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  • Book links Awalki to 9/11 attacks

    06/19/2011 10:33:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Thw Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2011 | Eli Lake
    The American-born Jihadist cleric Anwar Awlaki likely played an important support role in the September 11 attacks nearly ten years ago, according to a new book that examines the threat of home-grown terrorism. The book, “The Next Wave,” by Fox News national security reporter, Catherine Herridge, reveals new documents that find Mr. Awlaki was nearly arrested after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon for providing false information on his passport application. Today Mr. Awlaki is one of the leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Mr. Awlaki is also the only known American citizen on a...
  • U.S. Long Underestimated Qaeda's Scope, Officials Say

    06/08/2002 1:38:38 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 33 replies · 5,277+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 9, 2002 | JUDITH MILLER and DON VAN NATTA Jr.
    ASHINGTON, June 7— A re-examination of years of terrorist plots and attacks around the world, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, suggests that American intelligence agencies profoundly underestimated Al Qaeda's reach and aspirations for more than a decade as it grew from obscurity into a global terrorist threat, lawmakers and investigators said this week.As Congressional investigators look back far beyond the series of signals missed before the Sept. 11 attacks, they are seeking answers to many questions about Al Qaeda that law enforcement and intelligence agencies still cannot answer themselves, officials said.In particular, they said, Congressional investigators are trying...
  • FBI Prevents Agents from Telling 'Truth' About 9/11 on PBS

    10/02/2008 11:55:11 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 1,069+ views
    CQ ^ | 01 Oct 2008 | Jeff Stein
    The FBI has blocked two of its veteran counterterrorism agents from going public with accusations that the CIA deliberately withheld crucial intelligence before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. FBI Special Agents Mark Rossini and Douglas Miller have asked for permission to appear in an upcoming public television documentary, scheduled to air in January, on pre-9/11 rivalries between the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency. The program is a spin-off from The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, by acclaimed investigative reporter James Bamford, due out in a matter of days. The FBI denied Rossini...
  • FBI says Idaho graduate student tried gaining access to lab with radioactive material

    12/07/2003 7:51:57 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 52 replies · 1,109+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 07, 2003
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A University of Idaho graduate student who is under investigation for suspected terrorism ties obtained unauthorized access to a campus lab containing radioactive material, court documents allege. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a Saudi national working on his computer science doctoral degree, quietly moved his student office from the Computer Science Department into the school's engineering isotope lab, apparently without his adviser's knowledge, according to the documents. "The investigation of Sami Al-Hussayen has, from its outset, been focused on suspected material support to terrorism, particularly to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network," FBI agent Michael Gnecknow said in the...
  • 'Sleeper Cells' in Singapore Show Al Qaeda's Long Reach

    01/25/2002 5:47:38 PM PST · by sarcasm · 4 replies · 395+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 26, 2002 | RAYMOND BONNER with SETH MYDANS
    INGAPORE, Jan. 25 — Shortly after the United States began bombing Afghanistan on Oct. 7, a 30-year- old Indonesian traveling on a false Filipino passport slipped into this tightly controlled city-state carrying a plan to strike back at America. His mission, investigators say, was to activate a "sleeper cell" of Islamic militants who had long been waiting for a call from Al Qaeda's leaders in Afghanistan. This group, which had been loosely organized for eight years, began planning to blow up the embassies of the United States, Israel, Australia and Britain, the investigators say. The plot was foiled when 13 ...
  • Bomb found at Tucson Safeway Store

    08/19/2006 11:30:26 PM PDT · by silentknight · 32 replies · 2,412+ views
    KGUN ^ | 8/20/06
    Bomb Scare At Tucson Grocery Store Jenny Rose KGUN9 News An explosive situation tied up the intersection of Prince and Campbell for hours after someone found a bomb at a grocery story. Jenny Rose has the latest.
  • Malaysia orders terror suspect held, says he has more to tell about al-Qaeda

