Al Qaeda Agent's 9/11 Role Comes Into Focus
LAT ^ | May 21, 2006 | Richard A. Serrano
Posted on 05/21/2006 7:52:57 PM PDT by FairOpinion
Ammar al-Baluchi, once considered a bit player, is alleged to have served as trainer and banker for several of the hijackers.
Until recently, Ammar al-Baluchi was considered a peripheral player in Al Qaeda, a functionary who made travel arrangements and wired money for terrorists.
But new government disclosures place Baluchi in a larger role in the Sept. 11 preparations and rank him No. 4 among the conspirators captured by U.S. forces after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Indeed, investigators say he was instrumental in acquiring a Boeing 747 flight simulator and a Boeing 767 flight-deck video for the hijackers to practice on before heading to the United States.
"He was turning up everywhere we looked like a chameleon," recalled one federal agent who spoke on condition of anonymity because of ongoing investigations.
A man of many names, Baluchi seemed to have his hand in everything.
He allegedly served as travel agent, personal banker and mother hen for at least nine of the 19 hijackers, sending them off from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for their fateful rendezvous in the United States.
Baluchi also reportedly sent onetime "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla on his way to Chicago with thousands of dollars and travel documents, though Padilla was captured as he stepped off the plane.
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Laurie Mylroie has long contended that this "family" is in fact a bunch of Baluchis whi were working for Iraqi intel. We have many of them in custody yet and still have not undertaken simple DNA testing to test that hypothesis. Ain't that grand?