Skip to comments.UA 93 Hijacker Entered US 7 Times -- on 'Tourist' Visa
Posted on 06/07/2017 7:48:24 AM PDT by Kaslin
You could still see his mouth and his chin, but only the right side of his face from the nose up.
The rest of the photo and the document on which it was printed -- except for the man's first and last name and a broken series of numbers -- was charred or burnt away.
Investigators searching the area in Pennsylvania where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, found this telltale piece of evidence.
It was the tourist visa that let Ziad Jarrah enter the United States from Germany.
On the face of it, Jarrah was a clean-cut young man from a wealthy Muslim family in Lebanon, who had moved to Germany to be a student -- and only wanted to visit this free and beautiful country as a tourist.
In reality, he was an al-Qaida operative dispatched by Osama bin Laden to carry out the worst terrorist attack in the history of our nation.
In the 15 months before 9/11, Jarrah came and went from the United States at will -- entering this country on deceitful terms no less than seven times.
After his first entry, according to a staff report of the 9/11 Commission, he instantly violated the terms of his visa. Yet, again and again, he was welcomed at U.S. airports and granted entry to the United States.
Jarrah did not appear to be a radical Islamic terrorist. He did not seem to have the sort of background that would lead him to hijack a commercial jet and fly it into the ground in Shanksville, Pa., murdering 40 Americans.
"Given his background and personality, Jarrah seemed a relatively unlikely candidate to become an al Qaeda operative," said a statement issued by the 9/11 Commission staff.
"From an affluent family, he studied at private, Christian schools in Lebanon before deciding to go abroad in Germany," said the statement. "He knew the best nightclubs and discos in Beirut, and partied with fellow students in Germany, even drinking beer -- a clear taboo for any religious Muslim."
When Jarrah first applied for a tourist visa at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the commission staff concluded, he must have seemed like a "strong visa candidate."
"(O)ur review of Berlin visa policy for third-country nationals suggests that Jarrah was a strong visa candidate, given his long residence in Germany (approximately four years), academic involvement in Germany (at two universities) and Lebanese nationality" said the commission staff.
But once inside the United States, Jarrah wasted no time in beginning to execute his terror mission -- and violate U.S. immigration law.
"He immediately violated his immigration status by going from the airport straight to full-time flight school," said the staff report.
"Jarrah never filed an application to change his status from tourist to student," says the report. "This failure to maintain legal immigration status provided a solid legal basis to deny him entry on each of the six subsequent occasions in which he reentered the United States."
But he was not denied reentry.
He did secure two drivers licenses in Florida in May 2001 and a third in Virginia on Aug. 29, 2001.
"Jarrah's objective was to crash his airliner into symbols of the American Republic, the Capitol or the White House," said the 9/11 Commission report.
And he did not fail because our federal government had done its job in securing our borders.
"He was defeated," said the commission, "by the alerted, unarmed passengers of United 93."
"It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country," concluded the 9/11 Commission staff report on terrorist travel, published three years after the attacks.
But, even then, the problem had not been fixed.
"Indeed," said the commission staff in 2004, "even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy."
Now, 16 years after 9/11, President Donald Trump appears committed to fixing this problem and securing our border -- including where it runs through our international airports.
It remains to be seen if the rest of Washington's political establishment will join him in the cause.
This story has always fascinated me because there are flight schools all over Europe and Asia where the guy could easily have walked in and put down cash...and gotten training. Yet, they all seemed to want the US instruction package. This part of the story just didn’t make sense to me.
Islam delenda est.
Any security-related who would make such a a naïve, ignorant statement should be fired on sight. Lebanon changed (for the worse) decades before 911.
It will take another 9-11 size event to even get the liberals to think about it, and even then their leader, Hillary Clinton, will want to talk about diversity and understanding their food...........
Sometimes, I think one of the greatest tragedies of 9/11 is that the capitol wasn’t hit. I cannot help but wonder if the it would have made a difference in todays thinking if the capitol building was hit, half of congress was wiped out, and the capitol building had to undergo a 5-10 year rebuilding process. And that half the Congress was new, angrily replacing those lost.
As it was, those ding dongs went out and sang America the Beautiful, held hands for a few minutes, then went right back to their scheming, bribery, sedition, and tender love for islam.
Flight training in Europe is nowhere as easy as it is here. The airspace in Europe is very crowded, and Euros ask a lot of questions...
Here, you put down money, there you are learning large Boeings in a sim session, and nobody bats an eye.
Also, if the target is here, it makes sense to train here.
“It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country,” concluded the 9/11 Commission staff report on terrorist travel, published three years after the attacks.
But, even then, the problem had not been fixed.
“Indeed,” said the commission staff in 2004, “even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy.”
Now, 16 years after 9/11, President Donald Trump appears committed to fixing this problem and securing our border — including where it runs through our international airports.
It remains to be seen if the rest of Washington’s political establishment will join him in the cause.”
The ongoing hearing of today has been educational and frustrating.
That paragon of political arrogance and practitioner of abuse of her power, Feinstein, it must be recalled, was one to the two authors of legislation that emasculated the fight against the koranimal threat, pre-911, by making it illegal for our foreign and domestic anti-terrorist agencies TO SHARE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL AND NECESSARY INFORMATION TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS FIRST AND FOREMOST.
“Flight training in Europe is nowhere as easy as it is here.”
True! Here in Northern California, the Napa Airport is home to Japan Air Lines training base, and I suspect other foreign flag carriers are doing the same.
Your post is my new tagline.
Flight 93 was supposedly headed for the US Capitol Building . . . oh well.
Top Polish minister Ryszard Czarnecki defended his countrys refusal of Muslim migrants to their country.
Czarnecki told reporters the absence of Muslim migrants means no terror attacks
Czarnecki, who hails from Polands conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, said terrorist attacks were often carried out by children of Islamic migrants many of them citizens of European countries who were trained by the so-called Islamic State.
Other countries have led to a situation in which those trained on Islamic State territory in Syria, Iraq young people with French, Belgian, Dutch, British, German citizenship return to Europe and somehow [the authorities] were incapable of monitoring them, Czarnecki said.
We, Poland, are learning from the mistakes of others and we will not open our doors to Islamic migrants, he added.
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