to solicit campaign donations from topless dancers. Many other elected officials have had their snapshots taken by the FBI while partying at the topless clubs.
Florida authorities this week filed racketeering charges against five employees of Tampa strip clubs owned by Jack Galardi, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The Tampa Tribune reported that the arrests marked the first time in Tampa history that club officials were arrested and charged under organized-crime laws. Police say the businesses are fronts for prostitution.
Jack Galardi is the father of former strip club owner Michael Galardi, who has pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in Las Vegas and San Diego. Jack Galardi, a longtime resident of Las Vegas, now lives in Atlanta and owns more than a dozen strip clubs in the South and on the East Coast. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing in the federal corruption probes that saw his son plead guilty in Las Vegas and San Diego.
In June 1972, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted Jack Galardi and his brother, Angel, of conspiracy and other charges in connection with the theft of money orders from two California post offices. Both men were sentenced the following month to five years in prison.
In 2000, an Atlanta jury ordered Jack Galardi to pay $2.4 million to stripper Vanessa Steele Inman, who said she was disqualified unfairly from the 1997 Miss Nude International pageant after refusing to allow him to slurp whipped cream off her bare breasts.
In the years after they left Colorado and ended up in Los Angeles, the lives of brothers Jack and Angel Galardi came to be filled with crime and controversy. In 1971 they were indicted by a federal grand jury in L.A. and ultimately convicted of "various charges relating to robbery of post offices and transportation of stolen postal money orders," according to an account of the brothers' crimes contained in a 1973 appellate court ruling rendered in the case against them and co-defendant Peter Michael Lafkas.
"The Galardis actively participated in the robbery of two United States Post Offices in California during the summer of 1968. Stolen in the robberies were blank United States Postal money orders with a potential value in excess of $200,000," the ruling said.
"The Galardis hid the money orders on the premises of a bar and warehouse that they owned in Long Beach. Subsequently, they entered into an agreement with Lafkas to transport the money orders to Vietnam, where Lafkas would cash them on the black money market.
In 1989, Saxena became advisor to Krirk-kiat Jalichandra, new senior vice-president of Bangkok Bank of Commerce. The bank tried hostile takeovers against many of the large Thai companies that traded publicly on the stock exchange. According to later investigation, it also gave cheap loans to various public officials and politicians in India, Russia, Thailand, Sinagapore, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Bangkok Bank of Commerce collapsed in 1996 and the Bank of Thailand took it over. The collapse contributed to the Asian financial recession, economic and political crisis and the 1997 devaluation of the baht. Saxena was at his residence in Prague or Zurich at the time the story broke, and he never returned to Thailand. In June 1996, Thai authorities charged Saxena, Krikkiat Jalichandre, Rajan Pillai and Adnan Khashoggi and a number of other people with embezzling money estimated to be worth $US2.2 billion (or according to other estimates, $US88 million). Saxena himself had allegedly siphoned off £300 million in 1992-1993 through a string of derivative transactions. Saxena said that he was just an advisor and a trader and that the collapse of the real estate markets was the real trigger of the recession. His relationship with Russian tycoons and Arab sheikhs continues to be a subject of speculation.
A military coup ousted president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone in May 1997. Kabbah fled to Guinea and set up a government in exile. Around July 1997 he contacted British mercenary Tim Spicer of the Sandline International to organize a counter-coup. Saxena agreed to finance the countercoup in exchange for diamond exploration permits. According to the British Parliament's Report of the Sierra Leone Arms Investigation, Saxena would raise the money so that Sandline could hire soldiers and buy equipment. In return, Kabbah would give Saxena's companies permits for diamond exploration and promises of further business. Saxena would pay Sandline for their operations. However, someone leaked the relevant documents to The Globe and Mail. In an interview the same year Kabbah denied knowledge of any negotiations with Saxena. According to Spicer, who testified for the Report, Saxena did not give them the funds he had promised; reports have contradicted Spicer on this issue. Sandline bought more weapons from Bulgaria but they were too late - Nigerian-lead troops loyal to Kabbah had already seized the capital. As a result, Saxena did not receive the permits. Later British government investigation confirmed that Kabbah had not told the whole truth. In later interview Saxena claimed that he wanted to help for "ideological reasons" and the last thing on his mind was owning mines in Africa.
Rakesh Saxena was, until recently, allegedly fraudulently active in Britain (West Shore Ventures), South Africa in 2004 (Platinum Asset Management) and then Botswana (Investor Relations), South Africa (Phoenix Capital Partners), as the Sunday Standard and had revealed in August 2005. It is now known whether Saxena owned the African companies or not. Adnan Khashoggi, Oleg Boiko, Rakesh Saxena, Amador Pastrana, and Regis Possino, a lawyer believed to be the chief architect of the General Commerce Bank transaction, together acquired General Commerce Bank, in Vienna Austria, from where they allegedly organized international stock and bond deals. Associated with Possino were Sheman Mazur and Raoul Berthamieu, from the U.S. Possino and Khashoggi were credited with raising over $65 million for Genesis International, prior to the selling of the shares being halted by the SEC.
In India, Saxena has been accused of culpable homicide, extortion, uttering death threats and cheating in the death of biscuit tycoon Rajan Pillai. Those allegations were laid after the tycoon's widow accused Saxena and three others of conspiring to kill her husband.
Deutsche Bank in Toronto hired Wayne Breedon, despite him having worked before with Kenneth d'Angelo in the New Jersey company RBF. d'Angelo was convicted for stock fraud in 1985 and severely reprimanded by the SEC in 1993. This did not deter Deutsche Bank. Breedon was promoted to head of the lendings department at Deutsche Bank in Toronto. Money talks, and Breedon was worth his money, not only for Deutsche Bank. He and D'Angelo were allegedly part of a conspracy, that included a strip bar owner in Las Vegas by the name of Keiller and Mr. Evanglista of broker house Native Nations, owned then by actor Valarie Red Horse, known from Santa Barbara, Perry Mason and other soaps.
What followed was a share pump up story of the worst kind that enriched Saudi arms dealer and alleged crook Khashoggi and his friend El Batrawy.
Allegedly they were quite grateful for the ill gotten gains, they organised Prostitutes, Parties, candle light dinners, sports tickets and cash for the Breedons.
Deutsche Bank must have feared, that all this and the taped telephone conversations would have come up in court.
So they paid, 350 million US Dollars, peanuts in the language of Deutsche Bank.
Meanwhile the CEO of Deutsche Bank, Ackermann, is preparing himself for a criminal court case in Germany in connection with the sale of a mobile telephone company.
