The 20th Hijacker
By Ewing2001 -December 22, 2003
One of the most bizarre angles in the "official story" of September 11th, is the mysterious prior knowledge by the FBI of the whereabouts of the former "20th and 21st hijackers". This was not Moussaoui or someone else. On the morning of September 11th, according to newspaper records, one of many planes were grounded in St.Louis, home of Boeing: Flight AA43. The FBI checked the passengers. Among them: Ayub Ali Khan aka Gul Mohammed Shah, 51, and Mohammed Jaweed Azmath, two Indians. After doublechecking various reports, we have to assume, that the FBI followed both people. One day later, on September 12th, Ali Khan and Azmath got "arrested on an Amtrak train to Texas from St. Louis", as "hijacker 20 and 21". The name of the FBI agents, who were in charge of that operation, remained unknown. FBI spokesman James Margolin, FBI Special Agent Lori Bailey and Mindy Tucker, former Justice Department spokeswoman (now Republican National Committee) confirmed the arrestment. The NY Times revealed, that the train was stopped nearby Fort Worth, home of a Naval Air Station and Lockheed Martin Corp. Was it in reality a military operation?
While the first reports ignored, that both "suspects" came from Flight 43, some papers revealed the final dots: BBC and Chicago Tribune reported on Sept 18th, "that the FBI was searching for a number of passengers who were due to fly on American Airlines Flight 43 from Boston, which was grounded due to a mechanical problem". It was "scheduled 8:10 a.m. departure from Boston". AP reported on September 18th, that Ali Khan and Azmath "took an Amtrak train to Texas from St. Louis after their plane was grounded as part of the government-ordered shutdown of the U.S. aviation system". The FBI claims, that the Amtrak was stopped for "a routine drug search". Ali Khan and Azmath, were removed because the men had box-cutting knives and about $5,000 in cash. The story suddenly changed in one detail: From "a mechanical problem" to a "government-ordered shutdown".
Actually it was Ben Sliney, the National Operations Manager for the FAA, who ordered the shut-down. It was his first day of the job. According to Bush's White House counsel, Alberto Gonzalez, Sliney "made that decision", and "didn't need even Bush's consent to do so". Sliney never testified at the September 11th commission. Commander in Chief (CINC) of NORAD was Gen. Ralph "Ed" Eberhardt, who was also in charge of the stand-down. Did he synchronise his actions with Sliney? And who was behind Eberhardt? Some speculate, it might have been Lewis "Scooter" Libby, deputy defence secretary and member of PNAC, which needed "some catastrophic and catalysing event - like a new Pearl Harbor". On September 20th, 2001, 42 supporters of PNAC signed a letter to Bush and demanded to invade Iraq, among them many Libby friends: Frank Gaffney (Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense), Richard Perle, Robert and Donald Kagan, Charles Krauthammer or Gary D. Schmitt (executive director of PNAC). Libby helped hype the Iraq threat and also discredited former UN-ambassador Joe Wilson.
Wilson's wife Valerie Plame was later outed as a CIA operative on weapons of mass destruction.
According to a USA Today article, it was also Libby and Cheney, who "met with officials at the [CIA's] Non-Proliferation Center before the invasion of Iraq to discuss reports that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium in Africa." (Office of Special Plans) Libby and his former lawyer, Mark Rich were also behind the promotion of former French military company clerk, Laurent Murawiec, as a Rand Corporation and Hudson Institute "military strategist". On July 10, 2002, at Richard Perle's Defense Policy Board, Murawiec called for an invasion and occupation of the Saudi oilfields. Libby, back in the Bush "41" Administration, worked with Secretary of State James Baker III, on the collapse of the Soviet Union. According to the Sunday Herald, in April 2001, Baker concluded in a report (Strategic Energy Policy Challenges) that "Iraq remains a destabilising influence to the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East' and because this is an unacceptable risk to the US 'military intervention' is necessary." Since December 2003, Baker reports to Bush on the Iraq Debt Effort.
Other PNAC-supporters, who obtain current military positions:
Eliot Cohen, Member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board (DPB) under Richard Perle.
