Skip to comments.Possible Terrorist Connection in Tennessee
Posted on 10/07/2001 3:09:01 PM PDT by Brian Mosely
FBI agents have been looking into whether associates of Osama bin Laden may traveled to Middle Tennessee this past summer in search of aircraft that could be used for training pilots, NewsChannel 5 has learned.
The name of one man who spent some time here has made it onto an official list of some 370 possible suspects.
That list was inadvertently released by Finnish banking authorities, who say they received it from American investigators as part of the effort to track down the terrorists' finances.
The list, which includes the names of the now infamous Mohammed Atta and other hijackers, also includes the name of Khalid Alzeedi (also known as Khalid Al-Zeedi and Khaleed Al-Zedi).
Alzeedi's address is listed as 200 Airport Road, Building 5 in Clarksville.
That's the same address as an aircraft sales company.
Airport workers told NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter Phil Williams that Alzeedi and four other Middle Eastern men visited there back in August looking to buy planes.
Their main interest: used single-engine Tampico aircraft, a type of aircraft commonly used to train pilots.
A possible coincidence, the aircraft were previously owned by Embry-Riddle University, a Florida flying school where one of the terrorists involved in the Sept. 11th attacks may have graduated.
Alzeedi identified himself as the owner of Zidi Aviation, a Saudi Arabian company. A prototype web page developed for the company lists "pilot training" among its services and shows the cockpit of commercial jetliners. Zidi was also an authorized distributor of high-tech flight simulation equipment produced by a Boeing subsidiary.
According to FAA records, Alzeedi ended up buying two Tampicos that had been listed on the Internet... aircraft that he told service workers he planned to fly to Morocco in North Africa to train pilots.
FBI agents visited the Clarksville airport after the Sept. 11th attacks and questioned people about Alzeedi's activities.
One airport worker described Alzeedi as a "good family man" and expressed doubt that he would be involved in such a horrible plot.
In addition, NewsChannel 5 has learned that Alzeedi may have had contact with two local FBI agents back in August at the Hilton Suites, just across from Nashville's arena. Alzeedi and his party kept three rooms there for about a month while they waited on the aircraft.
Alzeedi listed Room 412 as his room.
One night, Alzeedi was inside Eddie George's Grill in the hotel, when someone apparently stepped on his foot. That's when, hotel workers say, he identified himself as an Iranian diplomat and demanded that the hotel compensate him for his injuries.
Then, in late August, the hotel locked Alzeedi and his party out of their rooms because of an unpaid bill of approximately $2,500. Inside the rooms, hotel workers found satellite navigation equipment and wet suits.
Suspicious, they called the FBI.
It is believed that agents talked to Alzeedi at that point, but found nothing at that time to justify further investigation. Aviators say, when flying a single-engine plane across the Atlantic, such equipment can be just basic survival gear.
Today, the phone number once listed by Zidi Aviation is out of service, and email sent to Zidi Aviation's publicized address have been returned as "undelivered mail."
All that leaves unanswered questions: were the activities here part of a terrorist plot or just a simple coincidence?
Isn't that the arab translation for condoms?
Maybe they were also scouting for info on special forces.
Yes, wet suits. Actually, they are also known as "survival suits", but are essentially the same thing. The purpose is to keep you alive long enough for a rescue crew to reach you, if you have to ditch the plane. Without it, survival time in cold water is measured in minutes.
When ferrying a small single-engine plane across the Atlantic, long-range navigation gear is required. It used to be a portable Omega receiver, but now GPS units provide less expensive and better guidance.
If they were flying the Tampicos to Morocco, they would need this stuff. If they didn't have it, I'd be more suspicious.
The Beachaven Winery in Clarksville just got a very favorable review in the Wall Street Journal:
Now's a Good Time to Go Visit That Winery Down the Road
1. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Clarksville, Tenn. A friend recently dropped into this winery and brought us back a very unusual bottle: "Tennessee Brut. Grand Cuvee Champagne." We opened it on Labor Day weekend to mark the end of summer, and we were quite pleased. It was elegant, with a nice chalky undertone that reminded us a bit of real Champagne.