    01/28/2004 10:30:59 AM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 992+ views
    AP Wire | January 28 2004 | Associated Press
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has extended for two more years the imprisonment of a terror suspect linked to al-Qaeda's attempts to produce chemical and biological weapons, saying he has more information about terrorist operations. Yazid Sufaat, a U.S.-trained biochemist and former Malaysian army captain, was arrested in late 2001 as he returned home from Afghanistan, where officials say he was working on a biological and chemical weapons program for al-Qaeda that was ended by the U.S.-led war. Since then, he has been held without trial under Malaysia's Internal Security Act on accusations of being a member of Jemaah...
  • Stephen Hayes:See No Evil, Hear No Evil(What the 9/11 Commission narrative left out: Iraqis)

    08/28/2005 1:49:07 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 68 replies · 4,487+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 5 / September 12, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    AHMED HIKMAT SHAKIR IS A shadowy figure who provided logistical assistance to one, maybe two, of the 9/11 hijackers. Years before, he had received a phone call from the Jersey City, New Jersey, safehouse of the plotters who would soon, in February 1993, park a truck bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center. The safehouse was the apartment of Musab Yasin, brother of Abdul Rahman Yasin, who scorched his own leg while mixing the chemicals for the 1993 bomb.When Shakir was arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks, his "pocket litter," in the parlance of the investigators, included contact...
  • FBI Would Have Ignored Able Danger Warnings

    08/18/2005 1:31:40 PM PDT · by Cool Chick · 18 replies · 1,205+ views ^ | August 18, 2005 | Debbie Schlussel
    Many people have e-mailed asking for my opinion on the emerging Operation Able Danger story--in which army intelligence personnel were barred from notifying the FBI about Mohammed Atta. While I agree that the Pentagon lawyers who stopped the Able Danger operatives from notifying the FBI are culpable, and their behavior is an outrage, my take is different from most conservative commentators. I really don't think the FBI would have acted on the information. Instead, today, we'd be sweeping under the rug yet more ineptitude by the, unfortunately, "lead agency" in the War on Terror. Let's look at what the FBI...

    08/10/2005 2:26:47 PM PDT · by ElCapusto · 102 replies · 2,449+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 8/10/2005 | Kimberly Hefling
    War on Terror 9/11 commission members want claim on Atta pursued WASHINGTON – Members of the commission that uncovered the government's failures to share intelligence among agencies before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks want to know whether U.S. defense intelligence officials knew for more than a year that four of the hijackers were part of an al-Qaeda cell but failed to tell law enforcement. Lee Hamilton, co-chairman of the now-disbanded commission, said Tuesday that members of the Sept. 11 commission could issue a statement by the end of the week after reviewing claims that defense intelligence officials had identified ringleader...
  • Berg, Moussaoui and the OK bombing ties

    05/28/2004 8:10:06 PM PDT · by antonia · 38 replies · 3,499+ views ^ | 2004/5/24 1:23:12 | By Ewing2001
    The links between Nick Berg and Zacarias Moussaoui, once described as the 20th hijacker of 9/11, opened now room for new speculations, if there are deeper ties between the OKC Bombing'95 and 9/11, than thought before. Apparently Berg knew also Moussaoui's roomates. One of them was Mujahid Menepta, who is connected to both 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1995 OKC bombing. But Menepta wasn't arrested in Summer 2001, when Moussaoui got caught. The FBI waited until after Sep11th.Why?Berg, Moussaoui and the OK bombing ties By Ewing20012004/5/24 On May 18th, 2004, according to Newsmax, Nick Berg's family insisted that...
  • 9/11 hijacker used bypass code to obtain California license

    02/05/2005 8:59:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,591+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/5/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The terrorist believed to have flown a hijacked airliner into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, obtained a California driver's license without providing the required Social Security number for identification, officials are acknowledging for the first time. Nawaf Alhazmi then used that license when he registered for the flight training that enabled him to pilot the doomed airliner. Alhazmi used a loophole, since closed, in California law that allowed hundreds of thousands of foreign drivers without Social Security numbers to use a generic number in its place. Even some foreign citizens with Social Security numbers skirted the...
  • Behind the TIMES - The “paper of record” doesn’t understand the terrorist threat.

