Friday, May 31, 2002

Mohamed Atta is everywhere:

  1. The original, and in my mind still the best, Mohamed Atta is the piously religious architecture student born in Egypt and last seen in Hamburg, Germany. He, and two of the other alleged terrorists, had their passports stolen in Germany in 1999. It is interesting that this has been explained as their way of getting new passports, free of any stamps that would hurt their chances of obtaining U. S. visas. On the other hand, if their passports were really stolen, that might be the time when the identity theft began that has led to there being so much confusion.

  2. The evil imposter Mohamed Atta is the guy who played Mohamed Atta in the United States and piloted a plane into the World Trade Center.

  3. There is a Mohamed Atta who attended International Officer's School in Montgomery, Alabama.

  4. There is a Mohamed Atta who received U.S. military training, intended for members of foreign military services, in how to use E-2 Hawkeye radar aircraft at Norfolk Naval Air Station in Virginia.

  5. There is a Mohamed Atta who is said to have met with a high-ranking representative of Cuban intelligence in the spring of 1999.

  6. There is a Mohamed Atta who apparently spent many months in Afghanistan, possibly training at bin Laden camps in 1999 or 2000.

  7. There is a Mohamed Atta who apparently held himself out as having some family connection to the Royal House of Saud, making him a Saudi Prince!

  8. There is a Mohamed Atta who is said to be an Arab-American originally from Ramallah who was implicated in a series of bus bombings in Jerusalem in 1996!

  9. There is a Mohamed Atta who supposedly met with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague (this meeting has now been officially denied, probably because Atta would have to be in three places at the same time rather than only two, but some people refuse to give it up). It is even possible that the man who met with the Iraqi in Prague was a Pakistani named, you guessed it, Mohamed Atta!

  10. There is an older Atta who was originally confused in press reports with the Mohamed Atta who concerns us. This older Atta may be a terrorist named Mahmoud Mahmoud Atta who attacked a bus in Israel in 1986 and whose current whereabouts are unknown.

  11. There is a Dr. Mohamed Atta, who may have been confused with the hijacker Mohamed Atta when Dr. Atta's early September 2001 visit to New York City was thought to be a recon mission by the hijacker.

For reasons I've already discussed, it is extremely unlikely that the Mohamed Atta born in Egypt could be the same Mohamed Atta who hijacked the plane. The Mohamed Atta who hijacked the plane could be the same Mohamed Atta who was in Montgomery, Alabama, and may have used the Atta name and identity while attending Officer's Training School in order to reinforce his identity as a pilot. The hijacker could also have studied in Virginia. The architecture student Mohamed Atta could not possibly have been in any Officer's Training School, but might have been the Mohamed Atta who went to Afghanistan (given the vagueness of the Afghanistan story, I suppose they all could have vacationed together in Afghanistan). The architure student Mohamed Atta is very unlikely to have met with anyone in the United States in 1999, as even the Official Story holds that Mohamed Atta only arrived in the United States from Europe in June 2000 (although he may have already been in the United States at least as early as April 2000). It is difficult to see how hijacker Mohamed Atta could have met with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague unless he has mastered the art of being in two places at the same time (of course, someone calling himself 'Mohamed Atta' might very well have met with an Iraqi in Prague). The Mohamed Atta who blew up the bus appears to be too old to be the hijacker or the architecture student. I don't know what to make of the Saudi Prince or Ramallah stories. Finally, Dr. Atta has nothing to do with any terrorism or any of the other people calling themselves 'Atta', but it is very instructive that such identification errors were made in the investigation.