ZAC IN THE BUSH
I explain why, arguably, FBI director Robert Mueller and his predecessor Louis Freeh ought to be shackled and goggled and flown to Guantanamo.
ZAC IN THE BUSH
a T.I.P. (Text in Progress) by
THIS IS NOT A REPOST IN THAT I HAVE VASTLY EXPANDED IT WITH ELABORATION FROM 11 ADDITIONAL SOURCES, FEATURED TODAY (MAY 18, 2002) FOR THE FIRST TIME.
1. La Repubblica, Sept. 13, 2001, p.26: 'Un rapporto Sisde per Genova', by Liana Milella;
2. Washingtonpost.com, Newsbytes, September 13, 2001, 1:16pm EST: 'Newspaper: Echelon Gave Authorities Warning Of Attacks', by Ned Stafford, (based on a report in Germany's daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) online at:
3. International Herald Tribune, September 25, 2001, p.3: 'Attacks Found the FBI Ill-Equipped and Unprepared', by Joby Warrick, Joe Stephens, Mary Pat Flaherty and James V. Grimaldi, Washington Post Service;
4. The New York Times, Sept.30, 2001: 'British accuse Algerian of role in Attacks', by Raymond Bonner, online at:
5. International Herald Tribune, October 17,2001,p.9: 'Money Linked To Suspect in Hijackings', by Philip Shenon, New York Times Service;
6. International Herald Tribune, December 12, 2001,p.3: 'Pilot Trainee Is First to Be Indicted in U.S. Attacks', by Brian Knowlton;
7. International Herald Tribune, January 3,2002,p.4: 'Flight School Official Spoke of Hijack Threat', by Dan Eggen, Washington Post Service;
8. International Herald Tribune, February 1, 2002, p.3 : 'Suspect's Silence Baffled Agents Before Sept.11' by Dan Eggen, Washington Post Service;
9. Los Angeles Times, Feb.7, 2002: 'Indonesia Cleric Tied to '95 Anti-U.S. Plot', by Mark Fineman and Richard C. Paddock, online at: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-020702hambali.story ;
10. International Herald Tribune, February 9, 2002, p.3: 'A 'Joyrider' at Airliner School Soon Raised Suspicions of Terrorism' by Jim Yardley, New York Times service;
11. International Herald Tribune, March 29, 2002, p.1 (continued on p.4): 'U.S. Seeks Death Penalty For Sept.11 Terror Suspect', by Brian Knowlton:
12. The Associated Press, May 3, 2002, 22:31 ET: 'FBI Warned of Arabs in Flight Schools', by John Solomon;
13. International Herald Tribune, May 4, 2002, p.3: 'FBI Agent Had Suspicion About Aviation Students', by the Associated Press;
14. The Associated Press, May 10, 2002, 17:13 ET: 'FAA Alerted About Hijacker in 2001', by John Solomon;
15. International Herald Tribune, May 11, 2002, p.3: 'Web Match on Student Visas is Near', by Cheryl W. Thompson (The Washington Post):
16. The New York Times, May 15, 2002: 'Pre-Attack Memo Cited Bin Laden', by David Johnson, online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/15/national/15INQU.html ;
17. The Boston Globe, May 16, 2002: 'Bush received general hijacking warning before Sept.11', by Anne E. Kornblut, online at: http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/136/nation/Bush_received_general_hijacking_warning_before_Sept_11+.shtml ;
18. The Associated Press, May 16, 2002, 11:32 ET: 'Lawmakers Seek Hijack Report Probe', by Ron Fournier;
19. The Associated Press, May 16, 2002, 18:16 ET: 'Clues Before Sept. 11 Were Plentiful', by Nancy Benac;
20. The Boston Globe, May 17, 2002, p.A1: 'Series of warnings detailed', by Robert Schlesinger and Wayne Washington, online at: http://nl9.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_docid=0F3942FD0AAE7A3A&p_docnum=1 ; and:
21. The Associated Press, May 17, 13:09 ET: '1999 Report Warned of Suicide Hijack', by John Solomon:
1994: "Muslim militants from Algeria hijacked an Air France jetliner [... ] It came out THAT THEY HAD HOPED TO BLOW UP THE JET OVER THE EIFFEL TOWER, DEBUNKING THE NOTION THAT A SUICIDAL AIRLINER ATTACK ON A PROMINENT TARGET WAS UNTHINKABLE BEFORE SEPT.11 [my caps]."
