reputation of Huffman Aviation principal Rudi Dekkers, whose dozens of
television appearances in the aftermath of the 9/11
attack shaped the public perception of Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi, took
another big hit recently when a Dutch television profile of him came to light.
Since the 9/11 attack Dekkers has been charged
with criminal fraud in Sarasota, been accused of ferrying Saudi princes on
illegal unsupervised flights by the U.S. government , and even had an attempt
made on his life—which he blamed, to universal amazement, on Al-Qaeda—after the
helicopter he was piloting went down enroute to a show-down meeting scheduled
with Huffman Aviation owner Wallace J Hilliard.
None of these blemishes on an already-tarnished
character, however, has dealt Dekkers’ as grievous a blow as his appearance on a
popular reality TV show in the Netherlands, “Spoorloos,” or “Vanished,”
which travels the world locating missing relatives and reuniting them
with worried family and friends back in Holland.
Rudi Dekkers abandoned his young wife in the
Netherlands while she was three months pregnant, the show reveals, and then
emigrated to America, never to be heard from again.
Months later his wife bore him a son, who today
is known as Patrick Scheur.
Patrick stated on the show that he discovered in
the late 90’s through the internet that Dekkers’ was running a flight school
in Florida, and attempted to contact him on numerous occasions to arrange
"Deadbeat Dad" & an international web of intrigue
attempts to establish contact with Dekkers, the father he never knew, were
repeatedly rebuffed. Dekkers never replied.
“The curiosity about my father started when I was
around sixteen, I also told the parents of a boy I was seeing at that time and
they were so touched that they were prepared to pay for a trip for their son and
me, so that we could look for him.”
“When I told my mother, she replied, “Do you
realize that if you do this, Rudi might slam the door in your face and you'll
left standing there?”
“So instead I just sent him an email, stating who
I am, who my mother is, where I am and how old I am. Then I sent another email.
I tried to more or less force him to get in contact. But I never got a
The show’s host sounds shocked. “He never
reacted to the emails?”
“No, he never answered.”
About this time he also discovered, Patrick said,
that his father had a far-from-sterling reputation in his native Holland.
“I read several very negative stories about him
in the Dutch press about things he’d done in Holland before leaving. His name
was closely connected to certain fraudsters on the internet, for example. And he
had stolen money from a soccer team, and owed money to business partners, and
was wanted by the Dutch government for back taxes.”
"Not exactly boiling over with enthusiasm"
to court documents filed in cases against him in his native Holland, Dekkers was
at the center of "a web of intrigue."
Since then not much appears to have changed.
Then several days after the 9/11 attack, Patrick
said he got a shocking phone call from his mother. She had unexpected news.
“Turn on the TV,” she told him. “ Your father is
Patrick looked with astonishment at the drama
unfolding live on television.
“I had never before seen my father. Now I was
about to see him for the first time. It was a shock. And it felt like I was
watching a movie. The image of those planes, that skyscraper…And the Dutchman
that gave training to the hijackers that flew into the World Trade Center was my
After arriving in Florida to track down Dekkers’,
the show contacted him by phone.
“Dekkers isn't exactly boiling over from
enthusiasm about his son Patrick,” states the show’s host. “Maybe it's because
of his young Cuban wife. The two just got married and she doesn't
know anything about a son in the Netherlands.”
At least he's not in prison... yet.
Dekker’s was apparently every bit as callous,
negligent, and unfeeling--the very embodiment of a "deadbeat dad--"
as we have heard he was. But we were not alone in reporting this about him. From
the St. Petersburg Times"
"Even before 9/11, Dekkers had a long history
of troubled businesses, run-ins with the Federal Aviation Administration and
numerous lawsuits, including one in which he paid $15,000 to a female employee
who accused him of "severe" sexual harassment.
It is the kind of checkered history, experts
say, that should have raised questions both before and after the 9/11 attacks
about Dekkers' fitness to run a school that trained pilots."
"You would think that everyone surrounding that
should have been scrutinized," says Steven Camarota of the Center for
Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. "A flight school, unlike
a beautician, represents a problem in that you have technical training that
facilitates terrorism. You want to make sure that it is well run, so you look
into the backgrounds of people."
