Wednesday, May 15, 2002

There is reason to believe that Mohamed Atta attended International Officer's School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. The official response to this is to give vague denials based on the fact that it must be someone with the same name, but someone claims to have actually met him at Montgomery, so the vague denials don't seem to be sufficient. When did Atta have the time to attend such a school? After his 'arrival' in the U. S., all his time has pretty much been accounted for (he did disappear for 15 months in 1997-98, but it's a bit of a stretch to conceive of his spending that time in U. S. military school). Before his 'arrival', he was supposedly a pious fundamentalist Muslim student of architecture from Egypt (who may even have been afraid to fly). How does he immediately switch from this to study at a U. S. military training school (on a student visa that was issued to allow him to study at a two-bit flying school in a retirement community in South Florida)? Do you think that such a student could knock on the door of a U. S. military school and be admitted for training? Consider that the whole Official Story of September 11 has Mohamed Atta as its keystone. He's the guy who began to assemble the hijackers while an architecture student in Hamburg, Germany; he's the guy who was the ringleader of the hijackers in the United States; he's the guy who flew to Spain (presumably to meet with other terrorists to plot the attack); he's the guy who allegedly met with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague (he probably didn't, but note that the Official Story is always plotted around Atta); he's the guy who received the $100,000 from the Pakistani who is supposed to be connected to al-Qaeda and bin Laden; and he's the pilot of one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. Atta is the key connection of the September 11 terrorist group to international Islamic fundamentalism, al-Qaeda, and bin Laden. The Atta situation is particularly difficult for the fabulists of the Official Story, for if you get around the military training school problem by claiming he stole someone else's identity (a difficult argument if someone actually saw him in Montgomery), you also lose the connection to the architecture student in Hamburg, Germany. If Mohamed Atta attended a U. S. military training school, the whole Official Story falls apart. If the whole Official Story falls apart:

  1. The connection between the hijackers and al-Qaeda/bin Laden falls apart.

  2. There is no reason to detain all the people of Arab descent who have been detained in the United States.

  3. There is no justification for the draconian restrictions on civil liberties enacted to protect the United States from Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.

  4. There is no justification for the massive increases in military, CIA and homeland security budgets and the consequent reduction in spending on social programs.

  5. There is absolutely no justification for the war on Afghanistan, other current U. S. military operations, the future war on Iraq, and the general unending worldwide war on terrorism.

Given the massive significance of whether Atta attended a U. S. military training school, wouldn't it be prudent to fully investigate the matter?