Nine Years On, 9/11 Jury Is Still Out

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On the ninth
anniversary of the worst terror attacks to strike the US mainland,
many questions remain unanswered, not least of all concerning the
true identities of the perpetrators.

Three days
after the events of 9/11 came crashing into our living rooms, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported the identities of
the hijackers of the four US commercial aircraft. This was certainly
record time for cracking the biggest crime case of modern times.
However, the FBI may have jumped the gun, so to speak, on rushing
to identify the perpetrators so quickly. As things turned out, this
would be no small oversight – and even a bit of an embarrassment
– since several of the accused terrorists were quickly reported
to be alive and well.

One of the
alleged terrorists on 9/11 was identified as Waleed Al Shehri, who
the FBI accused of helping to hijack and crash American Airlines
flight 11 into the World Trade Center together with four other individuals.

There was just
one problem, however: Waleed Al Shehri is alive and at the time
of the 9/11 attacks was employed as a pilot for Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Moreover, Al
Shehri is not the only individual who appears to have been a victim
of identity theft on 9/11. Indeed, less than two weeks after 9/11,
British media reported that "the identities of four of the
19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in

men – all from Saudi Arabia – spoke of their shock at
being mistakenly named by the FBI as suicide terrorists,"
reported the Telegraph of London. "None of the four
was in the United States on September 11 and all are alive in their
home country."

One of the
men, Abdulaziz Al Omari, was employed at the time of the attacks
as an engineer with Saudi Telecoms. He told Arab media about the
shock he felt when he saw his name on the terrorist list.

couldn’t believe it when the FBI put me on their list,"
Al Omari told Arab media. "They gave my name and my date of
birth, but I am not a suicide bomber. I am here. I am alive. I have
no idea how to fly a plane. I had nothing to do with this."

The other exonerated
"terrorists" were identified as Saeed Al-Ghamdi, who works
as a pilot with Saudi Arabian Airlines; Salem Al-Hamzi, who is employed
at a petrochemical complex; and Ahmed Al-Nami, an administrative
supervisor with Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Of the 19 alleged
terrorists, seven of the men have subsequently been confirmed as
being alive, yet their names remain on the official list of hijackers.
Meanwhile, none of the names of the suspected terrorists were ever
found to have been included on the official (original) passenger
manifests of the hijacked flights. No explanation has ever been
given for this oversight. When media reports do provide names of
the passengers, however, they fail to say if the manifest was obtained
from the airlines or not.

To date, the
only piece of tangible evidence that any one of the 19 accused hijackers
were actually on board any of the four hijacked aircraft was discovered
on a sidewalk near the site of the World Trade Center complex.

Following the
attacks, a passport belonging to Satam al Suqam, one of the alleged
hijackers, was miraculously discovered in the vicinity of Vesey
Street, near the World Trade Center.

was a significant piece of evidence for us," said one investigator.

So now the
obvious question: How did the flimsy passport of one of the suspected
hijackers emerge practically unscathed from the World Trade Center
inferno, which was powerful enough to melt steel, and turn up on
a New York City sidewalk?

The Guardian,
for one, was highly skeptical: "The idea that [al Suqam’s]
passport had escaped from that inferno unsinged [tests] the credulity
of the staunchest supporter of the FBI’s crackdown on terrorism."

A look at
the perpetrators

So who were
the hijackers? The official story is that 15 of the 19 individuals
accused of pirating United Airlines 93, United Airlines 175, American
Airlines Flight 11 and American Airlines Flight 77 were Saudi Arabian
citizens, trained in Afghanistan and, of course, fanatical Muslims
born and bred on the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.

The problem,
however, is that the main terrorists on 9/11, namely Muhammad Atta,
the alleged ringleader, and Abdulaziz Alomari behaved in a way that
would not be considered normal for two dedicated Muslims who are
about to commit suicide against "the infidel."

is the afternoon of September the 10th," says Moni Ovadia,
an Italian actor who provides narration in the film Zero:
An Investigation into 9/11
. "The next day will be
the most important day in the two men’s’ lives. A day
on which they cannot make any mistakes. But what do they do? They
go on a trip to Portland! They spend the night there and they attract
attention to themselves with their noisy revelry. They also pay
with credit cards in their names. They do everything they can to
leave traces of their presence there."

At 6 AM on
the fateful morning of 9/11, the two men fly to Boston. The plane
that they are supposed to hijack, American Airlines Flight 11, which
eventually crashes into the North Tower of the WTC, is scheduled
to depart just 30 minutes after their arrival. This is cutting things
extremely close.