Douglas Feith, who appoints the members of the DPB. Fred C. Ikle, member of DPB, Bruce P. Jackson (ex-Lockheed, former Military Intelligence Officer, President of the U.S. Committee on NATO) and many more. DPF members include prominent firms and current war profiteers like Boeing, TRW, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton (ex-CIA James Woolsey) or smaller players like Symantec Corp., Technology Strategies, Alliance Corp., and Polycom Inc. Corporate Affiliations: Ronald R. Fogleman (DERCO Aerospace, The Mitre Corp.), David Jeremiah (Northrop Grumman, Wackenhut Services), James Schlesinger (MITRE), Jack Sheehan (Bechtel) or Chris Williams (TRW, merged in 2002 with Blackstone, which obtained a mortgage of WTC 7 in October 2000) Other PNAC members with military ties include Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and vice-commander in chief, Dick Cheney.
exactly did Cheney know on the morning of September
Shortly after the first tower is hit, the FAA had an open telephone line with the Secret Service. Cheney: "The Secret Service has an arrangement with the FAA. They had open lines after the World Trade Center was... ". Cheney didn't finish his sentence for unknown reasons, but the open line was later confirmed by Brigadier General Montague Winfield, command of the National Military Command Center (NMCC). The FAA called NORAD at 8:38 am about the first hijacking, the FAA call to NORAD that Flight 77 had been hijacked was made at 9:24 (other reports on CNN say even 9:16 AM). At that time, Bush was still at Booker Elementary School, no order was made to evacuate the second tower. However WTC Building 7, 1 block from the towers was evacuated.
Usman Farman, graduated with a Finance degree, who worked on the 27th floor (which must have been at Standard Chartered Bank), reported, that "the security people told us to go north and not to look back". Then, a few minutes later, "with a thousand people staring, we saw in shock as the first tower collapsed". This was the south tower at 9:59 AM.
In early 2003, Azmath's family confirmed to AP, that Ali Khan
and Azmath were on the plane with Flight No.43, which was grounded
in St. Louis: "His family in Hyderabad saw his picture on
television. They had been worried that he might have been a victim
of the September 11 terror attacks because he was supposed to fly that
day from Newark, N.J. to his new job in Texas." Interestingly,
another detail seems not to fit either. Azmath's family claim, he
departed from Newark, but the FBI claimed, the plane departed from
Boston. What was the correct version? It looks, like Newark was the
correct airport. A check in the BTS Departure Statistics of AA/
Sept 11th doesn't show Flight 43 departing from Boston. Search
results in Newark show Flight43 with the tail number N635AA LAX,
scheduled for 8:10 AM. The departure time fits. The Actual
Departure Time was 8:10 AM, too. What exactly did the FBI know
about Flight43 and at which time?
Who told them to look for Flight43?
11 Minutes earlier, Flight 11 took off from Boston's Logan Airport, 14 minutes after scheduled departure. (7:45 was actually the scheduled time) According to the timeline, officially on that plane (but not on the passenger list) was Mohammad Atta.
At that time, Lt. Col. Dawne Deskins and other NORAD employees at NEADS (NORAD's Northeast Air Defense Sector that covers the Washington and New York areas) passed their 2nd hour of the second, third, or fourth day of the exercise (conflicting reports) of a week-long semiannual exercise called Vigilant Guardian. Also on that morning, John Fulton, Chief of the Strategic War Gaming Division of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and his team at the CIA, were running a pre-planned simulation exercise "in which a small corporate jet crashed into one of the four towers at the agency's headquarters". This means, that September 11 was indeed part of a "wargame".
Did the "hijackers" know about it?
ABC News later reports that because NORAD is "conducting training exercises [it] therefore [has] extra fighter planes on alert." [ABC News, 9/14/02] Colonel Robert Marr, in charge of NEADS, said, "We had the fighters with a little more gas on board. A few more weapons on board." [ABC News, 9/11/02] Flight 93 was delayed for 41 minutes on the runway in Newark, finally took off at 8:42. (Interestingly Wheels-off Time was 8.28.) What was the reason for this delay? 2 minutes after Ali Khan and Azmath departed from Newark, 8:13 AM, Flight 11 was hijacked. One flight controller said the plane was hijacked over Gardner, Massachusetts, less than 50 miles west of Boston. The BBC later reported, that "rumors flew regarding a fifth hijacked plane, which was alternately reported as missing, as circling Dulles Airport outside Washington DC, or as making an emergency landing in Ohio after an onboard bomb threat...." AA43 was obviously not "that fifth plane", "Ohio" does not fit with St. Louis and Ali Khan and Azmath didn't hijack the plane. AA43 aka Plane N635AA was a Boeing 757-223, certificated on 12/19/1990. It was still up in May 2003 The fate of Ali Khan and Azmath is currently unknown, but their tragedy can easily be traced. After being removed on that Amtrak train, the FBI "found" box-cutting knives, hair dye, a knife and about $5,000 in cash. Both "suspects" got jailed and sentenced. However their title "20th and 21st hijacker", was passed in late 2001 to Ramzi Binalshibh (since September 2002 at an undisclosed CIA location) and Zacarias Moussaoui, jailed since December 2001. Ali Khan and Azmath were in prison for over a year, but not anymore for a "hijacker terrorist act", but for "credit card fraud". In an exclusive report and interview with Village Voice from October 2002, other fishy details of former "evidence" were revealed: "The hair dye was due to vanity (Azmath sported close-cropped, graying hair in court), the box cutters were tools of the men's newsstand trade" (Penn Station, New Jersey, sold in August 2001), and "the cash was for moving to Texas to find better-paying jobs." (to open a fruit stand)
But the article revealed also other disturbing infos:
Azmath's lead counsel, Anthony Ricco, told the judge that his client "was housed under the most severe conditions I have ever witnessed. In initial interviews with me, he was shackled, he had [on] manacles, and those interviews were videotaped."Ricco told reporters "that Azmath had been abused in such bizarre ways as being taken to the outdoor exercise area on rainy days and locked outside in the cold for hours". On January 3rd, 2003, the NY Post reported Azmath received up to 14 months more in jail, but U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin let him off with time served. In February 2003, BBC reported, Azmath and his friend Shah aka Ali Khan, meanwhile also released, "were deported to India after spending 16 months in prison." Even after returning home both men faced new problems. The Indian police charged them with passport violation and Azmath faced the problem of securing Indian citizenship for his Pakistani-born wife. In the same article, Azmath announced to sue the US Government "for alleged physical and mental torture". The lawsuit never took place.