    10/18/2004 9:07:41 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 3 replies · 540+ views
    NRO ^ | October 18, 2004, 8:40 a.m. | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Let's imagine it's August 2001. And let's pretend that the Clinton Justice Department never erected the procedural war that, to borrow the words Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick wrote in 1995, went "beyond what is legally required" in obstructing communications between the FBI's intelligence division and its criminal investigators. As a result, let's say the FBI connects its dots. When an intelligence agent realizes terrorists Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi (two of the eventual 9/11 hijackers) are in the country and asks the Bureau's criminal division for help in locating them, headquarters encourages a cooperative effort instead of turning him...
  • TIA now verifies flight of Saudis

    06/09/2004 10:38:46 AM PDT · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 76 replies · 1,624+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 06-09-04 | JEAN HELLER
    TIA now verifies flight of Saudis The government has long denied that two days after the 9/11 attacks, the three were allowed to fly. By JEAN HELLER, Times Staff Writer Published June 9, 2004 The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, better known as the 9/11 Commission, sent a list of questions to Tampa International Airport. It appears concerned with the handling of the Tampa flight. TAMPA - Two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, with most of the nation's air traffic still grounded, a small jet landed at Tampa International Airport, picked up three young Saudi men and left. The...
  • U.S. Officials Probing Whether More Planes Hijacked

    09/18/2001 10:16:24 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 518+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2001 | By James Rowley, Anna Marie Stolley and William McQuillen
    <p>Washington, Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The FBI is investigating whether terrorists plotted to seize more than the four jetliners commandeered last week for deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said.</p> <p>The U.S. is broadening the largest criminal investigation in FBI history and is concerned about further attacks, he said. Authorities have detained 75 people on immigration charges, up from 49 as of yesterday, and investigators believe associates of the 19 hijackers may still be in the U.S. The FBI has received more than 96,000 tips, including many that are redundant or contradictory, Ashcroft said.</p>
  • 9/11 Panel Questions Two Hijackers' Help - Two Hijackers Got Help From Muslim Men When in U.S.

    06/27/2004 10:36:29 AM PDT · by BagCamAddict · 2 replies · 456+ views
    ABC News Website ^ | The Associated Press
    9/11 Panel Questions Two Hijackers' Help Sept. 11 Commission Wonders Why Two Hijackers Got Help From Two Muslim Men When in U.S. The Associated Press WASHINGTON June 27, 2004 — The FBI long has contended that not a single al-Qaida operative in the United States collaborated with the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks. Yet the commission investigating the attacks has identified two Muslim men who may have had advance knowledge of the plot. The commission found that two hijackers got substantial help from Mohdar Abdullah and Anwar Aulaqi after settling in California in 2000. The bipartisan panel created...
  • Interrogation: Al Qaeda and Anthrax

    04/08/2004 5:24:36 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 20 replies · 831+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 4/8/2004 | Mark Hosenball
    According to documents obtained by NEWSWEEK, Al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed told U.S. investigators after his capture last year that a high-ranking Qaeda lieutenant known as Khallad originally was "selected" to participate in the 9/11 attacks as a "bouncer"--one of the musclemen assigned to corral and subdue passengers on a hijacked plane. Khallad, a one-legged Yemeni also known as Tawfiq bin Attash, attended a January 2000 "summit" meeting in Malaysia at which he allegedly went over plans for 9/11 with two future hijackers, Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi. After the meeting, Almihdhar and Alhazmi traveled to the United States....
  • Gorelick's Wall: The Commissioner belongs in the witness chair.

