Friday, March 15, 2002

If there was a program run by the CIA to provide easy visas in Saudi Arabia to non-Saudis in order to bring them to the U. S. for training to engage in some sort of covert operation (initially, at least, fight in Afghanistan against the Russians), this would explain: 1) how the terrorists obtained visas so easily (but I note that U. S. visas for Saudis are relatively easily to obtain anyway and apparently can be obtained from travel agencies) and then had no problems with the immigration system; 2) how Atta was able to abandon a plane at Miami Airport with no repercussions (not to mention the fact that he was allowed to re-enter the U. S. despite overstaying his visa, a fact which alone should indicate some form of preferential treatment, and also failed to show up for court on a speeding ticket); 3) that the recently sent visa approvals for Atta and co-terrorist were not a mistake, but a form of protest by the immigration bureaucracy at what is regarded as misuse of the visa system; 4) how the U. S. embassy alcohol smuggling scam in Saudi Arabia is allowed to continue to operate as a form of pay-off for cooperation with issuing visas to those identified by the CIA (and why the Saudis don't complain about it); 5) how U. S. authorities were able to intentify the hijackers so quickly - they had names and visa pictures in one file!; 6) odd connections between the flight school used by the terrorists in Florida and the CIA; 7) the possibility that some of the terrorists received training at U. S. military installations; and 8) the story of the former U. S. Army sergeant, Ali Mohamed, who came from Egypt, rose in rank in the Army, left to fight in Afghanistan without permission and was not disciplined for it (Lindh should ask him for some advice on how he managed this!), and is now in jail for involvement in conspiracy to blow up the U. S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.