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Clinton FBI Rejected Would-Be 9/11 Hijacker's Confession Before Attack
Sunday Times of London ^ | May 9, 2004 | Christina Lamb

Posted on 05/10/2004 9:22:06 PM PDT by AJFavish

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The Times of London

May 09, 2004

Briton trained as 9/11 hijacker

Christina Lamb

A FORMER waiter in a Manchester curry house was recruited by Al-Qaeda and trained as a hijacker in preparation for the September 11 attacks.

The British Muslim was enlisted at a mosque in Oldham and attended terrorist training school in Pakistan. But he had second thoughts about his suicide mission as he flew to America and surrendered to the police after gambling away thousands of pounds given to him by Al-Qaeda.

The FBI’s counter-terrorism taskforce questioned the 29-year-old man for three weeks at Newark, New Jersey, in the spring of 2000. There, agents refused to believe his claim that terrorists were planning to fly passenger jets into buildings, even though he passed lie detector tests.

[more of story at Times of London Web site]

Second Story:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,2-523-1103398,00.html

May 09, 2004

Gambling habit led Briton into deadly clutches of Al-Qaeda

Christina Lamb

THE disastrous journey that led a waiter at a curry house in Manchester to the United States to hijack a plane for Al-Qaeda began not in a mosque but at a roulette table.

“Every night when we closed up at the Sher Khan, we would drive around the casinos,” he said.

“One night I thought I would go in with the others to see what it was like.”

His decision that rainy Manchester night seven years ago was one that he believes he will always regret. Soon he was gambling almost every night and ran up debts that allowed Al-Qaeda to recruit him with an offer to pay them off.

He now believes that had he not given himself up to the FBI in 2000, he would have become the only British hijacker among those who crashed planes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 2,800 people.

[more of story at Times of London Web site]

Regards,

Allan J. Favish
http://www.allanfavish.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; 911hijacker; alqaeda; clinton; fbi; missedopportunity
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1 posted on 05/10/2004 9:22:06 PM PDT by AJFavish
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To: AJFavish
Well, that's some smoke.
2 posted on 05/10/2004 9:32:37 PM PDT by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: AJFavish
zzzzz
3 posted on 05/10/2004 9:45:45 PM PDT by Homer1
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To: AJFavish
But, but..... Jamie Gorelick told me that George Bush knew 9-11 was going to happen.
4 posted on 05/10/2004 11:01:50 PM PDT by Defiant (Kerry Nation: A defenseless, cheese-eating, whiny land protected by Bush Country.)
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To: Defiant; AJFavish
Paging Richard Clarke!
5 posted on 05/10/2004 11:10:03 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: AJFavish; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; abner; Aeronaut; ..
A "Holy Crap" ping!
6 posted on 05/10/2004 11:47:01 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Liz; Libloather; MizSterious; backhoe; HAL9000
It just never, ever ends.
7 posted on 05/10/2004 11:47:48 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: blackdog
Well, that's some smoke.

In the words of Eddie Murphy (from standup probably before you were born) "Now that's a fire!"

8 posted on 05/10/2004 11:48:26 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
OMG!
I'm going to bed.
I have to.
9 posted on 05/10/2004 11:52:58 PM PDT by onyx (Rummy's job is winning the war, not micro-managing some damn prison.)
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To: abigail2
{{{Ping}}}
10 posted on 05/10/2004 11:56:34 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (The 2004 Election is for the SOUL of AMERICA)
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To: onyx
Are you having a case of the vapors?
11 posted on 05/10/2004 11:56:53 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
The vapors?
What dey?
I am just tired.
12 posted on 05/10/2004 11:58:26 PM PDT by onyx (Rummy's job is winning the war, not micro-managing some damn prison.)
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To: Howlin
I'm here. I had a computer problem. Electricity went off and it took hours to get this computer on line again.

This makes me very sad. Think what we could have avoided.
13 posted on 05/11/2004 12:06:47 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: AJFavish
From the article... Funny how from all the things that inspired him to terrorism it is the "sex craving Bill Clinton" that is cited. Someone should tell us to our lefty friends who are so incensed with 'why they hate us'!
14 posted on 05/11/2004 12:07:48 AM PDT by chudogg (www.chudogg.blogspot.com)
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To: Howlin
"Holy Crap", no kidding!

Howlin, I don't think any of us will live long enough to know all that X42's administration has done to put this country in jeopardy.
15 posted on 05/11/2004 1:01:17 AM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: windchime
Hopefully there will be someone in Heaven who can tell us! :)
16 posted on 05/11/2004 1:05:01 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: AJFavish
Amazing that you have to read this in a London newspapaer. British papers are consistently reporting on things you neverhear here. I hope Rush and Sean talk about this today
17 posted on 05/11/2004 1:20:59 AM PDT by boxsmith13
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To: Howlin
The Clintons were the biggest con artists ever to hold that office.

We on FR tried our best to alert the rest of the nation to the Clintons.

Most of America slept while the Clintons did their dirty work which included a callous disregard for our lives and liberties.

