The importance of this week’s
revelation that an Army intelligence unit was tracking Mohamed Atta’s
movements in the U.S. during 1999 and 2000 is so mind-boggling
that it seems nobody quite gets it yet...
You’ve been hearing it for three
years in articles in the
MadCowMorningNews, and in “Welcome to TerrorLand.”
Now you can hear it from an
elite Army intelligence unit, one with at least several patriots with very large cojones. Their testimony is
clear, explicit, and uncompromisingly contradicts the FBI's official
story. Only one conclusion can be drawn from it...
The FBI has been telling a massive
lie to the 9.11 Commission and the American people, a lie whose
result has been to halt in its tracks, as a Commission spokesman
freely admitted on Thursday, the investigation into the murder of almost
People go to jail for that
sort of thing, don’t they?
God willing, we may be about to find out.
The Dog Ate the 9.11 Commission's Homework
9.11 Commission spokesman Al Felzenberg on
Thursday excused the Commission’s decision to withhold from their Report
any mention of the Army Able Danger intelligence unit in Tampa which was
tracking Mohamed Atta and other members of his terrorist cadre during 1999
Felzenberg cited the fact that the
information provided to them by military officers in the unit did not
agree with the FBI’s timeline concerning Atta’s arrival in the U.S.
Information provided by a military officer
from Able Danger did not make it into the final report, “because it was
not consistent with what the commission knew about Atta's whereabouts
before the attacks,” Commission spokesman Al Felzenberg said.
Staff investigators became wary of the
officer, Felzenberg stated, after he stated that the military unit had
identified Atta as having been in the United States by late 1999 or early
2000. 'The investigators knew this was impossible, since travel records
confirmed that he had not entered the United States until June 2000.”
"There was no way that Atta could have been
in the United States at that time, which is why the staff didn't give this
tremendous weight when they were writing the report."
Forget Jamie Gorelick. Forget trumped-up
allegations that former Clinton Administration officials were weak on
Al Felzenberg is lying. So is the FBI.
The Big Question Nobody's Asked
911 Commission did no independent
investigation of their own. Instead they relied entirely on the much
criticized and beleaguered FBI... an Agency whose competence has been
questioned by prominent individuals across all party lines... An Agency
which has never managed to offer a coherent account of such investigative
niceties as an accurate chronology of when Atta arrived in the United
States, and what he did (and with whom) when he got here.
Here’s the big question nobody seems to be
ready to ask: Upon what basis did the 9.11 Commission conclude that the
FBI’s timeline was correct and that an elite Army Intel unit
was mistaken in saying they were tracking Mohamed Atta roaming
freely across America during 1999 and 2000?
We’d love to hear Felzenberg hem and haw
his way around that.
So too, we suspect, would relatives of the
innocent murdered victims.
What's at Stake: The Fate of what's left of what
used to be called The Free World.
controversy over news that an Army intelligence unit was tracking the movements
in the U.S. of Mohamed Atta’s terrorist cadre during 1999 and 2000 offers the
last best hope for Americans to take a close look at the FBI’s timeline of
Mohamed Atta’s time in the U.S.
What they will see is a tissue of lies
comprising a deliberate cover-up.
Calling unwelcome attention to the massive inaccuracies in
the FBI’s timeline was probably not Republican Curt Weldon’s purpose
when he brought the story to light...But if his efforts to implicate Clinton
Administration officials results in highlighting the FBI's incomplete and
corrupt investigation, we think he get some kind of medal, maybe called the
Inadvertent 'Dumb-Ass' Hero Award.
We suspect his Republican friends would much
prefer to let sleeping dogs lie. Because it isn’t just one elite Army
Intel unit that’s saying it... In the aftermath of the 9.11 attack
numerous eyewitnesses came forward to attest to Atta’s presence in
the U.S. before June of 2000.
Their number even includes a U.S. Government
official with a signed and dated loan application from Mohamed Atta his-ownself.
In interviews with major news organizations
Johnelle Bryant, an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, revealed
that Atta and three other September 11th terrorists visited her Florida office
seeking a government loan.
ABC’s Brian Ross reported: “Johnelle Bryant is
the USDA loan officer in Homestead, Florida, who Atta approached in May of 2000,
long before al-Qaeda and bin Laden were household words.”
Mr. Atta swung by in May, 2000, and Ms. Bryant
remembers quite a bit about it.
"At first," she says, "he refused to speak with
me," on the grounds that she was, in his words, "but a female."