...Terrorists in AL GORE's Tennessee...?
...Terrorists tried to ..'SINK the COLE'.. the very day before AL GORE of Tennesse was scheduled to definately lose his 2nd Presidential Debate in a Row with total TV Disaster Coverage cancelling out that Debate as its Goal...?
...For the True M.O. of CLINTONISM has always been...
..'It's the TV, Stupid, no matter WHO pays for it'...
"inadvertently released"??? Hey take them off the mailing list, weren't the Finns lukewarm in their support anyway?
Inadvertant - why am I skeptical that it was an accident?
Most of the terroristbastards already know they are on the list but a few may have felt they were unknown till now.
According to my mother (who works as an RN in a local ER on Thursday and Fridays nights), many more Islamic people than usual have been seen in the ER lately. Naturally, they did not reveal if they were extremists, but the increase in numbers is frightening enough. :-O
You can read the slightly suspicious World Flight Journal here. Below are some interesting journal entries.
August 14, 2001 Our engineer was able to obtain a Visa for Saudi Arabia. What a relief! He'll be leaving tomorrow for Riyadh to start on the annual inspection for the aircraft. One bad news though: After almost 4 months in customs, and after finally receiving authorization from the Civil Aviation to release our radio tester, we found out to our big surprise and disappointment that the customs official sent the device back to the States!
July 3, 2001 We have sent over 20,000 emails to all news agencies in North America. Unfortunately, that wasn't such a great thing to do. Many accused us of spam, and some vulgar words were used in our Flight Forum. As a result, we have closed the Flight Forum, and decided to post messages only after being reviewed by us. We all learn from mistakes!
July 2, 2001 I finally filled my passport with all the African and Eastern Europe visas possible (some African and Eastern Europe countries have no Embassies in Saudi Arabia). I now have two passports stapled together, and all pages filled with visas except 5 pages. I will have to wait before getting the South American and Asian visas. Most countries we applied for a visa gave us no trouble whatsoever, and welcomed our project. Many Ambassadors and Consuls of African and Eastern Europe countries personally called me on the phone. It was not always easy to find all the Embassies, and a lot of time was wasted locating them. The scorching heat of Summer, with temperatures sometimes as high as 50° Celsius, did not help matters. Sometimes, we used to finish three visas a day! That of course is the hard work of my faithful Manager Mr. Gamal Abd Alrazak. Another problem we had obtaining visas was negotiating for at least a three month validity period. Not all countries complied, putting lots of stress on our schedule.
The Najaco site also has a funny pictures section here that seems to like to make fun of George Bush, Bill Clinton, very large breasts, very fat women, sex between animals, etc. Some of it is funny, but it seems to be humor at the expense of Americans/Westerners.
Check it out. This all seems a little weird to me.
Were they really flown to Morrocco?
Brilliant of me! DUH! I watch WSMV, and not WTVF!! Holy guacamole! Trying to do three things at once -- sorry!
You and me both, Melinda. This would ordinarily be a huge local story! It wouldn't have been dropped so readily if someone hadn't stepped in and hushed them up.
- Early this past spring, Al Gore taught a course "Community Building: A Comprehensive Family-Centered Approach" at Middle Tennessee State University (which is only 79 miles away from Clarksville).
- Gore said: "[U. S. Representative] John [Lewis of Georgia) and I are kind of like test pilots. What that means is this course is not yet safe for a real professor to teach. So if we crash and burn, the emergency exits are here, on the sides there, and back there."
- MTSU is home to The Albert Gore Research Center.
Just a coincidence???
As far as TVA is concerned, there are several TVA facilities around the whole state including substations, plants and the like. Really isn't different than any other area in the country; they all have utility facilities scattered about. I can assure you that the whole electric utility industry including TVA is on high alert. Don't forget, TVA, unlike most utilities, has its own police force as well as the vast security police that all nuke plants have.
Probably wanted to start the hijacking at a pray time in the Middle East. We have some middle eastern man working at our shop. I work thirds. Sometimes at a certain time in the middle of the night they'll grab some cardboard lay it on the floor out of the way and pray to there God.