FBI Bungles Terrorist
Atta's Timeline By At Least Three Months
by Daniel Hopsicker
September18— Venice FL
Sometime in the middle of
March of the year 2000 Amanda Keller rented an apartment at the Sandpiper
Apartments across the street from the Venice Airport, according to credible
Two weeks later terrorist
ringleader Mohamed Atta moved in with her, beginning a bumpy relationship
which came to a stormy end six weeks later with Amanda dumping his two
suitcases and one gym bag from her second floor balcony down onto the building's
asphalt parking lot, say eyewitnesses, where Atta stood waiting for a cab
to take him away. (see 'Key Witness 'Disappears' in Venice FL')
This squalid little domestic
spat would be of no more importance than a bad episode of "Cops" except
As the MadCowMorningNews
has been reporting exclusively (see 'One Year Later, the Cover-Up Continues')
this brief romance or assignation between 'terrorist ringleader' Atta and
'out-call lingerie model' Keller took place a full three months before
the FBI says Atta first arrived in the U.S.
Since there's justice for
3000 dead people to consider, the question must be asked: is this
just another example of sloppy investigative technique by the much-maligned
Or is there, instead, some
hidden can of worms here that federal officials don't want opened?
"What's the Wahabbi take
on girls with pink hair?"
In either case, the discrepancies
and gaps in the FBI's account of 'Islamic fundamentalist' Atta's U.S. timeline
encourage speculation on whether there is something suspicious and unexplored
in the fact that Mohamed Atta showed up at her apartment just two
weeks after Amanda Keller moved in.
"She (Amanda) had only
been here for a short time before he showed up, just a couple of weeks,"
says the couple's neighbor, Stephanie Frederickson, to which apartment
manager Charles Grapentine concurs.
"She told us she met
him at the bar at the 44th Aero," states Frederickson. "They were remodeling
and the 44th Aero wasn't open yet, but the bar was still doing business."
"That's when she started
dressing really slutty, and dyeing her hair pink," Frederickson continues.
The image of Mohamed Atta
as "Islamic fundamentalist" has been taking a continuous beating (see 'Says
Waitress of Terror Pilots: "I Thought They Were Mafia!" from
people we met in Florida who had crossed paths with him, many of whom made
him sound more like a character out of HBO's "The Soprano's" than
an "Islamic fundamentalist."
If 'Islamic fundamentalists'
ever shack up with women with hot pink hair, we haven't heard much about
Then, too, Atta also liked
to flash a roll, we learned, like any 'made guy' from New Jersey.
"Atta carried a fanny pack
around his waist, says Charles Grapentine. "I remember Amanda once telling
him she needed some new clothes, and he reached in and peeled off a few
hundreds from a thick roll of cash he had stuffed inside the fanny pack."
Mum's (still) the word
in Venice Florida
The FBI, which still insists
Atta didn't arrive in the U.S. until June, did not warm to apartment manager
Charles Grapentine's earlier recollection of his presence.
And they were especially
frosty on the subject of his talking to reporters...
"They called me a liar, and
told me to keep my mouth shut," states the ex-marine grimly. "Nobody likes
to hear that: that they didn't see something they know they saw."
Grapentine's account of Atta's
presence is confirmed by the couple who lived next door, who also received
'friendly' warnings from the FBI, as we have previously reported, about
the advisability of maintaining a low media profile.
"Atta was a nasty guy, very
rude," says housewife Stephanie Frederickson. "When I said 'hello' to him
on the stairs one time, he said to me, "You do not speak to me unless I
speak to you first!"
"I said get over yourself,
bub," says Frederickson. "You're in America now."
Since early April we have
been reporting growing evidence indicating that there are big problems
with the FBI’s account of Mohamed Atta’s terrorist cadre’s stay in
this country, in everything from when the FBI says Atta first arrived in
the U.S. to where Atta and the inner cadre spent the final days before
According to the FBI Atta
first arrived in the U.S. (in Newark) on June 3, 2000. As we have
seen this is not quite correct. Mohamed Atta came to America months
(at least) before the FBI says he did.
And now comes independent
confirmation of this huge scoop, from an unexpected source: an official
with the US Government itself.
In an interview with Brian
Ross of ABC NEWS, an official of the U.S. Department of Agriculture who
had dealings with Mohamed Atta may have inadvertently let the cat
out of the bag for good about Atta's presence in the U.S. during the Spring
"That's A-T-T-A... like
in 'Atta boy.'"
Johnelle Bryant, a Dept of
Agriculture loan officer, said (transcript here) that Mohamed Atta applied
for a USDA loan to buy a crop duster, "between the end of April and the
third week of May of 2000."
But as we've seen the FBI
says Atta didn't arrive in America until June 3.
And the Farm Services Administration
loan officer is unlikely to have misstated the date: she told Ross she
took notes from the moment Atta came in to her office and gave her his
"He called himself "Mohamed
Atta," loan officer Bryant told Ross.
"And I was taking notes.
We typically take notes of what's considered an initial applicant
interview. And while taking notes, I wrote his name down. And I spelled
it A-T-T-A-H, and he told me, "No, A-T-T-A, as in 'Atta boy!'"
ABC's Ross, focused on the
"face to face with the terrorist ringleader!" angle, missed the revelation.
"Welcome to the Island
of Lost Witnesses"
Since her ABC interview USDA
official Johnelle Bryant has been transferred within the Agriculture Department
to an undisclosed location, where, according to one government source,
"she is most assuredly not talking with reporters anymore."
Apparently Ms Bryant spoke
a little out of turn, and has been whisked away to an idyllic hideaway
shielded from the media, a place which I have begun to think of as "The
Island of Lost Witnesses."
There she may be frolicking
in the surf even now, alongside other Lost 9/11 Witnesses, unfortunate
souls all, who through no fault of their own saw things that they shouldn't
have seen and now possess inconvenient knowledge and information for which
they were never properly cleared.
Like Atta's former squeeze
Amanda Keller, currently missing, or the manager and bartender of the Ft
Lauderdale bar where Atta got drunk three nights before the attack, also
The point is, the list is,
slowly but steadily, growing.
The truly amazing thing about
what loan officer Johnelle Bryant had to say about Mohamed Atta's presence
in this country in the Spring of 2000 is that her testimony has been
confirmed by numerous other credible sources.
So if Mohamed Atta was, demonstrably,
in the U.S. at least three months or so before the FBI says he first arrived,
why don't they just quietly change their timeline?
Why dissemble over a couple
We admit we haven't a clue.
But at least after the Kennedy
Assassination sources were in agreement about when Lee Harvey Oswald had
been in New Orleans, and when he'd been in Dallas.
Despite our wondrous communications
technology, this sort of truth seems to have become, forty years on, an
ever-more elusive quality.