1995: "The AP reported last month [April 2002] that Filipino authorities alerted the FBI AS EARLY AS 1995 [my caps] that several Middle Eastern pilots were training at American flight schools and at least one had proposed hijacking a commercial jet AND CHRASHING IT INTO FEDERAL BUILDINGS [my caps; more on this below]".
SINCE 1995: "The FBI had been developing evidence that international terrorists were using U.S. flight schools to learn to fly jumbo jets. A foiled plot in Manila to blow up U.S. airliners and later court testimony by an associate of Mr. Bin Laden's had touched off FBI INQUIRIES AT SEVERAL SCHOOLS, OFFICIALS SAY [my caps]."
"FBI officials were told that one man involved in a plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners had suggested DIVE-BOMBING A PLANE INTO THE CIA BUILDING JUST OUTSIDE WASHINGTON [my caps]. 'It is a suicidal mission that he is very much willing to execute', reads one Filipino police report about Abdul Hakim Murad. Murad told of crisscrossing the United States TO ATTEND FLIGHT SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK, TEXAS, CALIFORNIA AND NORTH CAROLINA [caps mine]".
SEPTEMBER 1999: "Two years before the Sept.11 attacks, a federal report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner AND DIVE BOMB IT INTO THE PENTAGON OR OTHER GOVERNMENT BUILDING".
This report built on Murad's confession.
JANUARY 5, 2001: source nr 1: the U.S. embassy in Rome shuts down for 3 days on "U.S. orders", because of a feared "ATTACK FROM THE SKY, A MISSILE OR SOMETHING ELSE [my translation & caps]".
EARLY 2001: Zacarias Moussaoui (indicted on suspicion to have been the 20th planned hijacker for September 11) trained as a pilot for three months at Airman Flight School in Norman, Oklahoma. The very same school where the Al-Qaida operative Abdul Hakim Murad had trained for a suicide hijacking/jet-bomb attack, Sept.11-style, as he told (let's repeat it) Philippine authorities after his arrest in 1995: "their [Murad's and his accomplices'] ultimate goal was TO HIJACK A COMMERCIAL AIRLINER AND CRASH IT... INTO EITHER CIA HEADQUARTERS OR THE PENTAGON [my caps]."
MARCH 2001 - JUNE 2001: source nr 2: "U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies received warning signals... that Middle Eastern terrorists were planning to HIJACK COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TO USE AS WEAPONS TO ATTACK IMPORTANT SYMBOLS OF AMERICAN AND ISRAELI CULTURE [my caps]... the Echelon spy network was being used to collect information about the terrorist threat, and ...U.K. INTELLIGENCE SERVICES APPARENTLY ALSO HAD ADVANCE WARNING [caps mine]".
JULY 2001: "Two months before... Sept.11... an FBI agent in Phoenix, Arizona, alerted the bureau's headquarters in Washington that several Middle Eastern men were training at an aviation school and recommended checking with others in the country where Arabs may be studying... Officials said FBI counterterrorism agents in Phoenix were suspicious that several Arab men were seeking airport operations, SECURITY INFORMATION AND PILOT TRAINING [my caps]... The agents were particularly concerned that some were attempting to learn about airport security operations".
"The classified memorandum... also cited Osama bin Laden by name and suggested that his followers could use the schools TO TRAIN FOR TERROR OPERATIONS [my caps]".
By the way, Mueller - better declassify that Phoenix memo: this is supposed to be an open society, not the stalinized U.S.S.R. you're turning it into.
Of course, then FBI director Louis Freeh did nothing at all; his worthy successor Robert Mueller had only just begun "discussing conducting a nationwide canvass of flight schools when the hijackings occurred"! Pity that Freeh & Mueller were most arguably under orders from Bush to allow 911 to happen - otherwise they would have acted on Phoenix's tip immediately: they would have run checks on all Middleastern flight school students in 2001; and, at the very least, they would have had Hani Hanjour arrested. And probably Ziad Samir Jarrah too.
Mueller said to the Senate in May 2002 that Freeh and CIA director Tenet were not aware of the Phoenix warning, and neither was Attorney General John Ashcroft.
But, since Mueller is an arguable liar-for-a-living: WHAT THE HELL IS CONGRESS WAITING FOR TO PRESS MUELLER TO MAKE PUBLIC THE NAMES OF THE MEMO AUTHOR AND OF THE FBI OPERATIVES IN WASHINGTON WHO RECEIVED IT AND (ALLEGEDLY) FAILED TO INFORM FREEH?
