Thursday, November 21, 2002

Abdulaziz Alomari was a Saudi who was studying at the University of Colorado. He had his identification stolen in 1995, and reported the theft at the time. There is a picture of him in this article (and here). You can immediately see that he is not the same guy as the famous hijacker (picture here and here, and, in Portland with Atta, here). The oddity is that the real Alomari was 43 years old, while the imposter appeared to be 15 to 20 years younger than that, and listed his date of birth as May 28, 1979 or December 24, 1972 (to add further to the confusion, the imposter Alomari appears also to have stolen the identity of a Saudi pilot who was taking flying lessons in Florida named Abdulrahman (or Abdul Rahman) Alomari, a 41 year-old man with a family, which explains why early descriptions of the hijacker confuse him with this man). There was also a man named 'Abdulaziz Alomari' who attended the Brooks Air Force Base Aerospace Medical School in San Antonio, Texas - this man is quite possibly the hijacker, having stolen the original Colorado Alomari's identity, and, like a number of the actual hijackers including Atta, attended a U. S. military school using his stolen identity. Another person studying at the University of Colorado was Ahmed Alghamdi (picture), a man with the same name as another one of the hijackers. A man with that name was later listed with Saeed Alghamdi as living in housing for foreign military flight trainees at Florida's Pensacola Naval Air Station, thus oddly putting him in a connection with another stolen identity (Saeed Alghamdi also had his identity stolen, and it appears the person who used that identity used it while attending Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, California, again fitting the profile of a man using a stolen identity attending a U. S. military school). Saeed Alghamdi, Ahmad Alnami and Ahmed Alghamdi all may have trained in Pensacola. Ahmed Alghamdi also lived for a while in a house in Vienna, Virginia with yet another man who was using a stolen identity, Waleed Alshehri (a man about whom I will have to write more, as his story is very complicated). There were such wild goings on at this house that neighbors phoned the FBI and even the CIA!. I actually think that this kind of connection is an important hint. What appears to have happened in a number of cases is that an original fundamentalist terrorist operative has been used to scout out potentially usable identities of Arabs living (usually studying) in America. The operative has then either stolen the identity himself or has passed the information on to someone who could steal the identity. The stolen identity has then been assumed by one of the imposters who we now think of as the hijackers (and these imposters sometimes used the stolen identity while attending a military school). Some of these identites were stolen in the United States (e. g., Alomari), some were stolen in Europe or the Middle East (e. g., Atta, Jarrah). I feel that these imposters are likely not to be al-Qaeda members, but appear to be mercenary thugs who have been engaged to do most if not all of the technical work behind the hijackings. To give two examples:

  1. Ahmed Alghamdi found the identity of Abdulaziz Alomari, which was then stolen and used by the terrorist (as I have already written, it is possible that the man who died on the flight was yet another imposter, subbing for the first imposter Alomari so that man could escape).

  2. Marwan Alshehhi possibly discovered the original Mohammad Atta and Ziad Jarrah living in Hamburg, and was able to supply their names so that their idenities could be used by mercenaries.

The general pattern is that the al-Qaeda member finds the useful identity, either he or someone else researches the identity and steals the paperwork, and a mercenary who has some terrorist skill assumes the stolen identity. Thus the hijacking cadre consists of two groups, the original fundamentalist terrorists and the mercenaries (more accurately, I think there were two kinds of fundamentalists: those who lived in the United States and were involved in the early planning or at least the setting up of the operation, and those who arrived very late to assist as the 'muscle' in taking over the airplanes). As time goes on it is becoming apparent that at least part of the mercenary group was associated with the illegal drug trade, exactly the sort of thing that you would expect them to be involved with (the other likely area of involvement is gun smuggling). It has become abundantly clear that U. S. government intelligence agencies have used the drug trade to further their own goals, and the type of mercenaries I am thinking about keep popping up in such areas as the JFK assassination, various attempted attacks on Castro, Iran-Contra, and the CIA involvement in allowing the sale of crack cocaine in the United States. Three things follow from all this:

  1. Identifying who of the terrorists was a mercenary helps to understand the dynamics of the operation, and may help in actually identifying the group or groups out of which the mercenaries came.

  2. Al-Qaeda had no way of obtaining access to a group of the type of thugs who are involved in this shadow world between organized crime and intelligence work. September 11 had to be a joint operation of Islamic fundamentalists and whoever runs these mercenaries. Al-Qaeda supplied some manpower, some money, the intellectual ideas, and most importantly, the right party to blame after the attack was completed. The mercenaries, equipped with new stolen identities, supplied the technical expertise to succeed in such a complicated operation.

  3. Most importantly, 9-11 wasn't a unique type of operation but fits neatly into the pattern of intelligence operations that we have seen for the last 40 years.