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Mystery of Longboat Key - Bush, Atta visit same Florida Island resort before September 11
MadCowMorningNews ^ | JUly 29 2002 | Barry Hopsicker

Posted on 08/02/2002 8:17:14 AM PDT by swarthyguy

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by Daniel Hopsicker
July 29—Venice, FL.

Just three nights before President George W Bush arrived at the swank Colony Resort on Longboat Key on the evening of Sept 10, 2001, Mohamed Atta was staying at a slightly-less tony  hotel just two miles down the beach, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites—Longboat Key, according to eyewitnesses who contacted the FBI in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

Predictably, the story went nowhere. So too did early wire reports stating that on the day of the attack Sarasota police said the Secret Service interrogated four Sudanese men after getting a tip that the men intended to harm President Bush during his visit to the city. 

The incident was found to be "unrelated" to the attacks, the AP reported, and ended in the release of the men. 

But these stories are now being resurrected in the wake of recent reports of a possible Longboat Key assassination attempt against Bush on the morning of the terrorist attack, and they are provoking disturbing questions about how much, or how little, Americans have been told about the events surrounding the attack on their country.

In an exclusive interview with the MadCowMorningNews, the bartender at Marty's Pub at the Holiday Inn, Darlene Sieverts said, "Mohamed Atta sat right on that bar stool, drinking rum and coke."

"I didn't have any real interaction with him. A bartender can tell when a customer doesn't want to talk, and he didn't."

"How do you say 'I'll have what he's having?'"

"About fifteen minutes later he was joined by a second man. When I approached (the second man) and asked what he'd like to drink, he indicated that he didn't speak English, and motioned for Atta to intercede. Instead of ordering something for him, Atta asked for the bill," bartender Sieverts told us. 

"He left a $20 bill to cover a $4. tab."

Sieverts recollections of spotting on Longboat Key the most cold-blooded killer of the still-young 21st Century—just a few short days before Bush's arrival—were confirmed to the FBI by other hotel employees, several of whom also recalled seeing Atta on another occasion, dining in the hotel's Gulfstream restaurant  with a man identified by  the restaurant manager and a waiter as Marwan Al-shehhi.

The two both dined on the hotel’s featured 'Surf & Turf' buffet.

The revelation of Atta's proximity to Bush, first reported in the local Longboat Observer,  deepens the mystery surrounding the pre-dawn warning received by the Secret Service detail protecting the President on his Florida trip in the early morning hours on Sept 11.

Alarmingly, The Colony, which bills itself as "the nation's no. 1 tennis resort," is just two miles of mostly-deserted white sand away from the Holiday Inn Hotel frequented by Atta and Al-shehhi.

Longboat Key is located just outside Sarasota, Fl., itself the home of such curious attractions as the Ringling Bros. Circus, and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, now running for Congress, the local daughter of a citrus magnate who became internationally-famous overnight in the aftermath of the Presidential election of  2000.

Bush was in Florida to promote his administration's new education bill. His first stop of the day was to be at the Emma E Booker Elementary School in Sarasota—a 25-minute drive from the Colony.

"Four Sudanese men? In Sarasota?"

In the warning, Zainelabdeen Omer, a Sudanese national who has since disappeared, told authorities of an immediate threat of a possible assassination attempt and terror attack on America from a friend of his, a man named "Ghandi" who had just arrived in Sarasota to bail someone out of jail.

To bring the day's chronology into focus, a little after 6am on September 11, 2001, according to an AP report, "Bush awoke in the magnificent surroundings of the Colony Beach Resort on Longboat Key, an upscale and relatively-pristine tropical island enclave located directly on the Gulf of Mexico a spindly coral island in the Gulf of Mexico, off Sarasota, Florida."

"The previous evening Mr Bush had dined beachside with his brother Jeb, the governor of Florida, the state that had controversially handed him the presidency. Now, on the morning of his 234th day in office, a light, warm breeze was slipping in from the ocean, and, after breakfast, Bush led his Secret Service crew on a four-mile run around the nearby Serenoa golf links."

"On his return to the Colony, the President showered, changed into a lightweight, dark blue suit, and, still glowing from the morning's exertion, sat down for the first routine intelligence briefing of the day. It was 8am."

"At the same time Atta, was fourteen hundred miles away, making his way onto American Airlines Flight 11 taking off from Boston's Logan International Airport, followed 14 minutes later from the same airport by Al-Shehhi, aboard United Airlines Flight 175."

"No van, no warning? No problem."

The AP story neglects any mention of a van filled with Middle Eastern men attempting to gain access to the President at the same time as Bush is leaving for his morning jog.

And although the story was reported on the local NBC affiliate, the AP also neglects any mention of the pre-dawn warning of an attack.

Instead, the AP's account of Bush briefing that morning states that "The President's briefing appears to have included some reference to the heightened terrorist risk reported throughout the summer, but contained nothing specific, severe or imminent enough to necessitate a call to Condoleezza Rice, his 47-year-old National Security Adviser.

The FBI, too, seemed unimpressed.

"Nationwide the FBI has received over 200,00 such tips, stated FBI spokesman Sarah Oakes, "with more than 5000 of the tips coming into the Tampa office alone."

"Mum's the word in Florida"

Unlike whistleblowers who have come forward in the FBI's Minneapolis and Phoenix offices, to name just two, agents in the Tampa FBI office have maintained their silence.