Florida Saudis worshipped bin ladenEdit
Saudi who left Fla. before 9/11 considered bin Laden a 'hero,' informant told FBI in '04
By Anthony Summers and Dan ChristensenSpecial to msnbc.com A Saudi man who triggered an FBI investigation after he and his family left their Sarasota, Fla., area home and moved overseas two weeks before 9/11 considered Osama bin Laden a “hero” and may have known some of the hijackers, an informant told the FBI in 2004. The informant also told authorities that the Saudi, Abdulazziz al-Hijji, once introduced him to Adnan El Shukrijumah -- another former Florida resident and suspected top al-Qaida operative who today has a $5 million bounty on his head. The FBI and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the informant, Wissam Taysir Hammoud, at the Hillsborough County Jail on April 7, 2004. The Miami-based investigative website Broward Bulldog obtained Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports about the interview and the investigation using the state’s public records law. Hammoud, 46, who once owned a cell phone business in Sarasota, is serving 21 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2005 in federal court in Tampa to weapons violations and attempting to kill a federal agent and a witness in an earlier case against him. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons classifies him as an “International Terrorist Associate,” court records show. Al-Hijji’s name made headlines in September 2011 when The Miami Herald reported on a counterterrorism source’s disclosure of a previously unknown FBI-led probe that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington -- one that pointed to a possible Saudi support operation for the hijackers in Florida. A decade after the nation’s worst terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of 3,000 people, al-Hijji has now been found to be living in London, where he works for Aramco Overseas, the European subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company. His job title is career counselor. 'I love the USA' In an email to London’s Daily Telegraph, which worked on the story with these reporters, al-Hijji acknowledged Hammoud had been his friend, but strongly denied any involvement in the 9/11 plot. “I have neither relation nor association with any of those bad people/criminals and the awful crime they did. 9/11 is a crime against the USA and all humankind and I’m very saddened and oppressed by these false allegations,” al-Hijji said. “I love the USA, my kids were born there, I went to college and university there, I spent a good time of my life there and I love it.” Al-Hijji’s account is supported by the FBI, which has stated “At no time… did the FBI develop evidence that connected the family members to any of the 9/11 hijackers… and there was no connection to the 9/11 plot.” In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the FBI repeated this denial as recently as last month. In a brief interview outside his office, Al-Hijji also said he did not know Shukrijumah, the alleged al-Qaida operative. “The name doesn’t ring a bell,” he said. While living in Florida, al-Hijji attended Manatee Community College (now the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota) and, from January 2000 until April 2001, the University of South Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in management information systems in August 2001. Hasty departure denied In the weeks before 9/11, al-Hijji -- then 27 -- and his wife, Anoud, daughter of an adviser to a member of the Saudi royal family, departed their home at 4224 Escondito Circle in the upscale gated community of Prestancia and returned to Saudi Arabia. They left behind three cars and “numerous personal belongings including food, medicine, bills, baby clothing, etc,” according to the Flordia Department of Law Enforcement documents, which state the family departed on Aug. 27, 2001. Al-Hijji denied having abandoned his home in haste, explaining: “No, no, no. Absolutely not true. We were trying to secure the (Aramco) job. It was a good opportunity.” He said his wife and children followed him out to Saudi Arabia a few weeks after he left Sarasota. After the 9/11 attacks, an alarmed neighbor contacted the FBI. When several weeks passed without action, Prestanica resident and administrator Larry Berberich alerted local law enforcement. Authorities, including the FBI, moved in. The investigation led to a stunning development, according to Berberich and a counterterrorism officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The car registration numbers of vehicles that had passed through the Prestancia community’s North Gate in the months before 9/11, coupled with the identification documents shown by incoming drivers on request, showed that Mohamed Atta and several of his fellow hijackers – and another Saudi terror suspect still at large – had visited 4224 Escondito Circle on multiple occasions,” the source said.
The others included Marwan al-Shehhi, who plowed a United Airlines jet into the World Trade Center’s South Tower; Ziad Jarrah, who crashed another United jet into a Pennsylvania field; and Walid al-Shehri, who flew with Atta on the first plane to strike the World Trade Center. Also identified as having visited: Saudi-born fugitive Adnan Shukrijumah. The source said law enforcement “also conducted a link analysis that tracked phone calls – based on dates, times and length of phone conversations to and from the Escondito house – dating back more than a year before 9/11. And the phone traffic also connected with the 9/11 terrorists – though less directly than the gate logs did.” Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat who co-chaired Congress’s bipartisan joint inquiry into the 2001 terrorist attacks, called news of the Sarasota investigation the “most important” development on the background to the 9/11 plot in years. He added that Congress should have been told about it. Investigation found no links, FBI says Soon after the story broke, however, the FBI poured cold water on it. It acknowledged that there had been an investigation, but said it found no connection to the 9/11 plot. It declined to explain. The FBI reiterated that position in a letter this month denying a Freedom of Information Act request for records of its investigation. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement records suggest such a finding may have been wrong. One report indicates that what informant Hammoud said during the 2004 interview was treated seriously, “The following information, in particular the information by Wissam Hammoud, is being followed up on internationally,” it said.
The FDLE reports buttress key elements of the story, while providing new details. Hammoud, who said he met al-Hijji through relatives, said the two men worked out together at Shapes Fitness in Sarasota and played soccer at the local Islamic Society. He told the FBI that al-Hijji was “very well-schooled in Islam” and that “Osama bin Laden was a hero of al-Hijji.” He added that al-Hijji showed him a “website containing information about bin Laden,” and spoke of “going to Afghanistan and becoming a freedom fighter.” Al-Hijji also tried to recruit him, Hammoud said. According to Hammoud, al-Hijji also talked of “taking flight training in Venice (Fla.)” He said he believed “al-Hijji had known some of the terrorists from the September 11, 2001 attacks” who were students at an airport there. Hammoud said al-Hijji “entertained Saudis at his residence” at “parties,” but that he himself did not stay for because – unlike al-Hijji as he remembered him – he “did not drink or smoke cannabis.” Hammoud also identified Shukrijumah, the alleged al-Qaida operative who also lived in Florida at the time, as a “friend” of al-Hijii’s whom he brought to a soccer game at the Sarasota mosque in 2000 or 2001. Hammoud’s wife and sister-in-law confirmed during recent interviews that they too knew the al-Hijjis and were familiar with basic elements of Hammoud’s account. Mrs. Hammoud, who asked that her full name not be used, said she got the impression from comments al-Hijji made that he was “anti-American.” Hammoud himself, speaking from prison in recent days, said al-Hijji “had a lot of hatred towards everyone in America.” He said he had thought al-Hijji was “nuts” when he asked him to go fight in Afghanistan. A quiet family life asserted Al-Hijji, while confirming he used to work out with Hammoud, described his life in Sarasota as quiet, centered on his wife and children. “My friends were very limited,” he explained. “Normally, I don’t hold parties in the house because I have little kids. I was not a frequent[er] to any bars.” Prison officials have put Hammoud under heightened security measures due to his classification as a terrorist associate. Court records state the classification is based on what authorities said was Hammoud’s “support and membership” in a “Palestinian-related terrorist organization.” Hammoud denies involvement with the group and has sought -- so far unsuccessfully -- a court order to overturn that classification. While representing himself, he filed documents that reveal a history of mental problems caused by a serious brain injury he suffered in a car accident in 1990. After Hammoud’s first conviction in 2002 for selling illegal weapons to an undercover federal agent, an FBI agent wrote: “Hammoud is now claiming diminished capacity because of an auto accident in an effort to be sentenced to less time. …There is speculation on the part of law enforcement that this was merely an attempt to gain sympathy from the sentencing judge.” Hammoud was found to be competent by a judge before he was allowed to plead guilty to more serious charges arising from his 2004 arrest. The guilty plea and sentence were later upheld on appeal. Hammoud’s lawyer, Matthew Farmer, would not comment. But his appellate attorney, Tampa’s Bruce Howie, remembers his former client as “not delusional or wacky. ... I think he has his share of paranoia. But he’s not a liar. He didn’t make it up as he went along.” For his part, Hammoud has named several FBI agents that he claims to have dealt with while attempting to assist the government in its fight against terrorism. And Hammoud’s current attorney, Detroit’s Sanford Schulman, said FBI agents have met with Hammoud on multiple occasions. “There have been about 10 different agents, and that’s just the ones that I’ve been involved with. They were not two-minute meetings either,” said Schulman, who did not attend but was notified of the meetings. Hammoud may have known more than is revealed in the new FDLE documents. A Sarasota Herald-Tribune story about him based on an FBI agent’s affidavit filed at the time of Hammoud’s arrest in January 2004 has this ominous reference: “In September 2001, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement interviewed Hammoud because someone had anonymously called saying Hammoud had made a comment that the Oklahoma bombing was going to be small compared with what was coming.” In a recent email, Hammoud denied having made such a remark. Anthony Summers is the co-author, with Robbyn Swan, of “The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden.” Dan Christensen edits the Broward Bulldog. This article first appeared in the Broward Bulldog.
JFK Watergate Church Edit
On September 11, Carl Colby, a documentary filmmaker and son of the late C.I.A. director William Colby, was in Los Angeles watching the Twin Towers smolder on CNN. He was startled to hear former Secretary of State James Baker say that he believed the unprecedented attack could be directly traced to the dismantling of the C.I.A.’s ability to perform clandestine operations. It was a directive that came after William Colby testified before Senator Frank Church’s 1975 hearings on U.S. intelligence operations. In that post-Watergate era—four of the burglars had been found to have C.I.A. connections—and as Saigon was falling at the end of the Vietnam War, former C.I.A. Saigon station chief Colby’s blunt and controversial recounting of the agency’s more nefarious practices not only brought on Congressional oversight of the C.I.A. for the first time but also ensured Colby’s sacking later that year by President Ford.