AND WHEN WILL CONGRESS SUBPOENA THE ABOVE FBI AGENTS TO TESTIFY AS TO WHETHER THEY DID OR DIDN'T INFORM FREEH/ASHCROFT - AND WHY?
Hani Hanjour, according to the FBI, piloted the plane that hit the Pentagon. He had trained at a Phoenix flight school between January and March 2001, and maybe he was training at another in July. And although, according to the Associated Press, his name was not in the Phoenix FBI memo, he could have been arrested and deported (had the flight school canvass been conducted) because he was in the U.S. illegally. Just like Moussaoui.
Moreover, if the Phoenix-recommended canvass had been conducted in July 2001, the FBI would have interviewed Peggy Chevrette, then manager of the JetTech flight school in Phoenix; asked if she remembered any suspicious Arab students, Ms Chevrette would have told the FBI THEN (in time) what she's saying now (too late):
THAT SHE "CALLED THE FAA INSPECTOR WHO OVERSAW HER SCHOOL THREE TIMES IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2001 TO EXPRESS HER CONCERNS ABOUT HANJOUR. 'I COULDN'T BELIEVE HE HAD A COMMERCIAL LICENSE OF ANY KIND WITH THE SKILLS THAT HE HAD'".
MOREOVER, HANJOUR COULDN'T "SPEAK ENGLISH FLUENTLY AS REQUIRED TO GET A U.S. COMMERCIAL PILOT'S LICENSE".
Now: guess what FAA inspector John Anthony did? You'd have expected him to have Hanjour expelled and reported to the FBI. But no - Anthony suggested getting "A TRANSLATOR TO HELP HANJOUR" - TO HELP A RETARD WHO COULDN'T FLY OR SPEAK ENGLISH WORTH A DAMN GET A LICENSE FOR BOEING 737 JETLINERS!
I AM ONLY WAITING TO KNOW WHY ANTHONY HASN'T BEEN ARRESTED YET ON SUSPICION OF COMPLICITY IN 911!
INSTEAD, THIS DUMBASS (AT BEST) OR CO-TERRORIST (MORE LIKELY) WAS, A FEW DAYS AGO, "OUT OF TOWN AND UNAVAILABLE TO BE INTERVIEWED"!
AND NO FUCKING CONGRESSMAN IS EVEN THINKING ABOUT SUBPOENAING HIM TO TESTIFY, SINCE THE FBI WON'T DO IT!
WE ARE GOVERNED BY A CORRUPT BUNCH OF TRAITORS AND TERRORISTS - THE REAL MASTERMINDS OF 911!!!
As for Ziad Samir Jarrah, who according to the FBI was one of the 4 hijackers on UA Flight 93 (Pennsylvania crash):
"Some witnesses have also said they believe another hijacker, Ziad Samir Jarrah, TRAINED ON AN ARIZONA FLIGHT SIMULATOR IN THE MONTHS BEFORE THE ATTACKS".
And though he didn't turn up (allegedly) in the (classified) July 2001 Phoenix memo, Jarrah would have been screened, had the flight school canvass been conducted.
And I don't know if his record was or appeared clean. Maybe, at the very least, he would have felt the heat, gotten cold feet and given up - who knows! He never was screened.
JULY 11, 2001: Italy: the Sisde (Italian intelligence) writes report nr "2001ter0011183", based on "a qualified foreign source": according to that report, islamist extremists in London were plotting to use "PLANES" to kill Bush at the Genova G8 summit.
This prompted Italian interior minister [secretary of state for the interior] Scajola to have "ANTIAIRCRAFT BATTERIES" installed at the Genova airport for the G8; and to close Genova's airspace for 5 days.
The intelligence report said they didn't deem the attack feasible/believable: but Scajola thought otherwise, and had guns in place and closed the airspace.
All of this 2 MONTHS before 911.
AND STILL FREEH AND MUELLER DIDN'T FOLLOW THROUGH ON PHOENIX'S TIP! THEIRS WAS A DELIBERATE STAND-DOWN POLICY IF THERE EVER WAS SUCH A THING!
AUGUST 6, 2001: president Bush is warned by CIA director Tenet, in one of the daily morning briefings, "that Osama bin Laden was seeking to hijack aircraft".
"It was not clear why the White House waited eight months after  [... ] to reveal what Mr Bush had been told".
This news broke in mid-May 2002.