    04/14/2004 9:38:55 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 99 replies · 744+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | April 15, 2004 | Editorial
    We predicted Democrats would use the 9/11 Commission for partisan purposes, and that much of the press would oblige. But color us astonished that barely anyone appreciates the significance of the bombshell Attorney General John Ashcroft dropped on the hearings Tuesday. If Jamie Gorelick were a Republican, you can be sure our colleagues in the Fourth Estate would be leading the chorus of complaint that the Commission's objectivity has been fatally compromised by a member who was also one of the key personalities behind the failed antiterror policy that the Commission has under scrutiny. Where's the outrage? At issue is...
  • Ann Coulter - Thank you for choosing United, Mr. bin Laden

    04/14/2004 10:50:27 PM PDT · by kattracks · 93 replies · 307+ views ^ | 4/15/04 | Ann Coulter
    Last week, 9-11 commissioner John Lehman revealed that "it was the policy (before 9-11) and I believe remains the policy today to fine airlines if they have more than two young Arab males in secondary questioning because that's discriminatory." Hmmm ... Is 19 more than two? Why, yes, I believe it is. So if two Jordanian cab drivers are searched before boarding a flight out of Newark, Osama bin Laden could then board that plane without being questioned. I'm no security expert, but I'm pretty sure this gives terrorists an opening for an attack. In a sane world, Lehman's statement...
  • Al-Qa'ida 9/11 chief reveals US got off lightly

    03/28/2004 6:38:54 PM PST · by KangarooJacqui · 84 replies · 1,018+ views
    The Australian, From The Sunday Times ^ | March 29, 2004 | Sunday Times sources
    IT makes a chilling picture. The mastermind behind the September 11 attacks has told interrogators that he and his terrorist nephew leafed through almanacs of US skyscrapers when planning the operation. Sears Tower in Chicago and Library Tower in Los Angeles – which was "blown up" in the film Independence Day – were both potential targets, according to transcripts of interrogations of al-Qa'ida operations chief Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. "We were looking for symbols of economic might," he told his captors. He recounted sitting looking at the books with Ramzi Yusuf, his nephew by marriage, who was the man behind the...
  • First criminal charges filed as FBI finds airport diagrams in Detroit residence

    09/19/2001 6:08:12 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 35 replies · 1,135+ views
    AP via Boston Globe ^ | September 19, 2001 | Pete Yost
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft said Wednesday the terrorists behind the attacks on the United States likely received support from foreign governments and that it was too early to tell if surprise arrests in Michigan were a major break in the case.</p>
  • USS Cole Bomber Carried 9/11 Cash

    05/15/2003 3:20:40 AM PDT · by ewing · 9 replies · 393+ views
    ABC News Exclusive ^ | May 15, 2003 SGT | Pierre Thomas
    As early as Thursday the Justice Department and the FBI will announced the indictment of two men who carried out the attack on the USS Cole which killed 17 United States Sailors more than two years ago, ABC News has learned.One of the men, Fahd Mohammad Ahmed Al Quoso, may also be linked to the 9/11 terrorist plot, sources invloved in the investigation told ABC News.Sources said Al Quoso said an operative who would eventally become a suicide bomber in the Cole attack each carried $18,000 in cash money belts to Bangkok, Thailand in 1999, and gave it to Waleed...
  • FBI acknowledged an informant provided first names of two men who would later become hijackers

    07/22/2003 12:58:47 PM PDT · by Princeton · 4 replies · 265+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | July 22, 2003 | Kelly Thornton
    War on Terror San Diego FBI team denies it missed chance to thwart 9/11 San Diego FBI officials, bracing for a congressional report that criticizes their handling of an informant who rented rooms to two Sept. 11 hijackers, said yesterday they could not have uncovered the plot with the information they had at the time. Officials acknowledged for the first time that an informant, whom they refused to identify, had provided the first names of two men who would later become hijackers, the Associated Press reported. But the names did not raise any red flags before the terror attacks. "There...
  • AP News in Brief Blocked From Pursuing Future Hijacker, FBI Agent Warned "someone Will Die"