Put Options and Short Sales Edit
As-yet unidentified individuals made money on the stock market by using short sales and put options on the airlines involved in the 9/11 hijackings shortly before the attacks. 
9/11 commission findings Edit
The 9/11 commission would find no cause for concern in the suspicious trades. 
- A single U.S.-based institutional investor with no conceivable ties to al Qaeda purchased 95 percent of the UAL puts on September 6 as part of a trading strategy that also included buying 115,000 shares of American on September 10. Similarly, much of the seemingly suspicious trading in American on September 10 was traced to a specific U.S.-based options trading newsletter, faxed to its subscribers on Sunday, September 9, which recommended these trades.
In October 2001, Mike Ruppert reported that one suspicious trade valued at $2.5 million was handled by the Banker's Trust company of A. B. "Buzzy" Krongard, who at the time was Executive Director of the CIA. Krongard's brother Howard Krongard was Inspector General of the State Department. 
Amr Elgindy Edit
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Breen accused FBI agents Lynn Wingate and Jeffrey Royer of providing information to stock trader Amr Ibrahim Elgindy that led Elgindy to liquidate the $300,000 trust funds of his children on September 10, 2001 and tell another trader that the stock market would soon fall.   Others accused with Elgindy of insider trading include Derrick W. Cleveland and Troy Peters. 
After the prosecution noted that Elgindy had donated to the Muslim Brotherhood front organization Mercy International: 
The New York Times published a story casting doubt on the prosecution’s contention that Elgindy had ties to terrorism, and The Wall Street Journal not only reported that the prosecution had unfairly biased the jury by mentioning terrorism, but published a long story [by John R. Emshwiller, on the front page] strongly suggesting that it would be unfortunate if Elgindy were to be sentenced to prison at all.
As of 2003, an article in the Barnes Review said that the SEC had identified the short sellers as a group of Israeli citizens. 
- Between August 26 and September 11, 2001, a group of speculators, identified by the American Securities and Exchange Commission as Israeli citizens, sold “short” a list of 38 stocks that could reasonably be expected to fall in value as a result of the pending attacks. These speculators operated out of the Toronto, Canada and Frankfurt, Germany, stock exchanges and their profits were specifically stated to be "in the millions of dollars."
A modified version of the TBR article would be posted to Portland Indymedia in 2005 under the name "Mossad watch", and it would be later copied to Infowars and other websites. TBR's credibility would come into question from carrying articles about "the Holocaust Myth" and the "Jewish Push to Ban Christmas"  and after it was accused of running a smear campaign against a former employee who testified against the owner in court. 
According to John Loftus, the Saudi kingdom's "accountant in Deutche Bank purchased two put options on September 10" on the two airlines involved in the hijackings. 
Risk Waters Conference Edit
The Risk Waters Group scheduled a conference at the Windows on the World restaurant on the 106th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center with breakfast at 8:00 AM and the first speaker at 9:00 AM.  The tower was hit at 8:46, killing everyone present at the conference. However, two-thirds of the planned attendees happened to be running late and survived the attack. Among them was Indira Singh, who a week earlier had given a presentation to the CIA on a proposed "extreme event risk" software product that could predict large scale terrorist attacks. As reported by Michael Kane, "One of the men with CIA looked at Indira with what she describes as the blackest, coldest look anyone has ever given her." 
Maan al-Sanea / Money Exchange Edit
According to attorney Eric L. Lewis, Saudi businessman Maan al-Sanea laundered over $1 trillion from 1998 to 2009 through a set of businesses in the United States, Switzerland, Bahrain, and the Cayman Islands, with the cooperation of Bank of America. Lewis claims Sanea also defrauded business partners of $20 billion. The primary business entity was called Money Exchange. Others included the Awal Bank and International Banking Corporation of Bahrain, which from 2003-2009 processed $80-$150 billion in transfers per year while having no customers. Lewis described Awal as "the bank of choice for the children of a foreign head of state who appeared to be using Awal Bank to launder funds", and reported that all federal authorities with jurisdiction over Money Exchange had refused his requests to open an investigation into the business. After the US government began investigating Bank of America for a separate case of money laundering, Bank of America asked Sanea to change the name of Money Exchange to something less likely to draw government suspicion.  Lewis failed to mention that his firm was currently employed by the Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers (AHAB) company who had accused Sanea of this fraud.  AHAB won a $2.5 billion judgment against Sanea in 2012. 
Sanea is also the owner of the Saad Group, which as of 2009 is reported to have owned $30 billion in assets worldwide including the second largest share in HSBC.  Others involved in the management of Awal included British bankers Alistair MacLeod, Anthony James, and Cliff Giddings; HSBC Bahrain CEO Saleh al-Kowary; and former Citibank vice president Mateen Mirza.  Beginning in November 2008, half a year before the fraud allegations arose, an unidentified party converted tens of millions of dollars worth of Algosabi's assets to gold and deposited it in London. 
Connection to 9/11 Edit
In 2013, an anonymous former Assistant US Attorney claimed he was fired in part for encouraging an investigation of Money Exchange after receiving "evidence that persons involved in the Money Exchange case raised money for the 9/11 Terrorists." He said that the US Attorney's Office in his district had been investigating Money Exchange since 2003 at the latest. 
Russian warning Edit
On September 12, the Russian website Izvestia would report that Russia had warned the CIA of the upcoming attack in the weeks before it happened. 
Yesterday at the headquarters of Central Intelligence Service in Langley a confidential meeting between one of the Deputy Directors of CIA and a special messenger of Russian Intelligence Service took place. According to NewsRu sources he delivered to his American colleagues some documents including audio tapes with telephone conversations directly relating to terrorist attacks on Washington and New York last Tuesday. According to these sources, Russian Intelligence agents know the organizers and executors of these terrorist attacks. More than that, Moscow warned Washington about preparation to these actions a couple of weeks before they happened.
Izvestia would retract this paragraph from its report.
Jordanian and Moroccan warnings Edit
The US received information about the attack from Jordanian and Moroccan intelligence services. 
Sometime in the late summer of 2001, GID headquarters in Jordan intercepted a crucial Al Qaeda communication. This probably took place after the July 5 warning by a Phoenix, Ariz., FBI agent that Arab terrorists could be sending men to flight schools, and either before or shortly after Aug. 6, when President Bush received a CIA briefing about possible hijackings ... When it became clear that the information about the intercept was embarrassing to the Bush administration and to congressmen who at first denied there had been any advance warnings of 9/11, senior Jordan officials backed off their earlier confirmations.
... Last November, a French magazine and a Moroccan newspaper simultaneously reported a story ... that a Moroccan secret agent named Hassan Dabou had infiltrated Al Qaeda. Several weeks before Sept. 11, the story goes, he informed his chiefs in King Muhammed VI's royal intelligence service that Mr. bin Laden's men were preparing "large-scale operations in New York in the summer or autumn of 2001." The warning was said to have been passed from the Moroccan capital of Rabat to Washington.
Israeli warning Edit
Shortly after 9/11, members of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad took credit for warning the CIA and FBI about the impending attacks. 
The Telegraph has learnt that two senior experts with Mossad, the Israeli military intelligence service, were sent to Washington in August to alert the CIA and FBI to the existence of a cell of as many of 200 terrorists said to be preparing a big operation.
"They had no specific information about what was being planned but linked the plot to Osama bin Laden and told the Americans that there were strong grounds for suspecting Iraqi involvement," said a senior Israeli security official.
Juval Aviv warning Edit
I delivered, a month before 9/11, to the White House a package of information that within 30 days there would be a hijacking in America, a major terrorist attack, that the terrorists are already in America, that they will hijack planes, and they will be flying as flying bombs into targets. We didn't know what the targets are.