On May 16, 2002, Bush's propaganda parrot, the liar-for-a-living Ari Fleischer, had the straightface to lie that "the president did not - not - receive information about the use of airplanes as missiles by suicide bombers. This was a new type of attack that was not foreseen."
AS IF BUSH HADN'T JUST RETURNED FROM GENOVA'S INFAMOUS G8, WHERE ANTIAIRCRAFT GUNS HAD WATCHED OVER HIS ASS!!!
Not to mention Murad 1995, the January U.S. embassy shutdown and the Echelon warnings and and and...
Who do you think you can fool, Fleischer? GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR LIVES, YOU AND YOUR SLAVEMASTER!
YOU BOTH BELONG IN MOUSSAOUI'S JAIL CELL!!
And anyway, what did Bush allegedly do with Tenet's warning? He allegedly "notified the appropriate agencies".
Another arguable Bush/Fleischer lie:
Source nr 17: "Asked about the White House comments, Jose Juves, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, said [... ] 'THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEVER PASSED DOWN ANY INTELLIGENCE REGARDING HIJACKINGS [my caps]' to Massport."
Source nr 19: "'American Airlines received no specific information from the U.S. government advising the carrier of a potential terrorist hijacking in the United States in the months prior to the Sept. 11, 2001', a statement from the company said."
BUSH - A TRAITOR, WHO NEVER EVEN MADE THE WARNING PUBLIC - HE LET AMERICANS BE SLAUGHTERED.
Fleischer - a whore.
MID-AUGUST 2001: Zacarias Moussaoui "took pilot training" in Eagan, Minnesota, at the Pan Am International Flight school. "The instructor wondered why someone who was not a pilot and had so little experience was trying to pack so much training INTO SUCH A SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME [my caps]." "He wanted to learn FAST [my caps]."
MID-AUGUST 2001: Zacarias Moussaoui alarmed flight school instructors "by his request to learn how to fly large jet aircraft - BUT NOT HOW TO TAKE OFF OR LAND" [my caps].
"There was discussion [among flight school employees] ABOUT HOW MUCH FUEL WAS ON BOARD OF A 747-400 AND HOW MUCH DAMAGE THAT COULD CAUSE IF IT HIT ANYTHING" [my caps].
AUGUST 15, 2001: The "Minnesota flight school reported to the FBI that Mr. Moussaoui had been acting suspiciously". "The manager was concerned that Mr. Moussaoui might be planning a hijacking." "... instructors... told the FBI that they were suspicious of his demands to learn to use a Boeing 747 simulator even though he had flunked out of another school's course for beginning pilots."
MID-AUGUST 2001: "A Pan Am vice president told two lawmakers that it took four to six telephone calls to find an agent who would help. The caller finally warned an FBI agent that a Boeing 747-400, which Mr. Moussaoui was seeking to learn how to fly, COULD BE USED AS A BOMB [my capitalization]". FBI director Robert Mueller denied ever having heard of the jet-bomb possibility. Even if this were true, it didn't take Einstein to connect a guy who wants to learn how to control a flight but not take off or land with a jet-as-bomb concept. If Mueller isn't lying, he's stupid and should be fired. If he's lying, he should be fired and prosecuted for treason. In either case he must be investigated, along with his predecessor Louis Freeh (Mueller reportedly took office on Sept.4, 2001).
AUGUST 15, 2001: "An FBI agent and a Minnesota flight school official discussed the possibility that Zacarias Moussaoui was part of a hijacking PLOT BEFORE THE SEPT. 11 ATTACKS [my capitalization]... The official with the Pan Am Flight Academy in Eagan... talked about the threat... with a Minneapolis FBI agent on Aug. 15".
AUGUST 16, 2001: Zacarias Moussaoui is arrested on an immigration violation by an "FBI special agent, Dave Rapp, and an immigration agent". Also a friend of Moussaoui's, Hussein Attas, who had driven "Mr. Moussaoui from Oklahoma to the Minnesota flight school", is arrested on a visa violation, "but was freed on bond" - only to be rearrested after Sept.11. He is now "being held in New York as a material witness".
But before being freed (that is BEFORE SEPT.11) Hussein Attas, unlike Moussaoui, "talked at length with investigators, DESCRIBING MR. MOUSSAOUI AS A HOTHEADED RADICAL WHO FREQUENTLY SPOKE OF MUSLIMS BEING KILLED AROUND THE WORLD" [my caps] wherefore Moussaoui was "suspicious" to him too.
