Atta's 'drug trade cell' stayed in USA due to Jeb Bush's & Katherine Harris's protection
Mohamed Atta was protected from official scrutiny as part of an officially-protected cocaine and heroin trafficking network with ties to top political figures, including Republican officials Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris, and it was this fact--and not the terrible lapses of weak on terror Clinton Administration officials cited by Republican Congressman Curt Weldon--which shielded him from being apprehended before the 9.11 attack. --- A two-year investigation in Venice, Fl. into the flight school attended by Atta and his bodyguard Marwan Al-Shehhi and which provided them with their cover while in the U.S. unearthed the amazing fact that during the same month the two men began flying lessons at Huffman Aviation, July of 2000, the flight schools owner's Lear jet was seized on the runway of Orlando Executive Airport by Federal Agents who found 43-pounds of heroin onboard....[A]uthorities called the bust the biggest drug seizure in central Florida history. --- And even while Wally Hilliards's companies were being used to train terrorists to fly and smuggling heroin into the U.S., prominent Florida politicians
Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris publicly endorsed Hilliard's operation.
Jeb honored Hilliard's operation with a personal visit,
posing for photos.... --- Katherine Harris' endorsement of Hilliards operation was splashed across the pages of her beloved hometown Sarasota Herald Tribune.
'Able Danger' Intel Exposed: "Protected" Heroin Trafficking kept Atta
cell in USA
August 17,2005-Venice, FL.
by Daniel Hopsicker
Mohamed Atta was protected from official scrutiny as part of an
officially-protected cocaine and heroin trafficking network with ties to
top political figures, including Republican officials Jeb Bush and
Katherine Harris, and it was this fact--and not the terrible lapses of
weak on terror Clinton Administration officials cited by Republican
Congressman Curt Weldon--which shielded him from being apprehended before
the 9.11 attack.
Weldon alleges that Pentagon lawyers rejected the military intelligence
units recommendation to apprehend Atta because he was in the country
legally, and therefore information on him could not be shared with law
But the terrible lapses cited by Weldon do not stem from the nonsensical
assertion that Atta had a green card (he did not) which rendered him
immune from military investigation but were the result of an
officially-protected heroin trafficking operation being conducted on
planes like those of Wally Hilliard, whose Lear jet flew "milk runs"
[i.e., white power] down and back to Venezuela every week for 39 weeks in
a row before finally running afoul of local DEA agents not been clued-in
on the 'joke.'
Moreover the secret military intelligence operation which identified
Mohamed Atta and three other hijackers as a threat a year before the 9.11
attack, called Able Danger, was by no means the first military
intelligence investigation into the activities of the Hamburg cadre.
Watching the river (of heroin) flow
As far back as 1991, military investigators had been detailed to Hamburg
Germany, tracking what one military investigator who was there told us
were Al Qaeda heroin flows from Afghanistan to the West.
A two-year investigation in Venice, Fl. into the flight school attended by
Atta and his bodyguard Marwan Al-Shehhi and which provided them with their
cover while in the U.S. unearthed the amazing fact that during the same
month the two men began flying lessons at Huffman Aviation, July of 2000,
the flight schools owner's Lear jet was seized on the runway of Orlando
Executive Airport by Federal Agents who found 43-pounds of heroin onboard.
43 pounds of heroin is known in the drug trade as heavy weight.
In a story in the August 2, 2000 Orlando Sentinel authorities called the
bust the biggest drug seizure in central Florida history.
It confirms the sad fact that a massive amount of heroin is coming through
Central Florida, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Brent
Eaton told the paper. Its very disturbing to the DEA that more and more
high quality heroin is coming from Colombia and at a cheaper price.
The DEA was very disturbed enough to look more closely at Wally Hilliards
jet charter operation. The result was their firm opposition to returning
the Lear to Hilliard, even though no one from Hilliards company, Plane 1
Leasing, had been charged with any crime.
DO JEB AND KATHERINE SHARE 'A FEELING FOR THE LITTLE GUY?'
And even while his companies were being used to train terrorists to fly
and smuggling heroin into the U.S., prominent Florida politicians
Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris publicly
endorsed Hilliards operation.
Governor Jeb Bush honored Hilliard's operation (called at various times
Florida Air, Sunrise Airlines and Discover Air) with a personal visit,
posing for photos with the "Discover Air family."
Katherine Harris' endorsement of Hilliards operation was splashed across
the pages of her beloved hometown Sarasota Herald Tribune. "As one of
Florida's top politicians, Katherine Harris doesn't have much time to do a
lot of personal traveling," the paper reported.
"But twice in the past month or so, the secretary of state... has taken
the 75-minute plane ride from her current home in Tallahassee to her old
stomping grounds in Sarasota. Her choice of airline? Florida Air, a
start-up commuter airline based here, grasping to be an air-taxi for the
The Herald Tribune quoted Harris spokesman Ben McKay saying, She
appreciates the convenience that Florida Air offers.