The one piece
of evidence that attempts to prove that these two individuals were
on board this flight comes courtesy of CCTV video footage, photos
that were beamed around the world as definitive proof of their involvement.
The only problem, however, is that the grainy video grabs show the
alleged hijackers boarding at Portland, not in Boston as widely

But perhaps
the most baffling details to emerge about the 9/11 terrorists is
their inability to operate even the smallest aircraft, to say nothing
of large commercial aircraft. Every flight instructor who had ever
trained any of the alleged hijackers had nothing but negative remarks
for their abilities to fly a plane.

Hani Hanjour,
for example, who has been identified as the pilot who flew Flight
77 into the Pentagon, was said to have had problems landing even
a small Cessna 172. Newsday reported that, "Even
though Hanjour showed a federal pilot’s license…chief
flight instructor…refused to rent him a plane."

So on the basis
of such poor piloting skills, how can we believe that Hansour was
able to perform a flight maneuver with a lumbering Boeing 757 into
the Pentagon that even a highly maneuverable fighter jet would have
had trouble performing?

According to
an article in the Washington Post, "The unidentified
pilot executed a pivot so tight that it reminded observers of a
fighter jet maneuver."

the flight instructor who worked with Muhammad Atta and Abdulaziz
Alomari, the two who were responsible for piloting American Airlines
Flight 11 into the North Tower, described them as "dumb and
dumber" when it came to their flying skills.

The mystery
of the mastermind

One of the
most incriminating pieces of evidence that is said to link Al Qaeda
to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 apparently comes straight from
the mouth of the terror mastermind himself, Osama bin Laden.

Following the
9/11 attacks, US soldiers stumbled upon a videotape in an abandoned
house in Afghanistan that had allegedly sheltered Al Qaeda militants.
According to the American translation of what is said on the tape,
Osama bin Laden claims responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.

Marina Montesano
of the University of Genova, however, provides a strikingly different
opinion in the film Zero.

German TV network gave an alternative translation," Montesano
says. "It is completely different from the one given by
American investigators. They (Al Qaeda) are not, apparently, claiming
a role in the September 11th attacks. They are simply talking about
what happened on September 11th."

Montesano goes
on to say that other videos containing Osama bin Laden are also
inaccurate in their translations.

of the other videos of Osama bin Laden have…a person speaking,
and an audio track that does not correspond, or that corresponds
very little, to what his lips are actually saying," she

Giulietto Chiesa, a former member of the European Parliament and
the producer of the film Zero, provided an incredible account of
how the image of Osama bin Laden was manipulated to great effect
during a European security meeting.

often ask me," says Chiesa: "How can you doubt
the official version [of 9/11] when Osama bin Laden himself appeared
several times on television to say, ‘I did it.’"

Chiesa explains
in his film: "In the summer of 2005, the Commission of the
European Parliament for Security and Defense, of which I am a member,
was invited to a special screening created by the Washington Center
for Strategic Studies. We were asked to watch a film that depicted
what would happen in Europe if Brussels was hit by a nuclear bomb
– 50,000 deaths and 100,000 injured."

The image that
next appeared on the huge screen clearly took Chiesa by surprise,
as well as the other European officials in attendance.

footage of Osama bin Laden claiming responsibility for a nuclear
attack on NATO headquarters comes on screen," Chiesa recounted.
"All members of the Parliament, myself included, were rendered
speechless. American experts from the Center for Strategic Studies
were on hand to explain the action on screen.

a parliamentarian finally said, ‘Today, we were shown a convincing
demonstration of how Osama bin Laden’s image can be completely

The experience
allowed Chiesa to consider the possibility that "all of
the Osamas we have seen over the years may have never existed. Just
as a nuclear attack on NATO headquarters in Brussels has never taken

Finally, incredible
as it may sound, even the FBI remains unconvinced about Osama bin
Laden’s participation in the events surrounding 9/11. Although
he is a wanted man for other heinous crimes, including the bombings
of the United States’ Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,
and Nairobi, Kenya, which killed over 200 people, bin Laden is not
wanted in connection with the attacks of 9/11.

On June 5,
2006, the Muckraker Report contacted the FBI Headquarters and asked
why there is no mention of 9/11 on the FBI’s web page. Rex Tomb,
the FBI’s Chief of Investigative Publicity, is reported to have
commented, "The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama
bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence
connecting Bin Laden to 9/11."

On the basis
of that comment, some may be rightly wondering exactly why US and
NATO forces are battling the Taliban in Afghanistan, which the US
accused of "harboring terrorists" on the very same day
that the events broke on 9/11, despite there being little or no
evidence to connect Osama bin Laden to 9/11.

Perhaps once
Osama bin Laden is finally captured, he can shed some light on these
nagging inconsistencies, otherwise the international community may
be theorizing about 9/11 for a long time to come.

13, 2010

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