Tiptoeing Through the U.S.
U.S. military surveillance of Al Qaeda
terrorists like Mohamed Atta has been far more extensive than has been so
far revealed. The Able Danger unit, for example, was by no means the first
military intelligence investigation into the activities of the Hamburg
one Army C.I.D. officer there at the time, military investigators were
being detailed to Hamburg, Germany, tracking “Al Qaeda heroin flows” from
Afghanistan to the West as far back as 1991
Yet, in a
discrepancy of monumental proportions, the 9/11 Commission's final report—which
now may not be the final report—concluded that U.S. intelligence agencies were
not aware of Atta until the attacks.
Little wonder the
Pentagon is pressuring the Senate Judiciary Committee
to close to the public Wednesday’s
hearings on the Able Danger military intelligence unit, as Congressional sources
confirmed over the weekend.
Also last week
Pentagon officials told a hastily arranged briefing for reporters that much data
generated by the project has already been destroyed in accordance with standard
operating procedure for handling material that might contain the names of
Oddly enough, this
is the same excuse used by the secretive National Security
Administration—the NSA—in revealing that they had destroyed tapes with
9.11 evidence, including conversations between Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and
Mohamed Atta, just weeks after the 9.11 attack.
“Analysts at the
super-secret National Security Agency, acting on advice from the organization's
lawyers, have been destroying data collected on Americans or US companies since
the Sept. 11 attacks - angering other intelligence agencies seeking leads in the
antiterrorist probe, according to two people with close intelligence ties,”
reported the Boston Globe on Oct 27,2001. (Spy
agency destroys data, angering others in probe.)
discussions with the CIA and congressional staff, NSA lawyers have turned down
requests to preserve the intelligence because the agency's regulations prohibit
the collection of any information on US citizens. The lawyers said that
preserving the information would invite lawsuits from people whose names appear
in the surveillance reports.”
story’ about Mohamed Atta’s timeline, activities, and associates while in the
U.S. is riddled with lies, misdirection and deliberate deception.
Documents being destroyed by the Pentagon probably include at least a terabyte
on Atta & company’s activities in Venice, Florida.
What was he doing... and who was he doing it with?
On at least three
occasions during the last six weeks of his life, for example, terrorist
ringleader Mohamed Atta left the jazzier precincts of Miami to travel across the
state to the more tranquil pace of life in the retirement community of Venice.
The FBI has
said nothing about this. The FBI says Atta didn’t live there anymore. The FBI
says Atta was already nine months gone. The FBI is
So, just what
was Atta doing in Venice? It's a secret....But the one thing the
FBI seems most eager to hide—and it is horrible to have to contemplate that your
own government is covering up mass murder—is the identity of who Mohamed Atta
was doing it with.
Why? Because this
discovery would inexorably lead to the organization, or global network that was
so clearly smoothing the way for Atta’s Hamburg cadre in America. And
then... Then we would know just who in the United States had been doing
business, on September 10,2001, with Osama bin Laden’s thugs—on
this end, the U.S. end, where this until-now unidentified enemy is
still inside the gates.
Here’s a big
clue: Mohamed Atta was seen in Venice with ‘flight school owner’ and
international con man Rudi
Dekkers, who swore in testimony before Congress that he never saw
Atta after he ‘left’ his flight school in December, 2000.
according to Bob Simpson and other Venice Yellow Cab employees interviewed by
the FBI, Atta took numerous cab rides to and from Huffman Aviation as well as
several other locations in Venice during August 2001.
On at least two of
these occasions Atta was traveling with Rudi Dekkers, a man who testified under
oath before Congress that his relationship with the terrorist ringleader ended
almost nine months earlier.
“They knew each
other well, really well," stated cabbie Simpson. "They were friends. They were
going to a nightclub in Sarasota, talking and very sociable with each other. He
and Atta were friends, you could tell.”
Simpson said he
first took Atta and Dekkers from Huffman Aviation to James' Place, a restaurant
in downtown Venice. On another occasion he picked the two up at the Pompano Road
residence of former Huffman employee Charlie Voss, and took them to a Sarasota
nightclub, the Gator Club, which Atta is known to have frequented. (It was
Voss, recall, whose home was made available to Atta and Marwan when they arrived
The Yellow Cab
office manager in Sarasota confirmed that the trips were recorded in the firm's
be a start”
Yet in sworn
testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee in March 2002, Dekkers
insisted his relationship with the terrorist ringleader had been distant, and
ended the previous December, nine months before the attack.