The severe sexual harassment, as we reported back in 2003, involved
sticking a broom handle up the back of the dress of an 18-year old receptionist.
What a guy.
Making it up as he went along
got ‘tarred and feathered’ after 9/11,” stated the show’s host.
“There were wild stories about
his involvement with the terrorists, according to him it was complete nonsense.
But it did cost him everything he had. The flight schools were sold, on top of
that came a divorce and starting a new business wasn't going well.”
“It obviously gave me a
tremendous stress level,” said Dekkers, of the aftermath of the 9/11 attack.
“And I still have some of it. I became a diabetic. Nine months after 9/11 I got
high blood sugar and I still have it. You can't get rid of it. It’s pure
Dekker's description of events leading up to the
9/11 attack were uncritically received on network and cable news shows in
America and around the world after the 9/11 attack.
Except for the fact that Dekker’s testimony was
received so uncritically on network and cable news shows after the 9/11 attack,
the discovery of yet-another unflattering portrait of Rudi Dekkers—which
certainly comes as no surprise— might be of nothing more than prurient interest.
Only later did it became painfully obvious that
Dekkers, during his frequent television appearances, had been making it up as he
In one interview, for example, Dekker’s explained
his lack of knowledge of the particulars of Atta’s arrival at Huffman Aviation,
saying Atta and al-Shehhi showed up from a flight school in Tampa.
Later that same morning Dekkers stated Atta and
al-Shehhi arrived from a still-unnamed flight school, which Dekkers now stated
was somewhere “out of Florida.”
By the second day Dekkers’ memory had definitely
improved. Now he remembered…he hadn’t much cared for Mohamed Atta.
It wasn’t exactly time to stop the presses. Yet
the media accepted everything Dekkers said at face value.
And to this date, he has never been forced to
face critical questioning under oath before the American people.
How many people would place any credence in the
testimony of a man who walked out on his wife when she was three months pregnant
with his child, and even 20 years later refuses to meet his own son? Why did the
United States Congress?
The mainstream press, and the American Congress
tossed him nothing but marshmallows during their lackluster “questioning.”
Why? Because he’s such a likable fellow? Hardly.
But the organization he worked for has a stranglehold on what passes for public
discourse in this country.
An Oliver North for our times
tiny Venice Florida airport was a nexus between the Establishment, organized
crime, and international drug trafficking, and played a significant role in the
story of how the hijackers came to be in the U.S. in the first place. And it
also laid bare, more starkly than ever before, the reason we haven’t long ago
read about these connections on the front pages of the New York times and the
According to the various
indifferently-motivated federal investigations, none of this has anything to do
Even though the two men were doing land
office business with Osama bin Laden's organization before the 9/11 attack, the
business associates of Rudi Dekkers
and Wally Hilliard, were of no interest to their investigation.
The FAA went out of its way to
protect terror flight school honcho Rudi Dekkers, for example. An aviation
mechanic who worked for Dekkers said he'd been forced by law to report criminal
acts which he witnessed Dekkers commit.
"Dekkers did an import of an
airplane," the mechanic explained. "We found dents on the front of a wing and
replaced sheet metal, and then we found ribs that were crushed, which renders
an airplane un-airworthy. Yet Dekkers still sold the plane!"
"And when I turned him in to
the FAA, they didn’t do a damn thing."
A second example also involves
Rudi Dekkers. Dekkers' forged another aviation executive’s signature on a repair
order to indicate required repair work on a helicopter had been completed. When
that executive discovered it, he told us, he too was legally compelled to report
it to the FAA.
"I couldn’t believe it,” said
the Naples FL aviation executive indignantly. "I called the FAA to report a
violation and was warned to leave Dekkers alone. An FAA guy came out and sat me
down and said: ‘I suggest you back out of this.'"
“National security” has always
been the excuse used to keep safe the cadre of “elite deviants” at the top.
A translated except from the program is part of
the just-released second preview of the upcoming “The New American DrugLords”