From Ken Adachi: 
On an unspecified date in March, 2001, Riconosciuto was paid a visit by FBI Special Agent Keith Cutri from the Williamsport, PA FBI office. Riconosciuto identified for Cutri an individual in New Jersey who: (1) was coordinating forthcoming terrorist attacks on the U.S.; (2) had information on the movement of Soviet-made shoulder-fired missiles coming into the U.S.; (3) was coordinating skyjacking operations, bombings, and espionage in the U.S.; and (4) knew the identity of "sleepers" in the U.S. and overseas. Riconosciuto also gave Cutri information about a false ID ring operating in Montreal and New Jersey and gave him the exact fake ID's of 30 terrorists who had been chosen for carrying out operations inside the United States. Riconosciuto told Special Agent Cutri that Thabet Aviation of Quebec City, Canada was brokering older D.C.-9's, 747's, and other high performance military aircraft that could be used for terrorist attacks and he knew the names of terrorists who were taking flight training in the US for those very types of aircraft. Riconosciuto indicated that Thabet Aviation was the company scheduled to receive the 37 Soviet-made, shoulder-fired missiles. Riconosciuto's only request of the FBI was immunity from government prosecution for himself and his informants. From the end of the interview with Cutri in March, 2001, until September 13, 2001, Riconosciuto did not hear one word from the FBI, Special Agent Keith Cutri, or any federal investigative agency.
On September 13, 2001, two days after the attacks of Sept. 11, Cutri returned with another FBI agent to talk with Riconosciuto and accused Riconosciuto of being "anti-FBI"; "anti-government"; a "conspiracy theorist'; a "know-it-all"; a "hoaxer"; and a "publicity seeker" who wanted to "bother the FBI and waste its time". Cutri told Riconosciuto that he discounted his terrorist information because the info Riconosciuto had provided about a prison staff member at Coleman, Florida FCI was "untrue". He also warned Riconosciuto that he was under investigation by the FBI for "threats" made against that staff member at Coleman (this trumped up charge by prison officials at Coleman and the FBI was designed to intimidate Riconosciuto and sequester him in solitary confinement for 7 months. Riconosciuto was later acquitted of the charge at a BOP hearing).
Riconosciuto letter of Feb 6 Edit
Riconosciuto's February 6, 2001 letter to attorney Don Bailey included a warning that "an Arabic group known as The Base" (a literal translation of al-Qaeda) was "engaged in preparation for a major attack in the US."  
Things have now come to a head! I now have contact with an operative that is in an Arabic group known as The Base. They are presently engaged in preparation for a major attack in the US. Attorney Paul Killian currently represents the Abuhouran brothers, two of the brothers are incarcerated in the US. The third is a fugitive facing 15 years jail time in the US. We have an insider to this group that handles fake ID and passports for the group's operations. I also have contact with one of the parties that supplies explosives materials to this group. I am deliberately keeping myself with a paucity of specific details until the govt issues an immunity agreement with my contacts. If the govt will not issue the immunity agreement, no more details of these ongoing activities will be forthcoming from anybody. My bonafides are:
1) I have family members in the [#] leadership ([### ######]) a Christian militia group
2) Thirty-four days before the two US Embassy bombings in East Africa happened, I notified the FBI in Miami! Two days before these bombings occurred, I made an emergency request of BOP staff at FCI Coleman to make an overseas telephone call to ECOMAG security headquarters to warn African officials. The BOP categorically turned me down on this call. I have the documentation on all of this.
3) In the 1980's, Ted Gunderson , myself, and Ralph Olberg were involved in negotiations with the Afghan Mujahadeen on behalf of the US govt. Ted will verify that we had these meetings and that OSAMA BIN LADEN was present in the US under the name of TIM OSMAN. Mr. Osman was taken to special demonstrations at US military bases.
4) I have an exemplary track record in the counter intelligence field.
Mr. [######] is flying out to visit me this week. This letter is my authorization for you to discuss the details of all my written and oral communications with him. The Abuhousan Brothers are writing similar letters to their attorneys: Paul Killian, Jack Riley, and Peter Vaira to authorize them to speak to both you and Mr. [####] on this matter. This authorization will also include your access to documents.
Riconosciuto letter of Feb 13 Edit
Riconosciuto would write a second warning to Congressman Brian Baird. 
In my efforts to help work a case against Nichols, I have come across some important intelligence leads.
Recently, one of these contacts has found himself in a very unique position with a major Islamic radical group. This party is presently involved in providing ID's and passports. Very recently, he has been put in a position of trust with this group. The significant issue here is that this party has contacts with the principals of numerous cells in the organization. It is extremely rare that one source is able to penetrate across many different cells in one of these organizations! This is a rare and valuable asset. This needs to be dealt with ASAP. If not dealt with in a timely fashion, this opportunity will be gone. This source, and several others, report of planned attacks in the US. One of these sources is [#######]. This party has a chillingly accurate track record with his information. Several very credible lawyers have attempted to get the DOJ to move on this situation. They went to the DOJ, and then finally to Senator Santorum. They were referred to Senator Patty Murray because I am from Washington State. We were told to contact a Mr. McMackin (202-224-2621). I have recently gotten ahold of a retired CIA Terrorism specialist. He is making a referral to a current case officer. This may take some time.
Time is of the essence here. Will you please find someone in Senator Murray's office that is able to handle this information. I will attempt to call Barry in the Olympia office on Tuesday 2/20/01. Someone in a position of authority, capable of acting on this, needs to come and interview me on this.
Delmart Vreeland warning Edit
Delmart "Mike" Vreeland is a US Naval Intelligence officer who claimed to have received foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks from a Russian mole in 2000.    Vreeland would also claim to have worked with Marc Bastien, a systems administrator at the Canadian embassy in Moscow who died while Vreeland was in a Canadian prison, to sabotage a Russian anti-satellite weapon known as the Stealth Satellite System Terminator by replacing its design with a faulty blueprint.
Claim of foreknowledge Edit
According to his attorney Rocco Galati, Vreeland had sealed a written copy of his warning on August 11 or 12, 2001, and the warning was opened by senior jail officials on September 14. The note lists the World Trade Center and Pentagon as two of ten locations, including three in Canada, and includes the lines "Prob. they will paint me as crazy and call me a liar. let one happen stop the rest!!!" Galati would claim to have made "head-bashing attempts" to get the RCMP and CSIS to interview Vreeland, with no success. Vreeland's mother Jane Woodbury would say that Vreeland had warned her throughout August not to fly, and especially not to New York.
Russian memorandum Edit
Vreeland claimed that the 9/11 warning came in a letter from Kuday Hussein of Iraq, alleged to be one of Saddam Hussein's sons, to Vladimir Putin of Russia. Saddam had sons named Uday and Qusay (Kusay), but not Kuday. In 2002, Vreeland would provide Sander Hicks with a Russian copy of the purported memo, dated 9 June 2000 and signed by a "Kuday H." A translator hired by Sander Hicks describes the memo as "a translation into Russian from -- most certainly -- English by someone who does not know either language all too well." 
According to Sander Hicks, "On January 10, [Vreeland's] defense attorney Paul Slansky called the Pentagon from a speakerphone in court, and was able to receive Lieutenant Delmart Vreeland's office number and phone extension." Vreeland's website included copies of voice messages allegedly left for him by Lt. Commander Tom Welsh from JAG, a Captain McCarthy, John Criminaro of the US embassy in Moscow, "and various top brass, media, and law enforcement personnel". The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that Vreeland had been a Naval Intelligence trainee in October 1986, seven months after official Navy records show he had been kicked out. Leo Wanta claimed that Vreeland had been part of an aborted mission to assassinate Marc Rich in Switzerland in 1993. Locofoco BBS user Cassandra claims to have found Vreeland's benefits record on a Lexis-Nexis database of military personnel records. 
Galati death threat Edit
While defending Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdurahman Khadr, Rocco Galati would claim to have received a serious death threat from a source he described as "institutional" and "official". According to Oliver Moore, "he recognized the voice on the message from a previous case and said that, in that earlier instance, a person mentioned by the voice had subsequently disappeared."  Galati had previously defended Vreeland, who had disappeared in 2002. 