"I told him that if he was interested in getting
a farm-service agency loan in my servicing area, then he would need to deal with
Ms. Bryant says the applicant was asking for
$650,000 to start a crop-dusting business. His plan was to buy a six-seater
twin-prop and then remove the seats. "He wanted to build a chemical tank that
would fit inside the aircraft and take up every available square inch of the
aircraft except for where the pilot would be sitting."
Here’s the kicker, or rather, the smoking
gun: Before Atta left her office he filled out a loan application.
Loan applications are dated, aren’t they? That’s
why Johnelle Bryant knows exactly when Atta was in her office. so,
without even referencing any of the other numerous indicators of Atta’s presence
in the U.S., one thing that can be said with absolute certainty:
The FBI’s timeline, their chronology of events,
the essential tool of any homicide investigation, is wrong. And not
wrong by accident, either.
Wrong on purpose. Wrong by design.
By the way: don’t try dropping by Bryant’s
Homestead office to confirm the details with her, as we did...She’s no longer
She’s (presumably) been airlifted to the
Island of Lost Witnesses.
Another Question We Bet You Thought Has Already Been
Where did Atta and Marwan first go to flight
school in the US.?
If you answered “Huffman Aviation” you’d be wrong
That’s because the flight school Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi first
attended in the U.S. has never been named.
It is unknown. It is The Mystery Flight School.
The name of the first school Atta attended would
seem to be one of the first facts uncovered in the 9/11 investigation. But it
hasn’t been... After first visiting a flight
school in Norman Oklahoma, the FBI said Huffman Aviation was the first flight
school Atta attend
But the owner of Huffman Aviation,
Rudi Dekkers, denied it, declaiming responsibility for the terrorists having
been allowed into the U.S.
On the morning after the disaster anchor Jane
Clayton of the CBS Morning News asked Dekkers: “How was it that they (Atta and
Marwan) could gain access and admittance to your school?
“Well, they didn’t came through our paperwork,”
In interviews as well as sworn testimony before
Congress, Dekkers passed any blame onto the first flight school the terrorists
It was this school, Dekkers said, which held
responsibility for Atta’s INS paperwork and visas, not his.
“Like if they were calling from Europe and we
know two months ahead and we know they are showing up. As I say, they came from
another flight school out of Florida. Probably that flight school did all the
INS paperwork with them in their country.”
school out of Florida.”
He was equally vague later that day on ABC’s
Good Morning America. Only now he changed the location of the unnamed
first school. Correspondent Jim Mora asked Dekkers: “Now, how did they get to
you? Did they apply to the school? Did they just show up?”
“No, they just walked up into the front door,”
Dekkers replied. “Apparently they were flying at another school—I’ve heard
Tampa; I can’t confirm that.”
This is a really obscure flight school.
It has no name. Its located somewhere out of Florida, but near Tampa.
Dekkers’ reference to Atta’s first flight
school—attended before he came to Huffman Aviation—went completely un-remarked
upon in the national media. And Dekkers didn’t just mention the mystery flight
school once or twice...
He did it numerous times. “The two men were
clearly from the Middle East,” he told the New York Times on September 13. “They
complained that they had begun instruction elsewhere but didn’t like the
Did the New York Times ask Dekkers where
“elsewhere” had been? They did not.
The Washington Post reported a similar story on
Sept. 19,2001 quoting Dekkers saying Atta and Al-Shehhi showed up complaining
about the experience at “another school.” “Another school.” Located where?
Did the Post ask for the name of this flight
school located elsewhere? They did not. Or if they did, they’re not telling
Making this omission seem even more sinister is
the Post’s own headline. A headline like “Hijack Suspects Tried Many
Flight Schools” promises, at a bare minimum, a story containing a list
of the flight schools “tried.”
When two of the largest and most respected
newspapers in America are both guilty of an omission this glaring, what other
conclusion is there than that a massive cover-up is in progress?
I said up North somewhere. Why do you want to know?"
Even in his sworn testimony before the House
Judiciary Committee on March 19, 2002, Dekkers is vague about the earlier flight
school attended by Atta and Al-Shehhi. This time he places it ‘up North.’ “They
had stated they were unhappy with a flying school they attended up North,”
Dekkers told the Committee.
Maybe they just weren't all that interested.
Maybe not. Maybe the reason officials insist with a straight face that Atta did
not arrive before June of 2000 is that telling the truth will open up a
big ‘can of worms.’