It is now clear, that Azmath and Ali Kahn, both from Jersey
City, were scapegoats, but probably not for political reasons. If
we go back to other reports, it seems, that both have been part of
a script by someone else, which indeed included parts of the
official story. The masterminds, who wrote the script for Azmath
and Khan, not only tried to tie them with a "fifth plane", but also
with the anthrax attacks. Who wrote this hijacker script, which
included at least 2 innocent people, who didn't know about it? In
January 2002, CNN reported, that "Shah allegedly sold 15 fake
credit cards in the name of "Ayub Ali Khan" in July 1999, and an
unnamed co-conspirator allegedly wrote a $5,850 check for one of
those credit cards in July 1999, according to the indictment. The
check was drawn on a Citibank account that was opened at the World
Trade Center branch." This brings us to many new questions:
How did the FBI know, on which of almost 4,500 grounded planes they had to look for other suspects?
Who had the inside information in Fort Worth to stop the Amtrak Train?
And how can the coincidence be explained, that the FBI was in charge of the arrestment, who just 24 hours earlier checked both indians on the plane? Who tried to frame Ali Khan and Azmath? It's also strange, that one version claims, the train was stopped for a "drug routine check". Who was in charge? Or was that just a cover-up? Probably not:
Fort Worth Police Department records that were made public revealed that a background check found that both names of Azmath and Ali Kahn "were on record with the DEA as being involved in narcotic distribution." But Karl Colder, resident agent in charge of the Fort Worth office of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, later said "the names on the list turned out not to be those of the two men". Then, in October 2001, the FBI leaked to the press, that Azmath and Ali Kahn got tested on Anthrax. Both lived only a few miles away from Trenton, NJ, where the anthrax-laced letters got postmarked. Even more odd, the FBI arrested their roommate who worked at a newsstand in Trenton and "lived near the postal facility where letters carrying anthrax were processed." If someone tried to script the September 11 hijackers into the anthrax attacks, why did the FBI suddenly stop to follow this possibility? Did the Fort Detrick-Battelle-SAIC connection become a political problem? Who changed the script?
How did the FBI receive the following infos?
A Dallas Morning article from October 2001 claimed, that Azmath and Kahn were "seen with one hijacker at a mosque in Brooklyn, N.Y.". This was obviously al Farouq mosque, run by Sheik Muhammad Ali Hassan al-Mouyad, officially an "al-Quaeda financeer". But who claimed, that there was a connection and who was this "hijacker"?
And who was the "San Antonio man whom the two said they were going to visit"?
Was it Albadah Al-Hazmi, who was at Coastal Aviation Lackland AFB?
Why has the official story so many bizarre connections with Fort Worth?
Who chose to hijack AMR Corp./American Airlines, which is a Fort Worth-based airline?
