Sunday, September 29, 2002

One of the facts which points to the complexity of the September 11 hijacking is the amount of money supposedly received by the hijackers. Based apparently on bank records and records of transfers of money to the United States from supposed al-Qaeda financiers, investigators believe that the hijackers had access to a total of $500,000 to $600,000. There are 19 known hijackers, and no doubt some support terrorists we don't even know about. Even for the 19 hijackers, that amounts to about $30,000 each. While some hijackers lived quite frugally, others, particularly the Florida hijackers around Atta, did not (Atta seemed to like to flaunt his money by flashing a big roll of bills, and, oddly for an Islamic fundamentalist angry at the U. S. for its wicked ways, spent a lot of money in bars and strip clubs and on his Florida girlfriend). The $30,000 barely covers the flight training that most of the hijackers took. When we consider the motel rooms, the rental cars, the plane trips (including probably first class tickets on flights accross the country to do test runs), and the cost of living, not to mention the high life that Atta seemed to live, it should be clear that the money supposedly received from al-Qaeda was not even close to being sufficient to covering the expenses of the hijackers. The chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unit conducting the financial inquiry of the September 11 plot stated: "We believe they had another source of funding". Where did this funding come from? As I've stated before, the nature of the two basic types of hijackers, one group from fundamentalist Islamic background, and the other probably a group of hired mercenaries of decidedly unreligious ways, indicates that September 11 was a joint operation of al-Qaeda, or another Islamic fundamentalist group, and an intelligence or military agency of a large government. The vast majority of the funding would have come from that agency.