least the past three years, news accounts published in
the MadCowMorningNews and in my book “Welcome to
TERRORLAND” have asserted, through evidence developed
from interviews with Amanda Keller, an eyewitness the
Sarasota Herald Tribune has gone to great lengths to
discredit, that while he was in Venice and Southwest
Florida, several of terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta’s
closest associates were, surprisingly, not Arab
nationals, but German or Swiss.
the Associated Press is reporting that the FBI has a
terror alert in the South Pacific for one of these men,
Wolfgang Bohringer, a German pilot with whom Atta was
“inseparable” during his frequent visits to Southwest
Amanda Keller, who lived for several months with
terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta at the Sandpiper
apartments in Venice—despite what amounts to a campaign
by the Sarasota Herald Tribune to deny it—who ultimately
deserves the credit for identifying an individual who
may pose a serious threat to this country.
she who stated that “Wolfgang,” whose last name she did
not know, but which our investigation discovered to be
“Wolfgang Bohringer,” as someone who had known, and been
close to, Mohamed Atta for what she said appeared to
have been, based on their familiarity with each other, a
has proven history of getting it wrong
recent denigrating, demeaning, and most of all UNTRUE
stories about the terrorist presence which flourished in
the Sarasota Herald Tribune local coverage area, the
newspaper, which is owned by the New York Times,
has repeatedly referred to me, insultingly, as a
“conspiracy theorist,” which might come as a
shock to the New York Time’s own eminent and august
William Safire, who for the past few years has been
receiving, at his own request, notices on our latest
stories as soon as they appear.
I have identified
previously unknown individuals who
were involved with the terrorist conspiracy, through the
simple expedient of interviewing eyewitnesses who were
there, and then verifying their accounts.
The result is
a portrait of the terrorists which is much
different, and far more accurate, than that which has been presented to the American
people so far.
Sarasota Herald Tribune has, so far, identified
truth is that, instead of being a “conspiracy
theorist,” I am a better investigative reporter
than the entire staff of the Sarasota Herald Tribune…combined.
Demand for Retraction...
we call on the paper publicly to retract what was (even
then) ridiculous; the so-called “Fifth Pilot” story
published two weeks after the 9/11 attack; and also
their several recent attempts to discredit the truth by
Moreover, more than just failing the American people by
completely falling down on the job of providing an
accurate account of a terrorist presence which
flourished right under its nose, the paper has made it a
priority to attempt to discredit my efforts by
dismissing the eyewitnesses whose accounts I have
every right to feel I have been personally insulted, not
by a single reporter, but by the Sarasota Herald Tribune
itself as a matter of editorial policy.
there is a much larger issue involved, which goes to the
heart of the matter. Had the Sarasota Herald Tribune
only investigated and thoroughly examined the terrorist
presence, this country’s citizens would have been far
better informed than they were about the nature of what
happened, and our nation’s conduct would have been
WHY NO REPORT OF FLIGHT
SCHOOL OWNERS HEROIN BUST?
Finally, the Sarasota Herald Tribune has yet to
report—more than five years later—the fact, not
conspiracy theory, but fact, that during the same month
Mohamed Atta arrived to attend his flight school in
Venice, Huffman Aviation, the owner of that flight
school, Wallace J. Hilliard, had his Lear jet
confiscated on a runway at Orlando Executive Airport by
DEA agents who found 43 pound of heroin onboard.
was, said the Orlando Sentinel, the “biggest drug
bust in Central Florida history,” which is a
distinction that I’m sure the editors of the Sarasota
Herald Tribune appreciate was gained against formidable
urging everyone who read this to demand an
answer—through email, letters, and/or phone calls—to
much heroin would Mohamed Atta’s flight school owner’s
plane have had to be carrying before the Sarasota Herald
Tribune deemed it worthy of mention?
agree with this demand for retraction, as well as a
demand that this New York Times-owned newspaper begin to
accurately inform the citizens of this country the real
news of what happens every day in its coverage area,
please take a moment and email one, or several, or all
of the individuals whose emails are listed below.
our part, we feel a certain quiet satisfaction. We knew
all along that Amanda Keller was telling the truth about
Atta; for one reason, there were a good half-dozen other
witnesses who said the same thing.
aren’t gloating. Nor do we plan to engage in any
I-told-you-so finger wagging.
because we’re better than that. We’d like to think we
are… But we do sometimes have our
because there’s 3000 people dead. And more than five
years on we’re still far from having anything like a
coherent narrative to explain how it was they came to
die on a sunny September morning when, in the blink of
an eye... everything changed.