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Our Friends the Pakistanis Yesterday we noted a report from a Pakistani newspaper that Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmad had been fired as head of Islamabad's Inter-Services Security agency after U.S. linked him to a militant allied with terrorists who hijacked an Indian Airlines plane in 1999. Now the Times of India says Ahmad is connected to the Sept. 11 attacks: (Wall Street Journal)
Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading Lead Directly into the CIA's Highest Ranks CIA Executive Director "Buzz" Krongard Managed Firm That Handled "Put" Options On UAL - Until 1997 A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard had been Chairman of the investment bank A.B. Brown. A.B. Brown was acquired by Banker's Trust in 1997. Krongard then became, as part of the merger, Vice Chairman of Banker's Trust-AB Brown, one of 20 major U.S. banks named by Senator Carl Levin this year as being connected to money laundering. - The levels of put options purchased above were more than six times higher than normal. (From the Wilderness)
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh Connection with 9/11 hijackers - On October 6, 2001, a senior-level U.S. government official, told CNN that U.S. investigators had discovered Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (Sheik Syed), using the alias "Mustafa Muhammad Ahmad" had sent about $100,000 from the United Arab Emirates to Mohammed Atta. (Wikipedia)
The investigation and the evidence If the US is to maintain international backing for its war on terrorism, the strength of evidence linking Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation to the attacks is crucial. Much of this evidence is not yet in the public domain. BBC News Online looks at the investigation to date and considers the information that has emerged. - Within hours of the attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched what has become the biggest manhunt and investigation in US history. (BBC)
Bin Laden's Relatives Evacuated From NYC "In the first days after the attacks on Sept. 11, the Saudi Arabian ambasador to Washington, Prince Bandar ibn Sultan, supervised the urgent evacuation of 24 members of Osama bin Laden's extended family from ther United States fearing they might be subjected to violence." (Scoop)
Access Denied FBI agents in Minneapolis weren't given approval to search terrorist suspect's hard drive by the Justice Department. If 'two and two' were put together could hijackings have been stopped, asks one investigator (Newsweek)
250 tons of scrap stolen from ruins It appears that the scrap was hauled away by trucks involved in the clear-up operation. But instead of being taken to the FBI-controlled dump on Staten Island where all the material is being stored and sifted it was driven directly to the independently-owned scrapyards. (London Telegraph)
Relocation of SEC Northeast Regional Office The replacement space for the SEC office, formerly located at 7 World Trade Center and destroyed in the September 11th attack, will be located in the historic Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway
Hijack 'suspects' alive and well Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.
The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.
Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September.
His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world. Now he is protesting his innocence from Casablanca, Morocco. - Abdulaziz Al Omari, another of the Flight 11 hijack suspects, has also been quoted in Arab news reports. He says he is an engineer with Saudi Telecoms, and that he lost his passport while studying in Denver. (BBC)
Revealed: the men with stolen identities
THEIR names were flashed around the world as suicide hijackers who carried out the attacks on America. But yesterday four innocent men told how their identities had been stolen by Osama bin Laden's teams to cover their tracks.
The men - all from Saudi Arabia - spoke of their shock at being mistakenly named by the FBI as suicide terrorists. None of the four was in the United States on September 11 and all are alive in their home country.
The Telegraph obtained the first interviews with the men since they learnt that they were on the FBI's list of hijackers who died in the crashes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
All four said that they were "outraged" to be identified as terrorists. One has never been to America and another is a Saudi Airlines pilot who was on a training course in Tunisia at the time of the attacks. - "He said that CNN had probably got the picture from the Flight Safety flying school he attended in Florida. CNN has since broadcast a clarification saying that the photograph may not be that of the accused" (London Telegraph)
Tracing Trail Of Hijackers They roomed together in a motel, worked out together at a gym, and one even visited an adult bookstore in the Washington suburbs in the weeks before smashing a plane into the Pentagon on Sept. 11 (News Day)
Hijack 'suspect' alive in Morocco Waleed Al-Shehri, A Saudi-Arabian aircraft pilot who was named as one of five suspects on board one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Centre, has turned up alive and well in Morocco (BBC)
Embry-Riddle Alumnus Cleared Of Reported Hijacker Link Officials at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University today said they were relieved to know that a 1997 alumnus has been reported to be alive and located in Morocco.
Embry-Riddle officials have learned that Waleed Al-Shehri talked to U.S. government officials in Morocco earlier this week. An individual with a similar name was identified by the FBI in its September 14 announcement as being aboard American Airlines flight 11, the first plane to strike the World Trade Center.
Embry-Riddle records show that a student with the name Waleed A. Al-Shehri graduated with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical science.
'We are very pleased that our Al-Shehri turned up alive and well, and that the link between Al-Shehri and this despicable act has been proven to be nonexistent,' said George H. Ebbs, university president. (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)
False identities mislead FBI ~ Special report: terrorism in the US The FBI acknowledged yesterday that some of the terrorists involved in the attacks last week were using false identities, as it emerged that at least two men had been wrongly implicated.