    09/20/2002 5:16:25 PM PDT · by tomball · 13 replies · 347+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, September 20 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Thirteen days before the Sept. 11 attacks, a frustrated FBI agent warned headquarters that "someday, someone will die" after he was denied permission to pursue a man who would become one of the hijackers, a congressional panel was told Friday. The agent's efforts were among many missed opportunities to stop two of the hijackers after they were spotted attending an al-Qaida meeting in Malaysia in January 2000, according to the report to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. It was the latest revelation of apparent failures by intelligence and law enforcement authorities before the attacks. In...
  • Al Qaeda, Anthrax And Ayman: Means, Motive, Modus Operandi and Opportunity

    10/24/2003 9:16:51 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 16 replies · 762+ views ^ | 10-22-2003 | Ross E. Getman
    In early June 2003, a Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA") report concluded that the reason for Mohammed Atta's and Zacarias Moussaoui's inquiries into cropdusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. An early September 2003 Newsweek article included a rumor by a Taliban source that at a meeting in April 2003 Bin Laden was planning an "unbelievable" biological attack, the plans for which had suffered a setback upon the arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed ("KSM") the previous month in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.    Many people have argued that a US-based Al Qaeda operative is behind the earlier Fall...
  • Hearings will reveal some secrets of 9/11

    09/17/2002 7:09:44 PM PDT · by Rumierules · 32 replies · 438+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/17/02 | David Ensor
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A veil of secrecy will begin to rise Wednesday when a congressional committee reveals some of the information that U.S. spy agencies knew about suspected terrorist activity before the September 11 attacks -- including the disclosure that analysts knew al Qaeda had previously plotted to use aircraft as terrorist weapons. The recently declassified documents will be made public for the first time during an open hearing of the joint House-Senate Intelligence Committee. One of the main questions investigators are probing: Could the September 11 attacks have been prevented? Joint Senate House Intelligence hearings CNN plans coverage of...
  • Saudi Connection to 9/11 through Saudi Princess wife of the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

    07/22/2003 10:51:23 PM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 12 replies · 574+ views
    Warnings on Saudis 'ignored' From correspondents in Washington A RETIRED FBI agent has informed a congressional committee probing the September 11 attacks that his superior had ignored his warnings about a flow of Saudi money into the hands of suspected hijackers, US News and World Report magazine reported today. Steven Butler, who worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) San Diego field office, told the committee the money went to two of the September 11 hijackers - Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, the magazine reported, quoting unnamed government officials. In his testimony, Butler described his dealings with a leader...
  • Clinton adm. blocked intel: known Al-Qaeda flight students lived openly in San Diego

    09/23/2002 10:27:24 AM PDT · by Havisham · 86 replies · 1,819+ views
    The Washington Times via ^ | Sept. 23, 2002 | Bill Gertz
    Agent: FBI Never Got 9/11 Data By Bill Gertz The Washington Times | September 23, 2002 An FBI agent told Congress yesterday that days before September 11 he complained to FBI headquarters that "someone will die" because senior bureau officials refused to permit him to pursue one of the men who later took part in the Pentagon suicide attack. The New York-based FBI agent told a joint House-Senate hearing on the intelligence failures of September 11 that he and other FBI agents were denied CIA intelligence information on Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi. The two al Qaeda terrorists would end...
  • Terrorists Booked Flight to Portland (Oregon)

    09/20/2001 10:39:44 AM PDT · by Jolly Rodgers · 17 replies · 215+ views
    KGW Northwest Newschannel 8 ^ | September 19, 2001, 05:00 PM | By John Becker and Jim Parker, KGW Staff
    Terrorists Booked Flight to Portland September 19, 2001, 05:00 PM By John Becker and Jim Parker, KGW Staff Federal authorities told KGW Wednesday that a credit card belonging to a Texas doctor may have been used to buy airline tickets for terrorist suspects to fly to Portland. Al-Badr Al Hazmi, 34, of San Antonio, was in FBI custody undergoing questioning Wednesday. Sources said his credit card was used to buy a ticket for one of the terrorist flights that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, and now the FBI is looking into tickets he may have purchased ...
  • The (FBI) Informant Who Lived With the (9/11)Hijackers