Ron Anicich finds numerous factual errors in the reporting of Mike Ruppert, one of the most prolific writers in telling Vreeland's story. 
Former CIA officer Leutrell Osborne has suggested that Vreeland may be a "dangle, or piece of intelligence bait", suggesting that he may be a double agent providing false information and/or spying on 9/11 investigators. 
Taxi driver warning Edit
On July 16, 2001, a taxi driver identified as "Ameen" told Village Voice reporter Sarah Goodyear that he had received emails warning him that Osama bin Laden was planning a big attack in late August or September. 
Emad Salem warning Edit
Susan Lindauer warning Edit
In mid-2001, CIA operative Susan Lindauer warned her brother that "The gulf war isn't over... There are plans in effect right now. They will be raining down on us from the skies." Lindauer had also warned Parke Godfrey not to accept a job at New York University. In 2004, the FBI would accuse Lindauer of working as a double agent for the Iraqi government. 
Niaz Khan warning Edit
In April 2000, Al-Qaeda operative Niaz Khan defected to the United States and warned the FBI about Osama bin Laden's plan to hijack aircraft. The FBI was unable to find his contacts in New York. 
Hamid Reza Zakeri and Abolghasem Mesbahi Edit
According to the Guardian, two German secret service agents testified that Hamid Reza Zakeri, also known as Alireza Soleiman Pak, was an Iranian agent and he had warned the US of the attacks. 
From Mike Ruppert: 
According to a September 14 report in the Internet newswire online, i.e., German police, monitoring the phone calls of a jailed Iranian man, learned the man was telephoning US intelligence agencies last summer to warn of an imminent attack on the World Trade Center in the week of September 9. German officials confirmed the calls to the US government for the story but refused to discuss additional details.
Larry Kelly, citing Ken Timmerman, claims that Zakari walked into the US embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan on July 26, 2001 and warned the CIA that Arabs had been training pilots in Iran to crash airplanes into the World Trade Center, White House, Pentagon, and Camp David on September 11. Timmerman's source is likely Zakeri himself. 
Other reports describe Hamid Reza Zakeri as a fraud and publicity seeker.  The CIA denies that the Baku meeting took place and calls Zakeri a known serial fabricator.  Documents provided by Zakeri to Ken Timmerman and presented in the case of Havlish v. Iran were shown to be forgeries.  Ulrich Rippert described Zakeri as "a double agent for the Iranian secret service and the CIA." 
Similar claims of forewarning and Iranian responsibility were made by Abolghasem Mesbahi, who had previously claimed to be be a witness to Iranian planning of the Lockerbie bombing and the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Community Center. FBI's James Bernazzani described Mesbahi as a mercenary witness willing to fabricate testimony against Iran in exchange for money. 
Pepe Escobar Edit
On August 30, 2001, Pepe Escobar published an article in the Asia Times discussing Osama bin Laden's popularity in Pakistan and the problems that would arise from a US attempt to capture him. The article was given the headline "Get Osama! Now! Or else..."  Escobar later cited this headline in a discussion of events leading to 9/11, implying that it was a warning. 
Osama's falcon hunting trips Edit
It was common practice for Gulf Arab elites to go falcon hunting in Afghanistan during the 1990s.   Among those alleged to have gone on such trips are: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, King of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates; Sheik Mohammed ibn Rashid al Maktum, crown prince of Dubai; and Prince Turki al Faisal, then head of Saudi intelligence and later Ambassador to the United States.  U.S. General Wayne Downing alleges that Osama bin Laden was the organizer and host of many of these trips.  John Loftus describes these trips as "fundraisers for al-Qaeda" attended by "hundreds of wealthy Arabs". 
According to an article in Dawn, the book Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA states that: 
During the winter of 1998-99, the CIA learned that a large party of Persian Gulf dignitaries had flown into the Afghan desert for a falcon-hunting party. The report from CIA field agents said bin Laden had also joined the party. The agency called for an attack on their encampment until Richard Clarke, President Clinton's counter-terrorism aide, discovered that among the hosts of the gathering was royalty from the United Arab Emirates.
February 11, 1999 cancelled attack Edit
Senior CIA officials cancelled a strike planned for February 11, 1999 on a bin Laden encampment. Rumours have it that Sheikh Mohammed ibn Rashid was there. 
March 7, 1999 information leak Edit
On March 7, 1999, Richard Clarke informed Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of preparations to attack a camp where Osama bin Laden was present. Information about the plans reached the camp, which was dismantled within days.   The camp was hosted by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 
Alan Parrot claims Edit
Alan Parrot claims to have found Osama bin Laden living in Iran for six months out of the year and to have given him pet falcons equipped with radio transmitters. According to John Loftus, this information was provided to and ignored by the CIA director, the CIA head of clandestine services, and the CIA director of counterintelligence with the only result being that the Boston branch of the FBI threatened to have Parrot arrested. After Parrot began making plans to capture bin Laden on his own, "eight people from different agencies" threatened to have Parrot killed. 
Saudi firing of Prince Turki Edit
Prince Turki al Faisal, head of Saudi Mukhabarat (intelligence agency), resigned from his office on August 31, 2001. According to Wikipedia:
- Prince Turki's resignation was unexpected since his term had been extended on 24 May 2001 for another four-year [term]. He was replaced just ten days before 9/11, on 1 September 2001, by Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz his nephew and the king’s brother, who has no background in intelligence whatsoever." The Wall Street Journal later reports: "The timing of Turki’s removal—August 31—and his Taliban connection raise the question: Did the Saudi regime know that bin Laden was planning his attack against the US?"
John Loftus claims that the Saudis knew of the upcoming attacks, and that Turki was fired for a failed attempt to poison Osama bin Laden with a modified kidney dialysis machine. 
Suppression of investigations Edit
Defense Intelligence Agency Edit
Rod Isler Edit
Five DIA officials Edit
At least five DIA intelligence officials failed to act on a report by analyst Kie Fallis that identified al-Qaeda and Iranian operatives cooperating to plan attacks on US targets in the Middle East within two months of September 2000. Fallis resigned in disgust when he heard about the [[USS Cole bombing] in October 2000. According to Bill Gertz: 
He was treated like an enemy as soon as his resignation was accepted. His access to a computer was immediately cut off, his e-mail account deleted. Supervisors refused to speak to him; they didn´t ask why he was leaving ... One DIA security official told Mr. Fallis during an exit interview that the terror divisions leadership was trying to discredit him.
Department of Defense Edit
Unidentified DoD officials Edit
The Department of Defense repeatedly refused requests from the CIA's bin Laden unit for special operations forces to assist in planning and carrying out the capture of Osama bin Laden, and continued to refuse these requests after the 1998 embassy bombings. 
FBI Florida Edit
Destruction of 9/11 evidence Edit
Mohamed Atta's father Mohamed El-Amir visited him in Venice, Florida in late August 2001 where they used a public fax machine at the Barclay Pharmacy to send a message to New Jersey. The FBI took the pharmacy's surveillance tape and returned it after deleting the 18 minutes of video showing of showing Atta, El-Amir, and Marwan al-Shehhi. 
Witness intimidation Edit
The FBI ordered Mohamed Atta's girlfriend Amanda Keller not to tell anybody about her knowledge of his presence in Florida. 
FBI International Terrorism Unit Edit
FBI agent Robert Wright accused unnamed members of the International Terrorism Unit during 1994-1995 of "a concerted effort ... to insulate the subjects of their investigations from criminal investigation and prosecution." 
FBI New York Field Office Edit
Carson Dunbar Edit
1993 WTC Edit
Peter Lance accuses Carson Dunbar of "mistrusting" FBI agent Nancy Floyd and Emad Salem, her spy inside al-Qaeda, and of having "caused Salem's withdrawal from the cell in 1992". Salem would become a key witness after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. 
While the FBI claimed to have broken contact with Salem in mid-1992, Salem claimed to have built the bomb under the direction of the FBI and a district attorney.  Ronald Kuby, defense attorney for accused bomber Ibrahim El-Gabrowny, claimed that "within hours of the World Trade Center blast, Salem checked into a midtown hospital, complaining of a loud ringing in his ears." 