18 posted on 05/11/2004 2:11:34 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Howlin
OMG. Do you suppose it will make the U.S. papers?

Naaaahhhh........
19 posted on 05/11/2004 3:20:56 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: AJFavish
The FBI’s counter-terrorism taskforce questioned the 29-year-old man for three weeks at Newark, New Jersey, in the spring of 2000. There, agents refused to believe his claim that terrorists were planning to fly passenger jets into buildings, even though he passed lie detector tests.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

20 posted on 05/11/2004 3:29:41 AM PDT by Preachin' (Democrats are liars...)
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To: Preachin'
He was approached at his local mosque by a recruiter who offered him money in return for carrying out “a job”. He accepted, even when he realised what was involved.

“If your life has no colour and a mullah says you can be a hero by dying, why not?” he said. “I think there are a lot of frustrated Muslim youths in Britain who feel the same way.”

He travelled to Lahore, where he was taught how to carry out a hijacking and familiarised with the inside of a Boeing cockpit. “I knew they wanted me to do some kind of operation in which I would die but my life was such a mess that in my mind I was already dead,” he said.

“At that time if they had told me to strap a bomb to my body and blow myself up I would have done it as easily as taking a glass of water to drink,” he added.

On his return to Britain, he was given a further £5,000 and sent to New York, where he was told he would be met at the airport.

But he had got married and during the flight thoughts of his wife and baby helped to change his mind. He gave his contact the slip and instead of going through with his mission, he took a bus to Atlantic City, where he lost his money in casinos and then gave himself up.

21 posted on 05/11/2004 3:34:39 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: blackdog
It also gives a fascinating insight into how Al-Qaeda recruits its members in Britain. Far from searching out the religious fanatics who might be known to the authorities, the terrorists’ talent-spotters frequent mosques to seek out those involved in petty crime or those who are in such trouble that they might feel their lives are not worth living. Al-Qaeda preys on these weaknesses.

The young man who had dreamt of becoming a cricketer but instead found himself drowning in debt was in many ways an ideal candidate. Short and mild-mannered, he has handsome, almost pretty, features and a British passport that allowed him to enter the United States with no visa.

Born in Burnley, Lancashire, the third of four children, he was still a baby when his family moved back to their home village near Attock in Pakistan. Not far away across the Indus River is the Haqqania madrasah, the religious school where many of the Taliban leadership studied.

His father, who described him as a quiet, well-behaved child, earned a living transporting goods and sent him to a secular school.

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Although he had never been religious, he often attended Friday prayers at Werneth mosque in Oldham. It had a radical new imam, Shafiq ur Rehman, and for the first time the unemployed waiter found himself listening.

He still has the tapes he recorded of diatribes against the “sex-craving pig” Bill Clinton and calls for Muslims to go to fight jihad in Kashmir or Afghanistan. “Afterwards the mullah asked for money for the Taliban and everyone used to give money — £2, £5, £10 — which was sent to Karachi,” he said. “It used to be very open.”

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“We were taught all about the cockpit of a 767 plane, shown a model with all the switches and what they did. We were given some physical training about the best way to attack someone, and also some religious instruction about the situation in Afghanistan and other places.”

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He was not considered dangerous and was never handcuffed. The agents even played cricket with him. “We always felt he was a nice guy who got caught up in all of this,” said the retired agent.

“Had this been after September 11 it would have been very different. We would have put him in a maximum security prison.”

His father was horrified when he received a phone call from the FBI to say they were holding his son. To this day, he says, he does not know who his son was mixed up with. “They are very hard people, not like him,” he added.

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On September 11, 2001 he switched on the television to see two planes flying into the World Trade Center. “I felt terrible,” he said. “I was crying, watching it over and over again.

“I am sure in my mind that was what I was supposed to be part of. What else could it be? I was perfect, I had a British passport so could fly straight to America, no questions asked.”

He telephoned the FBI agents who had questioned him, using the numbers on their business cards: “I left messages on their answerphones, saying how sorry I was.”

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His wife, whose English is poor, still does not know about his involvement with Al-Qaeda. Last year their first son was born and the family lives in a shabby two-bedroom flat.

A pile of post includes overdue bills and summonses for court appearances about an irregularly sold van that was used in a hit-and-run accident. Last week he was arrested for allegedly stealing a car.

He insists that he is trying to make an innocent living. “My missus says it doesn’t matter, even if I only make £1 a week she doesn’t care.