    09/08/2002 12:06:18 PM PDT · by OKCSubmariner · 34 replies · 798+ views
    Newsweek ^ | September 16, 2002 | Michael Isikoff
    Excerpted: NEWSWEEK has learned that one of the bureau’s informants had a close relationship with two of the hijackers THE CONNECTION, JUST discovered by congressional investigators, has stunned some top counterterrorism officials and raised new concerns about the information-sharing among U.S. law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. The two hijackers, Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, were hardly unknown to the intelligence community. The CIA was first alerted to them in January 2000, when the two Saudi nationals showed up at a Qaeda “summit” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. FBI officials have argued internally for months that if the CIA had more quickly passed...
  • Germans Lay Out Early Qaeda Ties to 9/11 Hijackers

    08/24/2002 2:04:38 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 449+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 24, 2002 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ and DESMOND BUTLER
    German investigators say they have evidence that Mohamed Atta, the suspected ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, and two accomplices trained at Qaeda camps in Afghanistan from late 1999 to early 2000. They have also established a clear link between Al Qaeda and a recent attack on a Tunisian synagogue, a top official said. The timing of the Afghanistan training, outlined yesterday by a senior investigator, provides the strongest evidence so far that plans for the attacks on the United States were worked out there. Less than six months after leaving Afghanistan, Mr. Atta and the other two men...
  • Hijackers Said to Seek Navy Targets

    08/20/2002 4:19:05 PM PDT · by Teacher317 · 7 replies · 364+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 08-20-02 | SETH HETTENA
    Hijackers Said to Seek Navy Targets Tue Aug 20, 3:29 PM ET By SETH HETTENA, Associated Press Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) - Investigators believe the San Diego-based Sept. 11 hijackers who helped crash an airliner into the Pentagon ( news - web sites) initially were sent to California to pinpoint targets in the Navy's largest West Coast port, a federal law enforcement source told The Associated Press. Investigators believe al-Qaida operatives Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar, who arrived in California in January 2000, most likely were assigned to identify San Diego-based Navy ships to attack, said the federal official, who...
  • 9/11 Plot Began in Malaysia, Finalized at Spanish Resort

    07/13/2002 7:26:56 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 309+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2002 | Peter Finn
    TARRAGONA, Spain -- On the morning of July 9, 2001, Mohamed Atta drove a silver Hyundai rental car east out of Madrid toward this Mediterranean beach area, a ribbon of resorts crowded with vacationers. The attacks on New York and the Pentagon were just weeks away and Atta was headed to a secret meeting to complete the planning, according to U.S. officials and a Spanish police investigation of the lead hijacker's movements.As Atta drove 300 miles across the country, his old roommate in Germany, Ramzi Binalshibh, was boarding a budget flight from Hamburg to Reus, the small airport that serves...
  • Detention transformed (Muslim) doctor into man of peace - Saudi carries no bitterness home

    05/25/2002 6:47:10 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 23 replies · 984+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 25, 2002 | By DAVID McLEMORE / The Dallas Morning News
    Detention transformed doctor into man of peace Saudi carries no bitterness home as he ends San Antonio stay 05/25/2002 By DAVID McLEMORE / The Dallas Morning News SAN ANTONIO - Dr. Al-Badr Al-Hazmi sits easily on the carpeted floor of the mosque. He speaks with a soft intensity, the words spilling out as he describes the day his life was turned upside down. Stony-faced FBI agents whisked him from his San Antonio home a day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He was flown to New York and secreted in a detention cell for nearly two weeks. Like hundreds...
  • "Material Witness" Missing After NY Testimony

    10/27/2001 1:09:13 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 10 replies · 254+ views
    AM 600 KOGO (San Diego) | 27 Oct 01, 4AM EDT | AM 600 KOGO newsperson
    At the top-of-the-hour newsbreak it was reported a "material witness" being held since Sept related to the 9/11 attacks has gone missing. His lawyer has reported he has no information on the whereabouts of his client. The client has not been seen since last Wednesday morning when he appeared in NY to give testimony. He was told then, apparently, that he faced charges back in San Diego for falsifying information on his application for asylum. The suspect is a student at San Diego State University.
  • Ashcroft Got 'Em !!! Mag: A U.S.-Based Al Qaeda 'Sleeper Cell' Was Poised to Launch a Post-Sept. 11