According to FBI informant Garrett Wilson, FBI supervisor Carson Dunbar shut down two investigations into al-Qaeda in January 1993. First, Dunbar halted a plan for Wilson to train al-Qaeda's al-Kifah cell on the grounds that the training would make the terrorists more dangerous. Shortly thereafter, Dunbar ordered an FBI team to stop observing an al-Qaeda training camp near New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania on the grounds that the surveillance was costing too much money. Persons of interest at the camp included Abu Ubaidah Yahya, Abdo Mohammed Haggag, Siddig Siddig Ali, and Mohammed Abouhalima (brother of Mahmud Abouhalima). 
TWA Flight 800 Edit
Dunbar would lead the investigation of the explosion of TWA Flight 800.  The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers accused the FBI of making "unwarranted" and "unforgiveable" "threats" against them following the union's offer to help in the investigation. 
FBI headquarters Edit
Unidentified FBI superiors Edit
In the late 1990s, FBI headquarters interfered with and eventually shut down the Chicago field office's investigation of Yasin Qadi and the SAAR network, code named Vulgar Betrayal, eventually forcing lead agent Robert Wright off the investigation.  After Wright held a press conference to make the public aware of this matter, the FBI launched repeated investigations of Wright for "leaking classified information".  Vulgar Betrayal had begun as an investigation of Quranic Literacy Institute employee Mohammad Salah, a naturalized US citizen who Israel accused of funding Hamas in 1995. 
Unidentified FBI bureaucrat Edit
In 2003, Customs investigator Joe Webber accused the FBI of preventing Customs from acquiring a warrant to wiretap a person in Texas who was believed to be funding associates of Osama bin Laden. Senator Charles Grassley declared that this was "not an isolated incident". 
Zero-File policy Edit
An anonymous FBI agent said that reports on al-Qaeda activity were, by FBI policy, sent to the "Zero Files",  a garbage dump for the most unreliable and unrealistic reports received by the FBI. 
"We knew that there were Arab terrorist groups working in Oklahoma during the mid-1990s, but nothing was done about it," he recalls. "We were constantly getting information about terrorist groups working in the area, and it would be put in what was called a ‘zero file.' Once you sent it in, you were never told to act on it. And you were never told to follow up on it."
Louis Freeh Edit
Robert Mueller Edit
Robert Mueller became FBI director shortly before the attack and remained director for the next decade as post-attack investigations were squashed. FBI whistleblower Robert Wright accused Mueller of hypocrisy in pledging to support whistleblowers while failing to support his case. 
In 2012, Mueller would order the purging of FBI training materials at the request of the Muslim Brotherhood. 
Prosecutorial misconduct Edit
Patrick Downs of Boston claimed that "While serving in the northern district of California, Mr. Mueller instituted a policy known as a “Brady waiver” that institutes and protects the federal government from a defendant’s due-process guarantee as afforded by the U.S. Constitution."  After the Oklahoma City Bombing, Timothy McVeigh's lawyers accused the FBI of intentionally misapplying Brady rules to hide from the defense potentially exculpatory evidence of other conspirators in the attack. 
BCCI coverup Edit
The Wall Street Journal accused Mueller and George Terwilliger of covering up the BCCI scandal. 
Both Mr. Terwilliger and Mr. Mueller were senior Justice Department officials when BCCI got away. Mr. Terwilliger was Deputy Attorney General; and Mr. Mueller ran the Criminal Division at Main Justice from 1990 to 1993. When it came to making decisions about investigations and prosecutions in the BCCI affair they were the men at the switches.
In 1992, a Congressional report accused Mueller's FBI of having "masked inactivity in prosecuting and investigating the bank by advising critics that matters pertaining to BCCI were ’under investigation,’ when in fact they were not." The report also found that "The Justice Department essentially stopped investigating BCCI,' "Justice Department personnel in Washington lobbied state regulators to keep BCCI open," and "Justice Department personnel in Washington, Miami, and Tampa actively obstructed and impeded Congressional attempts to investigate BCCI in 1990, and this practice continued to some extent until William P. Barr became Attorney General in late October, 1991." 
Patrick Briley would write that "Mueller's ties to the Saudis and BCCI are especially troubling today with the recent allegations by the BBC that the FBI had been ordered not to investigate Saudi businessmen, Royals and government officials that have been backing AlQaeda, Hamas and Bin Laden in their efforts to attack the US." 
FBI National Security Law Unit Edit
Marion "Spike" Bowman Edit
Marion Bowman relayed an FBI order for its investigators to stop informing suspected al-Qaeda members of their legal rights, which prevented any information obtained from them from being used as evidence to pursue criminal charges. 
Washington Field Office Edit
Thomas Frields Edit
In 2001, FBI Washington Field Office counterterrorism division supervisor Thomas Frields failed to act on a "VERY URGENT" memo that Osama bin Laden had sent "Kamikaze Pilots" to attack the United States. The memo had included a recommendation from the former head of Iranian SAVAK that the FBI place all available men on this investigation.  Following the 9/11 attack, Frields ordered two FBI agents who had sent the memo, "Tony" and "John", to forget that the memo existed and to never mention it to anyone. The incident was not mentioned in the 9/11 commission report even though FBI translator Behrooz Sarshar had testified to the commission about it. 
Destruction of Carnivore intercepts Edit
From Michael Ruppert: 
In March 2000 Denver FBI agents and other reviewing agents were "furious" after other agents in the bin Laden unit and at the International Terrorism Operations Center destroyed significant quantities of e-mail intercepts (received under authorization of a warrant) for a case connected to al Qaeda.
FBI Radical Fundamentalist Unit Edit
Michael Rolince Edit
Michael Rolince, as Section Chief of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, was the supervisor of David Frasca and Michael Maltbie when they made critical intelligence errors.  In 1999, Rolince and Steve Jennings told National Security Council investigators Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon to halt their investigation of Ayman al-Zawahiri. 
Rolince had founded the Boston JTTF. 
Michael Maltbie Edit
David Frasca Edit
FBI informant Randy Glass alleges that Frasca had made several attempts from 1999 to 2001 to shut down an investigation into attempts by Pakistani intelligence agents Diaa Mohsen, Mohammed Malik, and RJ Abbas to purchase weapons inside the United States, including nuclear weapons components, for Osama bin Laden's forces. ATF agent Dick Stoltz would support some of Glass's claims.   
Frasca failed to act on a memo from the Phoenix FBI which relayed reports that al-Qaeda was training pilots for an attack inside the United States. 
Rita Flack Edit
Dina Corsi Edit
FBI agent Dina Corsi interfered with FBI agent Steve Bongardt's investigation of USS Cole bombing suspect Khalid al-Mindhar to the point of ordering Bongardt to delete information he had received about al-Mindhar.  
"John", former deputy chief of the Bin Laden unit, reports giving Dina Corsi information about Khalid al-Mindhar's movements during the time that Corsi had been blocking Bongardt's investigation.  "John" would later be identified as CIA officer Tom Wilshire who himself was accused of withholding information about al-Mindhar from the FBI.
FBI Boston Field Office Edit
According to Indira Singh, the Boston field office of the FBI refused to investigate the software company Ptech whose employees included several members of the al-Kifah cell of al-Qaeda. Singh hired a private investigator who would find affiliations between Ptech and five businesses sharing the same street address including the al-Qaeda front group Care International, the Logan Furniture company of Ptech employee Emaddedine Muntasser, and the investment firm Khalilzad Associates of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.  The Boston field office of the FBI would later come under criticism for connections to the criminal network of Whitey Bulger.
FBI New York Field Office Edit
According to Peter Lance, the FBI in New York blocked investigations of al-Qaeda to hide the association of FBI Supervisory Special Agent R. Lindley DeVecchio with Colombo crime figure Gregory Scarpa. 
DeVecchio was cleared of all charges after it was found that the key witness against him, Linda Schiro, was on record stating his innocence. 
