Tuesday, September 02, 2003

The truth about what happened on September 11, 2001 is starting to ooze out between the cracks of the lies that make up the official American government story:

  1. There was a Congressional Joint Inquiry of the Intelligence Committees from the U. S. Senate and House into the events of September 11. From the 'Second Statement' dated September 20, 2002 of Eleanor Hill, Staff Director, Joint Inquiry Staff:

    "The Joint Inquiry Staff is aware of a media report that Ziad Jarrah, a September 11 hijacker suspected of having been the pilot aboard United Flight 93, was stopped by United Arab Emirate (UAE) officials at the behest of the CIA as he arrived in Dubai in January 2001. Based on our investigation, the media reports are incorrect. The Joint Inquiry Staff requested and reviewed all pertinent CIA records to determine whether such a request was made. The Joint Inquiry Staff determined that Jarrah was unknown to the CIA prior to September 11, 2001. UAE officials had detained Jarrah because of an irregularity in his passport, not at the request of the CIA, a fact acknowledged by them to U.S. Government officials. Additionally, the date in the media stories is incorrect. Jarrah was stopped in January 2000, not January 2001 as reported by the media. Further, our investigation could find no evidence that any other U.S. officials asked that Jarrah be stopped."

    It is extremely important to the Official Story that none of the hijackers (except Khalid al-Mihdhar, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Nawaf's brother, Salim al-Hazmi) had been known to American intelligence officials prior to September 11. If Jarrah, who officially was a Lebanese student studying in Hamburg of no interest to any American intelligence officials, and who had not been in the United States until he arrived in the spring of 2000, had been questioned in Dubai by local officials at the specific request of American officials, the Official Story has a serious problem. I quote myself:

    "The fact that the UAE officials persist in their claims in the light of CIA denials, the fact that they have specific information on the questions asked and the fact that Jarrah was detained until the answers were reported to the U. S. authorities who found them satisfactory, and the fact that the UAE can point to the fact that UAE and European intelligence sources claim that the Jarrah situation fits a pattern of a CIA operation begun in 1999 to track suspected al-Qaeda operatives who were traveling through the UAE (and one UAE source can even draw a map of Dubai airport, showing exactly how this type of questioning was carried out, with U. S. officials declining to comment on whether this is indeed how things happened), not to mention the fact that Dubai has no obvious reason to lie about this and the CIA does, leads me to believe that Jarrah probably was questioned in Dubai at the instance of the CIA. That of course leads to the obvious questions of how it was that they knew to single him out, and how it was that their knowledge of him affected his life in absolutely no way after that point, including when he reentered the United States, got a speeding ticket, or boarded Flight 77 on September 11."

    Jarrah would probably have been returning from the trip he made to Pakistan (he flew from Hamburg to Karachi on November 25, 1999 and stayed for two months). Except for the fact that the original stories might have the year wrong, there is just too much telling detail in them. From the CNN story:

    "UAE and European intelligence sources told CNN that the questioning of Jarrah fits a pattern of a CIA operation begun in 1999 to track suspected al Qaeda operatives who were traveling through the United Arab Emirates. These sources told CNN that UAE officials were often told in advance by U.S. officials which persons were coming through the country and whom they wanted questioned.

    One source provided CNN a drawing of the Dubai airport and described how people wanted for questioning were intercepted, most often at a transit desk. U.S. officials declined to comment on whether the CIA operated this way at the Dubai airport."


    "Told of the CIA's denial, UAE government officials repeated to CNN that Jarrah was questioned at the request of the United States. Senior UAE sources said they had no reason to question him for their own purposes because he was in transit."

    So either the UAE officials are lying or the CIA is lying. The German magazine Stern, citing a confidential FBI document, backs the position of the UAE officials (original Stern article here). Since the CIA could have made up some story to explain the questioning (e. g., a mistake about someone with a similar name), the outright denial of the UAE story seems to show that the CIA is profoundly guilty about this incident.

  2. Stern has also discovered that German officials informed the CIA of Marwan al-Shehhi as early as March 1999 (which may explain why the CIA is acting so guiltily about the Jarrah incident in Dubai). Germany's security agency BfV first noted the name of a man named 'Marwan' in January 1999 after he had placed calls to Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a German-Syrian living in Hamburg, who had been under surveillance since 1993 (and who is now presumably still in Syrian custody after he had been sent to Syria by the Moroccans). Two months later, they informed the CIA, who had his cellphone number and knew that he was in contact with Mohammed Haydar Zammar, whom they had suspected of being al-Qaeda's contact man in Germany. They began keeping surveillance on him from March 1999 (original Stern article here - see page 5 and 6 under the heading 'Dürftige Informationen für die CIA').

  3. A report by Michael Phillip Wright suggests that a University of Oklahoma library computer terminal had been used for an online purchase of an airline ticket for a 9-11 hijacker who was on the plane which crashed in Pennsylvania. The author of the report spoke to a librarian, who said that the terminal user was a white American male. The University of Oklahoma is in Norman, a city with quite a history of connections to 9-11 hijackers. As Michael Phillip Wright says, one possible explanation for such assistance by a white American male is that there was a failed sting operation associated with 9-11. Foreknowledge by American counterterrorism experts of some of the 9-11 hijackers who were allowed into the country might also be consistent with a sting operation. Of course there are also darker theories.

  4. It is interesting that the infamous meeting of Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi in Malaysia, which first tipped off the CIA's counterterrorism officials that something big was happening, took place in January 2000. There is much to say about Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi and their stay in San Diego, but for now I'll limit myself to quickly wondering about the renewed interest in Omar al-Bayoumi, who the Americans now desperately want to interview, although he has already been interviewed by both the FBI and British authorities. It appears that the Saudis are again being used as misdirection to hide the enormous and frankly inexplicable failings of American counterterrorism efforts. Foreknowledge of Jarrah and al-Shehhi puts the oddities concerning Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi into a new light.