Why did the official "hijackers" depart from Boston Logan and JFK? Terminal B of Boston was renovated by American Airlines in 2000. In October 2001, they announced the construction of New York's JFK. Why did the hijackers decide to move $325,000 through 14 bank accounts at SunTrust Bank, which is also connected with American Airlines (Peter J. Dolara, Senior Vice President-Miami, is on the Board of Directors). Isn't it also an interesting coincidence, that Moussaoui, in September 2001 not yet described as the 20th hijacker, received flight training at Ed Boardman Aviation School in Fort Worth? Was it planned, that the official script (maybe even part of a wargame?) has to end in Fort Worth? Lt. Gen. Ted Stroup, associated with JINSA, a PNAC supporter, and former colleague of Jay Garner, is Assistant Director within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Commander of the U.S. Army Engineer District at Fort Worth, Texas. Can he help us to answer some questions?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently in charge of Iraqi contracts and furthermore has to deal with another war profiteer scandal of Dick Cheney's (another JINSA member) former company Halliburton, which High-priced gasoline was purchased from a supplier run by a prominent Kuwaiti family. On 20 September 2001, Stroup mentored Lieutenant General Timothy J. Maude. Maude was among those killed in the attack on the Pentagon. And another Fort Worth-connection:
Suzanne Clark, head of corporate security for American Airlines security operations center, said that a flight attendant aboard flight 11 called the airline's security operations center in Fort Worth. Other reports mentioned Madeleine Amy Sweeney , a flight attendant, but she called Logan.
Clark claimed (which later was shrubbed from a renewed FAA report), that hijacker Satam al-Suqami had shot and killed passenger Daniel Lewin, Akamai, former IBM and Technion, Israel's premier technology university. (A report in Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz identified him later also as "former member" of Mossad's IDF's elite Sayeret Matkal unit. In Summer 2001, the Mossad warned the CIA twice about an imminent attack. Probably, Lewin was monitoring some "suspects", or aware of an actor in a "wargame?". Was that Suquami or his stand-in?) More odd, only a few days later, al-Suqami's passpord was found on Vesey Street, in front of WTC 7, former office for CIA, DoD and INS.
The fifth plane theory
If Flight 43 was not the real fifth plane, though rumours pointed on a plane which "had been grounded for mechanical problems", or "heading towards Washington" (according to Sky News), which plane was it? There are different versions around, most of them based on unconfirmed rumours.
One "fifth plane" had crashed in the Camp David area, a Danish Radio channel first reported, that even 8 airplanes were hijacked, another "lost" article claimed, that "an American airline" was missing additionally four of their aircraft. A "reliable source at the Air Force confirmed that 6 U.S. planes had in fact been hijacked, but he would commit to no other reports" (World News Sources Report) In late October 2002, the CIA claimed, that Ramzi bin al-Shibh, was planning to pilot a fifth hijacked plane to strike the White House. Which plane was circling Dulles Airport outside Washington DC, or "as making an emergency landing in Ohio"? In the early days after September 11, yet another rumour pointed on "flight 23", but the information got lost in cyberspace land. There was indeed a flight 23:
At 9:00 AM, UA Flight 23 departed at JFK, on its destination to L.A.
Attempts to find out more about this flight, didn't work out so far.
The plane was registered as Boeing B767-222(ET), N602UA
At this time, it's not clear, if it's helpful to find out more about this flight and the plane. N602UA is currently offered at AuctionTransportation.com.
The auction will end on Wednesday, 24th 2003.
100 years, after the Wright Brothers had their first success with their experimental airplanes, one of the biggest mysteries of airplane aviation is that of September 11th. Maybe two historical stories might help to point on other "inside symbols":
On the morning of April 15, 1926, a young aviator named Charles A. Lindbergh was chief pilot of Robertson Aircraft Corporation of Missouri, which eventually consolidated to form the modern-day American Airlines. And then we have the historical flight 23 of Orville at the controls, making two complete circles of the field at Huffman Prairie. It was Huffman Aviation, who officially trained Mohammad Atta and he was officially on a plane by American Airlines. Would Atta or Bin Laden have been knowledged enough to play with these kind of symbols? People, who believe in an inside job, know already the answer. "Huffman" can't help us right now. Rudi Dekkers, former manager is in jail and Huffman Aviation closed its FBO doors in February 2003 when they were purchased by Triple Diamond Jet Center. On December 21st, 2003, Tom Ridge announced the elevation of the national threat level, based on credible "chatter", "that could either rival or exceed what we experienced on Sept. 11" How did Ridge know that, if he was officially not in charge before Sept 11th? Why is he able to compare "chatter", when the official version claims, that they did not know in time about an increased chat before September 11? Why are they able to get this information? Who are their contacts? Do they have inside sources- if Al-Quaeda really exists as a closed unit? What do they have to hide and why is it, that every time, when independent investigation reached a new high or Bush's numbers a new low, the threats increased? Do they really think, after a new attack, we will stop to ask these questions?
We don't, especially if a WMD-attack might disable the last parts of the constitution and turn this country into martial law and totalitarianism. Some real patriotic citizens will continue to ask until they get the answers...
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