FBI Translators Edit
Slowdown Order Edit
FBI translator Sibel Edmonds reports that after 9/11, FBI translators were "ordered to slow down, even stop, translation of critical information related to terrorist activities so that the FBI could ... justify its request for budget and staff increases." 
Melek Can Dickerson Edit
Sibel Edmonds accused translator Melek Can Dickerson of intentionally discarding "hundreds, if not thousands" of documents on subjects of FBI terrorism investigations, attempting to prevent others from translating the same documents, forging signatures on "top-secret documents related to certain FBI detainees", supplying top-secret documents to unknown parties outside the FBI, and carrying on relationships with two people under FBI investigation.
Dickerson convinced her supervisor Mike Feghali to make her the sole recipient of intercepts related to American-Turkish Counci, where she had previously worked.  Translation duties had previously been randomized to diminish the potential effects of espionage.
Edmonds claims that Dickerson threatened her family in Turkey. 
Mike Feghali Edit
Sibel Edmonds accused FBI supervisor Mike Feghali of knowing of Melek Can Dickerson's actions and of approving these actions while Feghali served as head of the FBI's Turkish and Farsi translation units. 
Edmonds alleged that Feghali's wife organized an office celebration following the 9/11 attacks. 
Following an FBI investigation into Dickerson's actions, Feghali was promoted to supervisor of the FBI's Arabic translations unit.
CIA management Edit
Bin Laden memo quashed Edit
In mid-to-late 1996, CIA management prevented a memo describing al-Qaeda's attempts to acquire nuclear weapons from being distributed outside of , also known as Alec Station. The memo would be released after Alec Station forced an internal review of the decision. 
Bin Laden's satellite phone Edit
In 1996, senior CIA officers refused Alec Station's requests to ask another agency to tap Osama bin Laden's satellite phone. The bin Laden unit had to acquire this capability on its own. 
Denial of Special Operations forces Edit
From 1996 to 1999, senior CIA officers refused Alec Station's requests for support in asking the Department of Defense for special operations forces to assist in planning operations to capture Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden unit disbanded Edit
CIA management disbanded the Bin Laden Issue Station in April 2008. CIA Director George Tenet personally rescinded the order in May. CIA management continued to question the need for the unit until the 1998 embassy bombings. 
Following 9/11, CIA management reduced the number of staff in the unit and those in the wider Directorate of Operations focusing on al-Qaeda. By 2004, there were fewer officers in the Directorate of Operations with expertise on al-Qaeda than there were on 9/11. 
The unit was permanently disbanded in 2005. 
A senior CIA official Edit
On August 29, 2001, a senior CIA official ordered FBI agent Steve Bongardt to halt the FBI's investigation of USS Cole bombing suspect Khalid al-Mindhar, who would become one of the 9/11 hijackers.  CIA director George Tenet claims to have issued an alert for all federal agencies to find and capture al-Mindhar six days earlier. 
Tom Wilshire Edit
FBI agents Mark Rossini and Douglas Miller of the Counterterrorist Center would later claim that CIA Deputy Director Tom Wilshire had ordered them to withhold information about Khalid al-Mindhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi from others in the FBI during 2001. The FBI would then forbid them from discussing this with the public. An anonymous intelligence source would tell reporter Jeff Stein that the CIA had been attempting to recruit the two 9/11 hijackers. 
CIA Counterterrorism Center Edit
In December 1997, Robert Baer received valuable information from Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, the former chief of Qatari police, about Qatari state sponsorship of al-Qaeda operatives Mohammed Shawqi al-Islambuli, the brother of Sadat's assassin, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Baer passed the information on to the CIA Counterterrorism Center. Shortly afterward, al-Thani was captured by Qatari agents. The CIA did not include al-Thani's information in its history of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. 
In mid-2001, Baer sent the Counterterrorism Center a list of 600 Islamic extremists close to Osama bin Laden. No action was taken by the CIA. After 9/11, the FBI placed ten of the same names on its most-wanted list. 
Interference with Operation Greenquest Edit
The CIA was investigating me and the SAAR investigators from Greenquest and Customs. The CIA and the FBI investigated everyone who had anything to do with the SAAR investigation. White vans and SUV’s with dark windows appeared near all the homes of the SAAR investigators. All agents, some of whom were very experienced with surveillance, knew they were being followed. So was I. I felt that I was being followed everywhere and watched at home, in the supermarket, on the way to work… and for what?
... The Customs agents were questioned. So were their supervisors. So was the US attorney on the SAAR case ... Risking criticism for being unfoundedly paranoid, I must convey my theory about the investigation and CIA’s involvement in it, I don’t know for certain what’s the deal with the CIA investigating the SAAR investigators, but it sure feels as if someone up in that agency doesn’t like the idea that the Saudi Arabian boat is rocked. The [SAAR raid] had taken place already—the CIA couldn’t change that—but investigating and giving the people behind the raids a hard time is a most efficient way of making sure the SAAR investigation stops there.
Department of Justice Edit
John Ashcroft Edit
In 2002, the office of Attorney General John Ashcroft threatened criminal charges against lawyers Larry Klayman and David Schippers for publicizing the case of FBI whistleblower Robert Wright. 
Michael Chertoff Edit
Assistant US Attorney General Michael Chertoff dismissed the allegations of whistleblowing agents Robert Wright, Barry Carmody, and John Vincent as "conspiracy theories". Larry Klayman would say that Chertoff "bears a lot of responsibility for not getting the job done since 9/11." 
Carmody was well regarded within the FBI and been allowed to avoid mandatory retirement to work on "sensitive counter intelligence cases" in the late 1990s. 
Inspector General's Office Edit
In 2001, the Inspector General refused to investigate Robert Wright's allegations of FBI misconduct because the Department of Justice "does not have the facilities to conduct an investigation of this scope". The Department of Justice placed responsiblity for the investigation on Congress while forbidding Congress from hearing the allegations. 
National Security Agency Edit
NSA senior executive Thomas Drake found that the NSA had been monitoring the hijackers: 
pre- and post-9/11 intelligence from NSA monitoring of some of the hijackers as they planned the attacks of 9/11 had not been shared outside NSA. This includes critical pre-9/11 intelligence on al-Qaeda, even though it had been worked on by NSA analysts. I learned, for example, that in early 2001 NSA had produced a critical long-term analytic report unraveling the entire heart of al-Qaeda and associated movements. That report also was not disseminated outside of NSA. Top NSA management knew that. They knew that I knew that. I was immediately shut down.
Refusal to aid Alec Station Edit
The National Security Agency refused to provide the CIA's Bin Laden unit with transcripts of intercepted intelligence. 
Unidentified intelligence agencies Edit
Refusal to tap bin Laden's satellite phone Edit
In 1996, a CIA liaison with another agency overseas learned that the agency could tap Osama bin Laden's satellite phone communications. That agency initially refused to tap bin Laden's phone and threatened legal action against that CIA officer for reporting the capability to the CIA.
Dismissal of key officer Edit
The lead analyst investigating an al-Qaeda operation in either Kenya or Tanzania was ordered off the job in August or September 1997 without explanation. Three senior anti-terrorism officers of that agency refused to intervene.  According to History Commons, US intelligence agencies were actively raiding al-Qaeda facilities in Kenya at that time and believed that an attack was imminent. The US stopped monitoring the AQ cell in October 1997. 
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Edit
Firing of Bill Bergman Edit
According to Bill Bergman: 
In late 2003, I was asked to begin working in an assignment in the money laundering area at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. I underwent an FBI background investigation, received clearance to review internal Federal Reserve information, and was told I was "part of the fight against terrorism."
While working in this role, I noticed a few things that looked pretty suspicious, including a surge in currency circulating outside of banks – billions of dollars in one hundred dollar bills — in July and August 2001. Anyone concerned that their bank accounts might be at risk of being frozen and seized after 9/11 would have an incentive to get out of dollar-denominated accounts, and may have been withdrawing large amounts of currency. After asking related questions, I was told I had committed an "egregious breach of protocol" asking the questions. My job was eliminated a month later.
Bergman found that the M1 money supply had increased by $13 billion in July and August 2001, the largest increase for these months since 1945. 