Ms. Harris' reputation as a stickler for the letter of the law from the
contested 2000 Presidential election was apparently put on hold on Wally
Hilliard's behalf: While she was "appreciating their convenience," the
operation was flying passengers without holding an air carrier
The juxtaposition of the discovery of a huge cache of heroin on a Lear jet
belonging to Wallace J. Hilliard, 70, of Naples, Fl, Huffman Aviations
owner, at the exact same time terrorist and Osama bin Laden associate
Mohamed Atta arrived to attend his flight school from Afghanistan, a
country producing well more than half of the worlds heroin, would normally
have had U.S. Attorneys looking up the sentencing guidelines appropriate
to major RICO narcotics trafficking cases, and getting ready to throw the
book at him.
In fact, they did nothing of the sort, which strongly indicates that the
Armys secret military intelligence unit Able Dangers inability to prod
federal authorities to move on Atta and other terrorists known to be in
the U.S. encountered the same obstacles, and for the same reason.
In fact, the only effort made at holding financier Wallace J. Hilliard,
70, of Naples, Florida accountable was the weak one of confiscating his
plane. When Hilliard sued to get the DEA to return the Lear jet inn
forfeiture hearings, attempting to show himself to have been an innocent
owner, his motion was opposed by the Government and roundly rejected in
The U.S. Attorneys office opposed the plane's return. Their motion said,
because the property was used or acquired as a result of a violation of
the Controlled Substances Act.
Court documents revealed that Hilliards leasing company, Plane 1 Leasing,
had been paid in cash for each charter by the two Latin passengers, which
aviation experts in South Florida said strains credulity.
DEA would not return it, they auctioned it off, they told Wally they had
reasons, said an aviation source in Naples. It was the first seizure in
history for a so-called innocent person where they took and kept the
The court concluded Hilliards company knew what was going on. Affidavits
later filed by the machine-gun toting DEA agents who had surrounded the
Lear jet indicated Hilliard's company's involvement went much deeper than
anyone was willing to acknowledge publicly.
Red Flags, Red Faces, Red Blood Everywhere
It was just blatant, said a manager who worked there at the time. That
same plane flew that same run thirty or forty times, ferrying the same
people. And they always paid cash for the rental! The red flags could not
have been raised any higher.
Hilliard lost his Lear jet. America lost (almost) 3000 lives.
And something else as well. The fact that this story was first broken
exclusively (and only) by the MadCowMorningNews, and not papers of record
like the New York Times and Washington Post amply demonstrates the massive
9.11 cover-up led by the FBI which is still in place, a cover-up which has
contemptuously mocked the very concept of American democracy, of a free
press, and of the people's right to know.
Nor were we alone in our discovery of the officially-protected drug
trafficking network. FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds, in the months
after the attack, bumped into the arms for drugs deals. Edmonds alleged
that the US State Department blocked investigations showing links between
criminal drug trafficking networks and the terror attacks on 9/11.
"Certain investigations were being quashed, let's say per State
Department's request, because it would have affected certain foreign
relations [or] affected certain business relations with foreign
organizations," she stated.
Even if military intelligence unit Able Danger had been allowed to notify
the FBI, the information which fingered Mohamed Atta and others of the
hijackers was already well-known to the Bureau.
"FBI Knew Terrorists Were Using Flight Schools," the Washington Post reported on Sept 23, 2001. Federal authorities have been aware for years that suspected terrorists with ties to Osama bin Laden were receiving flight
training at schools in the United States and abroad, according to
interviews and court testimony.
Indications of the FBI's "guilty knowledge" were widespread in the
aftermath of the attack included the widely-reported fact that the FBI was
at Huffman Aviation with search warrants at 2.30 a.m. the night after the
An executive of Huffman Aviation told us that FBI agents were on the scene even earlier than that.
"They moved pretty fast for guys in black Florsheims"
"How do you think the FBI got here (Huffman Aviation) so fast after the
attack?" asked the executive. "They knew what was going on here. Hell,
they were parked in a white van outside my house less than four hours
after the buildings collapsed."
"We heard that 16 of the 19 terrorists had been on Interpol's Most Wanted
list," this aviation executive continued. "But early on I gleaned that
these guys had Government protection. They were let into this country for
a specific purpose. It was a business deal."
Amazingly, the smuggling operation being protected continues to this day.
The pilot of Hilliard's busted Lear, Venezuelan Diego Levine Texar, was not
taken into custody.
The pilot was not arrested, according to a DEA spokesman, because of a lack of evidence, reported the Orlando Sentinel. He has since been identified as also being the chief pilot on Venezuelas Air Force One, which provides a bit of context for last week's news that the State Department was revoking the visas of three Venezuelan military officers suspected of involvement in drug trafficking.
When we first published the DEAs official report to the court about the
Orlando heroin bust (read it here) on our website and in the appendix to
the book Welcome to TerrorLand, we received a very credible death threat... ever though the report is a public document available to anyone.
And Rudi Dekkers just told his favorite newspaper, (of course, the
Sarasota Herald Tribune) that he was out of work.
Poor man. We guess the trips to Colombia don't count.
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