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Possible Terrorist Connection in Tennessee
NewsChannel5 (WTVF - Nashville) ^ | Oct. 7, 2001

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?


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: aircraft; alzeedi; alzidi; aviation; leaks; wetsuits
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1 posted on 10/07/2001 3:09:01 PM PDT by Brian Mosely
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To: Brian Mosely
wet suits?
2 posted on 10/07/2001 3:13:02 PM PDT by knak
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To: Brian Mosely
I am not sure I believe in coincidences anymore.
3 posted on 10/07/2001 3:14:52 PM PDT by cyberwatcher
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To: cyberwatcher
I'm not sure what to believe anymore.
4 posted on 10/07/2001 3:17:14 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
That's the truth.
5 posted on 10/07/2001 3:18:00 PM PDT by cyberwatcher
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To: Brian Mosely
"Alzeedi ... identified himself as an Iranian diplomat ... hotel workers found satellite navigation equipment and wet suits."

Bizarre!

6 posted on 10/07/2001 3:18:12 PM PDT by Southack
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To: knak
wet suits?

Isn't that the arab translation for condoms?

7 posted on 10/07/2001 3:18:41 PM PDT by VA Advogado
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To: Brian Mosely
Al? In Tennessee with cheese on his beard? What?
8 posted on 10/07/2001 3:19:02 PM PDT by alieno nomine
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To: Howlin
My grandfather was a WW1 vet. He used to say "Don't believe anything you hear, and only half what you see.
9 posted on 10/07/2001 3:19:46 PM PDT by cyberwatcher
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To: Brian Mosely
Oh, Alzeedi.... not Al's cheesey.

SORRY.

10 posted on 10/07/2001 3:20:11 PM PDT by alieno nomine
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To: alieno nomine
Last train to Clarksville
11 posted on 10/07/2001 3:20:35 PM PDT by Mr.E
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To: Brian Mosely
I knew there was something strange about that Phil Fulmer...
12 posted on 10/07/2001 3:21:15 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Howlin
It could be just a coincidence that Clarksville is just outside of Ft. Campbell, KY, the army base that trains special ops forces.

Maybe they were also scouting for info on special forces.

14 posted on 10/07/2001 3:22:08 PM PDT by LBGA
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To: Brian Mosely
Hope they have'nt been casing out any of our dams here. Just a thought.
15 posted on 10/07/2001 3:23:19 PM PDT by Chaos
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To: knak
wet suits?

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.

16 posted on 10/07/2001 3:23:51 PM PDT by justlurking
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To: Chaos
Wasn't Algore from Tennessee?
17 posted on 10/07/2001 3:25:27 PM PDT by appeal2
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To: JMJ333
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.


18 posted on 10/07/2001 3:26:36 PM PDT by SlickWillard
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To: Brian Mosely
--wet suits???? man, that opens up a lot of possibilities, doesn't it?
19 posted on 10/07/2001 3:27:49 PM PDT by zog
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21 posted on 10/07/2001 3:28:24 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Brian Mosely
If they come back to Tennessee - the rednecks will kill them.
22 posted on 10/07/2001 3:31:16 PM PDT by The Raven
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I wonder what it is that makes the FBI suspicious? Pathetic.
23 posted on 10/07/2001 3:34:39 PM PDT by gaspar
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To: Brian Mosely
The key here is 1) airplanes and 2) flight simulation equipment. I bet that's what they need to follow up on.
24 posted on 10/07/2001 3:35:55 PM PDT by markfiveFF
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To: Chaos
My observation today... there is a little dam that encloses part of the NYC water supply, and its access roads are wire-fenced (new) with full dump-trucks parked strategically inside the gates, on a one-way road with steep banks, making it impossible to drive a vehicle through there. I hope this gives some FR readers here some peace of mind that authorities are indeed being vigilant.
25 posted on 10/07/2001 3:41:01 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: Brian Mosely
...A Tennesee Connection...?

...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'...

26 posted on 10/07/2001 3:49:16 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Brian Mosely
That list [of 370 hunted terrorists or supporters] 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.

"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.

27 posted on 10/07/2001 3:50:56 PM PDT by citizen
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To: appeal2
Yes, well sorta. He done a lot of living in DC with his corrupt father through his younger years and then when he wanted to run for office he claimed his home was here in TN. Sorta like Hitlary and Bill's home is...., was Arkansas, uh no, was that Washington, uh no New York, that's it New York.
28 posted on 10/07/2001 3:56:15 PM PDT by Chaos
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To: Brian
TVA is all over the place. Tennessee has nuclear plants along the Tennessee River. I don't know if anybody else noticed or not but that Greyhound bus hijacking happened just a hop, skip and jump from a huge Airforce base in Tullahoma. Don't know if that means anything or not but the hijacker was very obsessed with the time. BTW, old Al is probably hiding underground by now, big wuss.
29 posted on 10/07/2001 4:02:54 PM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: Brian Mosely
OMG! You are not calming down this Nashvillian much. Too much has happened here lately, and now this little gem? (I ordinarily watch WSMV, and not WSMV. Although they are considerably better than WKRN!) Yikes!