Alleged White House interference Edit
Greg Palast reported that the FBI Field Office in Washington, DC was ordered to halt its investigations of Abdullah bin Laden and Omar bin Laden of Falls Church, Virginia in early 2001, and that a "high-placed member of a US intelligence agency" had told him that someone had ordered a halt to all investigations of the bin Laden family and the Saudi royal family after the 2000 elections.  As evidence, Palast cited a brief excerpt of FBI file number 199I-WF-213589 showing that an investigation of Abdullah bin Laden had been closed in 1996. 
Monarch Passage Edit
Monarch Passage was the name of an operation to spy on the Saudi royal family. According to Joseph Trento, someone ordered it shut down shortly after George W. Bush became President in 2001. 
American Committee for Peace in Chechnya Edit
In 1999, influential American neoconservatives created a support group for al-Qaeda under the name of the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya. The group's membership included Elliott Abrams, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Eliot Cohen, Larry Diamond, Geraldine Ferraro, Frank Gaffney, Alexander Haig, Robert Kagan, Thomas Kean, William Kristol, Michael Ledeen, Robert McFarlane, William Odom, Richard Perle, Norman Podhoretz, Gregory Stanton, Caspar Weinberger, and James Woolsey. Members of this group legally justified their support for al-Qaeda in the Caucausus by claiming that the recipients of their aid were not engaged in terrorism, and may have used their influence in the intelligence community to suppress the spread of knowledge about their terrorist activities, which would have disrupted US intelligence efforts against al-Qaeda before 9/11.  
"The Family" Edit
Two witnesses to 9/11 hijacker activities in Florida overheard the hijackers make vague references to "The Family." In July or August 2001, Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi had a loud argument at the Pelican Alley restaurant in which restaurant manager Renee Adorna overheard al-Shehhi yelling "We’re talking $200,000! We’ve got to answer to the Family!"  In a different circumstance, Atta's girlfriend Amanda Keller also recalled Atta referring to an organization called "The Family". 
The federal indictment of Sami al-Arian says that Palestinian Islamic Jihad was known as "The Family". 
The Wall Edit
FBI operations against al-Qaeda in the 1990s were crippled by procedures that prevented information gathered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act from being shared with criminal investigators.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorizes the FISA court to grant search warrants against a suspected agent of a foreign power. The "Wall" between criminal and intelligence investigations originated with the concern that a criminal defendant could have evidence obtained from a FISA warrant thrown out of court if it could be shown that the primary purpose of the warrant was to obtain information on criminal activities rather than foreign intelligence. 
Scruggs "Chinese Wall" Memo Edit
In the 1994. FBI Office of Intelligence and Policy Review (OIPR) director Richard Scruggs wrote a memo proposing that "The simple legal response to parallel investigations is a ‘Chinese Wall’ which divides the attorneys as well as the investigators." The mention of parallel investigations suggests that the procedure of separating criminal and intelligence investigators was already in place by this time. 
Gorelick "Separation" Memo Edit
On March 4, 1995, Deputy Attorney General wrote a memo outlining procedures to "prevent any risk of creating an unwarranted appearance that FISA is being used to avoid procedural safeguards which would apply in a criminal investigation." 
- FBI intelligence investigators and the Office of Intelligence and Policy Review were each independently responsible for notifying the US Attorney's Office of any criminal activity detected by an intelligence investigation.
- All "pro-active investigative efforts or technical coverages" must first be approved by the OIPR.
Gorelick makes reference to already existing FISA dissemination provisions.
Freeh memo Edit
On July 19, 1995, FBI Director Louis Freeh issued a set of procedures to follow upon the Gorelick memo. 
- The FBI intelligence division was directed to inform the FBI criminal division of signs of any significant federal crime detected by their intelligence gathering.
- The FBI was forbidden from referring a case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution without the approval of both the Criminal Division and the Office of Intelligence and Policy Review.
- The Deputy Attorney General was tasked with overseeing disputes between the divisions.
OIPR instructions Edit
The Office of Intelligence and Policy Review may have misrepresented the instructions of Gorelick and Freeh.
The FBI came to understand from OIPR that any consultation with Criminal Division attorneys could result in a FISA surveillance being terminated or in OIPR not agreeing to pursue a FISA warrant.
Lamberth instructions Edit
In 2000, FISA Court presiding judge Royce Lamberth revoked warrants for the wiretapping of ten to twenty al-Qaeda operatives after learning that the FBI had falsified its warrant applications.  This order shut down the Catcher's Mitt program that had been observing ten to twenty al-Qaeda operatives in the United States, as well as a second operation observing Hamas operatives. Template:Cn Lamberth also took the unusual action of barring FBI Supervisory Special Agent Michael Resnick from the court.   In addition, Lamberth issued new rules forbidding criminal investigators from receiving information obtained under a FISA warrant. 
Jeb Bush document seizure Edit
When the FBI removed records from Wally Hilliard's airlne and the Venice police department less than a day after the 9/11 attacks, Florida Governor Jeb Bush was on the plane at Sarasota Airport that the documents were loaded onto.  
Deportation of Rudi Dekkers Edit
The INS ordered the deportation of Huffman Aviation owner Rudi Dekkers after the 9/11 attacks. Daniel Hopsicker alleges that this was done to keep Dekkers away from federal investigators and notes that the INS Commissioner at the time, Michael J. Garcia, had "headed the terrorism investigation for INS following the 1993 World Trade Center attack." 
Luai Sakra Edit
Al-Qaeda operative Luai Sakra claims to have provided passports for the 9/11 attackers and to have had foreknowledge of the targets and time of the attack.  Reports suggest that the CIA had been attempting to cultivate him as an informant. 
Israeli art student spy ring Edit
A spy ring of at least 125 Israelis was actively surveilling the DEA and other federal agencies from mid-2000 until shut down by US authorities after 9/11. Former Israeli intelligence officer Shay Ashkenazi reported that the art students were part of a fraud scheme involving Michael Calmanovic who organized the group's activities in Texas. Further investigation found that Calmanovic was subordinate to Itay Simon who reported back to five unidentified Israelis. 
A federal investigation found links between these "art students" and the 9/11 hijackers. From Carl Cameron: 
A highly placed investigator told Fox News there are "tie-ins," but when asked for details flatly refused to describe them. "Evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified, I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It is classified information," the source said.
... Investigators are focusing part of their efforts on Israelis who said they are art students from the University of Jerusalem or Bezalel Academy and repeatedly made contact with U.S. government personnel by saying they wanted to sell cheap art or handiwork. Documents say they "targeted" and penetrated military bases, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, dozens of government facilities and even secret offices and unlisted private homes of law enforcement and intelligence personnel.
Carl Cameron further alleged that 9/11 suspects were tracking FBI investigators' phone calls through the Israeli company Amdocs. 
Fox News has learned that some American terrorist investigators fear certain suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks may have managed to stay ahead of them, by knowing who and when investigators are calling on the telephone. How? By obtaining and analyzing data that’s generated every time someone in the U.S. makes a call ... Fox News has documents of a 1997 drug trafficking case in Los Angeles, in which telephone information, the type that Amdocs collects, was used to “completely compromise the communications of the FBI, the Secret Service, the DEO and the LAPD.”
Suspicious deaths Edit
Philip Marshall Edit
Former DEA contract pilot Phil Marshall appeared on the Coast to Coast AM radio show in November 2010 and reported that three Iran-Contra figures had told him that four of the 9/11 hijackers had trained at the CIA's Pinal Airpark Boneyard in Marana, Arizona. Marshall and his two children were shot to death in January 2011. 
Jason Steven Blum Edit
The first name on the Bin Laden flight manifest. Before working for the bin Laden family, he was first in his police academy class and earned the Medal of Valor and Officer of the Year at the Los Angeles Police Department. Blum died a low-profile death on Jan. 31, 2013 at the age of 44 with no details released to the public. In the intervening years, he had founded an unidentified "high profile security company", "retired" to Costa Rica, and moved from there to Las Vegas, Nevada.  
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