Dekkers told the
hearing about complaints from his staff that Atta and Al-Shehhi had behavioral
problems, that they were not following instructions, and that they also had bad
attitudes. “On December 24th, 2000, Atta and Al-Shehhi rented a Warrior (N555HA)
from Huffman Aviation for a flight,” the Dutch national stated, telling of his
last encounter with Atta.
“Atta and Al-Shehhi
returned to Huffman Aviation to make final payments on their outstanding bills.
Because they were not taking any more flying lessons, they were asked to leave
the facility due to their bad attitudes and not being liked by staff and clients
alike. Huffman never heard about or from them again until September 11th, 2001.”
reporters, he had been more colloquial. “They did not socialize with anyone,”
Dekkers said three days after the attack. “They did not go to the bar with us. That
Atta guy was an asshole.”
Dekkers is guilty
of a lot more than perjury... but its a start.
Is Bob Simpson a
credible witness? Could he somehow be mistaken in his identification of Dekkers?
Not likely... He knew Rudi Dekkers well, he said, from numerous trips to Huffman
Aviation to pick up arriving flight students.
And Simpson is a
retired Navy veteran who saw duty off the coast of Libya, and other
Mediterranean hot spots during the 1980’s, and he comes from a law enforcement
background: his father was Asst. Chief of Police in Pleasant Hill, California,
his brother is a cop, and he has an uncle in the DEA.
authorities deported three young Saudi students who had just arrived in Venice
in early September, just before the attack, based primarily on Bob Simpson’s
testimony that they were associates of Atta. So they had no trouble believing he
was telling the truth....
Were he to be faced
in court with conflicting testimony from Rudi Dekkers, we have no doubt who the
jury would believe.
Tidbits from the Venice Terabyte
preparations for the Sept 11 attack, Mohamed Atta’s father was 'visiting' his
terrorist ringleader son in Venice, Florida. After seeing him on television
denying that his son had anything to do with the terrorist hijackings, a number
of credible witnesses called the Sarasota office of the FBI to report they had
seen Atta’s father in Venice with his son ten days to two weeks before the
Closed circuit videotape provided to
the FBI as evidence of Atta Senior’s presence appears to have been intentionally
The FBI knew about
the U.S. visit of Atta’s father, Cairo attorney Mohammed El-Amir, in Venice. So
why has someone with clear foreknowledge of an attack which murdered almost 3000
civilians not been brought to justice?
Might the answer be
in those 2.5 terabytes?
The recent "Atta in
America" controversy started by Rep. Curt Weldon (R. PA) is a hopeful sign of
the unraveling of the "official story" about 9/11... even as those in charge of
maintaining the illusion of the "official story" are hard at work creating new
layers of disinformation in the media.
The official story
of the 9.11 attack resembles a Potemkin’s village, a false front hiding a set of
what must be really undesirable facts. The term refers to a Russian official in
the 18th century who had elaborate fake villages built to give Catherine the
Great a false impression of peace and prosperity when she toured the Ukraine and
the Crimea, regions that in actuality were in turmoil and poverty.
Selling Wolf Cookies in Potemkin's Village
What’s the best way
to honor the memory of 9.11's three thousand murder victims on the fourth
anniversary of the attack?
Ask the questions
they cannot; expose the FBI’s massive 9.11 cover-up; and burn down their
hastily-constructed and totally phony Potemkin’s Villages. Terry McDermott,
author of “Perfect Soldiers,” the biggest whitewash since Tom Sawyer was
painting fences, is the chief shill and Potemkin Villager of the moment...
He writes: “Over the last four
years I have interviewed dozens of people who swore they saw Atta somewhere he
wasn't. This includes an assortment of waiters, students, flight instructors,
taxi drivers and, more dramatically, two women who each claim to have been
married to Atta, this despite the fact that they were never in the same city at
the same time he was.’
“How could it be
that so many people remember that they knew Atta, that they saw him or his name,
when all the facts argue otherwise? I don't think they are all lying. Maybe none
of them are. I think Atta entered an American psyche desperate for a name and
face and an explanation. He came complete with what has become one of the iconic
images of 9/11 -- his Florida DMV mug shot, an image so memorable, so powerful
and perfect for the moment that it allowed people to see in it whatever they
needed to see.”
Nothing to see
here. Move along. In other words:
didn’t see what you thought you saw. See?
You can read
more about Perfect Soldiers here:
Our mini-review: 'Perfect Soldiers is perfect
dreck... But dreck which speaks volumes about the state of the 9.11
did contain one new bit of information: the revelation that Rudi Dekkers
offered Mohamed Atta (and his bodyguard Marwan) a job. The positions were on his
phony start-up airline, a transparent dummy front for
something else altogether, although this fact escapes McDermott’s notice.