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

30 posted on 10/07/2001 4:27:32 PM PDT by Beep
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To: knak
Tennessee is full of dams (i.e. TVA). Maybe they want to blow a dam or two and flood some cities.
31 posted on 10/07/2001 4:29:32 PM PDT by Rockitz
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To: Melinda in TN
The hijacker also had a croation passport. Which makes me suspicious. A terrorist could assume a passport. Did they ever reveal the nationality of the hijacker? I never heard.
32 posted on 10/07/2001 4:29:46 PM PDT by poweqi
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To: Rockitz
Blow it with what? Maybe a suitcase nuke? I pray and pray NOT!
33 posted on 10/07/2001 4:30:58 PM PDT by poweqi
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To: Brian Mosely
Searching Google for Zidi Aviation leads to Saudi Arabia based company involved in "World Flight".

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.

34 posted on 10/07/2001 4:31:02 PM PDT by Chicagoan
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To: Chaos
You got that right, Chaos! If Algore is a "native Tennessean," I am a native Tibetan monk! (I'm not! LOL!) Bill Frist is a native Tennessean, Fred Thompson could be considered a native Tennesean, Andrew Jackson was a native Tennessean, but Algore? No way! I heard he often got lost driving in and around Carthage! I have relatives in Carthage, on my mother's side of the family. They hear about his navigational difficulties, as Carthage is a fairly small town, and the local pharmacy is fodder for such discussions. (My relatives are all elderly there; they hang out at the drug store quite often!)
35 posted on 10/07/2001 4:35:37 PM PDT by Beep
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To: poweqi
Not really. His photo was never released either. His family (the person whose name was on the passport's family) claimed that their son was here, and had emotional problems, but they did not see their "son" to verify his identity. If I were going to take advantage of someone, I would choose one with "emotional problems." Easier to intimidate.
36 posted on 10/07/2001 4:40:43 PM PDT by Beep
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To: SlickWillard
You need a scale on that map! *G* Many Clarksville residents work in Nashville; it's about a 45-minute drive. Some of the interstate is 65mph, and some is 55mph. The two are very close in proximity. Clarksville is also home to many Fort Campbell soldiers and families.
37 posted on 10/07/2001 4:46:03 PM PDT by Beep
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To: Brian Mosely
Where are the 2 airplanes he bought now?

Were they really flown to Morrocco?

So9

38 posted on 10/07/2001 4:48:59 PM PDT by Servant of the Nine
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To: SLJP
WWWWWHHHHHAAAAATTTT! That sounds just TOOOOO wierd. I think they are not telling us everything. It was hushed up pretty quick.
39 posted on 10/07/2001 4:49:06 PM PDT by poweqi
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To: poweqi
Actually they don't say much about it. Hushed it all up pretty fast. I'm very suspicious. From what I understand the bus was Southbound and his agitation over the time and the fact that if they were Southbound they had just passed the Airforce base is very suspicious.
40 posted on 10/07/2001 4:49:38 PM PDT by Melinda in TN
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(I ordinarily watch WSMV, and not WSMV.

Brilliant of me! DUH! I watch WSMV, and not WTVF!! Holy guacamole! Trying to do three things at once -- sorry!

41 posted on 10/07/2001 4:50:20 PM PDT by Beep
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To: Melinda in TN
I'm very suspicious.

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.

42 posted on 10/07/2001 4:54:18 PM PDT by Beep
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To: Melinda in TN
I just don't know what to think. I hope the authorities are doing their jobs,and just not telling us. I won't feel safe for a long time, if ever.
43 posted on 10/07/2001 4:55:25 PM PDT by poweqi
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
It gets weirder...

Just a coincidence???

44 posted on 10/07/2001 4:56:40 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative
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To: all
At least I THINK it was Southbound. Doesn't really matter because it was just too close to that Airforce base to be coincidental.
45 posted on 10/07/2001 4:59:40 PM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: Melinda in TN
I'm a bit suspicious as well. I just moved to TN from OH to get away from the big city life (actually to get away from my previous employer). I'm not scared to death, but these kind of stories do raise my concern, that's for sure.

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.

46 posted on 10/07/2001 5:03:16 PM PDT by meyer
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To: Melinda in TN
Don't know if that means anything or not but the hijacker was very obsessed with the time.

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.

47 posted on 10/07/2001 5:10:46 PM PDT by ReformedBeckite
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To: Melinda in TN
The crash was about 500 yards south of the 105 exit on 1 -24. The AEDC access is further down at about the 115 mile marker. AEDC has been on alert, so they would have known about it if he tried to approach the base..
48 posted on 10/07/2001 5:16:00 PM PDT by Brian Mosely
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To: Brian Mosely
Al Bore is from Tn. His boss sold us out to the Chinese. Ummmm... food for thought here.
49 posted on 10/07/2001 5:18:41 PM PDT by Don Myers
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To: Brian Mosely
Tennessee rocks. Tennessee rejected native son Gore.
50 posted on 10/07/2001 5:20:49 PM PDT by Vinomori
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