So too have agents in the Sarasota FBI office. 

Does their silence signal valid national security concerns? Or just embarrassment?

Atta and Al-Shehhi's presence on Longboat Key just days before the President's arrival raise a number of disturbing questions. 

The most pressing is also the most obvious. What were terrorists doing on Longboat Key?

Still, the Secret Service, no doubt very aware of Atta's suspicious presence on Longboat Key,  has dismissed the pre-dawn warning they received as "just coincidence."

This must mean that when, three days later, a van filled with Middle Eastern men attempted to gain entry to Bush's hotel by posing as journalists, it has nothing at all to do with "terrorist ringleader" Mohamed Atta's recent presence on Longboat Key.

It is all just a coincidence.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Daniel Hopsicker
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The CIA, the Mob
and America's
Secret History.

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TOPICS: Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: 911; atta; bush; longboatkey
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Madness, tinfoil...?
1 posted on 08/02/2002 8:17:14 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Shermy; Mitchell; Betty Jo; Free the USA; Travis McGee; dighton
Anything to this, you think?

2 posted on 08/02/2002 8:19:24 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy
The rabble at DU will declare that this is clear evidence of collusion between Bush and the hijackers.
3 posted on 08/02/2002 8:28:44 AM PDT by El Sordo
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To: swarthyguy
This gets weirder & weirder........... I, too, have been to Longboat Key! ..... (9]..... tinfoil hat firmly in place over eyes.
4 posted on 08/02/2002 8:29:03 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: swarthyguy
Oh, my God, Atta and Bush may have read the same newspaper articles five days before 9/11! [sarcasm off]

This author sounds like the 'Tin Foil Kid' - maybe we can get him a tryout for the Legion of Substitute Heroes...

5 posted on 08/02/2002 8:29:46 AM PDT by mhking
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To: swarthyguy; Lazamataz; Squantos; harpseal; dennisw; FITZ; Fred Mertz; piasa
Interesting. Is MadCow a serious item or BSNN?
6 posted on 08/02/2002 8:30:46 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: El Sordo
Well they would make that connection, wouldn't they.

I don't think this article implies that at all. It's talking about other plots and shenanigans by the jihadis, possibly a assassination plot against Bush, IMO.

BTW, those sites seem to spend a lot of time monitoring FR and posting here too and then bragging about their triumphs
on 'FRepugnant'. What a bunch of turkeys.
7 posted on 08/02/2002 8:31:21 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy
Conspiracy nonsense.
8 posted on 08/02/2002 8:31:50 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Travis McGee
Take a look through their articles. They have some intriguing info; the last one was about the crash of a plane in which Rudi Dekkers, the owner of the school where Atta trained to fly, recently survived a plane crash.

I've been reading it occassionally and posted one artice about Atta's emails.
9 posted on 08/02/2002 8:33:40 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy
If this really happened, it is freaky as hell. Is it plausible Atta knew Bush's itinerary that well?
10 posted on 08/02/2002 8:35:36 AM PDT by eno_
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Some bar tender says Atta sat right there with his rum and coke?? Sure he did!!
11 posted on 08/02/2002 8:36:38 AM PDT by cousair
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To: swarthyguy
Oh my God!!!!!!!! George Bush secretly met with terrorists to not only organize, sanction and possibly give the final go ahead for the largest terrorist act on US soil, the hideous murder of 3,000 Americans and others, and the destruction of a part of the financial infrastructure of the U.S.!



12 posted on 08/02/2002 8:40:09 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: DoctorMichael
That's your interpretation. Next time don't waste so much white space. This piece never talks about them meeting; it points to maybe a plot to kill Bush. If that's not worth evaluating.....
13 posted on 08/02/2002 8:41:50 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: eno_
That's one interesting deduction. Or was it all just a

The last part about the fake journalists is what caught my eye.
14 posted on 08/02/2002 8:43:23 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy
I though it was Hruitoff(sp), the other Danish Flight school owner involved in training these guys at 4 times the going rate that survived a crash. From what I read the plane involved was immediately hauled off and crushed before the investigation could barely get started.
15 posted on 08/02/2002 8:44:40 AM PDT by steve50
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To: El Sordo
In the same sense that there was collusion between Kennedy and Oswald.
16 posted on 08/02/2002 9:00:14 AM PDT by Arkie2
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To: steve50
YOu'r eright. This excerpt from a previous article on the site.

Onboard along with co-pilot Kruithof, whose school trained Siad Al Jarrah, the terrorist at the controls of the plane that went down in western Pennsylvania, were the pilot, Glenn Goodman, and passenger John Mills.

17 posted on 08/02/2002 9:00:54 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Travis McGee
I remeber a lot of these facts coming out shortly after 9/11/01. Atta was there the story about the $20 for a $4 tab came out. was there an assassination plot? Who knows?

Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown

18 posted on 08/02/2002 9:12:29 AM PDT by harpseal
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To: Travis McGee
???? Heck I dunno.....Oswald and Kennedy were alledgedly in Dallas the same day too..........:o) Never heard of Mad Cow (Hillery ?;o)....wonder if this is the Chicago DJ ManCow possibly ??

Stay Safe !

19 posted on 08/02/2002 9:41:25 AM PDT by Squantos
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To: swarthyguy
Essay Of The Week

Quote of the Day by by Libloather

20 posted on 08/02/2002 9:41:45 AM PDT by RJayneJ
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