“But if I was not married I think I could do very bad things. I guess I have had an escape, but I will never stop being scared they will come back for me.”
22 posted on 05/11/2004 3:44:50 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: onyx
He still has the tapes he recorded of diatribes against the “sex-craving pig” Bill Clinton and calls for Muslims to go to fight jihad in Kashmir or Afghanistan.
23 posted on 05/11/2004 4:01:58 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: AJFavish; Sidebar Moderator
If this is two separate articles, can we have them split into two separate threads, and cross-linked?
Better for bookmarking, less chance of duplicate threads being posted, maybe?
24 posted on 05/11/2004 4:02:45 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: AJFavish
BUMP!!!
25 posted on 05/11/2004 4:03:06 AM PDT by jmstein7 (Real Men Don't Need Chunks of Government Metal on Their Chests to be Heroes)
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To: backhoe
bookmark bump
26 posted on 05/11/2004 4:03:31 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Howlin
Time for Bush to assemble a legit, nonpartisan 9-11 commission and roast some pig.
27 posted on 05/11/2004 4:04:35 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Howlin
BTTT
28 posted on 05/11/2004 4:23:35 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Howlin
I wonder how long it will take our "major media" and our "esteemed senators and representatives" and "the so-called 9/11 commission" to learn about this guy and his THREE-WEEK VACATION WITH THE FBI!
29 posted on 05/11/2004 4:36:49 AM PDT by maica (Member of Republican Attack Machine, RAM, previously known as the VRWC)
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To: Howlin; ALOHA RONNIE; RonDog
Morning bump...
30 posted on 05/11/2004 5:07:44 AM PDT by Libloather (What REALLY repulses the Beast?)
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To: AJFavish
So you suppose this information was included in "The Plan" that was handed over to President-elect Bush during the transition? Nah.

Surely this wil be included in Bill Clinton's book, right? In the especially long chapter where he "apologizes" and admits all his mistakes? Nah.
31 posted on 05/11/2004 5:13:13 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Howlin
The Clinton legacy lives on and on.

...and he still thinks he didnt do anything wrong.
32 posted on 05/11/2004 5:44:35 AM PDT by Delta 21 (MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Delta 21
"and he still thinks he didn't do anything wrong."
Unfortunately so does the mainstream media. Clinton can do no wrong and Bush can do no right.
33 posted on 05/11/2004 6:05:12 AM PDT by AngieGOP
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To: Howlin
Thanks Howlin
34 posted on 05/11/2004 6:16:11 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: AJFavish
bttt
35 posted on 05/11/2004 6:17:58 AM PDT by bitt
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To: Liz
The Clintons were the biggest con artists ever to hold that office.

And their most brainwashed loyal followers will always adore them!

The chap in this story sounds like a pretty pathetic creature. Too bad for his wife and child.

36 posted on 05/11/2004 6:19:56 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind (And we will defend the peace that makes all progress possible. - George W. Bush)
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To: windchime; Howlin
Howlin, I don't think any of us will live long enough to know all that X42's administration has done to put this country in jeopardy.

I don't think I really want to know the depths of corruption that X42 sunk to. Really, I think I would be sick.

37 posted on 05/11/2004 6:49:30 AM PDT by iceskater (No nation or state ever taxed itself into prosperity.)
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To: Howlin


38 posted on 05/11/2004 7:05:11 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is ONLY ONE good Democrat: one that has just been voted OUT of POWER ! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: AJFavish; GummyIII
~speechless~

Will anything come out of this at all?
39 posted on 05/11/2004 7:22:26 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Howlin
Thanks I think.

40 posted on 05/11/2004 7:57:14 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Liz
The Clintons were the biggest con artists ever to hold that office. We on FR tried our best to alert the rest of the nation to the Clintons. Most of America slept while the Clintons did their dirty work which included a callous disregard for our lives and liberties.

Well said. Now we need to protect America from liberals like Kerry, Hillary, et al

41 posted on 05/11/2004 8:02:19 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: AJFavish; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; blam; Dog; Dog Gone; McGavin999
More revelations of the Clinton era.
42 posted on 05/11/2004 8:03:33 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: arasina
So you suppose this information was included in "The Plan" that was handed over to President-elect Bush during the transition? Nah.

I'm trying to remember where I heard that the transition document on stategic dangers passed from the IMPOTUS to Dubya never mention al Queda by name and only used the name Bin Laden three times. Anyone recall?

43 posted on 05/11/2004 8:16:09 AM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: windchime
Isn't that the truth? I think they hid a lot more "stuff" than we will ever know. It is about time for the lefties in this country to realize that instead of worshiping him and her.
44 posted on 05/11/2004 8:31:30 AM PDT by MamaB (mom to an angel)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
bttt
45 posted on 05/11/2004 8:41:22 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: kcvl
Unreal,
but, nothing will come of this.
Sad.
46 posted on 05/11/2004 12:39:56 PM PDT by onyx (Rummy's job is winning the war, not micro-managing some damn prison.)
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To: onyx
bttt
47 posted on 05/11/2004 12:46:21 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: bonfire
"Hopefully there will be someone in Heaven who can tell us!"


That's probably our only shot at getting the truth, bonfire. :)
48 posted on 05/11/2004 8:51:03 PM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: iceskater
"I don't think I really want to know the depths of corruption that X42 sunk to. Really, I think I would be sick."

Something has compelled me for years to try to find out.....even at risk of illness. I do understand what you're saying, though.
49 posted on 05/11/2004 9:08:58 PM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: MamaB
"It is about time for the lefties in this country to realize that instead of worshiping him and her."

You're right. But they're either too ignorant to realize what kind of people they are or are complicit in the Clinton deeds.
50 posted on 05/11/2004 9:18:19 PM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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