The perfect crime: Steal $350 million of 'the
little people's' money
Another fact which
somehow escaped his notice: Dekkers' partner in the failed airline venture,
Richard Boehlke, was just then participating in the
$350 million bust out of pension funds of mostly Mob-led unions.
This is, no doubt,
just another freak coincidence.
Boehlke told a
reporter for ABC News in Portland that Dekker's proposed using flight students
like Atta to ride along as co-pilots on their flights, as a way to save money
and also give the students cockpit experience. This, said Boehlke, was patently
As we’ve seen,
that’s not a consideration that would have worried Dekkers. "The thought that
terrorists might have been allowed access to secure airport facilities is
chilling," said Boehlke.
We will leave you
with one more Atta sighting which McDermott would be hard-pressed to tap dance
away...Tom and Rene Adorna own the Pelican Alley Restaurant in Nokomis, just a
block from the rented home which Atta and Marwan vacated nine months earlier.
They saw Mohamed
Atta, along with Marwan Al-Shehhi and a third, unidentified man, in their
restaurant just a few weeks before the attack, during the same time period Bob
Simpson and Joe Gessell testify they were driving him around town.
The three men had
caused a scene in her restaurant, she told us. When
reporters showed up the day after September 11, Rene Adorna says she immediately
knew why they were there.
“Right after the
incident happened, we had newspapers come down, and right away I knew what it
was about, because I remembered the table. Tommy knew, Jeff knew, and we said
right away, and they showed us one picture and we knew immediately.”
"We thought they were Mob."
“There were three
of them,” Rene recounted. “And they all looked of the Egyptian persuasion, dark
skin, dark hair, lots of jewelry, lots of jewelry. They were dressed in Florida
type shirts—the silk, you know, with the pattern, that kind of thing—and I could
have sworn there was a cross, the one guy had a big cross, the big gaudy gold
cross thing, I thought, but you know, I’m not sure now, but I know he had the
big watch on.”
“They were loud,
making comments, one had his fist pounding the table, saying, ‘We’re talking
$200,000! We have to answer to the family!’”
expensive watches, and silk shirts. Its not exactly a description of Islamic
fundamentalists. But then neither were their actions.
“I thought they
were Mafia,” Rene said.
She confirmed again
what numerous women who had encountered Atta said about him: Atta wouldn’t talk
to her. “He barely spoke a word to me, but when I’d come over I’d feel like,
jeez, what’s his problem, because he had that really mean, mean look on his face
all the time, like he was very unhappy.”
Marwan, as always,
served as buffer and go-between.
“Then there was the
other guy, the heavier-set guy, he did all the talking, with me, anyway. He was
very out-going, very pleasant actually.”
It was Marwan
loudly arguing with Atta, we learned to our surprise.
“The big guy…
actually he, the big guy, was yelling at the other guy (Atta). I tried to stay
away from the table pretty much, and then went and told Tom (her husband and
co-manager): ‘You better watch his table, they’re getting a little out of hand.”
Tom came out front
to see what the trouble was about. “He (Marwan) was a pretty big guy,” he
recalled. “And he was doing most of the talking. He kept saying stuff to them,
about money, we kept hearing about money. The other guy(Atta), I guess, was the
main guy, but he wasn’t saying a word, he just sat there with a look on his face
and he didn’t say anything.”
Both Tom and Rene
Adorna remain surprised that the FBI hadn’t bothered to interview them. When we
told them they were in good company, they sounded slightly mollified. “Two
newspapers came by,” said Tom. “That was it. And they (the terrorists) were
living right down the street, right down the block. But they never came over
here to see us.”
The FBI already knew everything they wanted to know.
“I did think it was
strange,” added Rene. She shrugged. “We thought like they might want some
information. But maybe they already had everything that they needed.”
Prescription for a
cover-up. How you can tell when the Fix is In:
“Maybe they already
had everything they needed.”
on… and there has still not been an official investigation into the
murder of 3000 people nor a report on how it was perpetrated to which the
American people are privy.
on… and the CIA has fewer experienced case officers assigned to the bin
Laden unit than it did when the hijackers took over the planes.
on… and the remarkable assertion by the Chairman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee’s investigation into 9/11 that our current President may
be serving another country’s interests is still being completely ignored by the
"It was as if the
president's loyalty lay more with Saudi Arabia than with America's safety,” said
Sen. Bob Graham in a comment met with thundering silence.
Four years ago, the
firefighters cheering Bush during his visit to Ground Zero “weren’t cheering for
regime change in Iraq,” wrote Maureen Dowd in the N.Y. Times. “They wanted the
head of Osama bin Laden.”
They still do.