During April and May of 1999, for example, the
U.S. Attorney’s Office in Ft. Myers, FL. has accused Wally Hilliard and Rudi
Dekkers of using three separate Lear jets to take 26 unsupervised and
unauthorized passenger flights from Naples, Florida to numerous locations around
the country. Reportedly, they were flying rich Saudi Princes around.
it was Hilliard and Dekkers were up to in 1999
proved more than a little dangerous to one man, Robert Michael Johnson. A
six-passenger Cessna 210 belonging to Hilliard crashed in the Gulf two
miles off the Naples Pier in early February, resulting in the death of the
pilot. The cause of the deadly crash remains unclear.
Not by accident, either... “A federal
investigation into a fatal plane crash offshore from Naples may be hampered
because the aircraft's owner has suspended salvage operations,” reported the Feb
9, 1999 Fort Myers News-Press. "AeroJet Service Center called off the salvage
operation, apparently because it was costing more than the aircraft was worth."
This news may not have helped the dead pilot’s
mom gain closure. But hey... you have to break a few eggs, right?
One last example will have to suffice. We can
feel a queasiness coming on, a need to excuse ourselves and go throw up.
Regular readers of the MadCowMorningNews
already well aware of Atta’s presence in Venice in April and May of 2001, where
lived right across from Rudi Dekker’s Huffman Aviation at the Venice Airport.
"Somebody didn't get the memo, okay? It was an honest
But that’s too easy. Poetic justice would be to
let the FBI hoist itself with its own petard:
Mohamed Atta’s sojourn in Charlotte County is not
even in the official story, which is really strange, because the FBI itself
wrote a memo to the INS which was introduced in court during the deportation
hearing of a Tunisian flight student at the Charlotte County Airport who was
suspected of espionage.
If they had known anybody would be paying
attention, they’d have probably remanded her to a military tribunal.
Professional Aviation at the Charlotte County
Airport catered to a student body consisting mainly of foreign nationals from
the small Mediterranean country of Tunisia, considered a moderate Arab state.
There were so many Tunisians at the school that it made the news well before the
9/11 attack... “From
the steady hand on the throttle to the aviator sunglasses, Mariem Ezzahi looked
every bit like the experienced pilot she hopes to be back in her native country
of Tunisia,” reported the Charlotte Sun-Herald. “Mariem’s goal is to become a
commercial pilot like her late father, who flew jets for Tunis Air, the
country’s national airline.”
Alas, Mariem got stiffed by the owners of the
school, who, come to think of it, just might get their paychecks from the same
place as Rudi Dekkers and Wally Hilliard. Dozens of Tunisian students were
left stranded by the bankrupting of the flight school at the Charlotte County
Airport. Wally Hilliard, who knew Mohamed Atta personally while he was
“attending” his flight school, pulled the same scam in Orlando.
Many student pilots lost their life savings. The
story received a flurry of local media attention. Students picketed the
company’s offices and staged a sit-in. Television news crews from Charlotte
County and Fort Myers broadcast their plight.
Then three of the Tunisian students attending
Professional Aviation were taken into custody during the week after the
of them was 21 year-old Maryem Bedoui.
When Professional Aviation went under, Bedoui
moved to Venice and took lessons from the “Quiet” Magic Dutch Boy, Arne
Kruithof, located two doors down from the loudmouth Magic Dutch Boy’s school,
During a deportation hearing in Bradenton,
Florida Bedoui told the Judge that she had been friends with one of Atta’s
roommates, but she denied knowing Atta, and denied involvement or knowledge of
the 9/11 plot.
But the FBI wrote a letter to the immigration
judge presenting evidence for why Bedoui should be deported. The letter said
Bedoui attended flight schools in Punta Gorda at the Charlotte County Airport
and in Venice at the same time hijackers Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi
And this is where the FBI get caught telling a
Big Lie. Because according to the FBI’s chronology Atta and Al-Shehhi were only
at Huffman Aviation from July to December 2000.
And Maryem Bedoui didn’t enter the U.S. until
The revelation that this nations chief
investigative agency has knowingly fabricated their chronology of Atta’s time in
the U.S. might be cause for nothing but a shrug. After all, Democratic Republics
have had trouble with their own Praetorian Guards since Roman times.
But looking at the “Big Picture” may provide
little solace to anyone who saw a loved one hanging half-in and half-out of a
window 100 stories above the earth on the morning of September 11, 2001.
If some find it difficult to stomach taking the
long view, who can blame them?
Maybe what the FBI is really trying to say is:
“It just can’t be helped.”