"About the same time as the Phoenix memo and Moussaoui's arrest, in the late summer, U.S. intelligence issued a warning that there was a heightened risk of a terrorist attack on Americans, POSSIBLY ON U.S. SOIL [my caps], officials said.": were the Phoenix memo and the Moussaoui affair what prompted this intelligence warning?
And if (it's highly likely) so: why wasn't the warning QUALIFIED/SPECIFIED as to the jet-as-bomb threat?
I AM TALKING TO YOU 2, FREEH & MUELLER: TESTIFY, YOU ARGUABLE TRAITORS, TERRORISTS, MASSMURDERERS!!!
MID-AUGUST 2001: "But according to documents and senior U.S. officials, investigators in Minneapolis immediately viewed Mr. Moussaoui as a terrorist suspect BUT WERE FRUSTRATED IN THEIR ATTEMPTS TO LEARN MORE [my capitalization]": what, who frustrated them?
Attorney General John Ashcroft did. The bigot who prays in the morning and massmurders at night:
"Before the attacks, the Justice Department had refused an FBI request to search Moussaoui's computer. The computer files, searched after Sept. 11, showed no direct link to the attacks but did contain data related to jetliners, crop-dusting planes and dispersal of chemicals."
Interesting, in our context. Not decisive maybe. But: in August 2001 noone knew (allegedly) what those files contained, and given Moussaoui's profile, THERE WAS EVERY REASON IN THE WORLD (probable cause + circumstancial evidence + witness) TO ALLOW THE SEARCHING OF THOSE FILES RIGHT AWAY!
AUGUST 17, 2001: "THE FBI IN MINNEAPOLIS ALERTED COUNTERTERRORISM OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON [my caps]".
AUGUST 17 - SEPTEMBER 10, 2001: "Among the new details that have emerged ABOUT THE EARLY MOUSSAOUI INVESTIGATION... IS THAT CONCERN ABOUT MR. MOUSSAOUI REACHED THE TOP ECHELONS OF THE FBI [my caps]": FREEH KNEW, MUELLER KNEW.
AUGUST 17 - SEPTEMBER 10, 2001: "FBI HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON TWICE REJECTED REQUESTS FROM AGENTS IN MINNEAPOLIS FOR A WIDER INVESTIGATION [my capitalization]".
LATE AUGUST 2001: "A classified cable IN AUGUST [my capitalization] from the French intelligence service said Mr. Moussaoui had radical Islamic beliefs and identified a friend as having fought in Chechnya with an Algerian Muslim group that included a known Bin Laden associate, U.S. officials said".
And though this French cable "did not tie Mr. Moussaoui directly to Qaida or to any other terrorist group", it should have rung the alarm, coupled with the report that Moussaoui wanted to pilot but not take off or land. If the French cable and the flight school reports, not to mention the Oklahoma/Murad connection, weren't grounds enough for a Foreign-Intelligence-Surveillance-Act search warrant, they certainly were for the wider investigation requested by the Minneapolis FBI.
All the more so for the following reasons.
EARLY SEPTEMBER, 2001: "An agent speculated in notes [... ] that MR MOUSSAOUI MIGHT BE PLANNING TO FLY A PLANE INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER [my caps]."
FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER, 2001: Again, "French law-enforcement officials... say that they TWICE ALERTED THEIR U.S. COUNTERPARTS, IN THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER, TO HIS [MOUSSAOUI'S] SUSPECTED LINKS TO QAEDA [capitalization by me], the daily Le Monde reported". And that makes 3 warnings from the French alone, with the August cable. Warnings such as these are typically sent to Washington [=Freeh/Mueller] not Minneapolis.
Not enough: the French "say they also alerted authorities in Britain, where Mr. Moussaoui had lived on and off for years".
My source nr 10 confirms one of the September warnings with new details: "France is reported to have an extensive dossier linking Moussaoui to Al Qaeda. THE FRENCH POLICE, WHO REPORTEDLY BEGAN INVESTIGATING HIM AS A POSSIBLE TERRORIST IN 1999, TOLD THEIR U.S. COUNTERPARTS ON SEPT.1  THAT HE HAD TIES TO AL QAEDA [my caps]."
A critical mass of evidence for charging Moussaoui with planning terrorism was therefore available BEFORE SEPT.11. Let's put it all together:
1. "Since 1996, the FBI had been developing evidence that international terrorists were using U.S. flight schools to learn to fly jumbo jets."
