04 January 2010


911 visas and terrorist backers

The 9/11 terrorists had backers all the way. None of them had any trouble entering the US.

Mohammed Atta and Marwan Al Shehhi both received I-20 "vocational" visas before they came to the US. On those visas they specified Huffman Aviation, one of 200 flight schools operating in Florida at the time. Why Huffman? Why did the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS) certify Huffman aviation as a full time vocational school when in it had not been properly accredited? The fact that liason and paperwork had to occur between Huffman and the terrorists before they entered the country implies that the visa fiddle was not just at the Saudi end. Dodgy details had to be agreed to in Florida at some official level prior to their entry into the US.

Why did Atta go to Florida?

Could it have something to do with the fact that Huffman was running a drug trafficking flight centre that could only have operated with the tacit approval of one or more US regulatory agencies?

In July 2000, just a month before Atta arrived in Florida, a Learjet belonging to Huffman owner Wally Hilliard was captured in Orlando with 43 lbs. of heroin on board. No-one was charged. The plane had reportedly run 39 weekly drug flights between Florida and Venezuela before then. One of Hilliard's planes had previously belonged to notorious CIA drug trafficker Barry Seal.

And what about the DC9 airliner caught in April 2006 in Mexico carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine while decked out in US Dept.Homeland Security look-alike signage? It was owned by a company having only one other asset, another aircraft housed at -- wait for it -- Huffman Aviation! Yet this is where Atta came to, a destination he specified before he even entered the country! (1 2)

And how about Hani Hanjour, the alleged pilot of Flight 77.

Hanjour could not fly a 767, into the Pentagon or anywhere else, and a dozen flight schools and trainers who dealt with him said exactly that to the 9/11 Commission.

The only positive assesment of his flight skills cited by the Commission was provided by one trainer, Eddie Shalev, whose Congressional interview records were released in 2004:

"Mr. Shalev served in the Israeli Defense Forces in a paratroop regiment. He was a jumpmaster on a Boeing C-130. Mr. Shalev moved to the Gaithersburg area in April 2001 and was sponsored for employment by Congressional Air Charters...[which] has subsequently gone out of business."

So who are we going to believe? A dozen experienced, professional flight instructors or a former Israeli paratrooper who appeared shortly before 9/11 and disappeared shortly after and whose so-called "evidence" directly contradicts every other instructor who had dealings with Hanjour? At best Mr Shalev was simply making the case for US intervention in the Middle East in support of Israeli interests. At worst, who knows?

The 9/11 terrorists were also rolling in cash and had some disturbing connections.

Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almidhar were based in San Diego and received tens of thousands of dollars from Saudi sources, some of it , as the 9/11 Commission noted, came indirectly from Princess Haifa bint Faisal, wife of Prince Bandar, the Saudi Ambassador to the US and close friend of George Bush. The evidence of Saudi support was so extensive that Sen.Bob Graham, who headed Congress's own inquiry into 9/11, went on PBS in Dec 2002 and stated categorically that the 9/11 terrorists were not acting alone but had been assisted by a "sovereign foreign government," later confirming that he meant Saudi Arabia.

The terrorists in Florida received a $70,000 money order from a Saudi source and Mohammed Atta received a $109,000 payment in his bank account just a month before 9/11, rumoured to be from Gen.Mahmoud Amad, head of Pakistan's Military Intelligence.

Amanda Keller, Atta's girlfriend, said that he was a drug user and partygoer whose Florida friends were not the 9/11 terrorists but some Germans and Austrians. His closest friend was Wolfgang Bohringer who turned up in the south Pacific in 2006 trying to open a flight school in the Kiribati Islands.

Bohringer had arrived in the US in the 1990s and opened up an illegal Florida flight school that authorities seemed to allow. He was also the the personal pilot for a major Eastern European Mafia figure named Victor Kozeny who was involved in drug-trafficking and high level US corporate fraud. One of Kozeny's close business partners was Hank Greenburg of the American Insurance Group (AIG) -- and in case it has escaped anyone's notice, Hank Greenburg has been up to his eyeballs in massive AIG corporate fraud in the recent global financial crisis. (1 2 3)

We dealing with sponsored patsies not fanatical Muslim peasants. So exactly who were their backers?

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