After analysis of the passenger lists of the four hijacked flights and other immigration documents, investigators identified Salem Al-Hazmi and Abdulaziz Al-Omari as two of the terrorists.
The real Salem Al-Hazmi, however, is alive and indignant in Saudi Arabia, and not one of the people who perished in the American Airlines flight that crashed on the Pentagon. He works at a government-owned petroleum and chemical plant in the city of Yanbu.
He said yesterday he had not left Saudi Arabia for two years, but that his passport had been stolen by a pickpocket in Cairo three years ago.
Abdulaziz Al-Omari has also come forward to say he was not on the flight from Boston that crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Centre. (London Guardian)
FBI Chief Raises New Doubts Over Hijackers' Identities FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged Thursday that investigators may not know the true identities of some of the 19 suspected airplane hijackers from last week's suicide attacks.
Mueller said last week that he had "a fairly high level of confidence" that the FBI knew the real names of the hijackers, based on flight manifests and follow-up interviews. - Officials refused to say how many hijackers may have used false identities, but officials of the Saudi Arabian government said Thursday that six of the men that the United States has named as hijackers killed in the attacks appear to be living in the Middle East.
Investigators believe that some of the 19 suspected hijackers may have stolen the identities of law-abiding Middle Easterners, further complicating the probe. (Los Angeles Times)
More Attacks Planned? Second Wave of Terrorist Strikes Feared The Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and a Chicago exchange have launched a major investigation into some suspicious and highly sophisticated stock trading just prior to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Investigators are probing highly unusual trading in "puts" — basically bets made by an investor that a stock's price will fall by a certain date. The week before the attack, virtually unheard of numbers of puts were sold for United Airlines and American Airlines, which operated the four hijacked planes; Morgan Stanley, the investment bank which occupied more than 20 floors in the now-destroyed twin towers; and a number of other companies that were adversely affected by the tragedy and whose stocks plunged as a result. "This would be one of the most extraordinary coincidences in the history of mankind if it was a coincidence," Dylan Ratigan of Bloomberg Business News said today on ABCNEWS' Good Morning America. (ABC)
Transcript of President Bush's address to a joint session of Congress Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans, in the normal course of events, presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the union. Tonight, no such report is needed; it has already been delivered by the American people.
We have seen it in the courage of passengers who rushed terrorists to save others on the ground. Passengers like an exceptional man named Todd Beamer. And would you please help me welcome his wife Lisa Beamer here tonight? (CNN)
'Hijackers' denting FBI credibility The Saudi media is continuing the investigative reporting into the backgrounds of the alleged hijackers on the FBI’s list. As more of the “hijackers” are found alive this is having an effect on the FBI’s credibility. Western media outlets such as American Broadcasting ‘Corp. in the United States have begun picking up the local reports and are asking the FBI for comment.
There are many individuals in the Kingdom with the name Ahmed Alnami. Al-Watan newspaper has found one Ahmed Abdallah Alnami who is currently missing. According to his father, who was speaking from Asir, Alnami went to perform Umrah one year and 3 months ago and disappeared. The 23-year-old was single and had become very religious in the period before his disappearance. His family received a telephone call from him 4 months back from an undisclosed location. At that time they asked him to come back and complete his studies at the Shariah College of King Khaled University in Abha, but he never returned. A close associate of the family is hoping that his name being on the list is a confusion of some type. They wish the young man would call to say he’s alive.
There definitely is a serious confusion in regards to information on alleged hijacker Waleed M. Alshehri. Yesterday Arab News reported the details of a Waleed M. Alshehri reported missing from the Al Baha region. Now details are emerging of another Waleed M. Alshehri who according to his father is alive, well and flying his normal schedule for Saudi Arabian Airlines. - the father of an Egyptian man believed to have been at the controls of the first plane to hit the World Trade Center said yesterday that his son was no killer. "My son is innocent," Muhammad Al-Amir Atta, 65, told reporters at his home in the Cairo suburb of Giza (Arab News)
Pentagon Attack Hits Navy Hard American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 loaded with enough fuel for a transcontinental journey, cleared the crest of a small ridge in Arlington, Va., by a few hundred feet with its engines wailing (Aviation Week)
Profiting From Disaster? When The Stocks Fell, $5 Million Profit Was Made Sources tell CBS News that the afternoon before the attack, alarm bells were sounding over unusual trading in the U.S. stock options market. An extraordinary number of trades were betting that American Airlines stock price would fall. The trades are called "puts" and they involved at least 450,000 shares of American. But what raised the red flag is more than 80 percent of the orders were "puts", far outnumbering "call" options, those betting the stock would rise. (CBS)
Terrorist trade probe widens Options buying rose in firms that attack affected - "The day before the attacks, put volume on American Airlines stock was 4,516, nearly 11 times its average daily volume for the year" (Chicago Tribune)
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