2. Zacarias Moussaoui had trained at the same Oklahoma flight school as Qaeda operative Murad whose goal had been a suicide hijacking/jet-bomb attack;
3. U.S. intelligence had received warnings of terrorist plans to use jets as bombs; that FBI directors Freeh & Mueller wouldn't have been told just isn't plausible;
4. Because of a feared Qaeda attack with planes on Bush at the G8 in Genova, airspace over the city had been closed and antiaircraft guns set up;
5. The Phoenix FBI had warned Washington that Arab students at local flight schools were suspected of being terrorists;
6. Bush had been warned by Tenet about threatened bin-Laden hijackings, and had allegedly "notified all appropriate agencies";
7. Zacarias Moussaoui alarmed flight school instructors in Minnesota "by his request to learn how to fly large jet aircraft - but not how to take off or land";
8. therefore, the flight school "manager was concerned that Mr. Moussaoui might be planning a hijacking", and reported so to the FBI; "an FBI agent and a Minnesota flight school official discussed the possibility that Zacarias Moussaoui was part of a hijacking plot before the Sept.11 attacks";
9. "a Pan Am [the Minnesota flight school] vice president told two lawmakers [democratic representatives Martin Sabo and James Oberstar, both from Minnesota]... that [he] finally warned an FBI agent that a Boeing 747-400, which Mr. Moussaoui was seeking to learn how to fly, could be used as a bomb";
10. Moussaoui's friend Hussein Attas "talked at length with investigators, describing Mr. Moussaoui as a hotheaded radical who frequently spoke of Muslims being killed around the world";
11. "A classified cable in August from the French intelligence service said Mr. Moussaoui had radical Islamic beliefs and identified a friend as having fought in Chechnya with an Algerian Muslim group that included a known Bin Laden associate, U.S. official said";
12. "French law-enforcement officials... say that they twice alerted their U.S. counterparts, in the first week of September, to his [Moussaoui's] suspected link to Qaeda";
Now: the above TWELVE reported facts should have been "probable cause that a crime had been committed" (the crime of planning terror attacks) and should have warranted a wider investigation for any FBI director who wasn't Robert Mueller or his predecessor Louis Freeh - because Robert Mueller and his predecessor Louis Freeh were arguably under orders from Bush to allow September 11 to happen.
And although it's too late now to prevent Sept.11, it is NOT too late to fire Robert Mueller and arrest him and his predecessor Louis Freeh on suspicion of co-conspiring to massmurder thousands of Americans and other people on Sept.11.
For if the FBI directors had been honest FBI directors and not traitors, they would have thought:
- wait a minute, maybe Moussaoui was planning a suicide hijacking with a jet as bomb: that's why he didn't need to learn how to take off or land;
- let's remember the Qaida Murad owning up to planning suicide hijacking in 1995;
- and maybe there's Moussaoui's planned co-pilot training somewhere else now; someone, that is, who could replace Moussaoui if he failed to control the plane;
- and maybe Moussaoui or his masterminds have planned for more than one pilot in case one gets arrested;
- and maybe there's a plot for a whole bunch of jets-as-bombs: after all that's what Japanese kamikazes did so often in World War 2;
- so, to start with, let's have a thorough screening of all U.S. flight school students real fast: the wider investigation requested by the Phoenix and Minneapolis FBI is absolutely and urgently necessary.
And indeed, just as an example, a stateswide 2000/2001 flight-school canvass (which had been in progress "at several schools" since 1996; and to finish which there was all the time in the world: 2 MONTHS between the Phoenix report and 911; 25 DAYS between the Moussaoui arrest on Aug.16, 2001 and 911) would have led to the arrest of at least 4 more Sept.11 hijackers: Mohammed Atta, the ringleader, who had done everything he could to raise suspicions himself; Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, both of whom the CIA had reportedly linked to Qaeda as early as January 2000; and Hani Hanjour, who was in the country illegally; or at the very least the wider investigation would have led to identifying those 4 or more, starting a massive manhunt, providing their names to all airlines, and placing all airports under maximum alert.
And this was NOT about screening "20,000" flight school students, as Mueller recently lied to senators pretending to "tough-question" him; it was about checking the Arab students, as specifically requested by the Phoenix FBI memo: a fraction of the total.
The only difference between Zacarias Moussaoui and FBI directors Freeh and Mueller appears to be that Zac may have tried to make September 11 happen but failed - FBI directors Freeh and Mueller (and the rest of the Bush gang) may have tried and succeeded.
May 18, 2002 edition; I wrote the first version on January 28/29, 2002.
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