    12/09/2001 10:14:49 AM PST · by The Raven · 183 replies · 1,410+ views
    Drudge/Newsweek ^ | Dec 9, 2001
    A U.S.-Based Al Qaeda 'Sleeper Cell' Was Poised to Launch a Post-Sept. 11 Attack on a Major Washington Target; Would-Be Terrorists Went Underground or Fled U.S. NEWSWEEK The December 17 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, December 10) details the saga of John Walker, the American citizen who fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Newsweek also examines the survival of Al Qaeda following the military campaign. Plus: Yasir Arafat facing his greatest threat and an interview with Ariel Sharon. Also: Parsons in his new post and Enron's downfall. A look at Ocean's 11 and music group No Doubt. (PRNewsFoto)[TK] Evidence ...
  • Feds Nab Seven In Wisconsin With illegal Visas From Qatar Embassy (3 knew 9/11 hijackers)

    07/12/2002 10:03:45 PM PDT · by Shermy · 87 replies · 1,306+ views
    WKOW-TV Madison/ AP ^ | July 12, 2002
    MILWAUKEE (AP) Federal authorities have found seven people in Wisconsin suspected of bribing U.S. embassy officials in the Persian Gulf to obtain illegal visas. Six of the seven don't appear to have terrorist ties, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis D. Schmitz. He said little is known about the seventh person, Ahmad Abed Atia, 23, who had been living in Milwaukee. Atia was uncooperative with investigators and has been transferred to Chicago on a federal visa fraud charge, Schmitz said. The seven are part of a larger group of foreigners from Jordan, Pakistan, Syria and Bangladesh suspected to have paid at...
  • The Terrorist Motel: The I-40 connection between Moussaoui and Atta

    07/25/2002 5:08:14 PM PDT · by aculeus · 74 replies · 3,310+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | JULY 26 - AUGUST 1, 2002 | Jim Crogan
    WHAT HAPPENED AT THE NONDESCRIPT ROADSIDE motel outside Oklahoma City was just a fleeting encounter during the twisted cross-country odyssey of the terrorists who would carry out the September 11 attacks. Mohamed Atta, alleged leader of the plot, and two companions wanted to rent a room, but couldn't get the deal they wanted, so they left. It was an incident of no particular importance, except for one thing. The owner of the motel remembers Atta being in the company of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th hijacker," who was arrested prior to September 11 and now faces conspiracy charges in connection...
  • FBI detains man linked to 9/11 hijackers(Maryland)

    06/26/2002 1:57:43 PM PDT · by Donald Stone · 10 replies · 234+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 26, 2002 | Johnathon E. Briggs and Gail Gibson
    <p>Federal authorities have detained a Jordanian man they believe was a roommate of at least two of the Sept. 11 hijackers after a raid at a Southeast Baltimore home.</p> <p>Rasmi Al-Shannaq was taken into custody early Monday, apparently for overstaying his visa, according to law enforcement sources and news reports. He is believed to have lived last year with two of the hijackers who were on board American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon.</p>
  • San Diego State U. student aided 9/11 hijackers, records say (from Yemen)

    05/08/2002 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 37 replies · 522+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 8, 2002 | Kelly Thornton
    A San Diego State University student from Yemen regularly dined and prayed with three San Diego-linked hijackers and helped them obtain Social Security cards, driver's licenses, flight school information and rides from Los Angeles International Airport, according to court records made public yesterday. The 18-page document, part of the immigration-fraud case against former material witness Mohdar Abdallah, was filed late Monday by federal prosecutors. It is the first public record to detail Abdallah's relationships with hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi, Khalid al-Midhar and Hani Hanjour, who were aboard the American Airlines plane that crashed into the Pentagon. Abdallah "had provided substantial assistance...